Bundaberg United player Anita Palm smashes the ball in a previous match against North Bundaberg Eels.
Bundaberg United player Anita Palm smashes the ball in a previous match against North Bundaberg Eels.

Upset hardens Uniteds effort

AFTER a loss last week to bottom-placed Wests, Brothers United vowed to finish the rest of the season undefeated.

Brothers coach David Gear was not at Frank Coulthard Oval to witness last week’s 6-4 defeat, but heard all about it at training on Wednesday night.

“They aren’t sooking about it, they have said that will be their last loss and they are even more determined to go all the way now,” he said.

He said a poor batting display cost the side points, attributing it to rustiness in the new year.

“The break meant no training and no games. They just weren’t in it,” he said.

“We were also missing Anita Palm as well, but we’ve won games without her before.”

“But no excuses really, it wasn’t good enough.”

The win lifted Wests’ beleaguered spirits, but it also perked up the defending champions.

“It might have been the loss we needed, the last thing you want is to be a little complacent and that certainly isn’t the case now,” Gear said.

“I know a few guys had the mentality that it was only Wests and we can’t have that.”

They next face North Bundaberg Moray Eels, a team Gear rated as the best batting side in the competition.

“They just have that depth, and any one of them can hit it exactly where they want to regardless of where it’s pitched,” Gear said.

“But I think we’ve dusted off the cobwebs, so to speak, and with Anita back we’ll be at full strength.”

Meanwhile Wests looked toward notching their second win in as many weeks against Souths Sluggers.

Coach Michelle McKeown would this week focus her attention on the men’s team instead of playing with the women, but she left the side with a few words of wisdom.

“They just need to adopt the same attitude — enjoy themselves, laugh and if you are going to lose at least have a good time doing it,” she said.

Sluggers would rely on the pitching of Nadia Dittman to guide them to another victory.

“Being biased I suppose, I think Nadia is the best pitcher in the comp behind Peta Gibbs, she just needs support from the rest of the team,” Gear said.



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