North Shore was crowned the 2017 NSW U15 Girl’s State Champions after the most exciting final seen in this age group for many years.
After the rounds which was played in 2 pools North Shore and Penrith City were on top of their pools and had to face second place in the other pool so Penrith City faced off against Manly Warringah and in a very close game Manly Warringah were victors 11-10. In the other game North Shore proved too strong for Cumberland Nepean winning 8-2 to book a place in the final against Manly Warringah.
North Shore went into the final as favourites but Manly Warringah matched the green machine and with only the bottom of the innings left led 6-5. The North Shore bats rallied to bring in the tying run and then 2 batters later the winning run to win 7-6. North Shore went through the championship undefeated.
The standard of play throughout the championship was the highest seen in this age group for a very long time and there are many players who will have a promising future.
The winning team members were:
Jessica Alvaro, Madison Baker, Samantha Chew, Ava Chitty, Harper Crawford, Jessica Croudace, Makealee Doney, Keradyn Evans, Gemma Huxley, Alyssa Mighell, Elise Ovens, Erin Partidge, Monica Pettitt.
Head Coach – Elissa Commins, Assistant Coach – Geoff Day, Trainee Coach – Kate Armstrong, Manager – Valerie Cooper, Statistician – Peggy Armstring, Technology – Lynne Townsend
Each team nominated an MVP, congratulations to the following players:
Campbelltown – Jorja-Kate Ryan
Central Coast – Sarah Penfold
Cumberland Nepean – Amy Mann
Georges River – Imaan Atia
Hornsby – Mia Kellett
Macarthur – Hayley Gough
Manly Warringah – Arabella Ward
Newcastle – Angelique Iredale
North Shore – Jessica Alvaro
Orange – Heidi Bell
Penrith City – Bridie Murphy
Southern Districts – Breana-Lee Palma
Sutherland – Porsha Hawe-De Thierry
Final Placings were:
1st North Shore
2nd Manly Warringah
=3rd Cumberland Nepean & Penrith City
8th Georges River
=9th Campbelltown & Newcastle
=11th Macarthur & Southern Districts
13th Central Coast
Newcastle won the video competition which was a great team effort and thoroughly deserved.
Congratulations to the umpires who officiated in the final, it was great to see each of these boys umpiring at a high level all being members of NSW Representative Teams in 2017;
Plate – Mac Reith-Snare, 1st Base – Harrison Pudner, 3rd Base – Lachlan Smith
Congratulations to the following umpires who gained their Level 2 Accreditation:
Rebekah Edwards (Campbelltown) , Craig Sexton (Macarthur), John Greenhalgh (North Shore), Deborah Sanderson (North Shore)
Thank you to all the people who assisted over the weekend to make it such a success.
Special thanks to Ali Edgtton and Jade Wall who commentated the final as well as our resident DJ Rocky who provided entertainment on Sunday.
It was great to see our newest partner Mortgage Advice Bureau representative Andrew Beattie in attendance most of the weekend providing advice to people in attendance.