Dinare women’s softball team came to the Selibe Phikwe softball extravaganza with one mission.
To clinch the championship and pocket the P50 000 prize money.
At the end of three days of hard play, Dinare women’s outfit which was participating in the mining town’s annual tournament accomplished their task by walloping Whales from Jwaneng by 14 runs to 5.
Despite one of their key players Lebopo Othomile missing the final game due to an injury, Dinare players had to “dig deep into their mental strength” to see off their opponents.
“The injuries of key players adversely affected our performance. We won one game and lost two, which meant we had to play more games than our counterparts to reach the finals.
In short we came from behind”, said the elated Dinare coach Basimanebotlhe Molathiwa.
He said the journey to the top was not a walk in the park, as they had to work extra hard to dethrone the defending champions Bears.
“From the onset we planned to play well in this tournament.
And I’m glad my girls stuck to the game plan.
Although our opponents registered those five runs due to our silly mistakes.”
Meanwhile in the men’s BDF IX saw off Rail Giants of Mahalapye registering four runs to Giants’s three.
In a tightly contested final the two male teams were neck to neck, keeping spectators who had braved the chilly weather on the edge of their seats.
Although Rail Giants played their last qualifying match for the grand finale Monday afternoon against Comets, they did not show any sign of fatigue.
Giving the red and white garlanded BDFIX a run for the money.
This year’s champions’ prize money doubled from P25 000 to P50 000. While second runners up received a consolation of P25 000.
The four day softball extravaganza’s main sponsors were Bridgestone, Puma, Komatsu, and Botsogo health plan, Stanlib, Liberty, BCL and FES.