Hed­land savour vic­tory

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Port Hed­land have put on a clin­i­cal dis­play to de­feat ri­vals Kar­ratha 8-1 in the 40th an­niver­sary of the North West Women’s Soft­ball Cham­pi­onships.

From the out­set the girls in red put them­selves in a strong po­si­tion in the grand fi­nal with three home runs in their first in­nings.

Ev­ery­thing seemed to go Port Hed­land’s way as sev­eral skied balls fell be­tween field­ers and field­ing er­rors at crit­i­cal times cost Kar­ratha sev­eral po­ten­tial outs with bat­ters stuck in no man’s land.

By con­trast Kar­ratha seemed to pick out field­ers with ev­ery skied ball and with bases loaded on oc­ca­sion failed to get any se­ri­ous con­tact on the ball.

Hed­land coach Jamie Den­nie said it was sat­is­fy­ing de­feat­ing Kar­ratha at home on such a big oc­ca­sion.

“We have been ri­vals for a long time so it is awe­some the way it ended up with Hed­land and Kar­ratha play­ing the big game,” he said. “The week­end was ab­so­lutely awe­some; they have done such a mag­nif­i­cent job putting this on.

“All our young ju­niors, and all the girls ac­tu­ally played re­ally well so it’s in­cred­i­ble.”

Teams trav­elled from Ger­ald­ton, Carnar­von, Tom Price, Parabur­doo and Broome to com­pete in the two-day event at Bul­garra Oval.

Kar­ratha coach Steve Armitage was in high spir­its de­spite stum­bling at the fi­nal hur­dle.

“We went 10 games with­out a loss and some­times at the end of a game you can look back and say well we didn’t quite get there, but in this case we got out­played so good on them,” he said. “When you look at the fan­tas­tic turnout, peo­ple trav­elled a long way and there was a fan­tas­tic spirit to make a great week­end.

“These older play­ers who came up are the foun­da­tion soft­ball is built on so (to) get them back here and have another game was good.”

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Port Hed­land have won the North West Women’s Soft­ball Cham­pi­onships for 2015.

Me­gan Stacy slides in for a home run for Port Hed­land.

Ge­orgina and Matt Bushby watch on as the game slips away from Kar­ratha.

Vanessa Wain­wright at­tempts a home run un­der pres­sure.

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