New mum ready to strike premiers out

FINDING a game of softball proved difficult last weekend - four sides forfeited, leaving just two games to be played across the men's and women's division one fixtures.

But South Sluggers player and new mother Gemma Bush assured the NewsMail yesterday that her side would be ready and rearing come tomorrow for a rematch with defending champions United at Frank Coulthard Oval.

“School holidays really took its toll on us, as it did with many sides, but we are good to go and are looking forward to building some momentum,” Bush said.

A narrow 15-14 loss in round one to United followed by a draw with Eels and a forfeit last week has left her side without a win, but confident nonetheless.

“I think we're pretty happy with our form, our batting has been solid, but pitcher Nadia Dittman has been injured and is out this week as well, which doesn't help,” she said.

The first-time mother has returned to the diamond this season, and played a “jack of all trades” role in an effort to balance the side.

“I've played outfield, short-stop, first base and pitcher, wherever I've been required - it's always tough with a new side and a new season trying to find your feet,” Bush said.

Incoming Sluggers coach Alison Norton has emerged from the wilderness to oversee the side, a coaching appointment that Bush rates highly.

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