Softball Super Saturday as Rams hope for double delight and Marlins and Susiside look to extend their reign

Derek Goforth Geraldton Guardian
The Rams are preparing for grand finals this weekend.
Camera IconThe Rams are preparing for grand finals this weekend. Credit: Derek Goforth

It’s finals time as the softball season comes to a close this weekend with a super Saturday of grand final action.

In the division 1 men’s final, Suiside, led by Dylan Percy, will take on the Rams in what promises to be an intense match.

Suiside have shown impressive form, winning twice against the Martians to secure their place in last week’s elimination doubleheader.

Rams will not be an easy opponent, coming off an extended break after qualifying for the final well before the season was over by virtue of finishing on top.

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Rams’ Dion Harrison said the team would take a confident but cautious approach to the final game of the season.

“We have a wealth of experience in the men’s div. 1 and know our best is good enough. Suiside have a heap of talent and are young so it should be a good match-up,” he said.

In the women’s final, defending champions Marlins will face off against the Rams in what is sure to be an exciting encounter.

The Marlins will be looking to defend their title and secure back-to-back championships. However, the Rams have looked the best of anyone lately and they smashed Marlins 11-1 in their last meeting.

Rams’ Sally Denton knows the quality of her team and the opposition.

“We are still extremely confident this is going to be our year to take back the trophy. Always concerned about Taryn (Purcell) because she is one of the best in the competition,” she said.

The division 2 men’s final is also expected to be a closely contested match. Suiside had secured the shorter route to the game but they will face tough competition in Rams Blue, who beat intraclub rivals Rams White last weekend.

In the division 2 women’s game, the Marlins will go up against Suiside in what is set to be a thrilling clash.

Both Marlins teams share the ambition of securing back-to-back championships and fans can expect a closely contested match as they battle it out for the top prize.

Marlins coach and Geraldton softball legend Les Purcell said he had high hopes for his sides and the future of softball in the Mid West.

“I’m really excited about Midwest Marlins’ future as we have more young girls than any other club, so the girls are going to be up and about for a lot of years yet,” he said.

The juniors grand final will begin tonight at 6pm, while all senior finals will be on Saturday, March 25, with division 2 women’s starting at 1pm.

Men’s division 2 will follow at 3pm, division 1 women at 5pm and the first division men at 7pm.

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