The 2020 NSW Open Women’s State Championship, to be played at Blacktown International Sportspark this weekend, is shaping up to be one of the closest competitions in years with only 4 current Firestars unavailable due to commitments in the Japanese Professional League or College.
Charlie Orsini will team up with fellow Junior Aussie Spirit member Ryleigh Arnott for Cumberland Nepean as one of the youngest Pitcher Catcher combinations in the competition. More talented young pitchers in Amelia Cousins and Emily Peters make this pitching staff a hard one to crack. The team consists of 10 former or current NSW players who are keen to get back on the diamond and represent their association.
The Hornsby team will be looking to the experience of Alice Donohoe and Chantel Ladner to ensure they are competitive with Hannah MacKean and Caitlin Wilde, off the back of an outstanding U18 National Championship earlier in the year, also key to their chances. The team is coached by NSW U18 Women’s Head Coach John Neilsen.
Gabbie Plain has delayed her return to College in the US and will lead the way for Macarthur sharing the pitching duties with Junior Aussie Spirit player Mia Gilmore. Macarthur has a young team but are boosted by Aussie Spirit player Jade Wall as a pick up player who will bring a wealth of experience into the team. The team will be coached by NSW and Australian Men’s player Pete Wards.
Manly Warringah is a team full of talent with no less than 13 former or current NSW players and with the advantage of having good depth in the pitching ranks boasting Aussie Spirit player Tarni Stepto, former NSW representative Alli Edgtton, current NSW U16 player Chelsea Bennett and Alyssa Charter-Smith, who gained valuable experience playing for Victoria at the 2020 U18 Australian Championship, will make this team one of the teams to watch.
After thinking they could not play in the state championships due to US College commitments Firestars players Mya Geros and Jenna Trim will now take the diamond for Newcastle as pick up players over the weekend. Newcastle also have the experience of former Firestars player Bree Brooker and together with former NSW players Laura Kebby and Liz Powell as well as current NSW U16 player Sienna Burgess will be no easy beats.
With 13 former or current NSW representatives North Shore will go into the weekend as one of the favourites. They will be led by Australian and Firestars players Mim Cudicio, Tahli Moore and Rachel Lack. Lack and Moore have been training hard for the past 3 months with the NSWIS Squad and are keen for some game time. Unfortunately for North Shore pitcher Ellen Roberts left to play in the Japanese League but Mim Cudicio Breanna Evans and Grace Wrixon are all ready to step up and show some good form on the pitchers plate.
Penrith City are probably one of the dark horses with a wealth of experience. Aussie Spirit and Firestars player Taylah Tsitsikronis and Firestars player Jasmine Peters will be looking at taking the opposition on head on as the marquee players in the team. Bridie Murphy, Stephanie Watts, Caitlin Michels and Georgia Barton will be key to Penrith City’s chances when they get their chance on the mound.
The Gunn sisters, Amber and Jasmine, will be key for Southern Districts covering a number of positions and strong in the box. Bree Trim is a welcome addition as a pick up player with years of experience at state and national championships she will be an asset to this team.
Veteran pitchers Kelly Gentle and Charmaine Johns will take to the mound for Sutherland and will be backed up by young gun Bronte Sheppard and the experienced Sarah Diener to form one of the batteries with the most depth. Throw in Aussie Spirit players Shannon Keevers and Stacey McManus and some NSW players it makes the Sutherland’s lineup a formidable one.
First game starts at 10am on Saturday. It is hoped that all games on Diamond 1 will be live streamed.
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