GIVING IT A TRY: North Burnett trials for U12 boys' and girls' softball at Mundubbera.
GIVING IT A TRY: North Burnett trials for U12 boys' and girls' softball at Mundubbera. Alex Treacy

This game is not for the soft

RILEY Maeyke is sore.

He's at the North Burnett district trials for U12 softball at Mundubbera State School, and things haven't entirely gone to plan.

"It's alright considering I got hit in the nose in the field,” he said.

"It was hit high and I didn't catch it with my glove, I caught it with my nose instead.”

Drew Paton, meanwhile, is a keen cricketer but has never played softball before.

"It's a lot more complicated than cricket,” he said.

Nods of agreement were shared with those gathered, few of whom had played before.

Watching astutely over them was Andrea Kelly, Dallarnil State School principal and a mean softballler back in her day.

"It's great because this is not normally a sport kids get to try in the North Burnett,” she said.

"A little bit of knowledge and a bit of skill is required.”

Ms Kelly said she leaned heavily on coaches Joy MacPherson, who is a teacher aide at Eidsvold State School, and Childers State School's Sergio Foglia, both of whom, Ms Kelly says, are coaches of some repute and are members of softball associations.

"The skill and knowledge we have between this pair is unbelievable,” she said.

A softball team has nine of the field and Ms Kelly was looking for three reserves for the team as well.


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