A year of change for softball in PNG

Normal, Sports

The National – Friday, December 31, 2010

 THIS has been a year of change for Softball PNG with the establishment of the inaugural softball board which has already started to get things rolling to ensure the future sustainability of the code.

PNG Softball Federation president Chris Bais is confident that under the bird’s eye view of the board and the executives there would be significant development in the areas of umpiring and coaching, junior development, and other mechanics that will have a greater impact on the standard of the code. 

One significant change that will take effect almost immediately in the New Year will be the re-introduction of the junior championships programme that has been a great success over the past years. 

All this will be tabled in Goroka during the national championships next year.

“On behalf of the board and executives we would like to commend all the local associations for participating in this year’s sporting calendar,” Bais said. 

The national and club championships are a core business and yes, they cost money. 

It is also one of the major talent identification opportunities available. 

“I believe these tournaments to be one of the best investments we can make in our sport. 

“We pay special tribute to all our valued sponsors, National Gaming & Control Board, Inter Oil Refinery and SP Brewery, who have made it possible for all this to take place.

“Congratulations to the emerging of Popondetta, Ramu, Goroka and Mt Hagen softball associations. 

Certainly established centres like Port Moresby, Madang, Lae, Buka, Kavieng, Tabubil, Kimbe, Kokopo and Rabaul will welcome the challenge. 

As the clock ticks away to end another year (2010), PNGSF would like to invite all softball playing centres to start preparing to send their teams to Goroka for the national titles during the Easter weekend. 

Deadline for registrations and affiliations to the national body (PNGSF) will expire on Jan 31.

Please consult with our treasurer Harry Keket.

In closing as PNGSF president, I would like to thank our sponsors and supporters for your continued

onfidence in our sport. Our programmes are reliant on you and we are very thankful for your support.