Hervey Bay Softball Association member Damien Maahs says the format of the men’s competition will probably have to change because they are not getting enough numbers to hold games on Friday nights.
Hervey Bay Softball Association member Damien Maahs says the format of the men’s competition will probably have to change because they are not getting enough numbers to hold games on Friday nights.

Future of softball at risk

A DECISION will be made on the future of the Hervey Bay men's softball competition at the association's monthly meeting tonight.

Despite having some of the most talented players in the Wide Bay taking part in the competition, its future is far from assured because of disappointing numbers so far this season.

Enough players are signed up for three teams but organiser Damien Maahs says the association is struggling to field two teams because of a lack of commitment from some of the players.

“We are struggling,” he said.

“It is a concern. Three years ago we had six teams competing in the competition.

“Last year we had four but we finished with three.

“This year we have three teams on paper but we can't even get enough for two.”

“The representative under-19 and men's teams from the region competed strongly this year and it was sad to think that players of their calibre could be left without a local competition,” Maahs said.

“Now they have nowhere to play. Several of them are travelling to Bundaberg of a Saturday morning to play.”

Tonight the Hervey Bay Softball Association will hold its monthly delegates meeting and a decision will be made on the future of the competition.

That will include discussing possible intercity matches with Bundaberg during the next few months to get members playing and registered with the association. Playing winter games as well as in the summer would also be discussed.

The games are currently being played on a Friday night and Maahs said that would also be reviewed.

“It is sad that it has come to this,” he said.

“Playing on a Friday night doesn't suit some of our players and we will discuss going back to a Saturday competition.”



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