Raiders dominate Ipswich finals with 14 teams in title hunt
THE Raiders Softball Club will be well represented at the Ipswich Softball Association finals on Saturday with 14 teams competing across all grades.
The Raiders have a team in every final, except Men's A grade, playing at the Chubb Street venue.
Two of the club's womens teams will face each other in the A/A2 Ladies final with the Raiders going up against a combination of former Eagles players and Raiders juniors in the Eagles/Raiders side.
Eagles/Raiders co-captain Amanda Williams said the team knew each other well from their time at the old club.
"We only decided to put a team together a few weeks out from the start of the season," Williams said.
"We are pretty much all from the Eagles and we've known each other going on 15 years.
"It's just about getting out there and having fun on the day."
Williams said a history of tight matches between the two sides would make for a close final game.
"It should be a cracker of a game," she said.
"It's always been a tight game between us with just a couple of runs determining the winner."
Raiders coach and player Kate Broom said her team had worked hard to make it to the ladies final.
"We have fought hard as a team in the last few weeks," Broom said.
"Either way the final goes the Raiders are the real winner.
"We would love to end the season on a high though."
Broom said the future looked bright for the local club with so many junior sides at the top end of the competition.
"It just shows that the time and dedication that the support staff and commitment from the parents all pays off," she said.
"The difference I have seen since my first year coaching to now is that the strength in numbers and the basic skill level is growing."
Broom said she couldn't be prouder of her Raiders Red under-16 side who are set to face the Tigers in their final at noon.
"The skills and ability they have shown throughout the season just makes you very proud," she said.
"Most of these kids started in the younger grades and have kept that same core group.
"They can already see how the hard work pays off."
Where: Ipswich Softball Association grounds (Chubb St, Ipswich).
When: Saturday, from 9am.
Senior Finals: A/A2-grade Ladies: 4.30pm; A-grade Men: 7pm.