Ramblers shine on without stars
The Mt Albert Ramblers finished top of the first round of the Auckland fastpitch softball competition this weekend, despite being without some of their top players.
Black Sox Donny Hale, Michael Cameron and Thomas Cameron were absent but the team still finished 5-0 over Otahuhu.
They also retained their spot at the top of the table despite earlier losing to co-leaders Auckland United.
The Ramblers and Auckland United are now in a battle with Marist, Waitakere Bears and Northcote.
Auckland United also had a great weekend, outclassing Northcote 10-3 after beating Otahuhu 5-4 in the first game of a doubleheader.
There has also been a revival for Eden-Roskill with new playerDuane Jerard, a former Samoa world series player, taking over.
Eden-Roskill beat Howick 1-0 in a tiebreaker for a fifth win but then faltered against Northcote 11-1.
The big test for Auckland United will be this Saturday’s match at Marist, because they are just one game behind Ramblers and United at the top of the table.
The previously unbeaten Ramblers women’s team had a home game at Fowlds Park this weekend but the injury-stricken side made many errors against Marist.
They scored the first run with back-to-back hits from Susan Swanepoel and player-coach Venita Hokai but Marist won 6-3.