Victorian women’s softball on the up
A collective YAY!!!! for the efforts of the Victorian u17 girls softball team, runners-up in the national championships in Blacktown in January. What a fabulous team effort by all involved.
Congratulations must be given to the following for their contributions. Firstly, the parents and supporters who cheered, clapped, sang, blew horns very loudly and consistently – just like the Barmy Army (much to the dismay of Angelina Jolie and her film crew next door to the softball centre) and supported and encouraged the team throughout the week. Easily, the loudest and most annoying supporters at the grounds but their energy and enthusiasm definitely helped drive the girls especially when the going got tight. Their antics drove the opposition supporters mad, made life difficult for tournament organisers but overall they created a fabulous carnival atmosphere that made the tournament a success for all concerned.
Secondly, to the staff surrounding the girls – they trained, educated, grafted, coerced, nursed, patched, supported, encouraged and pushed the girls to believe they could go ‘all the way’. It takes a lot of stars to be aligned for success at a national championships – this group of dedicated softball people did a fantastic job.
And thirdly, to the girls themselves for looking like a Victorian softball team to be proud of. Giving their best efforts despite the usual ups and downs associated with a week of mental and physical exhaustion. Producing consistently good softball and some awesome ‘special’ moments. The girls deserved to be in the Grand Final. A fitting end to a big campaign. Great job girls!
All Victorians in Blacktown were very proud of your efforts. It has been a long dry spell in terms of a competitive Victorian womens softball team at the national level. Let’s build on it and make this the stepping stone of greater things to come.
The members of Eastern Raiders SC would like to congratulate the Raiders involved in this successful team. They are: Lisa Mundos, Sara Davison, Mitzy Tuiali, Molly Rayniak, Graeme Tuiali (Head Coach) and Geraldine Grisold (Team Manager).