Qld’s top softballers of future in Ipswich
IPSWICH is preparing to go one better at this year’s Queensland U15 Girls State Championships.
Staged from Friday until Sunday, the championships are expected to attract 170 competitors to the George and Eileen Hastings Sports Centre at One Mile.
The tournament will feature 13 teams from across Queensland, descending on Ipswich in the hope of being crowned the best softball team in the state.
Last year Ipswich finished middle of the pack with Redcliffe walking away with top honours.
Ipswich Softball Association secretary Christine Denkel believes this year will see the home side cement their position in the competition.
“The team have been training since Christmas and I think they deserve to finish higher this year,’’ the long-serving Ipswich official said.
“Brisbane will be the ones to watch out for with two teams in the champion- ships.”
Ipswich has benefited from a surplus of players with some softballers released to play for opposition teams.
“We are very fortunate to have a wide number of players available,” she said.
“Because we had such a surplus three of the girls have been released to play for Gladstone.
“They’ve all been training in their squad shirts, which has instilled some real pride in the team.”
This will not be the first time Ipswich has hosted a softball championship.
Denkel believes attracting the event is a credit to the local facilities.
“Ipswich has been very fortunate,” she said.
“We tend to get a championship each year, which is great for the town.
“The council has been very generous in suppor- ting the competition.”
The Ipswich girls will play Brisbane White, Redlands and Rock- hampton on Friday before hosting Redcliffe, Glad- stone and Bundaberg on Saturday.
The finals are on Sunday.
Games start from 8am each day.