Softball in Laidley back with a swing

Softball is kicking off once more in the Lockyer Valley with a stronger focus on developing the sports future stars. Picture: LAIDLEY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION

Excitement is brewing once more among Lockyer Valley’s softball enthusiasts, with social competitions at the Laidley softball grounds and school-based tournaments preparing to kick off in 2024.

Queensland Softball Association, in conjunction with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council, will revamp the sport in the region after dwindling numbers in past years with a more significant focus on grassroots development.

The fast-paced sport was previously run by a small group of dedicated volunteers from the Laidley Softball Association. 

Softball Queensland CEO Ross Symonds said locals can expect mixed social comps as well as a junior schools program starting in term three. 

“We’re going to run a social competition and a junior school program at primary schools and then a mini competition for primary-aged kids through the Home Run Heroes Program,” he said.

“Instead of running just a female and male comp, we’re running a social mixed competition to start with.

“We’re making them eight-week seasons so it’s friendlier for people to commit to the shorter season.”

Laidley Softball Association former president Jenny Eyre said it was awesome to see the sport making its return to the region after some difficult years.

“I’m happy to support because my aim was to just get softball up and running in Laidley,” she said.

“We once had a lot of people coming to play softball, then the floods happened, and the grounds shut for an extended period, and we lost a lot of players.

“I hope when Softball Queensland do it a couple of people step up and want to get involved, we’ll play softball there, we’re hoping to get our team back together and play.”