The NSW men and Queensland women have plenty to smile about, remaining undefeated after the first three days of the Softball Australia under-19s national championships.
After two days of close matches, the top teams started to pull away at the top of the ladder.
In the women’s Elinor McKenzie Shield, Queensland (12 points) and NSW (10 points) are sitting six points ahead of Victoria, South Australia and the ACT, while Western Australia claimed its first win yesterday, defeating the ACT. Queensland had a dominant defensive day, blanking both the ACT and Victoria, while NSW flexed its muscles against Western Australia with a 17-2 win and a 9-0 win over South Australia.
The men’s Nox Bailey Shield competition sees NSW on 12 points with the Queensland and the ACT both sitting on eight points. In the chase for the fourth semi-final spot, Victoria and Western Australia are separated by just two points. NSW faced both Victoria and Western Australia for 14-0 and 12-6 wins respectively. Queensland drew level with the ACT with a 6-2 win, after defeating Victoria 7-4 earlier in the day. The ACT also claimed a 7-2 win over WA.
With two-and-a-half days to go in the preliminary rounds, teams will be pushing hard in the coming days to push into the top four to be in contention for the finals on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
Results – Day 3
Fixtures – Day 4 – Thursday, January 25, 2018