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Proud club in danger

Friday, 25th February, 2011

HOME RUN: Cheryl Meuret reminisces on her long softball career at home yesterday with her granddaughter Tayla Meuret (3). HOME RUN: Cheryl Meuret reminisces on her long softball career at home yesterday with her granddaughter Tayla Meuret (3).

By Kurtis Eichler

For local softball legend Cheryl Meuret, this season's grand final could be her last due to dwindling numbers of new players.

Speaking to the BDT at her home in Casuarina Street, Ms Meuret said she first started playing softball for Railwaytown Primary back in 1963.

She has since seen the number of participants fall away, particularly over the past few years.

"This year we have really struggled. It's not good at all."

The president of her beloved Tigers softball team, and its oldest and longest serving player, said one of the disappointing things about the possibility of the club folding would be not being able to make it to 50 years.

"That's what I'm upset about - the friendships I've made and playing with your team mates."

However, the up-beat grandmother said she's hoping for a win in tonight's grand final against Excelsior at the Jubilee Oval.

"Excelsior are going to be hard to beat," she said.

Mrs Meuret has won five association best and fairest medals, represented Broken Hill on numerous occasions, led her team to fourth in the World Masters title, and won gold at the Australian Masters in Adelaide.

She has also held various positions with the association and the club, such as umpire, coach and president, a position she has held for more than 30 years.

Ms Meuret said when she began playing the sport she was encouraged to join the Tigers by fellow softball enthusiast Carmel Dennis.

"They were one of the original teams that started the competition."

Now the competition has only three teams left, the Tigers, Excelsior and the Penguins.

"Softball hit a deadpan when it was taken out of the schools."

Nicknamed "Gran" by her teammates, Ms Meuret has recently taken up lawn bowls with her mother Edie Carr. She said it was nice to be the youngest instead of the oldest person in a sport.

Ms Meuret also invited anyone who would like to play softball to call her on 8087-6737.

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