Sydney North makes it four straight

SYDNEY North has once again set the standard for CHS softball by winning a fourth straight State Girls’ Championships in Tamworth yesterday.

The  side went through the tournament undefeated to take its  fifth trophy in six years.

2011 winner Sydney South West was runners-up, with Sydney West following in third.

North West finished in ninth place after three losses yesterday to Sydney West, North Coast and Hunter.

Despite the final-day losses, coach Lisa Watson was extremely happy with the tournament, and the girls’ performance after beating Riverina on Wednesday.

“We have had a great week and the girls have really given it everything,” Watson said.

“That is the first time  we have won a game in this competition for at least six years.”

Macintyre High School’s Bethany Zanco-Hinds won the players’ player award from her peers, whilst Armidale High’s Jessica Prince was awarded a team signed ball.

Prince has set a new record of playing in the North West softball side for eight years straight and this will be her last tournament as she enters Year 12.

Watson and team manager Jade Bradley also gave out two coach’s awards.

Short stop Katarnie Toomey from Narrabri High and Peel High first baser Monique Clare took the honours.

“Those girls really shone in their positions and always had a smile on their face,” Bradley said.

“They also batted quite well and were willing to have a go in different positions.”

Macintyre High’s Chloe Hampton took the MVP award for North West.

“The sportsmanship shown by our girls this week has been outstanding and they all should be proud of themselves,” Watson said.

“We are a very young side and our batting really improved this tournament.”

“If we can keep a lot of the team playing we will be a good side in the next three years.”

Sydney North and South West dominated the CHS squad that was announced after the games yesterday.

Only one player in the top side wasn’t from one of those two regions, with seven of the 12 players from North, four from South West and one from North Coast.

Two sides were named to play in the Australian Championships in Blacktown next month and from there a chance to represent All Schools on a tour of Hawaii.

North Coast was awarded the Jock Curry Shield for best non metropolitan region after it  finished an overall fourth.

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