It has already been an amazing season of Victorian Softball, as the Under 17 age division now gets the opportunity to showcase their competitive spirit at the 2019 State Championships this weekend.
Hosted by the Frankston Softball Association, the championships will be held at Robinson’s Park, in what’s certain to be a hotly contested event between some of the finest junior softball class in Victoria.
Seven association teams will feature in the Girls Cup, while five sides will do battle in the Boys Cup division.
|Girls Cup||Boys Cup|
|Northern District||Albury Wodonga|
The Girls Cup features last year’s powerhouse Waverley, who will be eager to repeat their dominance from 2018, which saw them power through the weekend undefeated to claim the state title.
Hot on their heels will be Casey, who is seeking redemption after last year’s Grand Final heartbreak.
The girls from the border in Albury Wodonga have the potential to challenge the favourites, alongside – Knox, Northern District and Sunshine/Dandenong. If they bring their best form to Robinson’s Park, all competitors could find themselves deep in the tournament come Sunday afternoon.
The smoky of the division is combined side GEMSA/KPDSA, who are expected to apply plenty of pressure on the rest of the field.
The top two teams at the conclusion of the nine rounds will square off for Cup honors, as the third and four ranked teams play off for the Plate crown.
Casey kick off their campaign against GEMSA/KPDSA, Knox meets Northern District, while Waverley and Albury Wodonga battle to conclude the opening round of proceedings.
Sunshine Dandenong open their competition with the bye, but meet GEMSA/KPDSA in round two.
Over in the Boys Cup, in the absence of Casey, Frankston lead in as the tournament favourites after their success in last year’s Grand Final victory. They’ll be out in full force this weekend, to claim back-to-back titles on their home soil.
Werribee/GEMSA and Albury Wodonga are bursting with extra spark this year, both sides are looking to make amends from last year’s disappointment and are expected to find themselves on the top half of the table, come Sunday afternoon.
Dandenong enters as the dangerous underdog and could prove to be a surprise packet that teams are unprepared for.
Sunshine/KPDSA is the division smoky and if they’re able to maximise their potential at the weekend, could find themselves playing off in the Grand Final.
Sunshine/KPDSA open their campaign against Werribee/GEMSA, Frankston begin their tournament in a battle with Dandenong, while a round one bye for Albury Wodonga see’s them challenging Dandenong in a second round clash.
Additional resources for the 2019 Boys & Girls State Softball Championships can be found in the link provided here.
The full draw can be accessed via the link here: