Pitch perfect celebration

LOCAL softballers had a reason to party last weekend, as the Central District Softball Association (CDSA) celebrated its 50-year anniversary.
CDSA committee member Pat Roberts has been involved with the association for more than 30 years and said it’s been a great thrill to see it celebrate a very special milestone.
“It’s just a fantastic achievement,” she said.
“There are still a lot of people that don’t even know we’re here, so to last for 50 years is just wonderful.”
CDSA has served as the governing body of softball in the north of Adelaide since the association was formed in 1968.
More than 40 different clubs have competed in the association’s T-ball and softball competitions, with the CDSA experiencing a particular spike in junior players over the last two years.
“I believe we’ve got a very strong, and long, future due to the growth we’ve experienced in our junior ranks in recent times,” Mrs Roberts said.
“We’ve currently got eight T-ball teams, eight under 13s, four under 16s, as well as 14 senior sides and we’re hoping to expand even further to create a competition, with modified rules for our
special needs kids.
“We believe Elizabeth is the home of softball in the north and we want to see it grow for the next 50 years.”
Playford Council shares Mrs Roberts’ vision for the sport and has committed to developing two international-standard softball diamonds and the installation of floodlights at the association’s Ridley Reserve home as part of council’s sports precinct.
Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said council is awaiting either the state, or federal, government to support a 50/50 funding split to make the vision become a reality.
“Playford is committed to working with the CDSA to grow softball in the north,” he said.
“As a long-term resident of Ridley Reserve, council wishes CDSA well for its 50th birthday and we hope that federal and state government will assist council to upgrade softball facilities for our
northern community.”

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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