Softball ACT has hosted the 27th Arthur Allsopp – U17 Boy’s and the 34th John Reid Shield – Open Men’s National Fastpitch Softball Championships from the 2nd January – 14th January 2017, at Hawker International Softball Center in Hawker ACT.
The 2017 Nationals brought teams from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, and Western Australia to compete for both titles with reigning champions Softball NSW for both titles respectively.
Head Coach Laing Harrow with his staff consisting of Assistant Coach Wayne Kenner, Statistician Lisa Van Schieveen, and Manager Tim Stephinson, lead the junior team to a 4th place position after two rounds earning a spot for the Quarter Final against SA ending in a win for the boys with a 12-7 win over the visitors.
With ACT winning the 3rd v 4th playoff they were given an opportunity to make their way to the final, but had to overcome a strong NSW in the process.
Unfortunately the boys couldn’t quite bring it over the line with a loss to NSW of 9-0 finishing in 3rd positon, a great effort by a talented group of young men with a promising future in softball.
NSW were defeated in a Grand Final matchup against QLD with a 5-0 loss handing over the title to the maroons for their 3rd Arthur Allsopp title. Congratulations to all teams for a great tournament and a magnificent week of softball.
After a day of rest we were back at the fields in Hawker with the Open Men’s teams taking the field in fine form.
The ACT 89ers started off strong with an 8-1 win over VIC but unfortunately gave up a win to QLD by a single run in the last game of the night.
Head Coach and starting pitcher Andrew Kirkpatrick, along with his staff consisting of Assistant Coach Adam Folkard, Statistician Peter Jones, and Manager Rodney King; lead the 89ers to a hard fought 1st place on the ladder after two preliminary rounds.
Battling the heat the 89ers brought some great play to the Quarter Final against 2nd Place NSW for a nail biting 1 run win over the NSW team with a result of 2-1 ensuring a place in the Grand Final.
QLD and VIC played a hard game in even harder conditions with power outages and strong winds affecting the Hawker complex to earn a place in the Semi Final against NSW with QLD narrowly winning out against VIC with an 8-7 result.
Game day; with a title on the line NSW came up against a formidable QLD team for a spot in the Grand Final against home-grown ACT. Both teams brought their best resulting in a QLD upset knocking out the reigning champions NSW with a 3-1 win.
Ceremony and fanfare for the final underway, the 89ers were ready to earn coveted John Reid Shield and brought up their starting power battery line-up of veteran Aussie Steelers pitcher Andrew Kirkpatrick and catcher Nick Norton.
Some great offensive play by the boys with home runs from both Zenon Winters and Joshua White, brought ACT over the line with a 3-0 win over the QLD team and a 15th John Reid Shield coming back home to ACT!
Softball ACT would like to thank all of the Softball Australia Umpires, Statisticians, and Volunteers for all of their hard work and efforts over the past two weeks.
Softball ACT would also like to congratulate Helen Edwards and Michael Titheradge on their inductions into the International Softball Federation Hall of fame and their contribution towards the softball community.
National Tournaments will be starting from the 15th of January for the U19/U15 Men’s and Women’s teams in Mirrabooka WA and Redlands QLD. Good luck to all teams competing.
To watch the Open Men’s Grand Final go to Power Productions Streaming link.
For further information on tournaments contact:
|Open Men’s||Andrew Kirkpatrick||0403 792 200|
|U17 Boy’s & U19 Men’s||Laing Harrow||0431 114 962|
|U19 Women’s||Pamela Saunderson||0412 581 209|
|U15 Girl’s||Natalie Bale||0410 629 190|
|U15 Boy’s||Ange Byron||0411 364 264|
|Media Liaison||Sophie Moore||0429 318 389|
|General Manager||Jon Wells||0408 844 875|