Southland Boys' raise funds for Blenheim trip

22:10, Mar 17 2014
Southland Times photo
Southland Boys' High School softball team having a garage sale on March 23 to raise funds to travel to the South Island tournament in Blenheim. Pictured with some of the items for sale are, front from left, George Karamaena 17 & Monte McLean 17. back row from left, Giahnnii Paraku 16, Te Kaanu Te Huia 13, Daniel Keen 16, Dylan Richardson 17, Hori Elers 15, Thomas Grey 16 and Braeden Heslip 13.

The Southland Boys' High School's softball team will be experts in cooking on barbecues by the time they fly to Blenheim for the South Island secondary schools' tournament next week.

Fundraising for travel expenses is well under way and will culminate with a garage sale in the Boys' High gymnasium on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

The team has been selling barbecued sausages at the Mitre 10 Mega store in Invercargill at weekends and will continue to do so for the next fortnight.

After winning last month's Southland secondary schools' softball championship in Invercargill, for the third consecutive year, their resolve to attend the South Island championships strengthened. They finished third last year.

The Boys' High team has played three games in the past four weeks. They lost 3-2 to Kings High School (in Dunedin), beat Otago Boys' High School 9-0 (Invercargill) and went down 5-2 to Demons (Invercargill).

A team made up of Panthers and Dodgers players will take on Southland Boys' High at Surrey Park, Invercargill, tomorrow at 6pm.


Coach Rachel Cade was pleased with the Boys' High squad ahead of the Blenheim trip. Team members play for different clubs in Saturday competition and when they meet for Boys' High training, Cade concentrates on building strong player combinations.

"Everything is coming along well," she said."They're all experienced and have played together for the last three seasons."


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