After winning back-to-back Jodie Fields Shield titles in Second Grade, the Scorchers made it three championships in as many seasons with their inaugural First Grade premiership by defeating the Gold Coast Dolphins at Bill Pippen Oval at Robina yesterday.
Bundaberg teen Lucy Hamilton showed why she is regarded as a star of the future with a match-winning knock of 57 not out as the Scorchers chased down the Dolphins total of 9-178 which was underpinned by 41 from WBBL Brisbane Heat and Queensland Fire star Georgia Redmayne.
Sunshine Coast finished with 5-181 from 42 overs to comfortably claim the title.
Hamilton, who received the Julia Price Medal as the player of the final, was among a host of promising teenagers in the Sunshine Coast team.
The left-arm pace bowler was the recipient of the annual Jodie Fields scholarship last year, awarded to a promising regional female player and funded by Fields (nee Purves), the former Australian and Queensland captain.
Hamilton, whose father and uncles were leading Wide Bay rugby league players, has scored 443 runs at 29.53 and taken 22 wickets at 17.73 with her pace bowling in the Katherine Raymont Shield this season.
Wicket-keeper Mikayla Wrigley, off-spinner Ruby Orchard, allrounder Tarah Staines, batters Taylor Stumer, Grace Collins and Charlotte Lutz and allrounder Zoe Valencic all played in the Queensland Under-17 State Challenge in January on the Sunshine Coast.
Hamilton, Staines, who claimed 2-6 in the Final, and Stumer all play cricket in Bundaberg while Collins plays her junior cricket in Maryborough.
The youthful Sunshine Coast squad was coached by experienced Scorchers paceman Ashley Renouf, a Queensland 2nd XI and Queensland Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander representative player.
It was captained by 18-year-old allrounder Clodagh Ryall, a Queensland Women’s Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander representative player.
The premiership win was even more noteworthy, with the side taking six rounds to record its first win after a tie in just their second match. They set sail for the Final by winning five matches in a row to make the semi-finals where they defeated competition heavyweights Wests.
Meanwhile University of Queensland celebrated their maiden Jodie Fields Shield title, defeating Ipswich/Logan Hornets in their Final on Saturday.