for Softball NT Staff and a fitting end to their travels was the Barunga Festival.
7 Teams had registered to play Softball up from 5 teams the year prior. In the end 6 teams battled it out at the Festival. Through some clever planning and solid commitment from the teams each team was able to play 4, 1 hour 15 minute games.
It was not just the NT that got behind the Barunga Festival. Softball Australia sent Ben Utting Sports Development Manager out to the festival in support.
The first game of the Carnival saw Palumpa Power put their stamp on the competition downing Canteen Creek Thunder 5-3.
Next up Wadeye Magic with a massive batting line up scored big against Yarralin Suns who eventually went down to the Wadeye Magic 15 -5.
Pepperenarti were not about to be out down by the West Daly shire counter parts and also chalked up their first win against Yarralin 9-0.
For the last game of the day Wadeye Magic took on Canteen Creek Thunder and their batting depth was not enough as Falicia Inkamala threw some heat from the plate as Canteen creek got away with a narrow victory 8-7.
After Day one the competition was wide open and all players were keen to make the most of the opportunity to make it to the final.
Day Two of the competition saw Softball take place on two diamonds in order to give everyone adequate game time. The first round of games saw a home town derby of Peppermanarti V Wadeye Magic. Peppermenarti were lead by 3rd baseman Daktoa Wilson who was unstoppable with the bat and in the field. Although Marry pitched well for Wadeye they went down 16-6.
Meanwhile in Diamond 2 MacDonnell Shire took on Palumpa Power. Palumpa were much to strong and with amazing batting from the whole team and some great pitching from Deborah Palumpa took the game 24-4.
The second Round of the day saw Canteen Creek Draw Peppermenarti 8 all. Whilst the Yarralin Suns went down in a really tight game 3-7 against Palumpa Power.
The Third round of the day was a luck one for Yarralin who beat Canteen Creek Thunder 7-3. The loss ended Canteen Creek’s assault on the finals leaving Palumpa and Peppermenarti in first and second place respectively. Meanwhile on Diamond 2 Wadeye Magic chalked up their second win of the tournament beating MacDonnell Shire 12-4.
Whilst there was one round game remaining Palumpa Power V Peppermenarti the game was cancelled as it had no bearing on the finals and these two teams had already qualified for the Grand Final.
After a hour of rest the teams took to the field one last time for what was a game that all at the diamond will remember. Peppermenarti and Palumpa went hard at each other for 6 innings with very few errors great fielding pitching and batting. Mid way through the 7th innings we had a winner. Peppermenarti 10 Palumpa 7.
It was a great tournament and a credit to all the teams involved.
Final Placings were.
- Peppermenarti Bulldogs
- Palumpa Power
- Wadeye Magic
- Canteen Creek Thunder
- Yarralin Sun’s
- MacDonnell Shire
MVP was Dakota Wilson for Peppermenarti.