It was a golden coast for local softballers
SOFTBALL: Natasha Chequer-Edwards could not believe her luck when all she needed to do was stop a slow ball.
She did it easy and the simple piece of play sealed the deal for her Marist over-35s softball team by winning a gold medal at the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast.
Her Gladstone team-mates Samantha Bowers and Rebecca Watson were quick to join in the celebrations.
Ranked as the underdogs, Marist did it the hard way and played cutting edge softball that paved way to a decider against Maitland City.
"We were up 3-2 on the last dig and Maitland had their number one hitter facing Rebecca Watson,” Chequer-Edwards said.
"I can't really say how I was really felling because you won't be able to print it, but it was a slow roller which meant the ball came slowly to me.
"I just tried to stay calm and took my time.”
Marist just scraped through to make the finals and each finals game was a "cut-throat” affair.
"The first two games were just grading games and then we made it into division one before scraping into the finals,” Chequer-Edwards added.
"We played 17 games in a week and that's about as many games we play in a season.
"The girls were pretty sore, but we pushed through.
"We did it the hard way and it was unbelievable.”
Gladstone's Wendy Scott played for Marist's over-45s which finished fourth after losing to Japan in a play-off for the bronze medal.
"It was a fantastic event played in high humidity and it was my first Pan Pacs,” Scott said.
Locals Merv Downing and Shane Wallace were a part of the all-conquering Hooters over-45 side that won gold after beating Boom, from Mt Isa.
It was a convincing 11-3 triumph and the journey to get there was not without some issues.
"I tore a ligament in my shoulder in just the second game,” Wallace said.
But he battled through as fielder and he praised his Gladstone team-mate.
"Merv Downing was a trooper and he missed just the one game,” Wallace added.
"His batting was great and the main part of us winning.”