Defending champions won’t be back in 2016

THE 2016/17 Mid-North Coast Softball Assocation competition is wide open.

Ready to go: Mid North Coast Softball Association president Lea Smith and co-ordinator Rowena Meers. Photo: Ivan Sajko

Ready to go: Mid North Coast Softball Association president Lea Smith and co-ordinator Rowena Meers. Photo: Ivan Sajko

It comes after last year’s premiers Finnians made the decision not to enter the competition again.

Association president Lea Smith said they currently had six teams, but would welcome more.

“We’re a social competition and very inclusive, but we really need to know we’ve got the pitcher-catcher combo in those teams,” she said.

“We lost the grand final winners from last year who have decided to take a year off which will open it up for everyone else.”

Meanwhile, Smith recently was rewarded for her service to the sport when she received one of three available state awards.

“It’s thanks for doing something you love and is a sport that’s been a part of my life for nearly 40 years,” she said.

“It’s for the contributions both on the diamond and off the diamond to help keep the sport going in an environment that is very tough.

“There’s a lot of sports out there for people.”

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