Olympians part of the action at Tamworth reunion match

TAMWORTH Softball Association, in conjunction with the Tamworth Baseball Association, was proud to host a representative reunion game last Saturday on the Tamworth Baseball Association’s  Field of Dreams.

The predicted storms were not forthcoming, Tamworth Softball Association marketing and promotions officer Rebekah Kingdom said.

“It allowed players from previous Country NSW teams, NSW representative teams, and Australian Olympian teams to enjoy a catch-up and put on a great display of the sport,” she said.

“Members of the current Tamworth Under 13 and Under 15 representative teams were invited to participate, with several girls jumping at the chance.

“Association president  Richard Webb umpired the fun game and took great pleasure in calling current Australian captain and Olympian, Stacey Porter, out as she slid into home plate in the top of the first innings.

“Mel Roche, a four-time Olympian, made pitching look effortless, and made all the club pitchers present want to sign up for personal  one-on- one lessons.

“Tracey Mosely, two-time Olympian and visitor at the CMF, and Mel Roche, were kind enough to spend some time with the local players after the game, holding a batting training session.

The TSA will conduct a men’s social competition this year.

“The Tamworth Softball Association will be conducting a 10-week Fast Pitch Men’s Social Competition, starting this Friday  at 6pm. Teams will play 90-minute games,” Kingdom said.

TSA junior vice-president Damian Henry believes it will be a success.

“We’ve fielded a significant number of requests to hold a men’s competition over the past couple of years,” he said.

“Baseball players are looking for a sport in their off-season, and the parents, partners and siblings of our female players have also voiced an interest.

“This 10-week competition will give us a chance to gauge the likelihood of conducting a full-length summer competition next summer.”

The TSA is also holding a Soft Pitch competition from Sunday.

“Some teams are still in need of players, and registrations can be made from 5pm Friday evening, when all teams will be finalised prior to play at 6pm,” Kingdom said.

“This competition is open for ages 13 and up.”

For more information, please contact TSA secretary Mandy Brown (0459 315544).

Riverside Cup and League Cup competitions both re-start this Saturday. 

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