Softball president hopes new comp will be a smash hit

SOFTBALL Gladstone President Shane Finlay loves his sport, and he wants to share it with the whole of the city.

The opportunity is there for everyone to take with the introduction of a participation competition called the Gladstone Smash beginning on Wednesday, May 7.

The competition is a mixed series with 10 per side incorporating what was known as slow pitch rules, not a part of the OzPitch program.

"No one has ever done it in Gladstone, so we are trying to get it going, encouraging new people to come and have fun," Finlay said.

As a taster to the eight-week competition, a come-and-try night is being held on Wednesday, April 30 from 6pm.

No cost is charged for the try-out, and at no stage of the competition do participants need to have their own gear.

Finlay says even though open matches may look daunting, the Smash matches are suited to everyone.

"It is a softer compound ball; a lot of ladies who don't want to face the hard ball will have no problem," he said.

The competition needs 40 players to be viable, making up four teams, but Finlay said his aim was to get six teams.

Gladstone Smash:

  • Every Wednesday from May 7
  • Matches 6pm onwards
  • 10 per side (Minimum four females)
  • $50 per person for eight weeks
  • Come-and-try day Wednesday, April 30


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