United 7’s Steve Mizzi slides in for a home run against West Sabretooths during the mens softball match up on Saturday.
United 7’s Steve Mizzi slides in for a home run against West Sabretooths during the mens softball match up on Saturday. Ron Burgin

Brothers United step it up

Under strength and up against the wall, Brothers United showed why they are the No.1 side in women’s softball on Saturday, stepping up against the odds to thrash Souths Sluggers.

Louise Cole, Peta Gibbs and Anita Palm were all missing from the United line-up, but the powerhouse club showed their depth by promoting Donna Harris from reserve grade and showing faith in several young stars.

Jamima Smith, Trinidy Matthews and Megan Silcox all shone in the 12-2 win.

Despite some tight tussles this season, Sluggers were no match on this occasion — United’s consistency proving the key.

“It was very solid play, we were safe with our batting and catching, and didn’t make any mistakes in the field, I was very happy with the performance given we were missing some of our better players,” United coach David Gear said.

Silcox filled the void left by regular pitcher Peta Gibbs and drew praise from Gear.

“She really stepped up and pitched excellently, Peta is our number one pitcher, but for Megan, who is only really young, to be pitching like that, is a great sign for the team,” he said.

Gear said Harris, a regular reserve-grade player, also proved she had the skills to match it with the Sluggers stars.

“I think she hit two base hits and got a couple of our girls home; she had an excellent game and should be proud of her performance,” he said.

Matthews and Smith, both teenagers, proved their credentials and demonstrated that the future was bright for United.

Smith showed her versatility by catching for the winning team, while Matthews, who also plays cricket, was clinical with bat in hand and safe under the high ball in the outfield.

“It’s their first season in the top grade and they are making a really good fist of it,” Gear said.

In the other game Moray Eels defeated Western Suburbs Panthers 16-4, capping off a great first half of the season.

Teams will now break until 23 January, giving players more than enough time to refresh before the business end of the season approaches.



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