Teens make pitch for state titles
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.
Visit https://bit.ly/ 2OH3ny2 to donate. THE Fremantle Dockers women’s team has again turned to local talent in the 2018 AFLW draft.
The Dockers had pick 4 in the draft and used it to recruit 2016 WAWFL Rookie of the Year and 2018 Claremont Best and Fairest winner Jasmin Stewart.
With pick 17 Fremantle opted for WA U18 captain and Peel Thunderbird Sabreena Duffy, while they used pick 28 to draft East Fremantle’s Philipa Seth.
Subiaco’s Courtney Stubbs, Claremont’s Parris Laurie and West Perth’s Laura Pugh were drafted with picks 39, 50 and 59 respectively.
A third Claremont product in Matilda Sergeant will also play for the Dockers after being taken with pick 64, while Ebony Dowson will join Peel teammate Duffy after she was drafted with pick 66.
Fremantle Dockers AFLW manager Darryn Fry said they had added versatility to their lineup with the new recruits.
“We’re really happy with the players we’ve been able to add to the squad,” he said.
“We’ve brought in some versatility which is critical in an AFLW program; versatility has certainly been at the forefront of our discussion, while also looking at getting the best talent.
“Each player provides a specific skill set and at the same time we’re really confident we’re bringing outstanding people into the organisation.”
WA players making their way interstate for the competition include Peel’s Kate Bartlett, who scored 22 goals in 14 games and will play for the Western Bulldogs next year and Subiaco gun Mckenzie Dowrick, who was drafted to Brisbane.
This year’s number 1 draft pick was Nina Morrison, who was selected by Geelong.