Three generations play softball with Cougars
FNC Softball is a competition for all ages - as Casino Cougars are proving.
The club boasts three generations of one family - grandmother Dianne Allen, daughter Deidre Coe and her daughter Mikayla.
Speaking after their latest match together last Saturday against Workers Wild Turkeys, Coe senior said the family link was proving the talk of the competition.
"I think other teams are a bit shocked," she said.
"I remember one match when I said something to Mikayla and then she turned around and spoke to Mum.
"One of their players said, 'Are you are related? That's amazing'. She couldn't believe it.
"It's very rewarding to play alongside both of them. It's awesome."
Grandmother Dianne, 58, has been with the Casino side since taking up the sport about 30 years ago.
Her 36-year-old daughter Deidre played for Casino as a junior, but then moved onto Lismore's Workers club.
After several years there, she re-joined the Casino club owing to family commitments.
Mikayla, 11, started playing about a year ago and takes part at senior level after age restrictions in the women's only competition were relaxed.
The student at Casino's St Mary's Primary School is a keen player and is already making waves in the competition.
"She took two awesome catches today," Deirde said. "She is going well.
"I was definitely hoping Mikayla would play softball, so we might play in the same team together one day.
"We get along pretty well on the pitch. I tell Mum what to do and she tells me what to do when we need it.
"I think we encourage each other, but softball is a sport where there's lots of cheering and camaraderie anyway."
The trio will also represent the Casino Tatts club in forthcoming winter netball action, albeit at different grades.
"Deidre has always been a good player and now it's great Mikayla is keen on playing as well," Dianne said.
"I'm very proud of them both."
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