United player Jemima Smith is about to launch into a slide home to avoid being tagged out by Across The Waves player Erin Brockhurst.
United player Jemima Smith is about to launch into a slide home to avoid being tagged out by Across The Waves player Erin Brockhurst. Max Fleet

Petersen guides Brothers

THE class of Tanya Petersen shone in a galaxy of stars as Brothers United gave Across The Waves (ATW) a lesson 17-2 in their Bundaberg A-grade women’s clash on Saturday.

Coach David Gear was unable to be there due to work commitments, and Petersen said while they “batted well” and it was business as usual for pitcher Megan Silcox, their fielding “was not too brilliant”.

“Pretty much everyone hit – we were going through the whole batting line-up each dig and declared a couple of times – there were a lot of walks as well,” Petersen said.

“We got 15 in front at the bottom of the fifth and it was a team effort – it was the same thing as when we played them last time and ‘mercied’ them (16-4).”

The star of the sport locally made mention of Aleisha Taylor, whom she said they brought up from under-16 to help out.

“Aleisha played at right fielder and didn’t get much there but she made a couple of good hits and she is only 14,” Petersen said.

Despite the margin, Petersen said their best win of the season had been a week earlier when they got up to defeat Moray Eels 5-4 after scores had been locked together in the last innings.

Petersen said they were not as strong as last season after losing a “few of our main players” in former Olympian Anita Palm and pitcher Peta Gibbs.

“But we have got some young ones coming through and Julie Silcox is back after six years and playing with her daughter Megan for the first time,” she said.

“But Wests or Eels are the teams to beat – Wests are looking good at the moment.”

Petersen and Gibbs will feature in a team named Bundy Drop Bears which includes five United and four Eels players, which will compete at the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast starting on Friday.

They will be joined by club-mates Louise Cole, Narissa Zielke and Donna Harris, Eels Tanya Nagas, Kelli O’Grady, Nat Thompson and Nina Walker, former South Sluggers stars Vicki Ford and Julie Symonds, and two players from Gladstone.

Also on Saturday, West Panthers recorded their fourth victory from five matches this season, turning the tables on Moray Eels to defeat them 9-7 after suffering their only loss of the season 9-6, three weeks ago.

In the Men’s division, after their breakthrough win seven days earlier, reigning premiers United made it two in a row, outgunning West Sabretooth 10-5.

ATW Cruisers maintained their unbeaten record, but they had to pull out all stops to edge out West Lynx 3-2 in a titanic duel.

But the ATW Schooners side was put to the sword by the composite South Sluggers/Eels outfit 21-2.

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