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PREVIEW: Women's Grand Final - Gawler
02/27/2018 8:55 PM ET
The third season of Baseball SA's Women's League has been a smashing success and will culminate in what should be a thrilling Grand Final between the Goodwood Indians and the Gawler Rangers.

The Championship has more of a prestige to it than ever before. 
It's the third year of the BaseballSA Women's League and it's grown in leaps and bounds. In year 1 there were just four teams. Last year, the competition expanded to six. Now, there are 13 teams and 10 clubs across the city entered in the league.
There can only be one team who can win the inaugural "expanded club competition" and when talking to members of Goodwood and Gawler you can see how much it means to them.
First pitch is Friday night at 7:00PM at West Beach for just a gold coin entry. All the proceeds go to the Women's State Team.
In advance of the Grand Final we caught up with both teams. We'll start with the Gawler Rangers.
Gawler is still a relatively new club in South Australia and only in their 10th season of existence. They have never won a senior championships. These women could be trailblazers for the club. 
At the beginning of the season, Gawler was just trying to make sure they had enough women to field a competitive team. Now the Rangers are a powerhouse who rolled to just a two loss season.
We caught up with Gawler's coach Shaun Clark as well as club secretary and player Brooke Skewes to find out a little more about their side. We asked the hard hitting questions an they answered below. 
1) In the first year of the expanded WBL format, how did you go about putting together a team?
Last season we put the feelers out a little to see how much interest we would have. We are based at the same grounds as our local softball association, so it seemed like a good opportunity to get more girls involved in baseball and have a team located closer to those of us who don't live in the metro area and can't always travel to West Beach. It didn't come together last season but we publicised it a lot more this year and it generated a lot of interest. We had a couple of come and try days and since then the girls can't get enough of it.
2) What has been the area your team has most improved in this season?
There have been different areas of improvement for all the different players, but overall our fielding and baserunning have probably become the most solid facets of our game.
3) What is the 'key moment' the baseball community should know about the Gawler season?

We had been fairly solid in the first few games but looking at results from other matches we weren't sure how we would measure up against them all, so I think the key moment for us would have been when we came out very strongly against Glenelg, who had posted some big results, and finished comfortably. That was probably the moment where we started looking to the end of the season with a different purpose than just having a team in the women's league.
4) You've been putting up a lot of runs lately. Who are they key players to watch in the line up?
We have a very good batting and baserunning side. They all play for each other and it's hard to pinpoint individual players when everyone is out there doing a job, but Sarah-Jane Jameson (Jamo), Laura Helbig and Jess Maslin are seeing the ball well and consistently bringing people around.
5) Describe the Gawler Rangers Women's Team in just 3 words.
Loyal, Competitive, Fun.
6) As a new club in Adelaide competition, what would a championship mean to Gawler Baseball Club as a whole?

This is only the 10th year that the Gawler Rangers has existed at all. We have a couple of junior premierships but from a senior perspective this would be our first. There is a real buzz around the club from these girls, who have also played a few games with the senior guys and everyone is sharing in the success with this team. It would be huge. Obviously whether we like it or not success also breeds growth, so winning games will help to bring more people into the club. We've got some big things happening in Gawler so this can only keep us moving forward.
7) Tell us a little about your line up. What kind of team are you - what should we watch for?
We have a rock solid infield, and an experienced outfield. Jamo has been huge on the mound for us this season and the field backs her up so we're looking for some quick defensive innings so we can let the girls get to work with the bats as soon as possible. We're an aggressive side around the bases so keep an eye out for some close plays looking for an extra base.


Kathryn Adams
Erin Bassett
Teneille Fiedler
Laura Helbig
Sarah-Jane Jameson
Jessica Maslin
Nikki Schiller
Brooke Skewes
Leah Stirling
Cindie Tucker
Nerissa Walpole

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.