Bundaberg doctors stepped out of their usually sterile environment at the weekend to get down and dirty in a friendly rivalry softball game to raise money for the children’s ward.
Specialists from the orthopaedic and surgical units at the Bundaberg Hospital made up the opposing teams.
The doctors are used to working under pressure and that skill came in handy as they each played softball for the first time in a friendly rivalry.
The surgical team took home the honours on the day after a hard-fought game, but all players left the diamond happy knowing they got together to support a great cause.
Organising the softball game, Bundaberg Hospital specialist outpatients team leader, Pauline Connelly said it was also a chance for the doctors to bond, while raising funds.
“So, there is a bit of friendly rivalry between the two teams, and they had a bake-off last month and the surgeons took it out, so the orthopaedics are looking for redemption,” Pauline said.
“So, they thought they would have a sporting challenge, and we ended up with softball.
“They are all very keen and some have been watching Youtube and Googling the rules in preparation.
“I promised management no one would get hurt!”
Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Alison Hallett stepped up to the plate for the first time, and she said the softball game was a chance to enjoy some time away from the hospital with her colleagues.
“It’s a great family atmosphere and a chance to experience a new sport,” she said.
“Although, I am a little nervous after watching the speed that the ball is going!
“There’s a bit of friendly rivalry between us, and we want to thank Pauline for organising this.”
Before the game, Western Suburbs Softball pitcher Suzi Clacher said she’d take it easy on the two medical teams, and she was sure it was going to be a fun event.
“It’s very cool to have the doctors down here playing,” Suzi said.
“We definitely encourage other community groups to come and give it a go.”
Western Suburbs Softball president Angela Rohdmann said they were excited to hold the first-time event, which also included family members from each medical team.
“Apparently they are very competitive, and in the past they have had a bake off, but this is the first time a lot of them have played softball and it’s great to see them here having a go – we find that amazing,” Angela said.
“So, it’s a follow on in the rivalry they have with each other. And it would be great if they, or their children, get something out of it and want to join one of our local softball teams.
“It would be wonderful as we are always looking for more members – from the age of five right up to 95, everyone is welcome.”
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