Teens make pitch for state ti­tles

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

FOUR Cock­burn soft­ballers will re­alise their dreams of play­ing at a na­tional level af­ter they were se­lected to play for WA.

Cock­burn Cougars Soft­ball Club’s Isaac Lark­inKay and Trent Wood, both 15, Bre­anna Good­win (17) and Amber Hinch­liffe (14) will don the black-and-gold uni­form of WA for big na­tional com­pe­ti­tions in Jan­uary.

Isaac and Trent will both play in the U17 Na­tional Soft­ball Cham­pi­onships in South Aus­tralia, while Bre­anna will com­pete in the cor­re­spond­ing U19 cham­pi­onship in NSW and Amber will main­tain home-field ad­van­tage as part of the U15 girls re­gional com­pe­ti­tion to be held in Mirra­booka.

Bre­anna said her mother had in­spired her to take up di­a­mond sports at an early age but she still felt a sense of un­pre­pared­ness when she at­tended the tri­als.

“I went down to the first state trial; I was so scared be­cause it was just af­ter my first com­pet­i­tive sea­son and I thought ev­ery­one was go­ing to be bet­ter than me but ev­ery­one was mixed de­vel­op­ment-wise, so it was re­ally good,” she said.

“I usu­ally play first base. I’m just learn­ing to pitch so that’s go­ing to be one of my roles at state and then I’ll prob­a­bly just play third base when needed.

“Hope­fully I’ll be on the field a fair bit. I’ve been train­ing re­ally hard and sup­port­ing my team.

“I’d love to go to col­lege or play for Aus­tralia, that’s my long-term goal, but for now I’m just work­ing to­wards what I can.

“The club here has re­ally built me into the player I am to­day. If I didn’t play for them I don’t think I would have stayed with soft­ball so I’m happy I started here.”

The Cock­burn Cougars Soft­ball Club is fundrais­ing to help the play­ers travel for the com­pe­ti­tion.

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