Waves drifting clear of rivals
ACROSS The Waves player-coach Dave Field has instilled confidence in his softball team despite a number of sides threatening to knock them from top spot.
Waves have led from round one, and still remain six points clear of Wests Lynx heading into this Saturday.
Only six points separate second from last on a log-jammed table.
“The ladder is so tight, everyone has an opportunity to win every week, but I still think our team at full strength deserves to be on top,” Field said.
They play Wests Sabretoothed this weekend, who, with a win, have the potential to jump into outright second if Wests Lynx and United 8 draw.
“They are an improving side, and their main danger is Jono (Thomas) who is the strength of their side,” Field said.
“Without him they tend to struggle, but regardless of that fact I think we have the players running around the diamonds and in form.”
Waves were beaten in the first game back from Christmas, but will this week field a full strength side.
Pitcher Rob Cook will return, completing a formidable fielding set up.
“Our fielding has been key this season, we’ve had some good training happening and in some games have gone without making a mistake, that’s the goal,” Field said.
United 7 play Sluggers in one men’s game, with United 7 on the bottom of the table but in good form, while United 8 play Wests Lynx.
Both teams sit on equal points in second place, but United 8 have the recent form under their belts to claim the favourite tag.
After their heavy defeat of Wests last weekend, Eels focus has now switched to extending the margin between them and Sluggers with a win against their rivals this Saturday.
The two women’s teams play at 2.15pm, with Sluggers determined to prove they are not falling off the pace as finals approach.
Pace-setter United will go in unbackable favourites against Wests in the 4.15pm game, but after knocking off the top side in their last encounter, the last-placed Wests will fancy their chances.
South Sluggers 7
South Sluggers 1