Eighteen students from Kangaroo Island recently competed in the School Sport SA Softball SAPSASA State Carnival.
The week-long carnival, held at Barratt Reserve, West Beach, showcased some of South Australia’s finest young softballers.
The teams had representation from all three KICE campuses, and for most this was their first taste of competitive softball.
The girls team consisted of: Jade Jamieson (K), Scarlett Johnston (K), Olivia Stewart (K), Matekino Warena (K), Tayah Shurven (K), Tahnese Childs (Pe), Minka Macauley (Pe), Molly Watters (Pa), Kelesha Edwards (Pa), Lani Edwards (Pa) and coach, Crystal Stewart.
The boys team was made up of: Hamish Dawes (K), Zac Stevens (K), Clancy Crocker (K), Nick Shurven (K), Caiden Cockshell (K), Ewan Lark (K), Taj Morrison (K), Riley Macauley (Pe) Ajax Westren-Schapel (Adelaide), and coach, Eliza Cruse.
The results from the week are below:
Kangaroo Island Girls
- Game 1: Hills 15 def KI 14
- Game 2: Southern Fleurieu 17 def KI 11
- Game 3: KI 14 def Barosssa & Light 5
- Game 4: Mid North 21 def KI 9
- Game 5: KI 7 def Murraylands 3
- Game 6: Gawler 10 def KI 5
- Game 7: KI 21 def Northern Yorke Peninsula 6
- Game 8: KI 14 def Torrens River & North Adelaide 13
- Game 9: KI 12 def Southern Valley 8
Kangaroo Island Boys
- Game 1: Riverland 17 def KI 6
- Game 2: KI 9 def Onkaparinga South 5
- Game 3: Northern Yorke Peninsula 14 def KI 5
- Game 4: Onkaparinga North 24 def KI 8
- Game 5: Murray Mallee 23 def KI 2
- Game 6: Murraylands 15 def KI 10
- Game 7: Barossa & Light 26 def KI 14
- Game 8: KI 21 def Upper South East 17
- Game 9: Port 16 def KI 10
Overall, the Kangaroo Island Girls finished the carnival in 5th position, a huge achievement and improvement on recent years; while the boys team finished 8th overall, a solid effort from the boys.
An enormous thanks goes to the parents and families of the players for the sacrifices they made both during the carnival and in the weeks leading up to it.
This included transporting players to and from training, organising time off work and accommodation, scoring, umpiring, offering advice and generally supporting the students involved.
Thanks also to SeaLink for providing sponsorship to reduce travel costs for students.
Lastly, huge thanks goes to the students. It was amazing to spend the week with such a hardworking, dedicated and enthusiastic group of young people.