Apaches still on the warpath
A LOT can happen in 12 months.
Just ask veteran softball coach Bev Thatcher about it.
This time last year her team, Aztecs Apaches, had just been crowned the Maryborough Softball Association women’s A-grade minor premiers.
A year later, Aztecs Apaches, who eventually lost to Sparx in the grand final, are bottom of the four-team ladder and would appear to be struggling to make the finals.
They played two games at the weekend, winning one and losing the other, but coach Thatcher isn’t the type to bow down and give up.
With one round to go before the finals, Thatcher, who has been coaching teams in Maryborough for 20 or so years now, knows she’s got a real battle on her hands if she wants to guide her team to finals glory.
But she’s ready to meet the challenge full on – she knows no other way.
“Sure, I know people have written us off but that’s fine by me,” Thatcher said.
“I’ve been around this game for most of my life and I’ve seen teams given no hope go on and win a premiership – it happened to me when I was playing.
“We were dead last on the ladder but finished up winning the grand final.
“Playing in the finals in any sport is unlike playing in a normal game during the season – there is nothing to lose and everything to gain.
“I never say never and you can take it from me that we won’t stop trying this season.
“A game is never over until time is called – we’ll give it everything until then.”
In the games played this weekend, competition leaders, Incas Cobalt, beat Incas Silver 10-6 and backed that up with a 13-6 victory over Aztecs Arrows.
Aztecs Apaches beat Aztecs Arrows 9-7 before Incas Silver downed Aztecs Apaches 8-5.