Mizuno Ballpark was alight last Saturday with the Canterbury Championship softball finals, seeing ELE Papanui romp home in back to back games (3-2 and 4-2) against the PCU Devils to secure the title for the fourth year running. The team, backed by sponsors ELE Group, have had a fantastic season to date and would be looking to further their silverware collection in the national competition had the current coronavirus preventative measures ruled out the chance of play going ahead.
Speaking to ELE Papanui’s Jackson Watt, one gets the sense it’s a great feeling to make it four on the trot – especially when the best of three games were ‘so tightly contested’: the PCU Devils ‘putting up a fight for it’ all the way to the end. Jackson relays that the secret to his team’s success, however, is down to the culture: they are a ‘good bunch of guys looking out for each other’ and there is a ‘real family feel’ on and off the diamond. With that kind of can do chemistry, I am sure some Papanui fans will already be itching to see if the team can bring home the championship again next year. We will just have to wait till the 2020/21 season to find out what happens next.