Vanessa Stokes - gets her Aussie Spirit cap

Vanessa Stokes - gets her Aussie Spirit cap

2 December 2011

Its a fabulous start to the 2011 season with Vanessa Stokes gaining selection in the Aussie Spirit team named for Test Series against NZ White Sox.

Vanessa joined Rebels this season, and has proven to be part of a match winning combination with American import Katie Bartlett.  Vanessa is joined in the Aussie team by fellow SA player, Belinda White (Sturt).  Congrats and good luck to both girls!

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Softball Australia is pleased to announce the 16 athletes who have been selected to represent the Aussie Spirit, Australian Open Women’s Team.

Jodie Bowering, Co-Captain (Qld)

Christina Kreppold (WA)

Marina Walker (Vic)

Chermai Clews (WA)

Stacey McManus (NSW)

Clare Warwick (ACT)

Michelle Cox (NSW)

Kara Murphy (NSW)

Melinda Weaver (Qld)

Clare Currie (ACT)

Aimee Murch (ACT)

Belinda White (SA)

Leigh Godfrey, Co-Captain (WA)

Danielle Stewart (Qld)


Sandra Holden (Qld)

Vanessa Stokes (SA)


The team will play the New Zealand White Sox in a 3 game Test series (see Draw) following the Gilley’s Shield Round 3 & Edebone-Weber Shield Finals to be held at Hawker International Softball Centre, ACT from 7- 8 January 2012.


Head Coach, Kere Johanson, confirmed that selections were made with the following objectives in mind:

  • To reward those players who performed consistently in the crucial pitching position during Rounds 1 and 2 of the Gilley’s Shield

  • To provide an opportunity for players to experience field positions not normally available to them within their own state teams (due to specific roles and responsibilities at that level)

  • To assess eligible overseas based athletes one last time before the World Championship Team is named after Round 4 in February 2012

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