Eleven teams vie for championship glory
■ 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.
The teams from last year’s North West Women’s Regional Softball Championship.