Softball: Losses toughen players says coach


Emma McLean, Amy Hunt, Jessica Petrie and Rachel Leong.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie           d464239
Emma McLean, Amy Hunt, Jessica Petrie and Rachel Leong. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         d464239

SOFTBALL WA U19s coach Drew Herrington says last week’s national championships in Mirrabooka helped his players develop their skills and become better sportswomen.

WA’s U19s team finished in sixth position, while the two U15s teams recorded eight wins between them.

Herrington said the players had some tough losses but he was proud of their performances.

Some players were in contention for national selection.

“Last year, we had two young ladies in the under-19s team who made the Australian squad of 30,” he said

“The international championships are every two years, so it is coming up next year and maybe a couple of our players can get selected to play.”

Softball WA chief executive Dean Burton said the competition attracted about 3000 spectators a day.

“It is the first time that we held combined championships for two age groups, which was an interesting experience,” he said. “We have been fortunate enough to be blessed with some pretty good weather and everyone had a great time.”

Burton said Softball WA was focused on developing the juniors in a bid to catch up to other states.

“We have been progressive in terms of trying to develop our state players and high-performance players,” he said.

There was now an opportunity to host the open women’s and under-15s girls’ national championships for the next three years.