United in victory

BILLED as one of the most eagerly-anticipated matches of the season, Brothers United and North Bundaberg Moray Eels did not disappoint.

The two teams exchanged leads in a see-sawing match at Frank Coulthard Oval, before United emerged victorious over its traditional rival.

The premiers displayed all the class that has made them the team to beat in Bundaberg Softball Association’s Division one women’s premiership, coming back from a third innings deficit to snatch a 10-6 victory.

“It was a great game of softball,” Eels coach Mike Shanhun said.

“Unfortunately we came out on the wrong end of the scoreboard.”

Eels looked set to claim their second win of the season over United, overcoming a 3-0 deficit in the first innings to take a 5-3 lead going into the fourth.

But the premiers were able to turn the game around and take the lead back from last year’s grand final runners-up.

“It showed that we can come back and we don’t give up,” United veteran Tanya Petersen said.

“They played very well but we were able to get runs in key situations and that helped us in the win.”

Petersen was excited about the performances of the United young brigade this season.

Rising teenage stars Trinity Matthews, Megan Silcox and Jemima Smith have been impressive for United after secure regular starts in the top grade this season.

Yesterday it was Matthews, 16, who rose to the occasion when United was looking for a spark.

The former Across The Waves division two player had a couple of key hits when her team needed her, Petersen said.

“She played really well for us yesterday and everyone is pretty excited about how her game has come along,” she said.

In the other women’s match Western Suburbs Panthers were again disappointing in a loss to Souths Sluggers.

A week after going scoreless against United, Panthers only mustered two scores in a 17-2 loss on Saturday.

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