Hard work pays with U15 girls softball rep side a reality
A GIRLS under 15 representative side has been a long time coming for Softball Gladstone, with many painstaking hours spent bringing players through to secure the squad.
This season finally marks the return of the team, rewarding the years spent by coaches and the committee simply to re-establish the age group.
While the boys' equivalent has always had no problem finding the numbers, for the past half a decade the girls have found themselves short of a full squad.
"The girls have all the spots filled to go away and the boys are somewhere near the mark as well this year," Softball Gladstone President Shane Finlay said.
Finding the players for the boys will not be a problem for the coaches, who were established last week as Merv Downing (Girls) and Steve Gehrmann (Boys), so now the remainder of the time between now and April 5 is set down for training.
"We nominate in a month for the state championships. We have handed in a letter of intent," Finlay said.
"The girls are going to Toowoomba and the boys to Redcliffe. It is just one division which is normally anywhere from seven to 12 teams."
Unsure of how the teams will go, it is a relief to have teams heading to each of the championships.
On top of finding the players, the Gladstone committee also needed to find enough coaches, managers and scorers to nominate a team.
"The parents of the kids are taking a lot of positions to make it happen," Finlay said.