Lakers ready to take on Masters

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The Lakers Softball Club is about to add another milestone to its remarkable year.

From August 6-8, the North-Lakes-based club will have its biggest representation at the Queensland Masters.

Three women’s teams and one men’s side are among the 172 entries with matches being played at grounds in Redcliffe and Caboolture.

Club of the Year

It comes after the Lakers was named Redcliffe Softball Association’s Club of the Year and Junior Club of the Year for 2021.

All highlights for a club which almost folded, but has now become one of the region’s biggest, drawing players from as far as Brisbane and Ipswich.

“Being named club of the year was not only due to our success on the field,” said treasurer Rachel Leaver. “It was also our commitment to the community.”

It is a far cry from 2013, three years after Lakers began, when there were fears it may not survive as numbers fell.

Future fears

Rachel Leaver was among those who helped turn fortunes around to the extent it was named Redcliffe Leagues Softball Association Club of the Year in 2016, 2019 and now 2021.

It recognised the club’s success on and off the field with its commitment to Moreton Bay Regional Council Active Kids holiday sessions, North Lakes Sports Club advisory committee, field improvements and junior skills development.

“It was mainly by getting in people we knew, or had played before,” said Ms Leaver, “friends, family members ….

“We advertised, hosted council activities for children and getting women in sport. Now we have players from the ages of four or five to those in their 60s and 70s.”

Play hard

Lakers’ motto is “Play hard, get dirty and have fun”, with a focus on making everyone feel inclusive, regardless of their skill level.

The Lakers is affiliated to Redcliffe Softball Association for the summer and winter seasons and Caboolture Softball Association for winter.

For further information visit facebook.com/lakerssoftball.com.au/or email secretary@lakerssoftball.com.au

Queensland Masters facts

- Runs from August 6-8 and is the biggest softball tournament in this state.

- 118 teams will play 360 games over three days at Boardman Rd, Kippa-Ring and Dances Rd, Caboolture.

- Matches will start at 8am each day and finish around 4.30-5pm at grounds without lights. Those with lights will continue to 7pm.

- In Redcliffe, diamonds will be used at the Redcliffe Softball Association grounds, neighbouring Redcliffe Padres baseball grounds and the PCYC Redcliffe fields.

- Teams are travelling from as far as Cairns and Townsville. Despite the COVID restrictions, the numbers are only seven down on 2019 – the last time the Masters was held.

- Ross Symonds, CEO of Softball Queensland, said organisers were happy with the entry levels given the current COVID challenges.

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