One of the most keenly contested annual June long weekend Riverland Masters Softball Carnivals on record was held this year with 10 teams competing including local sides Rats, Cobdogla and Loxton.
The even competition is reflected by the final ladder.
U S C 27 points
Port Pirie 22
Port Lincoln 13
And RSA Publicity Officer Cheri Healy sums the successful tournament thus.
“It was a fantastic weekend with a number of huge 4 baggers, plenty of K2′s, awsome catches and brilliant plays.
These amazing ladies proved to be legends of their game and show not only the serious side of softball but the fun side as well”
The players involved contained a fair percentage of ‘grandmas’ but the skills were still there and most look capable of displaying them for some time to come.
The competition started on Friday night at Berri’s Glassey Park with the two matches involving the local teams.
In a rematch of the 2015/16 Riverland Grand Final clubs premier Cobdogla defeated Loxton 13-8 and Rats beat Loxton 7-5.
Then on Saturday from 8.30 am it was a full day of competition. Results included Cobdogla and Hills playing out an exciting draw 9-9. USC defeating Cobdogla 5-1 and Magpies just edging out Cobdogla 8-7.
Sunday started with the third traditional Novelty Round. The tradition was started when Central and Rats turned out for the first game in their PJ’s. Folklore will say that the reason was that they had not had time to dress for the day after some Saturday night R&R time.
That has been strongly denied but it has led in 2016 to Hills winning the display in their M & M Shirts, Dominoes taking to the diamond and Yorkers looking gorgeous in pink in support of some members with breast cancer.
Sunday’s matches included Cobdogla beating Rats 4-3 and Port Lincoln 17-7, USC beating Port Pirie 2-1, Yorkers winning 9-7 over Rats and USC 5-4 against Magpies. Both USC and Magpies had been undefeated up until that clash and USC only grabbed the advantage at its last time at bat.
Unfortunately Magpies chances of winning the Cup were diminished when they received a forfeit from Port Pirie.
On Monday Port Lincoln won 11-9 against Rats, Gawler beat Rats 4-3 and USC defeated the 2015 winner Hills 5-3.
It had been a close call but out of a very exciting ‘marathon’ of quality hockey USC left town as the Cup winner.