From the moment the under-11s Southern Districts Softball Association (SDSFA) team assembled, coach Malcolm Nunn suspected there was “something special” about the team.
He was right.
The under-11s team were crowned state champions at the three-day Softball NSW under-11 State Championships which concluded Monday.
It’s the first time in 24 years SDSA has won the under-11s state title.
The boys played 11 games (nine wins, one draw and one loss) scoring a total of 193 runs and conceded only 56 runs in the modified tee-ball format at Blacktown International Sportspark.
After eight round games the team were in third place and required three straight wins on Monday to claim the title.
In the semi final they defeated Penrith for the second time of the tournament 11-4.
In the final, they reversed their loss to Georges River in the round stages to win 10-5.
The grand final was an exciting game with the lead changing many times before SDSA team pulled away in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the previously undefeated Macarthur 12-8.
“All the boys played like champions every game and finished off as champions of the state,” Nunn said.
“They did their association, families and supporters proud and all the staff are so very proud of them all.”
The team: Noah Andia-Slarke, Lachlan Boland, Jonathan Fabar, Adam Goodwin, Ayden Hamilton, Tayden Osten, Bronx Pickering-Ratu, Tangaroa Pickering Ratu, Mohammed Rizvi, Ray Tuki Junior, Ihaka Wiki-Te-Oi and Bowan Williams. Coach: Malcolm Nunn, Assistant coach: Jesse Walsh, Manager: Samantha Dooley, Statistician: Jodie Nunn.
The road to glory
Game 1 Penrith won 7 - 4
Game 2 Orange won 30 - 2
Game 3 Cumberland Nepean won 20 - 0
Game 4 Georges River loss 13 - 10
Game 5 Campbelltown won 28 -2
Game 6 Central Coast won 24 - 5
Game 7 Macarthur drew 7 -7
Game 8 Sutherland won 34 - 6
Semi Final Penrith won 11 - 4
Final Georges River won 10 - 5
Grand Final Macarthur won 12 - 8