A record number of 53 teams will see players come from Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania to take part in the 21st tournament. Within the teams are former Victorian and Australian representatives and national and international umpires and coaches.
The event will see more than 800 players converge in Greater Shepparton and will inject more than $1 million into the local economy.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Dinny Adem is pleased to see the event return to our region.
“This is the fifth time we will host the event after hosting it very successfully in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2016.
“Eleven softball diamonds will be installed at the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve sports fields and the new 500 lux lights could also be switched on for this year’s tournament following some development.
“It is fantastic for Greater Shepparton to be hosting an event such as this, continuing to showcase and enhance the municipality as regional Australia’s sporting event capital. Events like these help pack out our city’s accommodation, fill up our restaurants and eating establishments and really help to keep local businesses busy and the economy strong,” said Cr Adem.
Softball Victoria Executive Officer Nick Frayne and staff members visited the fields today and were thrilled with the facilities.
“We are pleased to provide such a great location to our members for this tournament, which is a ‘must do’ for Masters Softballers. Likewise, we are very happy that the tournament gives a boost to local non-profit organisations who will be assisting to support the event.”
The 2017 Victorian Softball Masters Championships will be held from Saturday 10 June until Monday 12 June 2017 at the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve.