GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAM PLACE 4TH IN THE STATE!

State Softball Finals

The Open Girls Softball team travelled to Stevenson Park in Newcastle for the State Finals in Week 10 this term. The team were up against some tough opponents but rose to the challenge and represented the school with sportsmanship and respect.

Day 1 saw the girls face off against Coonabarabran High at 8:30am – an early start where they played in a heavy fog. However, the cold, foggy morning didn’t faze the girls with a convincing 10-3 win with Shadae Watt and Stephanie O’Sullivan each scoring home runs. The match was a combination of excellent pitching from Shadae Watt, catching from Seveene Patakos and a team fielding effort.

The team faced Kariong High in Game 2 of the day brought the sun and with it the heat of Kariong High – what a nail biter it was! Port were down 10-4 before the final innings but the girls rose to the challenge with an amazing 7 runs scored in the final innings. Annika Karlsson brought the team home to victory with the 7th run of the innings and earning the girls the 11-10 win. The team were on a high and had some quality team bonding time at Timezone, dinner at Lone Star and some serious rounds of UNO in the cabins.

Day 2 was a later start in rainy Newcastle with the girls up against Westfield Sports High. The girls put all their effort into the match with some spectacular fielding efforts from Kayla Ferguson on 1st base, Stephanie O’Sullivan subbing in to pitch and Makayla Alexander, Madison Hema, Ashlei Udemans and Annika Karlsson doing some expert outfield work. The girls were unsuccessful against the strong Westfield team but were in with a chance at 3rd overall in the tournament. Game 4 of the tournament was against Asquith Girls High where their big hitters were just too strong. Some strong efforts in the final innings saw Port earn 4 runs in the match but we were eventually defeated by Asquith, taking home 4th place.

The Port Hacking Girls team fought to the end, never giving up and always pushing each other along with words of encouragement, pats on the back and cheers at every effort. We could not have asked for better representation for our school and the girls are ready and roaring for 2022! Go Port!

Team:

Annika Karlsson

Ashlei Udemanns

Celina Anderson

Diana Kardash

Emma Burgess

Kayla Ferguson

Madison Hema

Makayla Alexander

Mykaela Cooley

Nicola Riley

Seveene Patakos

Shadae Watt

Stephanie O’Sullivan

Well done to all of the coaches: Ms Ruby Calder-Little, Ms Renee Taylor and Ms Jessie O’Shea