Gawler steps up to championship plate

GAWLER & Districts will be aiming to defend its State Softball Championship C and D grade titles this weekend at West Beach.
The GDSA defeated the Riverland 8-0 in the C grade and overcame Hills Blue in the D grade, also with an 8-0 scoreline.
GDSA president and C grade coach Amanda Unger said that this time will be different.
“It should be an interesting one, we’re not the underdog this time,” she said.
“I’ve got a pretty good group of focused softballers, they’ve all been playing a long time and they know how to work under pressure.
“We’re used to being hunted, I think we’re up for the challenge.”
Unger, who has coached GDSA sides for over eight years, said that there’s a solid mixture of players in the group.
“We’ve got a good combination of younger players as well – our youngest player is 15 years old,” she said.
After reflecting on last year, Unger said the winning feeling is why she continues to coach.
“Last year was amazing; we won the game well, as well,” she said.
“It’s always tough to coach in those close games and you get the jitters, but my players made it easier for me.
“The rewards of coaching is amazing, it’s the reason why I do it for stuff like this.”
After claiming a double success in 2017, Unger said she is hoping for the same again.
“My expectations are always to win games, I’d like to be there in the final game again,” she said.
“My players are certainly on board to give their very best.”

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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