P4AC Masters Team Fundraising at SQ Masters

UPDATE!

Softball Queensland, who kindly managed our merchandise for the weekend, have come back with a final figure after completing the stock take.  $866!

Taking into account this amount, and final figures tallied, our total raised for the SQ Masters weekend is $4573.40.  Oh so close to the $5000 target – brilliant work everybody!  From P4AC to the community who supported us – we are very proud of this amount and look forward to presenting cheques to the receipients.

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Another SQ Masters has come and gone and it was a huge success in both aspects in which Play for a Cure participated.

We must start, with a huge thank you to Wynnum Manly Leagues Club for sponsoring our team. This enabled the players to concentrate on playing and fundraising without having to worry about any financial outlay. An absolutely brilliant sponsorship and for one we are very grateful!

As the weekend contains two elements, we will break down each event below

Fundraising

It’s no secret that fundraising for cancer research is our number one priority and we believe that our efforts this weekend were again a success!

Over the weekend we sold raffle tickets – 2 separate raffles.

One was a large party pack hamper which consisted of a large wheelbarrow, kindly donated by Bunnings Cannon Hill, filled with all sorts of goodies to make any party a fun one! Thanks to Bunnings and to the players in the team who donated the goods, or sourced goods through other businesses.

Money raised from this raffle is to go to our Trust Fund Account for Cody and Abby McCullagh. Cody and Abby are the children of our dear friend Joey, who passed away in May this year, and who we played in honour of.

Congratulations to Jo for winning this raffle!

Our 2nd raffle was a personalised P4AC softball glove, in our cool colours of Black, White, Red and Grey. We also had an Australian Spray Jacket, kindly donated by former Olympian Haylea Petrie.

Congratulations to Sista for winning.

Both ladies were pretty excited about their respective wins. Thank you to Nikkie, Joey’s sister for doing the draw.

Our biggest event was hosting the Bledisloe Cup Viewing. All Blacks v Wallabies! People came to watch the game, get a lucky door prize raffle ticket, munch on a burger and have a few drinks. We also sold raffle tickets on the night for some scrumptious seafood raffles. The night was a great success, although the Wallaby supporters might beg to differ! The event was only 3 hours long and we raised close to $3000 for the night – that’s success! Thank you to the players and friends who turned up, especially with those aching bones – obviously the night would not have been a success without you!

We must thank the following for helping make the night the success it was!

Softball Queensland, Logan City Softball Association (Mick and Marg Gorman), Meakin Park Junior Sports Association (Dawn, Shane and Kim), Perry’s Fruit Market, Brumby’s Wynnum West, All Food Services Manly, Australian Rugby Union , Princess Charlotte Seafoods, Woolworths and Coles.

And to the P4AC team members who came out, even though tired and aching, to help set up and help make the night run smoothly. And to Kingy – who is far too young to be a master, but stayed and tirelessly ran around to help.

So in summary, the weekend was a success – we raised around $3800 – now Bowel Cancer research and Cody and Abby McCullagh will benefit.

Please click on the links above, of the businesses that have kindly assisted with our fundraising, we encourage you to visit them and pay them back their kindness.

Competition

I think it is fair to say we set a high standard last year, when we won, in our first attempt, the Div 1 title. True, we have a great team, filled with former Olympic players and International Players and National representatives. We do not, however, have an established pitcher who pitches our games. Fundraising is our main aim, but the competitive fire still burns in us all, so even without a pitcher we expect to win.

We were scheduled for 6 round robin games and potentially 2 final games. So you can imagine our horror, when in the first 2 minutes of the first game, Narelle broke her foot. We only had 10 players for the weekend so with Narelle out and some players still having to work we were going to have to either find pick up players or forfeit. Narelle bravely battled on and played the first 3 games for us (Friday) and provided quite a lot of entertainment in her efforts in making it around the bases when she did get a safe hit!

First day completed we won 2 out of 3, suffering our first loss at the hands of Marist.

Come Saturday we were able to rest Narelle and we won 1 from 2, losing to Renegades.

Sunday morning we had our final game which we needed to win to ensure we made the finals. We won which meant we had to face Marist again in the preliminary final to be able to have a chance in defending our title. Marist inflicted P4AC’s first ever defeat on them, so we were prepared for a hard game. We won, and won well – simply put our bats were on fire – final score 22-2.

This meant we were playing Renegades for the gold medal, the team we defeated last year to take home the gold. Renegades had their own Olympian in Fiona Timu and she was put on the mound to face our mighty line up. Fiona did what was asked for her and some great fielding by her team ensured that P4AC did not defend their title going down 5-1 in a closely fought game. Congratulations Renegades – we look forward to the next battle.

Congratulations to Haylea Petrie, Kim Cooper, Tracy Bailey (on debut) and Brooke Wilkins for making the All-Star Team. We already knew they were stars but always nice to be acknowledged by your peers – well done ladies.

So that wraps up our SQ Masters tournament – really in the end, it was a winning weekend for P4AC.

Next tournament ? Hooter Hitout in September – go P4AC!

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Photos from the weekend

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