Geraldton softball season round 16 preview: Action heats up in run-up to finals in men’s and women’s comps

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Cooper Jefferies pitches for Suiside.
Camera IconCooper Jefferies pitches for Suiside. Credit: Derek Goforth

There may be cooler temperatures this weekend but the Geraldton softball competition remains fierce as several teams scramble for ladder positions in the lead-up to finals.

In women’s division one, Rams have secured the minor premiership and with their convincing 16-7 win over Suiside last week, they look determined to finish strong.

Dion Harrsion’s team faces Pi’s Panthers and Marlins in a double-header on Saturday. Suiside will face Martians in the last division one game of the weekend.

In the men’s division one games, Blaze hopes to continue their good form after two impressive back-to-back wins when they face Suiside on Friday night.

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Sean Thompson’s Blaze has been a formidable force in the latter part of the season and although finals contention is out of reach, they aim to finish the season on a strong note.

Suiside are known for consistency and teamwork, have won all their 2024 games and look like the team to beat.

Players such as Cooper Jefferies, Jaxen Meharry, Jy Thurstan, Levi Jefferies and Jack Garland have hit patches of great form, making them a tough challenge for the in-form Blaze.

In the other division one men’s matches, Martians take on Rams as both teams strive for strong performances for a position in the finals.

In division two men’s games, Rams face Martians Black, Blaze competes against Gunduwa and Marlins take on Martians Red. Suiside has secured the minor premiership, with Blaze, Rams, Martians Black and Red competing for second and third positions.

In women’s division two games, Marlins face Suiside on Wednesday night, with a second double-header against Martians on Saturday.

Martians also have a double-header, playing against Pi’s Panthers earlier in the day. While Suiside has stumbled after some unpredictable results, they still top the table, with Marlins closely behind in second place.

The inaugural third division for the women’s competition has been a huge success, introducing many new players to the game and yielding interesting results.

Division three games feature Blaze with a double-header against Rams and Gunduwa. Rams also have another game against Martians on Saturday afternoon.

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