Ram­blers shine on without stars

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport -

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.

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