Softball teams ready to go

Port Lincoln Softball

The 2018-2019 softball season kicks off this weekend and it will be exciting to see what unfolds on the diamond with a few changes around the clubs.

Welcome to any new players who are coming out for the first time and welcome back to previous players who could not stay away. 

All games are played at the Kirton Point Oval every Saturday.

Under 16s start at 11am, B grade at 12.45pm, and A grade at 2.45pm.

Full canteen facilities available.

EAGLES

Eagles’ juniors are still flying high after finishing in top spot and taking out the 2017-2018 under 16 premiership, with most of the winning side returning to the field.

Coming back are Eliza Jacob, Shenice and Katie Wells, Billie Jenkins, Jakoda and Tyra Skinn and Gemma Fowler.

The girls are under the keen guiding eye of Sam Higgins again with assistance from Sarah Laube.

The seniors are keen to go with junior Quinnie Skinn passing the junior levels to be a full time senior player, and her mum Sam Skinn is coming back to prove great softballing is in the blood.

The club will see juniors make their mark in the upper levels with Eliza Jacob and the unstoppable duo of Shenice and Katie Wells hitting the A and B grade diamonds.

A grade has been blessed with the expertise of Garrie Jones leading the ladies and Ricki-Lee Makuch is making her comeback with Hayley Wiseman returning after a few seasons off.

Sadly, softball veteran Tash Miegel will be out this season with injury.

REBELS

Rebels are rebuilding after a lapse in numbers over the last couple of seasons, they are still struggling to an extent but things are slowly looking promising.

This year they will be working together as a club to become strong in numbers again, however this may take some time.

The club has gained new players - Paige May and Tegan Boothby.

We have also seen the return of familiar faces Meegan Blackwell and Kate Howe.

As always Kelly Sewer and Shannen Hearne are the players to look out for, these girls have had some good form over the last couple of seasons and it is great to see them back on the field.

The coach for A grade and B grade this year is Keith Paull. He is going to bring something new and the club is looking forward to it.

ROADRUNNERS

Last years B and A grade premiers and junior runner ups have been grand finalists in seniors for a number of years and juniors have been pretty consistent in finals as well.

The club loves playing good softball but always wants to be making sure people are having fun and enjoying their sport as well, especially the juniors.

Roadrunners will be working on making sure they can keep being consistent and play good softball each week.

Last year they let themselves get ahead in games and then drop away which they can not do with such quality sides in the competition.

Lisa Yancic is new to the club coming over from the Adelaide comp and looks to be a quick solid player and can play infield or outfield.

She will likely have an impact where the club lost Jac Hage and Milly Morton.

Winnie Hill has not played for quite a few years but if she can do what she does on a hockey field out on the diamond then she will do very well.

Airlie O’Brien will be one to watch this year, she finished last season with a spot in the A grade and showed she can play well and has matured in the last two seasons and still has a couple of years of juniors too.

Will look to pitch more in A grade this season too and will combine well with Amelia Rusden.

Coaches this year are Mick Reagan doing A grade and juniors and Elisa ‘Fletch’ Heath doing the B grade again.

SHIELDS 

Tigers are looking forward to this coming season, filling all three grades with some familiar and new faces.

The club will be focusing on being more competitive, refining the basics, having fun and enjoying the game.

Outs for the seniors are Luka Woods and Kylie Dorward but the clubs gains Holley Sheeperd and Afton Bockelberg.

Under 16 coaches are Jeremy Hartwich and Zoey Muller, B grade coaches are Kylie Todd and Kaidy Morgan and PJ and Kira Picken will be coaching the A grade.

SQUAWS

Squaws senior sides are relishing in the opportunity at having Jaclyn Hage perform A grade coaching duties for the first time in her career as she takes some game time out for maternity duties.

Her knowledge of the game and extreme professionalism will rally the red and white brigade for some fierce competition on the turf.

She will be assisted by softball and baseball great Tom Hull part time.

Long serving coach and Squaws stalwart Kerry Simes to take on the B grade this season.

Alana Jantke and Ella Blewit doing wonders with the juniors again this season.

A grade will consist of some old faithfuls in Belinda Reynolds and Jennie-Lee Te Wano returning yet for another season.

A big come back from passionate player Karen Hardy has the camp buzzing.

Last season’s association best and fairest Alana Jantke will be throwing heat from the pitcher’s plate with her sidekick Ella Blewit directing play behind home plate.

Young guns Claire Norsworthy, Jacinta Packer, Livinia Kerley, Kimberley Simes, and Zoe Pratt will be the legs of the team. Packer, Norsworthy and Pratt all know how to throw strikes from the mound also.

This will give Squaws great depth in their fielding choices, and as they say “all bases will be covered”.

This season, Squaws have had to do some recruiting for some youngsters as a few of the under 16s are now of age to join senior ranks.