Player Profile – Stacey McManus
|Debut:||2011 Canada Cup|
|Club Team:||Southern Storm|
|Association Team:||Sutherland Shire|
|State Team:||NSW Firestars|
|Date of Birth:||12 April 1989|
With both her parents playing softball, it didn’t take long for Stacey to step out on to the diamond, first playing at the age of four. Her younger sister Brooke also took up the sport, going on to represent the New Zealand women’s national team.
Selected in a NSW team for the first time in 2005 (U16 Girls), Stacey also represented NSW at U19 level in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She has since been part of their senior team (NSW Firestars) since 2009, winning seven Gilley’s Shield (Open Women’s National Championship) titles to add to her two junior titles in ’07 and ’08.
Excelling in the middle infield in those NSW teams, Stacey caught the eye of national selectors and made her Australian debut at the 2011 Canada Cup. The following year, she played a test series against New Zealand, lining up against her sister.
Having represented Australia at four World Championships, Stacey is a senior member of the team who continues to play at an elite level.
In 2017, Stacey went pro, playing in the National Pro Fastpitch league for the Chicago Bandits. In the following two years, she was part of the Australian team in this league.
|Radio interview – August 2019: McManus speaks to Sydney’s ABC Radio|
|Article – April 2018: McManus knows what to expect in NPF|
|2018:||XVI Women’s Softball World Championship, Chiba, Japan|
|2016:||XV Women’s Softball World Championship, Surrey, Canada|
|2014:||XIV Women’s Softball World Championship, Haarlem, Netherlands (bronze medal)|
|2012:||XIII Women’s Softball World Championship, Yukon, Canada (bronze medal)|
|2018:||Player of the Grand Final, Open Women’s National Softball Championship|