Softball WA’s Awards ‘Night of Nights’ was held at The Italian Club on the Friday, 13th of April 2018. Over 200 players, parents, staff, volunteers and partners attended the annual event dedicated to showcase the achievements on and off the diamond in the 2017-18 season.
Massive thanks to Jill Green, Mel Purser & Shannon Hearne for coordinating this event. Their amazing work behind the scenes made for a great night for all in attendance. Special mention to Ali Brooks for taking photos of award recipients on the night. Your efforts do not go unnoticed.
This night is about celebrating the achievements of not only our State Team players but also the achievements of many people who have contributed to our sport in WA for a very long period of time. It is also a night of great opportunity to catch-up with everyone and share stories or memorable moments from the year; but also for some, stories from many, many years ago.
|Umpire of the Year||Warren Duff|
|Official of the Year||Kathryn Wylie|
|Administrator of the Year||Jayne Pleysier|
|Affiliate of the Year||Bunbury & Districts Softball Association|
|Regional Volunteer of the Year||Sue Mundy|
|Metropolitan Volunteer of the Year||Pani Haereroa|
|Metropolitan Volunteer of the Year||Laurie Prior|
Pic above: Jayne Pleysier (Administrator of the Year), Kathryn Wylie (Official of the Year)
Pic above: Laurie Prior & Marietjie Haereroa – on behalf of Pani Haereroa (Volunteer of the Year), Warren Jones (Affiliate of the Year)
Throughout the evening guests were treated to a 2 course dinner while recognition was given to worthy players and key volunteers for their efforts.
The first awards of the night was announcing the newest Life Member of Softball WA. Congratulations to Karen Sullivan for your commitment to the sport, what you have showed is remarkable and this acknowledgment is a testament to the efforts you have put in over the years.
Premier League Awards
Congratulations to the following players:
|Batting Award||Samantha Poole||0.684||Fremantle Mariners|
|Pitching Award||Kelsey Kessler||0.65 Earned run average||Fremantle Mariners|
|Fielding Award||Sandy Touchell||Flames|
|Fielding Award||Luci Powell||Carine Cats|
|Rising Star Award||Sara Riou||Carine Cats|
|Premier League Most Valuable Player||Samantha Poole||Fremantle Mariners|
| Shirley Schneider Medal
(Player of the Grand Final)
|Kelsey Kessler||Fremantle Mariners|
Junior State Teams
Congratulation to the individual award recipients in the U15 categories:
|U15 Girls White||Abbygail Bushby||Best Batter||0.312|
|U15 Girls Gold||Willow Swinbourn||Best Batter||0.480|
|U15 Boys||Bryce Baker||Best Batter||0.480|
Congratulation to the U17 individual award recipients:
|U17 Girls||Tamikah Turner-Hames||Best Batter||0.487|
|U17 Boys||Jayden French||Best Batter||0.316|
Congratulation to all the U19 individual award recipients:
|U19 Girls||Sara Riou||Best Batter||0.464|
|U19 Boys||Jett Wright||Best Batter||0.484|
Senior State Teams
Congratulations to all the U23 individual recipients:
|U23 Women||Holly Onley||RBIs||3|
|U23 Men||Mathew Beckett||RBIs||5|
Congratulation to the individual awards recipients for the WA Open teams:
| Open Women
|Leigh Godfrey||Best Batter||0.591|
|Brendon O’Byrne||Best Batter||0.448|
Newcrest Mining Spirit Award
This award is awarded to a recipient that displays excellence on the softball diamond and outstanding qualities off the diamond. The recipient of this award has been commended for her commitment, leadership and professionalism to the sport. Prior to the tournament, she had recently recovered from surgery to become the best batter in the nationals in 2018. She has set the example for every player in this state on how to rehabilitate professionally and persevere through challenges. Congratulations to Leigh Godfrey on receiving this Award.
Newcrest Mining Spirit Award
Most Promising Junior Award
This award has been reinstated after many years of inactivity since 2000. This award goes to an Under 15 Junior Player who has displayed great potential and development over the last year to one day having the potential to be a dynamite on the field. Congratulations to Ashlee Harwood on receiving this Award.
Most Promising Junior
Softball WA would just like to congratulate all players, officials and volunteers for their outstanding work throughout the 2017-18 season and hope you see all next year for a more successful and better season for WA.