Juniors have a soft touch
MORLEY Eagles Softball Club has notched a club record with six players earning state selection for upcoming national tournaments.
Amy Hunt, Holly Touchell and Madison O’Dwyer will represent WA in the under-19s team in Blacktown, New South Wales from January 22-28. Jordan Jefferies and Sam Bettles made the under-17s team that will compete in Blacktown from January 6-12.
Meanwhile, Ashleigh Gibbon was selected into the under-15s development team that will play at the nationals held in Mirrabooka from January 6-12.
Holly said the majority of the players had played together and seen each other develop over the years.
She said the under19s would struggle against the might of New South Wales and Queensland at the nationals.
Ashleigh and Jordan said the under-15s and the under-17s had a “good chance” of winning.
President Craig Turner said the players’ selection was a result of commitment by the club and parents.
“The amount of work that actually goes into training these guys dayin, day-out to get them into these sides is very pleasing,” he said. “It takes a lot of commitment and it takes a lot of drive because so many kids just don’t have the drive to do it.
“The boys has taken at least six years of hard work in getting them from a teeball age to bringing them up to state.”
Turner said the prospects were good for these up-and-coming juniors.
“We have got an exciting future in softball with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics having softball this time,” he said.
Morley Eagles will hold a sausage sizzle at Bunnings Morley on December 2 to raise funds.
Morley Eagles’ Ashleigh Gibbon, Amy Hunt, Jordan Jefferies, Holly Touchell, Sam Bettles and Madison O’Dwyer.