This is no soft return for flirty dozen


Queenstown’s women’s softball team are back and playing it for laughs after a 12-year break from the game. 

Veteran players Corinne Dix and Trish Moeke resurrected a side after reminiscing about the “good old days” of softball. 

“We pulled out the old softball gear – which was covered in cobwebs of course – and got a Wakatipu women’s team together”, Dix says. 

The 12-strong side has been travelling to Alexandra to play in the Central Otago League on Saturdays since November. 

They drive over in a hired van and stop off at the Golden Gate Lodge in Cromwell beforehand to discuss batting orders. 

However, the plucky ladies won’t be crowned regional champs this year as they so far haven’t won a game. 

Their best result was when they didn’t even show up to play – but neither did the opposition, so a draw was declared. 

“It hasn’t taken anything away from the fact that we still loving going over there. It’s been a great season – just for the pure social side of things,” Dix says. 

“Last week we got our first home run and you would’ve thought we’d won the competition by the way the girls were screaming.” 

This weekend the coachless team – “we can’t even blame anybody” – is batting it out for third and fourth place in the four-team competition but plan to come back stronger next summer.