Clyma trophy to be fought for again

A trophy honouring one of Otago softball's greatest figures will be resurrected on Saturday.

The Dodgers and Ellis Park premier men's teams will contest the Merv Clyma Shield at Ellis Park for the first time since 2015.

First established in 2013, the shield has been played for just twice, with Ellis Park in its first season back in the premier grade after several years' absence.

Despite that, it is the holder as an invitational Ellis Park side won the 2015 match 11-4.

Prior to that, Dodgers had won the inaugural fixture 11-0. On that occasion, a crowd of about 100 turned out and ex-players drove from as far away as Christchurch to watch.

Clyma had a long and distinguished career, appearing in both clubs' colours.

Initially an Ellis Park player, he switched to the Dodgers in the late 1950s so he could play as a pitcher.

That enabled him to progress to higher honours, playing for the South Island in 1960 and New Zealand in 1967, as well as being an Otago stalwart.

He was also influential off the diamond, notably coaching the Black Sox in series against the United States and Japan.

Alongside that he coached the South Island to a 1-0 victory over the North Island in 1982.

He is now 78 years old and lives in Tasman, although health issues will prevent him attending the match.

Dodgers have had a dominant season and will enter Saturday's match as favourite.

They carry a 14-2 win-loss record - one of the losses being a default - and finished second in last weekend's intercity tournament in Southland.

Ellis Park has claimed three wins from 17 matches. The match begins at 2.30pm on diamond 1.

Cardinals will play Old Boys at 12.30pm.

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