The Hills Hawks have defended their Winter League Crown defeating Phoenix in an exciting Grand Final 6 – 5. The Hawks started the day by causing some what of an upset by beating 1st placed Sharks 1 – 0 to be the first into the final. Manly Eagles were the first team eliminated going down to Phoenix 3-1 in the Minor Semi Final. Phoenix defeated Sharks 3 – 0 in the preliminary final to earn the right to play Hawks in the final.
Phoenix started the final the stronger and took a 3 – 0 lead before Hawks replied later in the game with their own 3 runs. Phoenix were first to get a chance to score in the tie breaker and did so with 2 runs but Hawks came back with 3 to end the game.
Congratulations to the MVPs for the 2017 Winter League
Blue Jays – Caitlin Caldwell
Glenmore Phantoms – Shaylan Whatman
Hawks – Emily Simpson
Hills – Shannon Keen
Manly All Stars – Emily Paull
Manly Eagles – Emily Peters
Phoenix – Breanna Evans
St Lukes Patriots – Michelle Guild
Sharks – Jenna Lennon
Tigers – Miriama Potter
Wolves – Brianna Titmuss
Final placings for the 2017 Winter League season
4th Manly Eagles
6th Glenmore Phantoms
7th Manly All Stars
9th St Lukes Patriots
11th Blue Jays
The Girl’s Development League season was a close one with the final round of games deciding the positions. The final 4 came down to Hit Squad, Glenmore Phantoms, Sweet Heat and Norwest.
Norwest were the first team eliminated going down to Sweet Heat 11 – 4 in the minor semi final with Glenmore Phantoms defeating Hit Squad 9 – 3 to be the first team into the Grand Final. Hit Squad were too strong for Sweet Heat in the Preliminary Final 10 – 1. The final was an exciting one with both teams hitters consistently putting the ball in play but it was the Glenmore Phantoms who ran out winners 12 – 5.
Final Placings 2017 Girl’s Development League
1st Glenmore Phantoms
2nd Hit Squad
3rd Sweet Heat
5th Blue Jays
7th Southern Angels
The Boy’s Development League season saw 4 teams entered which was an increase on 2016 which was great to see.
During the season Macarthur and the Barbarians were the teams to beat and it wasn’t surprising these 2 teams made it through to the final. The Barbarians defeated Macarthur 7 – 4 to move straight through to the final. Southern Demons beat Blue Jays in the Minor Semi to earn the right to play Macarthur in the Preliminary Final but Macarthur proved too strong winning 20-0. The batting practice from the Preliminary Final gave Macarthur the edge in the Final with them proving to string in the box for the Barbarians 13 – 2.
Final Placings 2017 Boy’s Development League
3rd Southern Demons
4th Blue Jays
Thank you to Macarthur, Southern Districts and Cumberland Nepean for hosting Winter and Development League this season.