Home run use­ful for State girls

Avon Valley Gazette - - SPORT -

SOFT­BALL WA U19s coach Drew Her­ring­ton says last week’s na­tional cham­pi­onships in Mirra­booka helped his play­ers de­velop their skills and be­come bet­ter sportswomen.

WA’s U19s team fin­ished in sixth po­si­tion, while the two U15s teams recorded eight wins be­tween them.

Her­ring­ton said the play­ers had some tough losses but he was proud of their per­for­mances.

Some play­ers were in con­tention for na­tional se­lec­tion.

“Last year, we had two young ladies in the un­der- 19s team who made the Aus­tralian squad of 30,” he said

“The in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onships are ev­ery two years, so it is com­ing up next year and maybe a cou­ple of our play­ers can get se­lected to play.”

Soft­ball WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Dean Bur­ton said the com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted about 3000 spec­ta­tors a day.

“It is the first time that we held com­bined cham­pi­onships for two age groups, which was an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said. “We have been for­tu­nate enough to be blessed with some pretty good weather and ev­ery­one had a great time.”

Bur­ton said Soft­ball WA was fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing the ju­niors in a bid to catch up to other states.

“We have been pro­gres­sive in terms of try­ing to de­velop our state play­ers and high- per­for­mance play­ers,” he said.

There was now an op­por­tu­nity to host the open women’s and un­der- 15s girls’ na­tional cham­pi­onships for the next three years.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d464239

Emma McLean, Amy Hunt, Jes­sica Petrie and Rachel Leong.

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