Reunion helps softballers with silver win
THE Pan Pacific Masters softball games held this month on the Gold Coast was the perfect place for a reunion.
A group of six women - past and present Gladstone Softball Association players - ended up playing on the same team for the first time in 25 years.
Christine Heinser said she and friends Wendy Houston, Kerry Katsenavas, Peta Cawthray, Marnie Schmidt and Annette Brooke had played together in local club teams and represented Gladstone but this was the first time they had all been able to play together in one team.
"After all of these years of someone couldn't make a carnival or whatever, we were finally on the same team," Heisner said.
And they made a fantastic team, joining with Brisbane and Melbourne women to make up the Brisbane Marist team in the over-45s A-grade division and gaining second place.
Heisner said after three days of grading games an A-grade pool was decided for the next four days of softball.
"We made it into second spot in our pool, and took out a silver medal going down to Camira Amigos 5-4 in a very hard-fought game," she said.
Over the nine-day competition she said there were approximately 760 games in two age divisions, over-35s and over-45s, with men's and women's softball played between teams from throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Japan.
Heisner said other Gladstone softballers participated for various masters sides including Randall Noonon, Merv Downing, Steve "Agro' Gerhmann, Dianne Coombes and Kathy Smith.