Softball: six Morley Eagles players picked for WA teams

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 under-19s 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 day-in, 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.

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