English lets ball do taking for United

UNITED again reigned supreme in the rematch of last season's Bundaberg Softball Association grand finalists, outgunning Western Suburbs 8-5 in their third round showdown.

United club stalwart Sharon Gear, whose husband David is again the team coach, said it was a "good game''.

"Wests put up a good fight but our old heads came through - they have been together for a while now and they know what everyone is doing,'' Gear said.

"Belinda (English) had another good game pitching - Binnie went real well again - she just kept Wests at bay with good speed and accuracy.

"It's also good to have Lisa Sweeney back after she missed last season - she finished uni, then went overseas working and made a welcome return in a boost for the club - we were running a bit short.

"Also Jacqui Terrance was really safe game at first base, Tammy Hall had her usual good defence game, and Maree Olive had a good game with the bat.

"Tamara Cottrill was the ace for them - she went away as the under-19 rep pitcher a fortnight ago and did well, along with their catcher Tara (Williamson), but our girls stepped up well.

"We brought Tanya Petersen into in-field with Lauren Schulte away in Adelaide with hockey, and she also had a safe game at second base too.''

Gear said while another team stalwart Julie Silcox was having the season off, they "still have a good strong side'', especially with the return of Sweeney.

"We've got our usual first base Carol Diamond to come back - she's out with a knee injury at the moment, and we're still the dominant A grade side for sure on paper,'' she said.

South Sluggers were victorious in the other A grade match, accounting for Eels 13-5.

United were also successful in the men's division, downing Across The Waves 11-2, but reigning premiers Sluggers continued the perfect start to their title defence, overpowering Western Suburbs 17-1.

Women - A Grade Ladies: United 8 d WS 5; Sluggers 13 d Eels 5. B Grade: Bargara 16 d Sluggers 8; United 9 d WS Leopards 3; WS Cougars 34 d ATW 2. Men: Sluggers 17 d WS 1; United 11 d ATW 2.U-16: Sluggers 20 d WS Lions 8; WS Ocelots 16 d United 3. U-14: WS Wildcats 13 d Sluggers 8; United 7 d ATW 0. U-12: Sluggers 23 d ATW 14; WS Pumas 19 d United 12; WS Jaguars 14 d Bargara 9. Tee-ball: Sluggers 7 23 d ATW 21; United 22 d WS Bobcats 16; WS Cubs 20 d Sluggers 19.

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