Jubilee triumph for J'ville women

Last updated 05:00 28/01/2013

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The Johnsonville women's softball team played its part as its club celebrated its jubilee at the weekend.

Johnsonville beat rivals Newlands 12-10 at Alex Moore Park on Saturday, a result that pleased coach Robin Cutting.

"It was really a slug feast from both sides," he said. "Normally we only give away one or two runs. No one was really outstanding but everyone hit well."

For two players - Jasmin Kaiaruna and Emma Francis - the win brought an end to a memorable few days topped off with their selection in the Junior White Sox team for their world championship tournament in Brampton, Canada in July. "They deserve their selection," Cutting said.

"They have been the dominate battery (Kaiaruna a pitcher and Francis a catcher) combination for the last two seasons."

The two and former international player Brooke Cutting were among those who performed well with the bat. Francis collected three hits, Kaiaruna and Cutting two.

Johnsonville is now equal at the top of the points table with Te Aroha, who have two games in hand.

Johnsonville's men's team were unable to continue the women's success.

After leading Porirua City United 1-0, they lost 2-1 in a tie-breaker innings.

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- The Dominion Post

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