Goffer-led Jaks upset Chiefs
SHAUN Goffer came up clutch for PS Jaks, flipping the script on favourites Gold Coast Chiefs to help deliver his side their first Switch Moneyball title.
With his side trailing 4-2 entering the sixth innings of Sunday's final, Goffer stepped to plate to give the Redlands side a sniff heading into the bottom of the sixth.
The Chiefs, who had won the corresponding fixture 7-0 earlier that day, struck twice in consecutive innings and looked to be in cruise control.
Instead, PS Jaks shut them out for the remainder of the contest.
In the seventh innings, Goffer was again on target with the bat as PS Jaks ran in four runs to swing the contest in the bayside team's favour; Redlands prevailing in a 7-4 victory.
"They were the two favourites, and destined to play off in the final from the get-go,” competition organiser Matt Denkel said of PS Jaks and the Chiefs.
"When they played in the previous rounds, Chiefs beat PS Jaks reasonably convincingly. They went into the final as red-hot favourites, but you could never write the Redlands boys off.
"They were always going to be competitive in the final, and they ended up winning.
"It all exploded in the fifth (innings). It was all very tight right up until then, and then things went crazy.”
With its fourth iteration now in the books, The Switch Moneyball was able to crown its first Queensland-based team as victor.
In the inaugural 2014 carnival, New Zealand club Auckland Ramblers claimed honours.
Canberra's Namadgi Dragons went back-to-back in 2015/16, but did not send a team to this year's carnival.
In previous years, the prize pool was winner- take-all. This time, PS Jaks took $3000 of the $7500 kitty with them, as the remainder was divvied up between the second to sixth-placed teams.
Bruins were the surprise packet of the competition, overcoming a host of pre-carnival hiccups to finish third overall.
"Bruins did extremely well under the circumstances,” Denkel said. "They had players pulling out; falling off ladders, another in hospital - they had an absolute horror week in the lead-up but finished a very commendable third.”
Ipswich team Rebels "were competitive” according to Denkel. But the competition organiser admitted there was still a way to go before an Ipswich team has a realistic chance at upsetting the "big boys”.
With Ipswich hitting a top of 37 degrees on Sunday, the unseasonably warm conditions forced players indoors when they were not out on the diamonds.
"The heat was an absolute killer,” Denkel said. "The most popular place on the park was the committee room, since it was the only place with air-conditioning.”
MONEYBALL ALL STAR TEAM
Coach: Luke Vandegriendt.
Pitcher: Daniel Chapman (Chiefs)
Catcher: Zane Vanlieshout (Chiefs)
1st Base: Marshall Cronk (PS Jaks)
3rd Base: Keenan Smith (Red Sox)
Utility: David Metekingi (Chiefs)
Utility: Jourdyn Hollands (Rebels)
Utility: Jason "Frecks” Nathan (PS Jacks)
Outfield: Kris Duncalf (Bruins)
Outfield: Shaun Goffer (PS Jaks)
Designated Player: Karlos Waller (Chiefs)
HR Derby winner: David Metekingi (Chiefs)