Tanya Petersen was selected in the Masters All Stars team after a successful world masters campaign. Photo: MURRAY WENZEL soft2010a
Tanya Petersen was selected in the Masters All Stars team after a successful world masters campaign. Photo: MURRAY WENZEL soft2010a

Petersen swings with best of 'em

DO not tell Tanya Petersen her Gladstone Gators softball team flunked out at this year's World Masters Games in Sydney.

They may have only won one game at the international event, but the experience was once in a lifetime for Petersen.

Competing in the Women's B Competition at the games, the Gators struggled against top- flight competition.

But Petersen's tournament ended on a high note when she was selected in an All Star team comprising some players from each of the nations.

They played against a Sisterhood of Softball team made up of the bronze medal-winning Australian team from the 1996 Olympic Games.

“That was probably one of the best moments of my softball career,” Petersen said.

The game only came about after the Sisterhood of Softball (SOS) team decided not to contest in the final of the B-Grade competition.

The team, which had gone undefeated in the tournament, decided to retire from the tournament to allow two less-experienced teams to play in the final.

SOS then played against a team made of players from each of the remaining teams.

“They asked a player from each team to play and I jumped at the chance,” Petersen said.

That allowed Petersen the opportunity to play against the players she had idolised in their Olympic push 13 years ago.

Petersen did not make a run but had two catches as SOS cruised to a 4-0 win in the match.

Now Petersen and United team-mate Peta Gibbs will return to Bundaberg full of confidence after the games.

The pair were sorely missed by United as the premiers slumped to their first loss of the season against Souths Sluggers last weekend.

United bounced back with a win over Wests Panthers last weekend.

The David Gear-coached team will welcome back Petersen and Gibbs as they try to build some momentum into their title defence.



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