BY SIMON KESLEP
Softball hype continues as Saints face off against reigning champions Anti Pest sponsored United Sisters in Port Moresby women’s A grade grand final at Bisini softball precinct on Saturday.
Saints will go in as underdogs against an experienced Sisters outfit with finals experience under their belt.
They are capable of causing upsets even if it means having the last turn at bat.
The last time both teams met saw Sisters walking out 6-1 victorious.
Sisters may have had an easy walk in the park through the finals campaign but they are expected to display a competitive slugfest innings to give Saints a good run for their money.
The women in purple (Saints) stamped their mark, out-scoring Chebu 17-7 in the first finals elimination and last Saturday held off Bears to a 12-4 run ahead rule win.
Saints coach Dimi Wosley was caught off guard yesterday when contacted by the Post-Courier and he humbly congratulated all his players for their commitment both during training and on game-day.
“Congratulations to the team for making it into the grand final.
The commitment and dedication to the club and team itself has paid off.
Thank you to their (players) families for allowing them to come out with us through the season,” Wolsey said.
He admitted their focus is on how defensively they have to perform in fielding against Sisters.
“Our focus is mainly on fielding and minimizing errors. I predict it will be tense and a lot of pressure on both sides.”
However, it would not be much of a pressure as Wosley will be banking on experience and old hands in the team to counter attack Sisters in both fielding and batting.
“I will be banking on Stephanie Manning, Hazel Schulz, Addie Tamti, Kurai Tovia, Margaret Parom and Cheryl Moka, as well as pitcher-catcher combination of Rungend Ropa and Anita Kisokau,” Wosley said.
“I would like to thank our club executives, families and followers of the Saints softball club for their undying support.”
Sisters will be aiming to retain a fourth straight crown under the guidance of Oscar Karai who has his wife Selina and daughter Tessa also playing for the team, especially in the pitcher-catcher combination.
Coach Karai was unable to be reached yesterday.
However, he will be expecting the backing of mother-daughter combination led by the likes of Georgina Mautu, Florence Daple, Priscilla Mocke and other senior players.
The B grade grand final will pitch off earlier between Moni Plus Gazelle and Lamana Yokomo.