Softball: Losses toughen players says coach


Emma McLean, Amy Hunt, Jessica Petrie and Rachel Leong.        d464239
Emma McLean, Amy Hunt, Jessica Petrie and Rachel Leong.        d464239

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

The U15s and U19s women’s national championships featured the best softball players in Australia.

WA’s U19s team finished in sixth position overall, 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 on the diamond.

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He said some players were in contention for national selection in the near future.

“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,” he said.

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.

“We now have an opportunity to host the open women’s and under-15s girls’ national championships for the next three years, which is the marquee event across Australia leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”