Softball Victoria’s Open Men & Women take the stage this weekend at the State Championships and will feature a surplus of the state’s best softball players in action.
Hosted by the Northern District Softball Association, the suburb of Mill Park will be where Men’s and Women’s association teams will do battle to claim the coveted State Championship glory.
Twelve teams are competing in the Women’s competition, with six teams seeking glory in the Women’s Cup and six on the Women’s Plate draw.
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In the Women’s Cup, last year’s champions Waverley would be eyeing off back-to-back glory against a competitive field.
Dandenong return to the fold and will no doubt be seeking redemption after falling short in last year’s Grand Final.
Werribee and Casey will showcase plenty of passion, while Geelong and Knox come in as the dark horses’ to claim the state championship crown.
In their opening matches, Casey will meet Werribee, Dandenong will take on Waverley and Knox will battle Geelong.
Over in the Women’s Plate, with last year’s champions Knoxnow featuring in the Cup draw, the window of opportunity is truly open for a fresh side to claim on victory in this division.
Keilor Park lead in with momentum, as does Northern District on their home soil, while the girls from the border in Albury Wodonga have developed a formidable squad.
Sunshine is the dark horse in this draw, while Frankston and GEMSA will have to produce some of their best hitting to feature at the business end of the competition.
In their opening match-ups, Albury Wodonga meet Sunshine, Frankston do battle against Northern District, as GEMSA play Keilor Park.
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Across to the Men’s draw, four association teams feature in the Men’s Cup, with four teams also rivalling in the Plate side.
In the Men’s Cup, last year’s champions Dandenong are eyeing off back-to-back titles and lead in as the team to beat.
Werribee and Waverley both can’t be overlooked, expect to sit around the middle of the table early. However, at their best, both can feature prominently on Sunday afternoon. While GEMSA heads in as the ultimate dark horse, and can undoubtedly cause some problems for their four opponents.
Opening match ups will see Waverley play GEMSA, while Dandenong meet Werribee to kick off what’s sure to be a competitive division.
Across to the Men’s Plate, Casey will be keen to prove why they’re the team to beat as they set aim for back-to-back Plate titles. The boys from the border in Albury Wodonga travel with their sights firmly set on redeeming themselves following last year’s disappointing Grand Final defeat.
Frankston enter as the competition underdogs, while the dark horse in this draw is certainly the joint side of KPDSA/NDSA, who head in with intent to make a serious impact on the division.
Opening matches find, a mouth-watering rematch in Casey v Albury Wodonga, as Frankston take on KPDSA/NDSA.
Additional resources for the 2019 Mens & Women’s Open State Softball Championships can be found in the link provided here.
View the full draw here.