Saints look to secure first grand final appearance with win over Turvey Park

Pitcher Tessa McGlynn will be one of the keys for Saints in the preliminary final on Saturday.
Pitcher Tessa McGlynn will be one of the keys for Saints in the preliminary final on Saturday.

Turvey Park and Saints will oppose each other in Wagga softball preliminary final on Saturday.

The teams have met on six occasions during the season, with Turvey Park having three wins and a draw, but Saints have emerged winners in the last two matches.

That form suggests Saints start favourites.

Turvey was well beaten in the qualifying final by South Wagga Warriors and will have to turn around that form if they are to stop the Saints run to the grand final.

One positive that can be taken out of their loss is the form of their three youngest players, Paris Hall, Charli McNaughton and Georgiana Carter, all of whom had safe hits off Montana Kearnes.

If they can do so again it will give Turvey a formidable offensive lineup.

Indeed almost all of the Turvey lineup managed at least one safe hit last game and if the batting form continues and becomes more consistent then Turvey will be in with a chance of yet another grand final berth.

Saints themselves, have improved in their batting since the six-week break.

That improvement has seen them win three matches form their last four starts, two of which have been over Turvey Park.

They will look to the McGlynn sisters, Tessa and Gamma, Kadison Hofert and the Calder sisters, Desi-Ann and Pam, to lead the way in this department.

Certainly their defence has been sound, again led by the battery of Tessa McGlynn to Hofert.

Should Turvey overcome their recent spate of untidy fielding and have Amanda Gooden, Jade Olsen, Julie-Ann Hallam, Jane Wadley, Belinda Dennis and Amanda Donohue bat to their potential, then a grand final position awaits, but if the Saints reproduce their improved batting and mix it, as they did last meeting, with smart bunting, Saints could find themselves in the premiership decider for the first time.   


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