Masters score a home run for softball

Masters score a home run for softball

Published: 5 August 2013

Masters score a home run for softball
The 2013 Softball Queensland Masters Tournament was held at Meakin Park on the weekend.

They came from throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and even New Zealand to compete in the 2013 Softball Queensland Masters Tournament at Meakin Park last weekend.

Governance, Finance and Economic Development Assistant Chair Councillor Steve Swenson (Division 3) said the event, one of the highlights of the masters sporting calendar, was heavily-contested with 88 teams and more than 1,200 players taking part. The tournament ran from Friday 2 August to Sunday 4 August.

Cr Swenson said the event was coordinated by Softball Queensland and Logan City Softball Association. Council's Events Advisory Group contributed $10,000 to the event.

"Without doubt, this is one of the major softball competitions in Australia," he said.

"While masters sports are known for their camaraderie and friendly rivalry, this year's competition was certainly tough with a host of talented sportsmen and women taking part - we even had some former Olympians competing.

"And the event highlights how you are never too old to get out there and have a go. In one team, Bets Mets, the average age of the players was about mid-60 and the side included a woman who is in her 80s and has been involved in softball since the mid-1940s."

The carnival was staged over three venues in the Meakin Park Sporting Precinct.

"And believe me; we certainly needed all of this space. Teams contested 11 divisions in the women's competition while teams contested five divisions in the men's competition," Cr Swenson said.

"This is one of the largest sporting events we hold in Logan City and feedback I received throughout the carnival was extremely positive.

"Tournament convenor, Sue Nisbet, was extremely happy with the standard of the facilities and the continued support shown by Council."

Cr Swenson said the tournament, while an important sporting event, was also renowned for its charitable focus.

"One of the regular teams at the event, Play for a Cure (P4AC), conducted a number of fundraising raffles throughout the carnival with all funds raised directed to cancer research," he said.

"Quite a number of players from Logan City were also represented in both the male and female competitions which was great to see - I am sure they had a wonderful time and will be back on board next year.

"The carnival also had significant economic benefits for Logan City with all players staying locally which was great to see."

Cr Swenson and State Member for Waterford Mike Latter presented the medals to the major winners, PK Pride (Division One Men) and Play For a Cure (Division 1 Women) on Sunday afternoon.