Girls the real winners at the Girls Friendship Series - Day 2 and 3
Girls Friendship Series
The Day 2 schedule was unfortunately washed out due to overnight and morning rain. Thankfully the weather turned out well in the afternoon giving the diamonds a chance to dry out which enabled some exhibition games to be played in the U14 and U16 age group in the evening.
The two NSW teams made a combined team to battle against the visiting Queenslanders under the lights at Blacktown Olympic Park, a thrill for the girls.
Day 3 saw a little shuffling of the draw giving the visiting QLD teams as many games as possible before they had to leave for the journey back home.
An extra couple of games were scheduled giving every team at least 2 games with a few teams playing 3 or 4 games.
The NSW teams dominated in the Under 12 and Under 14 age groups, with the NSW Topaz and Sapphire teams battling it out for top position.
In the Under 12 competition the NSW Sapphire team took out the gold medal, going through the tournament undefeated with 4 wins and 1 draw.
Sapphire defeated Topaz in the last game of the day to ensure they would take the gold medal.
In the Under 14 competition NSW Topaz defeated NSW Sapphire to secure the Gold medal. The two teams fought it out till the death with Topaz taking the spoils 12 runs to 9.
In the Under 16’s the QLD team fought hard after losses on Day 1 but they came back defeating both the NSW teams on Day 3 to take the silver medal.
NSW Sapphire took the gold medal and the NSW Topaz side took the bronze medal in the Under 16 competition. A very close series between the three teams each having two wins and two losses each separated only by for and against; only 6 runs separated 1st and 3rd.
Overall a brilliant tournament show casing the future of women’s baseball in NSW and QLD. In the years to come this tournament will become bigger and stronger with hopefully a few more of the states joining in it will a create block buster tournament.