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No more room for error as teams enter last-chance saloon to book spot in Geraldton softball grand finals

Derek Goforth Geraldton Guardian
Taiya Foley will return to Marlins for their elimination final.
Camera IconTaiya Foley will return to Marlins for their elimination final. Credit: Derek Goforth

The Geraldton softball season is reaching its climax after some shock results in the elimination rounds last weekend.

In the division 1 men’s games, the Martians and Suiside are set to face off in a rematch that promises to be a nail-biting affair.

The Martians won the last round of the minor season 7-4, securing second place in the standings and needing just one victory to progress to the grand final.

However, if Suiside wins they’ll get the chance to squeeze into the grand final if they are able to take down the Martians in a second elimination match.

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The division 1 women’s game between the Midwest Marlins and the Martians is another match-up that’s generating a lot of buzz.

Midwest Marlins suffered a shocking defeat in the first round of the finals, with the Marlins going down 11-1 against a rampant Rams side that went straight into the grand final.

However, Marlins player Taryn Purcell remains cautiously optimistic about their chances,

“It’s a 50-50 chance. We have both beaten each other before, we have one player away at her ball but we gain a player (Taiya Foley) who started the season with us and moved away, so we are excited to have her back for the final,” she said.

“It’s a game that could go either way and both teams will be looking to give it their all.”

Martians will be full of confidence after their dramatic victory over David Suttons Pi’s in last week’s elimination game.

The division 2 men’s game will see another Rams side book their finals place as Rams Blue and Rams White face off in an elimination derby.

Rams Blue suffered a convincing defeat against their main rivals Suiside in the previous round, while Rams White narrowly beat out a very capable Blaze side, 7-5.

Rams coach Dion Harrison is relishing a Rams derby, even if it isn’t in the grand final slot.

“The game will be good; both teams have beaten each other twice during the year and it’s anyone’s game. It’s better to play each other in the grand final but didn’t work out that way, but there is still a bit of bragging rights,” he said.

In the division 2 women’s game, Suiside and Martians Black will be going head-to-head.

Suiside are coming off a heavy defeat against Midwest Marlins, going down 20-2, while Martians Black won in style against Pi’s, taking the victory 23-9.

Both teams will be looking to bounce back and put on a show for the fans.

Finals begin tonight, with the juniors starting at 6pm.

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