Kim shines at Masters
YOU could say that Kim Daley was a shining example playing softball for Maryborough in the annual Masters Games at the weekend.
She has a gold medal, the player-of-the tournament award and a black eye to prove it.
Daley and her team-mates won gold after beating the Bundaberg Bruisers 9-5 in the final at Fairfield Park on Sunday.
The Hervey Bay Allsorts finished third.
Daley was left with an impressive shiner after copping a ball to the eye during a fielding mishap in practice before a game on Saturday – it wasn’t enough to keep her on the sidelines.
A visit to the hospital gave her the all-clear to play on and play she did.
The 47-year-old, who plays her club softball for Incas, took a catch as Maryborough produced a dramatic come from behind victory in the grand finale.
Bundaberg led 5-2 after five of the six innings in the final.
Although Daley and her team-mates were down, they proved they were far from out, when Bundaberg batted for the sixth and final time.
They kept Bundy scoreless, but there was still plenty of work to be done and the batters responded in style, scoring seven runs to secure a memorable victory.
No home runs were hit, but plenty of catches were gloved by the Maryborough line-up with Jo Hose leading the way with three while Peta Gibbs (two), Tanya Petersen, Barb Hard, Daley and Wendy Mathiesen grabbed the others.
It was the first time Daley had won Masters Games gold and she was thrilled.
“The competition was competitive all weekend so to win gold was a great effort by the team,” she said.
“We combined really well and I think we proved that in the final – that was a great performance.”
As for her eye, Daley said she only has herself to blame.
“I just didn’t glove it (the ball) properly – it’s not a great look, but I can live with it,” she laughed.
‘We combined really well and I think we proved that in the final – that was a great performance’