Softball success for team

Southland women's softball pitcher Toni Elers winds up against the visiting Otago team last Sunday. Photos: Hayden Williams

THE Southland women’s softball team beat Otago to win the Henderson Shield ahead of the South Island championships.

The teams played two games at Surrey Park last Sunday. Otago won the first game 8-4, but Southland won the second 5-1.

“We chucked everything we had at the second game,” Southland coach Edgar Potter said.

The second game, played for the Henderson Shield, was the deciding game ahead of the South Island championships to be played at Cuthbert’s Green in Christchurch this weekend, he said.

Mr Potter said the Southland team had been hit by injuries recently, with three key players having to opt out.

The team was also in a rebuilding phase, he said.

“It’s a pretty young side, but we have a couple of older heads to keep things even.”

Assistant coach Rachael Cade said it was great to have the women’s competition up and running again after several years when they couldn’t create teams to enter.

“It’s great to see the depth of players both associations [Southland and Otago] are creating in women’s softball and it’s great to see so many girls sticking with it as well.”

A squad of 11 would be going to Christchurch for the championship, she said.

This year, only three women’s teams will be competing at the championships for the Jubilee Cup – Canterbury, Otago and Southland.

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