Eleven teams vie for cham­pi­onship glory

Pilbara News - - Sport - Peter de Krui­jff

■ Eleven teams will vie for ul­ti­mate soft­ball glory in the 40th North West Women’s Re­gional Soft­ball Cham­pi­onship this week­end.

More than 200 play­ers and of­fi­cials, from as far north as Ku­nunurra and as south as Ger­ald­ton, will de­scend on Bul­garra Oval soft­ball diamond for their shot at the tro­phy.

It’s the largest num­ber of teams to have com­peted in the com­pe­ti­tion with each squad play­ing 10 games over two days in the round robin tour­na­ment be­fore the grand fi­nal on Sun­day at 4pm.

Last year, the com­pe­ti­tion was held in Port Hed­land with Dampier go­ing down to the home side in a match that came down to the last bat­ter.

Dampier won the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion at the week­end though and will be con­fi­dent go­ing into this year’s tour­na­ment.

A master’s show­case game fea­tur­ing past and cur­rent play­ers will be held on Satur­day night, and en­ter­tain­ment and a pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony will fol­low Sun­day’s grand fi­nal.

As to why the tour­na­ment had been around for so long, West Pil­bara Soft­ball vi­cepres­i­dent Sharelle Clarke said soft­ball was a great team sport which brought to­gether peo­ple in small towns.

“We live re­motely from our fam­i­lies so my team has be­come like my lo­cal fam­ily,” she said. “You spend your week­ends to­gether and it has a nice spirit about it, the game.

“I think another rea­son it has con­tin­ued is be­cause all skill lev­els can play from be­gin­ners to ex­pe­ri­enced; any­one can have a go.”

Clarke said the as­so­ci­a­tion had re­ceived a great deal of sup­port from the com­mu­nity and busi­nesses.

An open­ing cer­e­mony will be held at 8am on Satur­day with games start­ing at 9am.

Games start on Sun­day from 8am.

Pic­ture: North West Soft­ball Champs

The teams from last year’s North West Women’s Re­gional Soft­ball Cham­pi­onship.

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