Open Women – Gilley’s Shield Awards

Midge Nelson Medal – Most Valuable Player

Midge Nelson began her international and state career with Australia and Victoria in 1960. Her career continued for the next 18 years at this level until her retirement from both state and national commitments in 1978. During her time she captained both the Victorian and Australian teams from 1972 to 1978.

Midge played in four World Championships, her first coinciding with the inaugural Championship held in Melbourne in 1965 and is one of only three in the world to have achieved this feat.

During her time as a player she also held the position of President of the Victorian Softball Association for two years. In 1978 she was awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) for her services to softball and was awarded life membership to VSA. In 1979, Nelson was appointed coach of Victoria’s State Representative Team and held that position until 1987.

In 1983 she was honoured by being inducted into the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame. This honour was followed by her induction to the Australian Sports’ and Australian Softball Federation Halls of Fame in 1985.

Past winners

1985 Kerry Dienelt (NT) 2004 Tanya Harding (Qld)
1986 Helen Strauss (Qld) 2005 Natalie Titcume (Vic)
1987 Kerry Dienelt (NT) 2006 Amanda Doman (Qld)
1988 Linda Ward (NSW) 2007 Sandra Allen (Qld)
1989 Kellie Loughman (Vic) 2008 Stacey Porter (NSW)
1990 Kerry McCracken (Vic) 2009 Jodie Bowering (Qld)
1991 Nicole Richardson (Vic) 2010 Stacey Porter (NSW)
1992 Kim Cooper (Qld) 2011 Stacey Porter (NSW)
1993 Sally McDermid (ACT) 2012 Brenda De Blaes (ACT)
1994 Frankie McRae (Qld) 2013 Jodie Bowering (Qld)
1995 Malina Milson (NSW) 2014 Stacey Porter (NSW)
1996 Tanya Harding (Qld) 2015 Jade Wall (Qld)
1997 Peta Edebone (Vic) 2016 Brenda De Blaes (Qld)
1998 Kelly McKellar (Qld) 2017 Chelsea Forkin (Qld)
1999 Tanya Harding (Qld) 2018 Georgia Casey (NSW)
2000 Sue Fairhurst (NSW) 2019 Rachel Lack (NSW)
2001 Brooke Baverstock (NSW) 2020 Yui Sakamoto (WA)
2002 Tanya Harding (Qld) 2021 Championship not played due to COVID-19
2003 Tanya Harding (Qld)


Rosemary Adey Medal – Rookie of the Year

Rosemary Adey needs little introduction. She began playing in 1954 for her home state of South Australia as a first base player. She was vice-captain of the SA Open Women’s Softball Team in 1955 & 56, captain from 1957 to 1960 and coach from 1961 to 1963.

She was selected in a secondary Australian Squad as captain in 1953 and debuted internationally in 1954 during a test series against New Zealand and was selected in the Australian team to play South Africa in 1960. Nevertheless it is as an administrator that Rosemary will be best remembered.

Rosemary’s career as a softball administrator began in 1952 when she was elected Vice-President of the South Australian Softball Association, a position she held until 1968. She was elected President in 1978 and continued in that role until 1990. At the same time she was elected as Vice President of the Australian Softball Federation Board of Management and became President in 1982. In 1993, she was also elected as the International Softball Federation Vice President – Oceania.

For her services to the development of softball both in Australia and worldwide, Rosemary was awarded SASA Life Membership in 1976. She was honoured in 1987 with the Order of Australia, ASF Life Membership in 1989 and inducted into the ASF Hall of Fame in 1991 and the ISF Hall of Fame in 1997. In November 2001, Rosemary ended her official involvement in softball when she retired her position on the ISF Board after 51 years of service leaving a legacy that will never be forgotten.

Past winners

2001 Brooke McLean (NSW) 2012 Michelle Edgtton (NSW)
2002 Amanda Doman (Qld) 2013 Taylah Tsitsikronis (NSW)
2003 Melanie Dunne (Qld) 2014 Rachel Lack (NSW)
2004 Kylie Cronk (Qld) 2015 Ashleigh Polzin (Qld)
2005 Krystle Rivers (WA) 2016 Amelia Cudicio (NSW)
2006 Nicole Smith (Qld) 2017 Tahli Moore (NSW)
2007 Melinda Weaver (Qld) 2018 Shannon Keevers (NSW)
2008 Belinda White (SA) 2019 Georgia Hood (SA)
2009 Katina Robson (ACT) 2020 Charisma Kerr (Qld)
2010 Lauren Daykin (Vic) 2021 Championship not played due to COVID-19
2011 Samantha Poole (NSW)


Sybil Turner Medal – Best Batter

Sybil Turner started playing softball in 1968 for Carlingford High School Softball Team in NSW and represented NSW for thirteen years from 1970 to 1983.

Turner began her international career with her debut in the 1974 World Championship held in Connecticut, USA. She continued on to represent Australia again at the 1982 World Championship in Taipei where she was among six Australians to be named in the top twenty batters of the tournament.

Following the World Championship, Turner retired from international competition and in 1987 was inducted into the Australian Softball Federation Hall of Fame. Turner’s achievement on the plate was recognised worldwide in 1993 when she was inducted into the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame.

The first Sybil Turner “Best Batter” Medal was presented to Vicki Grant from Western Australia at the 1988 Australian Open Women’s Fastpitch Championship.

Past winners

1988 Vicki Grant (WA) 2005 Amanda Doman (Qld)
1989 Linda Martin (SA) 2006 Stacey Porter (NSW)
1990 Gaye Ledingham (NSW) 2007 Tracey Mosley (Qld)
1991 Linda Martin (SA) 2008 Belinda Summerville (NSW)
1992 Gaye Ledingham (NSW) 2009 Leigh Godfrey (WA)
1993 Peta Edebone (Vic) 2010 Stacey Porter (NSW)
1994 Natalie Ward (NSW) 2011 Stacey Porter (NSW)
1995 Cathy DeCosta (Qld) 2012 Chelsea Forkin (WA)
1996 Frankie McRae (Qld) 2013 Jodie Bowering (Qld)
1997 Sally McCreedy (ACT) 2014 Stacey Porter (NSW)
1998 Sally McCreedy (ACT) 2015 Stacey Porter (NSW)
1999 Sue Fairhurst (NSW) 2016 Brittany Vonk (Qld)
2000 Natalie Titcume (NSW) 2017 Stacey Porter (NSW)
2001 Marissa Carpardios (Qld) 2018 Leigh Godfrey (WA)
2002 Tracey Mosley (SA) 2019 Stacey Porter (NSW)
2003 Kerrie Sheehan (NSW) 2020 Chelsea Forkin (Qld)
2004 Natalie Titcume (Vic) 2021 Championship not played due to COVID-19


Lorraine Woolley Medal – Best Pitcher

Lorraine Woolley was among those who immortalised softball in Australia when she was selected as one of three Queensland representatives to play in the inaugural International Softball Federation World Championship in Melbourne in 1965.

She was again selected to play for Australia in the 1967 tour of South Africa and the second ISF World Championship played in Japan in 1970 as one of only two Queensland representatives. Woolley gained the reputation of being Australia’s number one pitcher, and had been given the honour of leading the team alongside captain Gladys Phillips.

In 1985, Woolley was inducted into the Australian Softball Federation Hall of Fame. Her contribution and dedication to softball from the mound was honoured that same year when Leanne Evans received the first Lorraine Woolley Medal as the most outstanding pitcher in a national championship.

Past winners

1985 Leanne Evans (Vic) 2004 Brooke Wilkins (Qld)
1986 Carolyn Bruce (NSW) 2005 Jocelyn McCallum (Qld)
1987 Carolyn Gunderson (Qld) 2006 Kelly Hardie (Qld)
1988 Mel Roche (NSW) 2007 Kelly Hardie (Qld)
1989 Mel Roche (NSW) 2008 Felicity Witt (NSW)
1990 Mel Roche (NSW) 2009 Aimee Murch (ACT)
1991 Carolyn Crudgington (Qld) 2010 Brianna Hassett (WA)
1992 Carolyn Crudgington (Qld) 2011 Amber Johnson (WA)
1993 Mel Roche (NSW) 2012 Sandra Holden (Qld)
1994 Tanya Harding (Qld) 2013 Brittany Rumfelt (WA)
1995 Carolyn Crudgington (Qld) and
Brooke Wilkins (NSW)
2014 Jocelyn McCallum (Qld)
1996 Jenny Holliday (Vic) 2015 Monica Perry (SA)
1997 Mel Roche (NSW) 2016 Justine Smethurst (Qld)
1998 Mel Roche (NSW) 2017 Justine Smethurst (Qld)
1999 Mel Roche (NSW) 2018 Justine Smethurst (Qld)
2000 Mel Roche (NSW) 2019 Ellen Roberts (NSW)
2001 Mel Roche (NSW) 2020 Jailyn Ford (SA)
2002 Kelly Hardie (Qld) 2021 Championship not played due to COVID-19
2003 Kelly Hardie (Qld)


Player of the Grand Final

2012 Bree Brooker (NSW)
2013 Leigh Godfrey (WA)
2014 Stacey Porter (NSW)
2015 Ellen Roberts (NSW)
2016 Jade Wall (Qld)
2017 Kaia Parnaby (NSW)
2018 Stacey McManus (NSW)
2019 Rachel Lack (NSW)
2020 Rachel Lack (NSW)
2021 Championship not played due to COVID-19