Two South African softball master teams were crowned as the champions of Botswana Softball Masters tournament, which was held at National Diamond stadium last weekend.
The tournament brought teams comprising of players┬áaged over 35 years to come and battle for the championships. It brought elders from different teams in South Africa and Botswana to come and have fun. ┬á
A South African men’s softball team, Old Boys from Johannesburg, was crowned as champions; Flames from East Rand were runners up while Knights from Botswana came third.
On the women side, the Falcons from Cape Town were crowned champions followed by local team, Diteemane as runners up while another┬álocal softball team,┬áDiphala, came third.
Among the players who participated was a 75-year-old granny, Charmaine Burrowls, who┬á is playing for Masters Softball women’s team. ┬áBurrowls maintained that age is just a number to her as she continues to play the sport that she loves.
“I started playing softball when I was eighteen in Free State. I went as far as playing in the professional league in Johannesburg. After I had reached 35, I started playing┬áin South African Masters Softball team. I would participate in┬áMasters tournament that came once in a year,” said Burrowls.
She indicated that she started her own team, dubbed Masters Softball team, thirteen years ago in South Africa.┬á Burrows said she started her own team to cater for players who had reached over 35 years.
“Usually, when women reach 35 years, they want to retire for good because they are unable to compete with the young ones. This masters’ tournament helps a lot because we are able to share our experience and plough back into the community where we live. Knowledge transfer is important, more specially to the youth,” added Burrowls.
She maintained that older people can play softball and further stated that she was able to play in Botswana Softball Masters tournament though she got injured. She was happy that even her sons, Mark Burrowls and Tyrone Burrowls, also participated at the tournament.
“They are older too. Both my sons play for Zulu Royals team. The team was formed by Mark and Tyrone who feel happy to play for their elder brother’s team,” she said.
Diphala Softball team Vice Chairman, Boitshepo Mooki, hailed the tournament as a success. She said that the tournament provided an opportunity for elders who are not given an opportunity to play in Softball leagues in those two countries. She said that the tournament is expected to attract other softball masters teams in SADC countries, such as Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.