THE Gawler & District Softball Association season hits off this weekend and it will be a new-look division one competition for the 2013/14 season.
There will only be four teams in the top division, instead of the five of last year.
Kangas, Giants and Two Wells have retained their spots, while Masters has chosen not to enter a team and Bluejays has dropped back to division two.
The fourth team will be the All Stars, which is a combined side made up of players from within the association.
Kangas will be shooting for a remarkable 11th straight premiership and look again to be the benchmark.
Giants, which lost to Kangas 10-4 in last year’s decider, will be leading the charge to end the run, and coach Robyn Wheeler is happy with where her side currently stands.
“We have picked up some players,” Wheeler said.
“We are going to try (and beat Kangas).
“Whether we will do it or not, I don’t know.
“Kangas are still looking really strong and Two Wells look good.”
In a first for the G&DSA, a handful of division one matches will be scheduled on Tuesday nights as the association looks for ways to get as many players on the pitch as possible.
“We just want to see how it goes,” Wheeler, who is also the G&DSA recorder, said.
“Some people can’t play on Saturdays, due to work.
“We have only scheduled four games this season so we will see how it goes.”
The first Tuesday night fixture will be on December 10 and action will commence at 6.30pm.
Division two is also looking strong this season and will feature five sides, while there will be an under 15 competition for the first time this season.
With a number of players from last year’s under 13 competition getting older, the G&DSA decided the time was right to scrap the under 13s and lift the age.
It has had an immediate impact as junior participation continues to grow.
“It is all positive,” Wheeler said.
“Junior numbers are better.
“But we are still looking for more players.”
Round one will see Two Wells take on Giants and Kangas face the All Stars in division one, while Kangas take on Trinity in the under 15s.
Division two matches are Kangas versus Trinity and Two Wells against the Giants.