Doncaster girls Sam, Amy and Kathy on hand to accept award
Doncaster was represented at the 2007 VicSport Awards when, following a clean sweep by the Victorian Women's Baseball team of the 2007 National Championships and their seventh title in the last eight years, they won their second VicSport Award to go with 2002.
The team, which features 5 Doncaster players in Hamilton, Hough, Mann, McCann and Welsh, edged out the Williamstown Open Women’s Teams Rescue and the Darebin Women’s AFL team to win the award. Considering Darebin was the first women’s club to remain undefeated over two divisions and the Women’s Teams Rescue were gold medallists at the Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships, the competition this year was high.
“To beat an AFL team in Victoria is a pretty big honour,” Amy McCann said. “To actually walk away with an award was a really surprising so the team was pretty chuffed. The girls were really excited, it was awesome.”
“The girl’s deserve all the accolades with finishing undefeated and women’s baseball in Victoria has never been in better shape,” Head Coach Leo Vivona said. “They’ve been a pleasure to coach. I think the award is just recognition for all the hard work this team has put in.”
Baseball Victoria CEO Stephen Nash was equally thrilled with the recognition Victoria’s Women’s Baseball Program is receiving after such a sustained period at the top of the sport.
“Everyone associated with baseball should be extremely proud of our women’s baseball team achievement at winning the VicSport award for the Victorian Women’s Team of the Year,” he said. “Their dominance at the National Championship level over a long period of time is a fantastic effort”.
The Doncaster girls will get another shot at National glory when state trials begin in December for the Nationals which are to be held in Wollongong in Easter 08.