Fi­nal pitch an end of an era

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Last month marked the end of an era for soft­ball in the Pil­bara, but it was not al­lowed to fade away with­out one fi­nal hur­rah.

Forty years a g,o Hamer­s­ley Iron work­ers from across the Pil­bara came to­gether to com­pete in the first Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion Shield, and over the years many mem­o­rable mo­ments have played out.

The June long week­end was the 40th and last time the com­pe­ti­tion was played. Kar­ratha were the vic­tors over Dampier in the fi­nal.

West Pil­bara Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion stal­wart Barrie Sargeant was the founder of the com­pe­ti­tion back in 1978.

“We didn’t know how long it would keep go­ing for, we just kept do­ing it and 40 years later here we are,” he said.

“It was get­ting to a stage where the towns have been dev­as­tated by hav­ing fewer peo­ple in town and that was the down­fall of it, I guess.

“We strived to go to the 40th an­niver­sary and say, ‘right, lets call it quits’. It was very sur­real, very emo­tional, but it was quite good to have it done.”

Mr Sargeant said while the com­pe­ti­tion may be over, the friend­ships and mem­o­ries would re­main.

“It has been a plea­sure to work with all the towns and be a part of their so­ci­ety,” he said.

“I can vaguely re­mem­ber when we did it at Dampier one year and the Fal­cons did a skit to Mur­der on the Dance Floor.

“Then there was some sort of strip show in Tom Price an­other year.

“Ev­ery year was al­ways dif­fer­ent — there was never drama and the soft­ball was played well.”

Mr Sargeant said the week­end was mem­o­rable for him as his fam­ily was flown up to sur­prise him dur­ing the event.

“To the peo­ple who brought them up, all I can say is ‘thank you’,” he said.

Barrie Sargeant with the tro­phies.

Pic­tures: Tracey He­im­berger

DCA Cup fi­nal­ists Dampier and Kar­ratha.

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