MARKING HIS PITCH: Sparx women's A grade softball team coach Geoff Edards is in need of players.
MARKING HIS PITCH: Sparx women's A grade softball team coach Geoff Edards is in need of players. Karleila Thomsen

Sparx but no fire as yet

GEOFF Edards is already fighting one battle.

Now the 61-year-old, who is battling aggressive coronary artery disease, is gearing up for another and it’s one he wants to win.

Edards is making a desperate pitch to keep his beloved Sparx women’s A grade softball team, the team he coaches, on the diamonds.

A lack of players is threatening to hit Sparx, the defending premiers, out of the ball park just four rounds into the new Maryborough Softball Association season.

It was meant to be a season that Edards was hoping to guide his team to winning premiership for the fourth consecutive time since he took over the coaching duties.

Things haven’t gone to plan though.

Sparx have played just one game.

They’ve had the bye twice, lost another while they won the other on a forfeit.

Not the sort of form that wins premierships but Edards, who was told he had only a month to live just before he took over coaching the A grade team, is not about to give up.

He’s not the type to do that – just ask the doctors who told him there was nothing more they could do for him.

They know what a fighter he is and it’s that sort of determination Edards is showing to keep his team going.

Sparx have five players on their books – Edards would like five more.

They don’t have to be women either.

Boys aged under 16 can play in the women’s competition and many already do.

Edards, who has spent more than 30 years coaching softball at junior and senior level, said he would love nothing more than to find himself sitting in the dugout again.

“I’d love to be coaching – if I had a team to it with,” he said.

“But I guess that this is just one of those situations that many clubs find themselves in nowadays and not just softball ones.

“Players come and go, others retire and some just want to have a break – a couple of ours started families as well.

“It’s just unfortunate but that’s life and we’ve just got to get on with it as best we can or try to at least.

“I’d love to get some players to sign up before it’s too late for us to figure in this season.”

Edards said he was hoping that Sparx would be able to field a team this weekend.

“Some of the retired players have said to me that they would come and help if we got a few new ones so I am hoping that will be the case,” he said.

“I never give up and I won’t.”

Anyone keen to help Edards keep Sparx playing can contact him 4121 3427.



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