Brothers down the Waves

REIGNING Bundaberg A Grade Ladies champions Brothers United picked up where they left off last season with a 16-4 demolition of Across The Waves on Saturday.

Coach and club vice-president David Gear said it was a “good way to start the season”.

“We got seven runs in the first inning and seven in the second, and we only needed one more to invoke the mercy rule but we then made a stack of fielding mistakes with dropped catches and mis-fields along the ground, and they got four runs, but we then got it back on track and wrapped it up,” Gear said.

“We were a bit lacklustre and there was no real big hitting but we haven’t had a training session yet, so I suppose that is to be expected.

“We have lost some big guns with Anita Palm not playing and we are missing pitcher Peta Gibbs, who is not playing at the moment – she’s got the Pan Pacs on the Gold Coast in November and she’s concentrating on that.

“Megan Silcox is our pitcher main-stay at this stage – last year, she played second fiddle to Peta but she will have to step up to the plate this year.

“Also Jemima Smith, who plays under-16 as well, stepped up with a couple of good hits and fielded pretty well at second base – she played A grade when we didn’t have an under-16 last year, but she is doubling up this season. Louise Cole made a couple of nice hits as well.”

It was a baptism of fire for Waves in their return to top grade after a long break and Gear said it might take a while for them to establish themselves.

“They were a bit unlucky with the bounce of the ball – they copped some horror bounces and it’s going to be a hard first year for them but they’ve got some young kids coming through with some older heads and they will get better with every match,” he said.

Meanwhile, Moray Eels opened their campaign nicely with a tough 9-6 victory at the expense of round-one winners West Panthers.

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