'Crazy' response to new indoor softball plan

Published 5:00am 10 June 2022

'Crazy' response to new indoor softball plan
Words by Nick Crockford

Two players from a North Lakes club have pitched a plan for what is currently the only  indoor softball competition available in Brisbane.

Marianne Diaz and Sarah Timms, from the Lakers Softball Club, had the idea after having losing six weeks of matches to rain during the winter season competition in Caboolture.

At the same time, Mrs Diaz’ husband and son did not miss a session playing indoor cricket.

“I said wouldn’t it be good if we could play indoor softball,” she said, “Sarah agreed and that’s how it began.”

They spoke to venues about the competition, which is not affiliated to existing associations, and found a supporter in Riwhi Puru, owner/manager of Bracken Ridge Indoor Sports.

Simple rules

With that, Mrs Diaz and Mrs Timms started writing simple rules to suit both newcomers and experienced players.

Details of the competition were posted on the centre’s website and Facebook page – and inquiries flowed in.

Mr Puru said the level of interest has been “really crazy” … mainly from the north side of Brisbane, but also some teams and centres on the southside.

“The response has been a massive surprise,” he said, “it’s been really crazy the number of people contacting us.”

The first indoor softball session will be at Bracken Ridge Indoor Sports, on Bracken Ridge Rd, on June 16 with a free come-and-try open day.

'Crazy' response to new indoor softball plan

Fast paced

The 10-week season will start a week later on June 23 with match fees of $10 per person.

Ms Diaz, who plays for Lakers in the Redcliffe summer competition, said matches will be on Thursday evenings, using all three courts at the centre.

Rules have been modified to create a fast-paced game which lasts about one hour.

Teams must be mixed with at least four women. Children can play with adults. Once the season starts, matches will be on Thursdays from 6pm.

For further information visit brisports.com.au or facebook.com/brackenridgeindoorsports/or phone 3261 3666.

'Crazy' response to new indoor softball plan

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