Hervey Bay Softball to host men’s competition

FRIDAY will mark the start of what Hervey Bay Softball's Donna Jenkins hopes is a revival in the local game.

A men's competition will start on Friday afternoon, and the short eight-week season is tailored to providing players a bite-sized taste of the sport.

If the competition, which could feature up to four teams, is a success, another short series may be held after Christmas and an expansion plan put in place for future years.

"We're hopeful of getting about three to four teams going for the competition then we'll see if they want to continue," Jenkins said.

"There's so much talent in Hervey Bay so it would be great to get the guys back out there."

For Jenkins it is about restoring softball on the whole Fraser Coast back to what it used to be, and to hopefully unearth more national representatives in years to come.

"We've had a few players go on to represent Australia," she said.

"The last was Josh Hartwig a few years ago but there was a long gap between him and previous representatives.

"It would be wonderful to have another Australian player come from the area, and if we get a few of these players returning it will give the kids someone to look up to as well."

Hervey Bay Softball's season started last week while the juniors are into their third week.

Jenkins said the women's competition had a slow start due to other events but the four-team competition should now be settled.

"We had the Relay For Life one weekend then had a bunch of people away the next week so it has been a bit slow, but I think we've got all of the spots filled now," she said.

"We've had some good results in the juniors playing at Maryborough so hopefully they continue."

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