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As a team we have grown stronger this year and even had new ladies join us. This year there has been some highs and lows, my depression returned with no trigger and floored me for a few months. Through this period, rounders and my team mates pulled me through (I really don't think they know how much they've helped me, so if you are reading this Batty Birds Thank you!!! You are truly amazing people). My concentration was all over the place and it was at this time England rounders was coming to town to play a Taunton team. There were try-outs and practice sessions being held and I'd been looking forward to these for some time. It was just extreme bad timing on my mood front. I had made no secret of it that it was on my achievement list to be part of Taunton all stars.

Was I about to let my anxieties get the better of me?... No, I wasn't, I was given a place and even better I was placed as bowler. We had an amazing day and learnt so much, through playing and watching the England ladies we've improved our own techniques unfortunately we didn't win, but the whole experience and the opportunity that was supported by SASP was invaluable. We even learnt a few new rules. I believe I'm right in saying that they would like to come back and play again. So I'm hoping my head will be in a better place and try-outs go well again.

We also entered our team into the Somerset league which is also run by SASP. This is a mixed league, however batty birds is a ladies team... We held our own and finished 15th out of 29 teams. We have won a couple of team trophies over the last year.

As for my personal achievements, I was asked to captain the Birds for our second season and was also voted player of the year within the team.

I'm looking forward to seeing how my bowling improves and if there are any new sports that I will become involved in.

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