LISMORE'S Albert Park will come alive next weekend as the Far North Coast Softball Association hosts the NSW open women's championships.
In a major coup for Lismore, it is the first time for many years the open women's state carnival has been held outside the Sydney metropolitan area.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for the FNC Softball Association to show off our local talent to the rest of the state on our home grounds,” association president Sue Dakin said.
"Our team will be battling for gold against teams from Penrith, Manly, Hornsby and Cumberland Nepean.”
"It is also a great opportunity to showcase Lismore and all the beautiful Northern Rivers has to offer.”
The FNC team is very much a family affair with two sets of sisters and even a mother- daughter combination playing.
Former Australian pitcher Michelle Lucas and her sisters Nicole Bruce and Johanna Presgrave are in the team, as are sisters Shantana and Talarra Berry, and mother and daughter combination Loris and Amy Gordon.
Also representing FNC are Samantha Dowse, Shannon Holgate, Laura Knight, Erin Little, Cheryl Nilon, Leah Van Wettering and Deidre Coe.
Steve Clough is head coach.
The first game will start at 10am next Saturday with four timeslots each day leading into 9am and 11am games on Mon- day ahead of the finals at 1pm.
"I encourage everyone to come down and support our local ladies as they battle against the state's finest softball players,” Dakin said.
Juniors from three years old, along with their families, are invited to a softball 'come and try' morning tomorrow from 10am to noon.
Juniors interested in playing softball and T-ball in the coming season, to start on Saturday, October 8, will learn the basics of the game including hitting, running, throwing and catching.
There will be a free sausage sizzle, giveaways and prizes.
Inquiries to Shannon Knapp on 0457-000102.