Ju­niors have a soft touch

Midland Reporter - - Look Local -

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.

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