History on the line
The South Australian Starz are looking to win the states second ever – and first since 1956 – open women’s softball title, when it takes part in the Gilley’s Shield, being held at Blacktown International Sportspark – venue for the 2000 Olympics – from January 3-9.
Not one of the players were born when South Australia last tasted success at these championships, while in many cases, nor were their parents.
Pitcher of the tournament last season, Monica Perry leads an impressive pitching line-up for the Starz, which also includes Australian rep Vanessa Stokes and under 19 national rep Steph Trzcinski, as well as Michell Edgtton, from NSW.
Team co-captain Belinda White, who has also represented Australia, will handle the catching duties, with Carly Allen and Sarah Tonkin good back-ups, who can also play utility roles.
The infield includes Lana Kaesler, Jordan Lambert, co-captain Jasmine Lee and Chelsea Robinson (another back-up catcher), while Ada Brincat-Tree, Madeline Cameron, Jenny Dunn, Kelsey Knuckey and Jessica Maslin will share outfield duties.
Kere Johanson is the team’s head coach.
In Sunday’s opening, the Starz play last season’s grand finalists, Queensland Heat at 1.30pm, followed by NSW Firestars at 4pm.
For further details, contact Softball SA media manager Robert Laidlaw on 0407979163