Firestars win back-to-back Gilley’s Shields

Firestars win back-to-back Gilley’s Shields

The NSW Firestars will bring home the Gilley’s Shield again after a 5-1 win over the Queensland Heat at Mirrabooka International Softball Stadium in Perth.

Despite conceding a run at the top of the first innings, NSW hit back with three of their own and never looked back, scoring again in the second and sixth innings to wrap up the back-to-back titles.

Queensland topped the ladder after the round robin games and fought to face NSW in the championships final with a 5-2 win over the SA Stars earlier in the day. But the Firestars would not be denied with a strong win in to seal NSW’s 21st Gilley’s Shield

Stacey McManus was named the player of the grand final.

Gilley’s Shield Award winners

Player of the Grand Final: Stacey McManus (NSW Firestars)

Midge Nelson Medal – Most Valuable Player: Georgia Casey (NSW Firestars)

Sybil Turner Medal – Best Batter: Leigh Godfrey (WA Flames)

Lorraine Woolley Medal – Best Pitcher: Justine Smethurst (Qld Heat)

Rosemary Adey Medal – Rookie of the Year: Shannon Keevers (NSW Firestars)

Final Rankings

  1. NSW Firestars
  2. Queensland Heat
  3. SA Starz
  4. Victoria Titans
  5. ACT Diamonds
  6. WA Flames

NSW Metro Orange take out under-15 Girls Regional Championship

The U15 Girls’ Regional Softball Championship was held in conjunction with the Gilley’s Shield at Mirrabooka. After just one loss in the preliminary games, NSW Metro Orange beat SA red 3-1 to claim the title.

Ladder after round games

1. NSW Metro Orange 9-1
2. SA Red 9-1
3. NSW Metro Green 9-1
4. ACT 5-3-2
5. SA Blue 4-4-2
6. WA Gold 4-6
6. Queensland Fire 3-5-2
7. NSW Country Gold 3-6-1
8. Victoria 3-7
9. Queensland Flames 2-7-1
11. WA White 0-10