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Geraldton Softball Association round 15 preview: Full roster of matches in division one with two rounds to go

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Taryn Purcell pitches for Marlins.
Camera IconTaryn Purcell pitches for Marlins. Credit: Derek Goforth

With only two rounds remaining in the regular season for some teams, the Geraldton softball season is approaching its pre-finals climax.

Both the men’s and women’s division one competitions will showcase a complete roster of matches, with no byes this round.

In the men’s competition, Suiside remain in great form after securing top spot and the minor premiership. The Bulldogs will aim to conclude the season strongly, relying on Cooper Jefferies to lead from the pitcher’s mound against Martians on Friday evening.

The Martians had an unexpected loss to division newcomers Blaze last round and will seek redemption and reclaim second spot from the Rams over the weekend.

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Dean Pascoe’s Rams will take on a resurgent Blaze on Friday night.

Sean Thompson’s outstanding performance on the pitcher’s mound propelled his team to victory last round and the team will be fuelled by their impressive 8-3 victory.

Although Blaze can’t climb from the bottom of the ladder, they will hope to continue building momentum as the season comes to a close.

In the women’s competition, Suiside face a double-header against Rams and Pi’s Panthers. The Marlins will face the Martians on Saturday afternoon in the third division one game.

While Rams secured top spot several rounds ago, only two points separate the remaining teams and the competition remains wide open.

Marlins and Pi’s will look to recover from defeats in the previous round and rely on their depth to bounce back.

Les Purcell’s Marlins boast one of the strongest pitchers in Taryn Purcell and with Ava and Miley Gould in good form, they can be formidable.

Pi’s also displays a breadth of talent, with Kylie Morgan, Nat Wisewould, Sandra Watts and Selina Kiddle showing glimpses of good form throughout the season.

Suiside could seal second place with their double-header games and are well-rested after missing the heat of the previous round with a bye. Susan Mundy, Sharna Hansen and Jarmanda Jones will be key if they can summon their early season form against Rams and Pi’s.

In men’s division two games, Suiside have secured top spot while Blaze will finish the season in second. Martians Black and Rams will vie for third, with Rams having a double-header against Blaze and Gunduwa on Saturday afternoon, weather permitting.

Martians Black face a derby against Martians Red earlier in the day, with the new division team of Gunduwa — which has recently found form — taking on Rams in the last division two game of the round.

In women’s division two, Pi’s Panthers play the only game on Wednesday evening, as Suiside and Martians both have byes this week. The Martians versus Gunduwa and Rams against Blaze are the two division three games this round.

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