Gold for softball player
WARWICK softballer Sue Murray has joined with former teammates from Charleville to win a gold medal in the Queensland Softball Masters at Meakin Park, Slacks Creek.
Murray won a bronze medal with the Charleville team in division 12 in the over 35 year’s age group last year before returning home from the masters early this week with gold.
They rose to the occasion when it mattered most.
Murray’s team went down to Pink Panthers 11-8 in a round game before turning the tables with a 9-4 victory in the grand final.
In other games, Charleville won 18-6 against Ramblers Black, 11-4 from Archives, 12-7 against Noosa Wildcats and 15-4 in the match with Dragons.
Murray said, while the team played in an over 35 year’s competition, all the team members except one were over 50.
“I played with the girls in Charleville until I moved to Warwick 18 years ago,” she said.
“We have the same coach, Trevor Eckle, and same manager, Yvonne Dennien.
“Most of the teams we faced play softball regularly but there is no competition in Charleville now.”
The team included business owners, mothers, secretaries and teachers.
Murray works at the Big W Distribution Centre in Warwick.
While she wasn’t one of the four Charleville players to make the All Stars team for division 12, Murray was happy with her own form.
After moving to Warwick, she played two years in the Warwick association before it went into recess.
In the lead up to the masters, Murray practised at home.
“I like the camaraderie at the masters,” she said. “It is fun to be with friends and meet a lot of different people from different teams.