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Softball season plays catch up

PLAY TO RESUME: Matt Murphy (pictured) is eager to see the Granite Belt Softball season resume next week with a heap of catch-up games to be played.
PLAY TO RESUME: Matt Murphy (pictured) is eager to see the Granite Belt Softball season resume next week with a heap of catch-up games to be played. File

Softball: Rain hampered softball is set to play multiple games a week in order to catch up on the season.

The Granite Belt Softball season will resume next Monday, with organisers looking for the competition's 10 teams to play two games a week.

"We lost about half of our games (in 2017). We should have had 11 games in before Christmas but we were lucky to get in I think six of them due to the weather,” Granite Belt Softball's Matt Murphy said.

"But we're back again on the 15th and we want to try play Monday and Tuesdays to catch up... weather pending.

"We'll have to finish up before Easter. If the weather doesn't play into our hands again we might have to sort of look at doing a Super 8s kind of thing.

"Play it out in the one night. But hopefully we'll get some favourable weather.”

Where some sports are struggling, softball continues to attract healthy numbers, with seven or more players to each team in the 10-side competition.

But weather has been the spanner in the works for them this year.

"We normally lose two or three games which isn't so bad but this time it's been a shocker,” he said.

Despite the drawbacks, Mr Murphy's pleased with how the competition continues to grow.

It's one of few sports where parents can line up with their kids.

"We push the social side and we're trying to get some younger kids,” he said. "Some of the kids have teams with kids and their parents involved.

"It's generally fairly social as we probably don't have enough numbers to turn it into a hard, full-on competition. I think everyone's pretty happy with how it works.”

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