The 2018 Softball NSW State League competition will hit the halfway mark this weekend as the men’s teams finish their first round of matches.
It’s a short weekend with the Softball NSW Annual General Meeting taking place across Saturday and Sunday morning with matches set to tee off at 2.30pm.
The Northern Storm women’s side will be looking to push even on points with the Manly Eagles this weekend. With games against Hills and Sharks, while the Eagles have the one game against Panthers, the teams could end up on the same points at the halfway mark of the competition. In the other game, Panthers play Hills. It will be an interesting weekend for Panthers as well as two wins would bring them within touching distance of the leaders. Sharks will also be keen to build some form for the second half of the season, while Hills are still looking for their first win of the season.
In the men’s draw, the battle for second place headlines the weekend with Thurabredz – Tahi playing Tropics. For the winner, the spoils are being able to continue to snap at the heels of the Dolphins, while for the loser, they could drop out of the top four all together. The fourth-placed United are just one point behind the Tropics and Tahi. They play the seventh-placed Titans who will be fighting to keep touch with the top four. Mounties could also rise from fifth over the top of the loser of the second place battle with a good win over Demons. Demons are still hanging on in sixth although a loss would see a bit of a gap open up. Thurabredz – Rua will have their work cut out if they want to win their first game of the season as they come up against Dolphins.
The State League is Softball NSW’s elite competition and will feature four of our Aussie Spirit World Championship squad, four of last year’s Junior Spirit squad in the women’s competition, as well as five silver medal-winning Steelers from last years men’s World Championship and 10 of our world champion Junior Steelers.
All games in State League will be played at Blacktown International Sportspark on Sundays and will run until finals weekend on October 28, with weeks off during State Championship tournaments. Weather on Sunday is forecast to be sunny with a top of 21 degrees and a low of 7 degrees.
|Time||Comp||Diamond||Home Team||Away Team|
|2.30 pm||Men’s||1||Dolphins||| Vs |||Thurabredz – Rua|
|2.30 pm||Men’s||2||Demons||| Vs |||Mounties|
|2.30 pm||Women’s||3||Panthers||| Vs |||Manly Eagles|
|2.30 pm||Women’s||4||Northern Storm||| Vs |||Hills|
|5 pm||Men’s||1||Titans||| Vs |||United|
|5 pm||Men’s||2||Thurabredz – Tahi||| Vs |||Tropics|
|5 pm||Women’s||3||Hills||| Vs |||Panthers|
|5 pm||Women’s||4||Northern Storm||| Vs |||Sharks|