Softballers aiming for hat-trick at nationals

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Members of the 2019 Southland Evergreens team which won the national tournament last year. Photo: Supplied

THE Southland Evergreens softball team will start in the national tournament in Nelson tomorrow with the aim of retaining the national title it has won for the previous two years.

Evergreens team member Noel Eade said the team was made up of former Southland representative players, who came from far and wide to pull on the burgundy top and play with former teammates.

“We’ve got two who come over from Australia Anglem. Others are all scattered around New Zealand.”

The team originally boasted older players, but Eade said it was great the next generation were now reaching the over-35 age limit which allowed them to be eligible to play in the Evergreen competition.

Names synonymous with Southland softball, Telfer, Frisby, Killeen, among others, all featured in the team.

Southland would play Waikato, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay tomorrow before finding out the crossover draw to be played on Saturday.

For some it was more about catching up with friends than getting on the field, Eade said.

“Depending on your age determines how many times you play,” he said.

Eade admitted he was going as support crew.

In 2018, the Southland Evergreens shared the title with Wairarapa, but won the title outright last year.

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