Player Profile – Justine Smethurst

Position: Pitcher
Uniform Number: 11
Debut: 2004 Blacktown International
Cap Number: 234
Club Team: Brisbane Panthers
Association Team: Far North Queensland
State Team: Queensland Heat
Date of Birth: 14 January 1987
Height: 179cm

Justine grew up in Victoria, playing her junior softball at the Glen Eira Moorabbin Softball Association.

With her towering height, Justine displayed her outstanding pitching talent from an early age, leading the Victorian U16 Girls’ team in 2003 to the national title, winning the MVP award at that championship.

The following year, Justine’s potential was recognised with selection into the senior Australian team for the Blacktown International.

In 2005, Justine led the Victorian team to the U19 Women’s national title, claiming a second National Championship MVP award.

Shortly after, Justine was offered a scholarship at the University of Hawai’i, playing softball there in 2006 and 2007, leading her team in most statistical categories and pitching three perfect games in her freshman year.

In 2008, Justine was selected as the youngest member of the Australian team for the Beijing Olympic Games, coming home with a bronze medal.

After representing Australia at the 2010 and 2012 Women’s World Championships, Justine took some time away from the game, before moving to Queensland and playing for the Heat team in 2015.

In 2016, Justine was a key part of the Gilley’s Shield (Open Women’s National Championship) winning Queensland Heat team, claiming the Best Pitcher award and pitching the full seven innings in the Grand Final, giving up just one run.

Representing Australia at the 2016 and 2018 World Championships, Justine has now played at four senior World Championships and is one of only two current squad members (in addition to Stacey Porter) with Olympic experience.

 

Media
Article – March 2018: Olympics can wait – Justine’s focus is on 2018
 
World Championships & Olympic Games:
2018: XVI Women’s Softball World Championship, Chiba, Japan
2016: XV Women’s Softball World Championship, Surrey, Canada
2012: XIII Women’s Softball World Championship, Yukon, Canada (bronze medal)
2010: XII Women’s Softball World Championship, Caracas, Venezuela
2008: Olympic Games, Beijing, China (bronze medal)
National Awards:
2020: Player of the Grand Final, The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball
2016, 2017, 2018: Best Pitcher, Open Women’s National Softball Championship
2005: Most Valuable Player, U19 Women’s National Softball Championship
2003: Most Valuable Player, U16 Girls’ National Softball Championship