Junior softballers take on state’s best

The GDSA under 13s junior state championships team with assistant coach Sue Norris.

The GDSA under 13s junior state championships team with assistant coach Sue Norris.

The Gawler and Districts Softball Association (GDSA) is celebrating a strong representation at this weekend’s Junior State Championships.

GDSA has worked tirelessly over the past few years to promote its juniors and increase participation, this year taking three teams, under 13 girls, under 13 boys and under 17 girls, to the Adelaide Hills event.

Under 13s coach Kat Ingram said five GDSA clubs, Kangas, Two Wells, Trinity College, Bluejays and Giants, have players spread across all three teams.

“GDSA has had a great cross section of clubs represented (at the Junior State Championships), it hasn’t been dominated by one club,” she said.

“It’s really good for the association – it was really struggling with numbers, but we’ve done a lot of recruiting.”

Ingram said she’s not sure what to expect from this “talented” bunch, but just hopes they grab onto the experience with both hands.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to come together and play with people they usually play against,” she said.

“They will get to experience the calibre of softballers out there and what’s they can aspire to.

“We have some good talent, and a good mixture of experience and newbies.”

Regional clubs rotate in hosting the Junior State Championships each year.

The last year GDSA hosted the annual event was 2003, while the 2017 event was held in Port Pirie.