South Wagga Warriors to go in as favourites against Turvey Park in Wagga Softball

Sarah Carter forms part of Turvey Park's strong batting line-up, among a number of players averaging 350-plus. Picture: Laura Hardwick
Sarah Carter forms part of Turvey Park's strong batting line-up, among a number of players averaging 350-plus. Picture: Laura Hardwick

South Wagga Warriors meet Turvey Park in this Saturday’s lone match of the A grade competition of the Wagga Senior Softball League.

The two sides have actually met twice previously (the other scheduled matches between the two were washed out) and the ledger stands at one win apiece.

When the Warriors were big round two winners, Turvey was without key player, Amanda Gooden, who has stood out in both offence and defence. 

Turvey will hope that the classy player can star again this Saturday.

When Turvey won their second-time clash, Montana Kearnes was a notable absentee from the Warriors lineup.

She showed good form at last start, when the Warriors beat Saints, and always looms as a threat, be it with the bat, or with the ball.

Turvey boasts a strong batting lineup: statistically the best in the competition.

Gooden leads the way, but with 350 plus averages are Sarah Carter, Julie-Ann Hallam, Belinda Dennis, Georgina Carter and Charli McNaughton.

South Wagga's Jane Kearnes in a previous encounter against Turvey Park. Picture: Laura Hardwick

South Wagga's Jane Kearnes in a previous encounter against Turvey Park. Picture: Laura Hardwick

If they can continue to produce the goods Turvey can take it to the Warriors.

Turvey will need to have their outfielders to be as smart as they have demonstrated in games to date.

Karina Dennis, Jane Wadley and Georgina Carter have all taken ‘speccies’ as well as the routine straight forward dismissals to support the pitching of Olsen and Hall.

The Warriors have certainly stamped their authority on the competition to date, and will be hard to beat.

Their depth was well demonstrated against Saints, when, despite missing Jess Swaysland, Shae Skillen , Nicole Marlow, Jayla Nix and Kira Hallam, they managed to score a win.

With the Kearnes trio, Sam Vidler and Jess Grant all finding form with the bat, the Warriors will pose a difficult obstacle for Turvey to overcome, and as such deserve to start favourites.