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As we welcomed in 2017 a number of our players started the year by representing QLD at their respected nationals. Bec C, Jess, Bec M, Chelsea, Carmie and Janice were our A1 representative in the QLD Heat Team as they attempted to defend their Gilley's Shield title in Sydney. Unfortunately it wasn't to be for the team going down in the final against NSW. Our A1 players shined through the whole tournament with a number of the girls earning selection in the Australian teams. Also in Sydney was our A1 Coach Matt Torpey, he was assisting the U17 girls in their nationals campaign. Erin Blackmore just finished playing U19 Nationals in Perth where she came home with 3rd place. What a talented bunch of players and officials we have here at Bears. Another example of just how good we are! Well done to all involved, we're all so proud!
While the Australian team was fighting it out for a World Championship in Surrey last week, the QLD Women's U23 team battled the weather and the rest of Australia to bring home the Joyce Lester Shield. Bears A1 Coach, Kevin Jenkins, led the QLD girls to a 7-2 victory over NSW in the grand final. Also in the team were Bears A1 players Becky McDonnell and Stephanie Curtis (pictured below). The team had some great results during the week, but none better than the victory over NSW in the grand final to bring the shield home to QLD. Becky McDonnell won the 'Best Batter' award and was named in the 'All Tournament Team' as the Designated Player. Well done Kevin, Steph and Becky!
Bears A1 players Janice Blackman, Carmelle Sorensen, Jocelyn McCallum and Chelsea Forkin (pictured below) just finished their World Championship campaign in Surrey overnight. While they didn't get the result they set out to achieve, our Bears girls shined in each of the games. Janice, Chelsea and Carmie racked up many hits throughout the tournament and Jocelyn pitched some fantastic games. Well done girls, we are all so proud of you!
Bears A1 players Jess Muller, Britt Vonk, Carmie Sorensen, Chelsea Forkin, Jocelyn McCallum and Janice Blackman (pictured below) all played a pivotal role in securing QLD the 2016 Gilley's Shield. Although the tournament was plagued by the rain that did not stop our girls from getting what they set out to achieve, an open national championship! Congratulations girls!!
Our Bears A1 players representing Queensland at Nationals January 2016
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