Manly Warringah Softball Association completed an unbelievable under-15 girls State Championship at Blacktown International Sportspark over the weekend.
Manly scored 76 runs and conceded just 10 through the first five games in Pool B – the best in both categories for the competition, despite the Pool A playing an extra game – to romp into the finals.
From there, there were two incredible results for Manly to storm home and claim the title. Playing the Pool A second placed Sutherland, Manly were dominant, claiming a 15-1 win to reach the championship final. Manly were even more dominant against North Shore, who had lost just one game for the tournament, with a massive 17-1 win, including a 12-run third innings, to win the State Championship.
It was a sweet win for Manly, who finished second in the past two seasons, particularly considering the fierce rivalry between the associations.
“It feels really good (to be State Champions), because we lost to North Shore last year,” Manly co-captain Chelsea Bennett said. “It was really good that we could come in and be relaxed after the semi’s so we weren’t stressing and we came in and played as well as we did in the semi in the grand final.”
“It also means all of our hard work and training has paid off so it feels good to actually win the tournament this year,” added fellow co-captain Keira Trim.
With many of the girls looking to step up into under 17’s next year, Keira reflected on what skills she could take out of her under-15s experiences.
“I’ll take the skills and experience I’ve learned, learning to not be nervous in grand finals around Blacktown,” she said. “Hopefully I can make the rep team and state and keep learning from this.”
It was a great effort from all of our competitors with a massive 13 associations represented including long commutes and great performances from country affiliates Wagga Wagga, Orange and Newcastle.
Next weekend is the under-15s boys turn with the action back at Blacktown International Sportspark.
MVP Awards (as voted by teammates)
- Campbelltown: Georgia Grant
- Cumberland Nepean: Amelia Cousins
- Georges River: Crystal Wood
- Hornsby: Gisele Petalio Conte
- Macarthur: Paula Zaballero
- Manly Warringah: Isabelle Frew
- Newcastle: Paige Monachino
- North Shore: Monica Pettitt
- Orange: Ineke Keed
- Penrith: Maddison Hoole
- Southern Districts: Annaleise Armstrong
- Sutherland: Porsha Hawe-De Thierry
- Wagga Wagga: Jessica Wendt
- 1. Manly Warringah
- 2. North Shore
- =3. Macarthur & Sutherland
- 5. Penrith
- 6. Cumberland
- 7. Wagga Wagga
- 8. Hornsby
- =9. Southern Districts & Newcastle
- =11. Orange & Georges River
- 13. Campbelltown