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CUAC Blues were the "best of the best" (Winnipeg Free Press)

CUAC Blues dominated senior women's softball in Manitoba during the 1960s. Manitobans knew how good the team was and weren't surprised when Blues won the first-ever Canadian Senior Women's Championship in 1965. Blues went through the double knockout championship played at the Winnipeg Stadium undefeated. They beat Victoria Vikettes twice on the final day to capture the title. Manitoba has had many wonderful women's teams over the years such as the Ramblers, St. Boniface Athletics, Tigerettes and our Canadian champions of the 1990s, Smitty's and Winnipeg Lightning, but the CUAC victory in 1965 may be the province's finest hour in women's softball. John Shaley was manager, Stan Shaley coach and infielder Laurie Bradawaski the team captain. The other team members were Dot Rose, Frankie Little, Darlene Kellsey, Grace Bouchard. Joan Ingram, Joyce Tully, Bev Sawchuk, Alda Tait, Judy Cochrane, Rita Woodlands, Heather Hextall, Joanne Bedrich, Helen McFarlane, Gail Roberts, Dianne Martin and Jo-Anne Vincelette.

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