Tournament helps brush off cobwebs


Southland under-13 softball players had a chance on Sunday to get their eye in before the season resumes next month.

A tournament held in Gore was organised by Kingswood coach Damon Topi.

Topi said there was a two-month gap in the middle of the season and last year this had been quite disrupting, as players new to the game had no softball.

“My thought was get a tournament up and running before they start the second round of the competition, just to have a big refresher.”

Invercargill teams Dodgers, Panthers and Demons also took part in the tournament.

While Kingswood won one of its games, the tournament was a good opportunity to let players try different positions.

“I was trying a lot of new things.

“I wasn’t really too worried about the wins and losses.”

He was pleased with all the players’ performances but Morgan Mamanu, one of the younger players, stood out.

Morgan pitched and also had a turn on first base.

“The balls were getting hurtled at him and he pulled every one.

“He stepped up [and was] more than capable.”

The tournament had been a success, drawing positive feedback from the other coaches.

Kingswood had been going well in the first round of the competition, having won most of its games.