Three rough diamonds but not enough for play

By ADAM HICKS

“WE would be better off with flippers down here.” They were the words of Far North Coast Softball president Di McGowan yesterday after inspecting Albert Park.

The home of Lismore’s diamonds was set to host the NSW Under-14s Softball championships but days of heavy rain have forced organisers to abandon the weekend competition.

“It’s disappointing, of course,” McGowan said.

“It was a State championship – everyone looks forward to that. All the city teams come here and we tried to make it a very comfortable and enjoyable time for everyone.

“Plus we were looking forward to showing off Albert Park. We had an Under-14 team set for the championships and those boys will be very upset to miss the opportunity to play against the best players in the State in front of their mums and dads and friends and families.”

About 170 players from 14 teams across the State had entered in the boys and girls championships.

McGowan said she also expected 46 umpires, 42 officials and parents x of most players.

“The decision had to be made before anyone left to travel here,” she said.

“The grounds are unplayable. We needed seven diamonds to host the competition and at a scratch we could only field about three and they weren’t really good.”

However, the news is not all bad for the region’s junior softballers.

NSW Softball general manger Cathy Kerr will be conducting a testing program today to select talented players for training squads and junior development programs.

Kids aged 11, 12 and 13 are invited take part in the testing from 4.15pm at Albert Park.

The tests include running speed, pitching speed, throwing speed and hitting speed.



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