Girls’ home run

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

THE state’s top fe­male base­ballers are get­ting an ex­tended chance to play against top tal­ent af­ter the state gov­ern­ing body of­fi­cially launched a new elite league.

Base­ball WA has an­nounced the Women’s Su­per League to aid ITS stars’ de­vel­op­ment by pro­vid­ing them with in­creased op­por­tu­nity to com­pete at the high­est level.

The Su­per League will run Oc­to­ber to March and fea­ture two new teams, the Jets and the Force, who will draft the top lo­cal fe­male tal­ent to build their ros­ters.

Both teams will play one game against ev­ery Big League Divi­sion One side, made up of the state’s top un­der-19 men and women, and will face off against each other four to six times.

Women’s Base­ball co-or­di­na­tor Peter Torpy said the Su­per League was over­due and would pro­vide fe­male base­ballers with the “per­fect op­por­tu­nity” to per­form at a high level.

“For a num­ber of years now, we have worked on a way to im­prove the path­ways and op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to our fe­male ath­letes,” he said.

“It will be an im­por­tant plat­form to pro­vide our as­pir­ing ath­letes with a higher level of com­pe­ti­tion, plac­ing them in good stead when com­pet­ing at na­tion­als and for the Emer­alds.”

Torpy be­lieved it could help base­ball se­cure play­ers who had pre­vi­ously slipped through the cracks and moved to other sports.

Women’s Heat star Kaila Bor­go­mas­tro, young gun Caitlin Eynon, Na­tion­als gold medal­list Tamika Turner-Hames and Bri­anna Les­son have signed on to ap­pear in the league so far. THREE Au­bin Grove United juniors have been given a chance to im­press the scouts of one of the English Pre­mier League’s most re­spected clubs.

Bailey Pil­ton, Chizu­rum Ibe-Kelechi and Enoch Beloti Felolo are headed to Queens­land next month af­ter they were se­lected for West Ham United’s Tal­ent ID Camp.

The trio were cho­sen af­ter im­press­ing coaches at a re­cent West Ham camp in Perth and now will have a chance to catch the eye of Ham­mers’ scouts at the four­day camp, be­gin­ning Septem­ber 21.

The camp will fea­ture coaches from West Ham’s famed youth academy, which has pre­vi­ously pro­duced stars such as Frank Lam­pard and Rio Fer­di­nand, among other in­ter­na­tion­ally-capped play­ers.

Au­bin Grove United pres­i­dent Matt Long­den said it was an ex­cit­ing mo­ment for the club and a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the three play­ers.

“Two of the kids are in my team, it’s fan­tas­tic. Ten years ago you would’ve never heard of some­thing like this,” he said.

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