Game a steep learn­ing curve

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By JESS LEE

It’s back to the draw­ing board for the Mt Al­bert Ram­blers pre­mier women’s soft­ball side af­ter they went down 16-1 to the Western Mag­pies.

The game kicked off the sea­son for both teams at Pen­rose’s Sim­son Re­serve on Satur­day.

The young Ram­blers side would have been look­ing to start their sea­son on a bet­ter note but in­fielder Freya Bul­lock says they know where they went wrong.

The 18-year-old was part of the Ju­nior White Sox side which bat­tled it out for the Ju­nior Women’s Soft­ball World Cham­pi­onships in July. The Ram­blers will be look­ing to step up and work bet­ter as a team to im­prove their game, she says.

‘‘It didn’t go our way. We’re pretty much a com­pletely new team so we’re still try­ing to work to­gether.’’

It was a tight match for the first cou­ple of in­nings un­til the Mag­pies trans­lated their years of ex­pe­ri­ence in to points on the board.

Mag­pies coach Tua Raroa says he doesn’t read too much in to the first match of the sea­son.

‘‘There’s al­ways go­ing to be a bit of rust in the first game. They’re a young side mixed in with a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence and it came down to our side hav­ing more ex­pe­ri­ence on the day.’’

The Ram­blers will take on How­ick on Satur­day.

Bat­ter up: Ram­blers bat­ter Jor­dan-Leigh Koni.

Big swing: Ram­blers bat­ter Monique Whareumu.

Fast ball: Mag­pies pitcher Beth Stavert.

Run­ning: Mag­pies bat­ter Kayla Roun­tree.

Pho­tos: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM/ PHOTOTEK

Wind up, right: Ram­blers pitcher Monique Whareumu. First hur­dle, left: Mt Al­bert Ram­blers in­fielder Freya Bul­lock says the young side needs to work on their game af­ter their loss to the Western Mag­pies.

Sec­ond base: Mt Al­bert Ram­blers bat­ter Shanelle Wi­hapi slides into sec­ond base.

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