The 2021 Over 35 State Championships were contested across the Australia day weekend with 10 women’s teams and 6 men’s team duelling it for the coveted state title after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 edition.
The weather played it’s part with Saturday’s thunderstorm and Sunday heatwave causing changes to the originally advised draw. Despite the conditions and changes the athletes continued to perform to the level necessary with State selection on the line.
2021 will see the inaugural Over 35 National Championships be held at Blacktown International Sportspark in July.
Men’s Competition Recap
The Men’s competition was fiercely contested with all 6 teams aiming to be there when it counts come Sunday afternoon. After the round games Southern Districts finished top and with 1 1st vs 2nd final series they would play against a formidable Macarthur.
Macarthur opened strongly with power hitting setting the scene and racing to a 3 run lead after the first. Not to be shaken, Southern Districts replied and scored a run to leave at 3-1 at the end of the first.
Into the second and Macarthur went again with a bomb from James Darby helping them out to a 6-1 lead. This forced Southern Districts into a pitching change in bring in Ahitana Te Kuru closing it out . Southern Districts stayed in the game with another run and finish the second down 6-2.
Macarthur continued to power through the game with their bats with Paul Sheehan going all the way in the fourth. Southern Districts continued to fight gallantly however the pitching of James Darby kept them out and the game finished with Macarthur claiming the game 10-2 and State Championship title for 2020.
Men’s Final Positions
2nd Southern Districts
3rd Cumberland Nepean
5th Georges River
With the competition now complete, many athlete’s attention will be focused on the impending announcement of the inaugural Over 35 State Squad Men’s State Squad Coached by Eliza O’Leary. It is anticipated that these squads will be announced the week of February 1st.
Women’s Competition Recap
The Women’s competition saw two pools duke it out with Newcastle & Georges River finishing a top of their respective pools and afforded them a bye in the first round of the finals. That left Manly Warringah, North Shore, Cumberland Nepean and Sutherland fighting for the last two semi-final positions.
North Shore upset Manly Warringah 6-1 to set up a semi-final showdown with Georges River. In the other final Cumberland Nepean squeezed past Sutherland 4-1 and were up against Newcastle for a spot in the big game.
North Shore managed another upset and beat tournament heavyweights George’s River 8-6 and Cumberland Nepean would push past Newcastle by the same score for an opportunity to go for a back to back after their title in 2019. (2020 Event cancelled due to COVID)
The final was a tense game with both teams providing strong pitching and stymie defense giving very little with Cumberland Nepean edging out North Shore 2-1 and claiming another Over 35 Women’s State Championship title.
Women’s Final Positions
1st Cumberland Nepean
2nd North Shore
4th Georges River
5th Manly Warringah
=7th Southern Districts & Penrith City
=9th Campbelltown & Macarthur
With the competition now complete, many athlete’s attention will be focused on the impending announcement of the inaugural Over 35 State Squad Women’s State Squad Coached by Darrin Crisp. It is anticipated that these squads will be announced the week of February 1st.
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