Tom Chapman - 7 October 2013
The softball competition is underway at the 14th Australian Masters Games and the Geelong All Stars are at it again, hoping a home ground advantage will help them secure a medal.
Team manager and Geelong Softball Association (GSA) president Janine Jewell was hopeful her team could make it to the medal playoff rounds.
With nine diamonds being played on at any one time, and more than 40 teams making up the competition, there was no shortage of action on the second day of play.
The All Stars won their first two games of the competition, helped along by pitcher Anne McCall and catcher Julie Wardle, whose combined age of 128 proved that experience can counter youth any day of the week.
“That’s the beauty of the Masters,” Jewell commented.
“It doesn’t matter what age you are, as long as you’re fit and able, and you want to be out there, then literally anyone can play.
“We’ve got ladies who have been playing since they were 11, and others who have only been playing for two or three years, but in a competition like this it doesn’t matter one bit.”
As president of the GSA, Jewell has more of an interest than most in the week’s activities, and hopes the event will tempt more people back in to the sport.
“Softball has gone a bit quiet in Geelong in recent years, so it’s great to have a bit more exposure, and to have so much action happening here at Stead Park all week.”
Jewell also made special mention of the small group of volunteers who helped make the softball event possible.
“We only had a really small group, but they worked their backsides off, and we honestly wouldn’t have a competition this week if it wasn’t for them.
“So if you’re walking around different sports this week, make sure you thank the volunteers because without them this whole event wouldn’t be taking place!”
The Australian Masters Games will be staged until Saturday 12 October and is one of Australia’s largest multi sporting events.
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