Teens make pitch for state ti­tles

Fremantle 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.

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.

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