Sia Soliola was invited onto the field before the match for the ceremonial first pitch.
“It was a great experience to throw the first pitch at the Cavalry game,” Soliola said.
“I missed the target unfortunately, the ball hit the ground before the catcher could get it. It was nice to receive the ball from TJ who was involved in a car crash recently and it’s great to see him out of hospital.”
“It was great to get the whole squad along to the game on Friday night and big thanks must go to David Tyack from Canberra Milk and the team from the Cavalry for making this happen.”
“The playing group are all really grateful that we can spend a night together as a group and watch the baseball together.”
Soliola was very pleased with the way his teammates have conducted themselves in pre-season since their return from the short Christmas break.
“Everyone is feeling healthy and working hard to get into their best shape. It’s an important time to fine tune everything that we have worked hard on so far.”
The former New Zealand international believes that the Raiders retainment of the vast majority of the playing group from the past two seasons will serve them well as they look to build on improving in 2018.
“The benefit for us is that we don’t have too much chopping and changing within the first-grade squad. We can work with the vast majority of players that we have had over the past few seasons to keep building and improving with.