Palapye to host softball eliminators

PALAPYE: Motlakase Softball Club is billed to host the northern zone softball eliminators next month, which the club publicity secretary, Letsweletse Jonas said “could not have come at a better time.” Seven men and six women’s sides will battle it out to secure a spot in the Selebi-Phikwe softball extravaganza over the President’s holidays in July.

Jonas, said the hosting of the eliminators was a welcome development, which will help raise awareness about softball to the Palapye community. “These eliminations could not have come at a better time. Softball is becoming a forgotten sport in Palapye. When you talk about Motlakase, people only think of the football team. They have forgotten about us. This is an opportunity for us to leave a mark in Palapye.

“This could also encourage the Palapye business community to help grow the sport in the village. We have struggled a lot with sponsorship and this could have a positive impact,” Jonas said.

He said they failed to participate in the past season, but this time, they make it as hosts. The tournament is considered one of the biggest in the softball calendar.  “Motlakase is a developmental side. Our team play mostly with students and unfortunately last season we were not able to participate because most of our players were engaged in schoolwork. “Now that we our hosting and we will be having home ground advantage, we will be working tirelessly hard to make Palapye proud,” he said. Jonas added that the tournament would help improve softball facilities in Palapye.

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