Blast from the past – Gordon Monk 2017

A youthful Cape Town Softball Association women’s team has won the Gordon Monk title in Kempton Park in their first attempt.

The senior event sees the cream of softball players in the country participating as part of their national provincial championship preparations, which will take place in Tshwane from 22 to 25 March.

The decision to send a development team to the Gordon Monk augurs well for the future of softball in Cape Town and the Western Cape. The squads for the championships will be announced shortly.

The Cape Town team was placed in section one of this prestigious event and came through the round robin unscathed, beating Eastern Gauteng B (17-2), Johannesburg (9-2), North West (13-0) and Tshwane B (4-1). This unbeaten run placed them at the top of their section.

On Sunday, the tournament really got into full swing with the playoff stages.

In the first game Cape Town faced up to Tshwane A, winning 7-6. Then followed the second playoff game against Tshwane B. The Cape Town women kept their cool and triumphed 5-2.

This result put the team straight into the grand final.

Tshwane B triumphed in their additional playoff game against Eastern Gauteng. Their brave attempt came to nought when the Cape Town team, playing like seasoned veterans, easily won the grand final 5-1, and with it the Gordon Monk title.

The pivotal pitching duties were shared by Grivonne Rhoda and Chesternay Fortune, both from the Lavender Hill Softball Club, and Chaunees Goliath from the Heideveld Yankees.

The coaching and management staff were also green in terms of experience. Head coach Bettina Phillips and her two assistants, Marlene Petersen and Debbie Woolf, held themselves well.

In the same breath, Samantha Jones and Stacey-Lee Anthony managed the team with aplumb.

Ammaarah Larney beat her teammates Erin Peters (second) and Faith Beukes (third) to the top batting title.

Limpopo won the title in the men’s section.