‘Quality will be improved’

Turvey Park will be one of three teams in A Grade this season. Picture: Kieren L TillyWagga Softball Association (WWSA)says it has opted for quality over quantity in pursuing a three-team women’s A Grade competition this season.
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Turvey Park, South Wagga Warriors and Saints will go it alone after Lake Albert and Blu-Js were unable to field competitive A Grade sides.

With the Kooringal club going into recess last year, it left the top flight competition with a trio of teams competing in an amended draw.

WWSA president Jessica Grant said the organisation had done plenty of soul-searching before making the final call.

“We’ve had several meetings and long conversations and maybe combining A & B Grade but we decided that at the end of the day, we needed an A Gradecomp that was of a high standard,” Grant said.

“That’s why we’ve gone with the three teams. We don’t like to see any club lose their A Grade teams but to maintain the standard of the competition you don’t want to force players up there either.”

Grant said A-Grade players from Lake Albert and Blu-Js will play for Turvey Park and South Wagga, arguably making the standard greater than last year, with less potential for blow-out scores.

The organisation will also relax player-movement rules allowing B-Grade players to step up to A Grade competition even at another club, to try to persist with development of potential top-line players without exposing them to a baptism of fire week-in, week-out.

The A Grade competition will also enjoy a 14-game season rather than last year’s 12-game comp.

Grant admitted softball nationwide is facing a battle for numbers but is confident the reduction in top grade teams isn’t the beginning of the end locally.

“The junior competition is the strongest it’s ever been –it’s looking fantastic –so there’s absolutely no reason that once those players filter past the 13s and 15s that they won’t be able to come up,” she said.

WWSA hopes it’s a short-term setback for Lake Albert and Blu-Js.

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