Ten amazing, inspiring and talented Indigenous teams along with their family and friends from all over Qld travelled to Ipswich over the weekend to celebrate women, family, community, health, fitness and Indigenous culture through a fun, action packed and “deadly” Murri Women’s Softball Tournament.
The 2015 Murri Women’s Softball Tournament followed the success of the inaugural event held in 2014 and was proudly supported by Softball Qld, Qld Government and Softball Australia. This year the tournament was held at the Ipswich Softball Association who did an outstanding job at hosting the event, with the help of their hardworking volunteers.
The 200+ strong crowd kept the Ipswich Softball Association buzzing all weekend with laughter, cheers, fun banter and stories over some of the best Softball you are likely to see anywhere played in the most respectful, sociable and enjoyable environment.
Teams were made up of family, friends and Indigenous women from all walks of life who share the same passion for Softball. Whilst some of the women currently play, others had not played for a while and some were playing for the first time but were all welcomed and supported by family and friends.
Gail Barney and Kate Rae from the Northside Murri’s said “The tournament is a great way for Aboriginal women to participate in softball as many don’t get the opportunity to participate at club level so it’s a great way for them to experience it and also an opportunity for women to be advocates and pave the way for other Indigenous women to play in the future.”
Two teams were formed in honour of a family member who had passed away. Auntie Emma’s Moongalba Memorial team and Lynda Thompson’s Memorial team were formed by their family and friends as both had a strong connection and love for softball.
As the tournament also centred on health and well-being, Diabetes Queensland was in attendance on the first day of the tournament providing helpful information and advice to interested participants.
There were also plenty of activities for the children with coaches from the Ipswich Softball Association running a designated Kid Zone delivering fun softball activities all weekend. A jumping castle and face-painting also kept the kids entertained.
The tournament also provided the opportunity for Indigenous males and females to coach, officiate and score as it was a requirement that each team provided their own coach, scorer and umpire. Softball QLD and the Ipswich Softball Association also provided free coaching, umpiring and scoring courses during the tournament which attracted over 20 people aspiring to coach, umpire or score or people who were looking to further develop their skills.
The tournament came to an end on Sunday with Mixed Mob prevailing over Auntie Emma’s Moongalba in the Division 1 Final for the second year in a row and Division 2 was won by the Toowomba Warriors. With the fun and enjoyment had by all, teams are already looking forward to next year.