Eels win slips away
A DRESSING-DOWN from coach David Gear was all United needed to capture a come-from-behind victory over Eels in the grand final repeat on Saturday.
Down 2-0 and facing their first loss of the season, Gear's United were heading off the rails before the coach delivered a rocket to the team.
“I told them that they were playing like a bunch of under-16s,” Gear said.
“The wind was getting hold of the ball out there and there was a lot of sloppy fielding.
“But it seemed like (Eels) came out firing and our girls just expected to go out there and sort of coast through it.”
Eels were intent on making up for last year's heartbreak in the first meeting between the two teams since last year's grand final.
Kristie Kennedy, filling in for a Kerrie Svennson, held United's batting in check for the first innings.
But, without Svennson to carry a share of pitches, Kennedy was unable to sustain her dominance for the entire match.
“Kristie did a great job early in the game, she was outstanding,” Eels player Kellie Moody said.
Moody also noted a change in United's attitude throughout the match.
“They just came out and blew us out of the game in one patch,” she said.
“We were doing a really good job containing them until that point.
“We made a few errors in the field and they batted really well in patches.”
Gear warned his side against getting complacent this early in the season.
“It's something I've noticed in the past few years, that early in the season there has been a few games that we just don't turn up for,” he said.
“If we do that, teams are going to get on top of us.”
While Souths Sluggers had to forfeit their round three clash with Wests Panthers because a number of players were absent, coach Alison Norton said.
Norton said the school holidays and a number of injuries had left her depleted squad no choice but to forfeit the points to Wests Panthers.
“They'll hopefully all be back next week, but we just had too many people away to compete this week,” she said.