25 November 2011
Day 1 of Round 2 of the Gilley’s Shield & Edebone Weber Shield saw plenty of great softball and some surprise upsets. After bad weather affected Round 1 in Melbourne teams were left frustrated that the full schedule could not be completed. Players were keen to get out on the park and the Queensland fans were treated to a great day of Softball. The biggest upsets of the day were NZ Whitesox and Victoria Titans both beating the home team, Queensland Heat.
The Brisbane round kicked off with a great game against Victoria Titans and Queensland Heat. The Titans gained the ascendency early in the game after applying pressure to the Heat defense. Titans scored 3 runs courtesy of 4 hits. On the back of Aussie Spirit pitcher, Justine Smethurst, the Titans looked strong in the field. They added to their score in the 4th innings. The Heat scored a run in the 6th innings to make the final score 4 runs to 1 in the Titans favour.
Tournament leaders, NSW Firestars had two wins yesterday against ACT Diamonds and WA Flames. The Firestars continue to use their pitchers well and were supported by some great defensive plays in particular from Ashleigh Deen and Stacey McManus. Sam Poole, Ashleigh Deen and Stacey McManus lead the team in offense. Firestars have three games on day 2 and will be looking for NSW and Aussie Spirit Captain, Stacey Porter to come out swinging.
Diamonds and Flames have mixed results on Day 1, both losing to Firestars and picking up wins against SA Starz. For the Flames, Verity Long-Droppert, Chelsea Forkin and Jemma Freegard did a great job on a day that a number of players stepped up and made a contribution to their team. Clews again was the backbone, pitching a great game against Starz. ACT Diamonds offensive power in their second game of the day against the Starz is what Head Coach, Richard McCreedy expects. Diamonds players Clare Currie, Clare Warwick and Brenda De Blaes were instrumental in their win against the Starz. Veteran player, Tracey Mosely provides the experience on the field for the young Diamonds side, who struggled at times on defense.
The ladder is tight for the Gilley’s Shield & Edebone-Weber Shield and with nine games being played on Day 2 there is certain to be more upsets and teams moving positions on the ladder.
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