Under 23 Women’s Head Coach Donna Scammell is eager for her team to reap the rewards of their hard work at the U23 National Championships, which get underway in Queensland this Sunday.
Scammell told SV Media that she couldn’t wait to see the group put everything into practise, after an intense few months of training and build up.
“We’ve been training together now for the past two months, twice per week,” Scammell said.
“We’ve mainly focused on increasing our speed in the defensive execution of our skills and have worked very hard on our batting strengths.”
“We already have that solid base of skills, and it’s been about building on that over the past few sessions, with each individual bringing something unique to the team.”
Scammell spoke highly of team leader and Captain Sarah Beales, who has set the standards for the culture, respect and passion of the playing group. Beales will lead the team out in Queensland in what will be her final Under 23s campaign.
“I’m excited to see Sarah Beales in her fourth and final Under 23s campaign. She’s been a fantastic and solid leader over those four years and this is another great opportunity for her.”
“She’s the benchmark for the culture of the team and she has the hunger and desire to win, which is infectious amongst the girls.”
With Meaghan Grah and Tash Holt returning from the United States, Scammell said their inclusions will be very important in bolstering the equally talented team.
“Meaghan Grah and Tash Holt have been over in the USA playing college softball. To have them return will strengthen the team, so I’m excited to see what they can do against the opposition States.
“It’s an even spread of players, every player brings a unique skillset to the team, which we will leverage off over the week.”
“We’re not going out there just to compete, but to also ruffle a few feathers this year. For us it’s about getting that good start, being aggressive from the beginning and taking every game as a new challenge.”
The team fly out to Queensland on Friday before getting their campaign underway against Western Australia on Sunday morning.
“I’m confident with the playing group, coaching group and support staff.”
“We have a good team going away and I’m excited to see what the Girls can produce in Queensland and hope to come away with a good result.”
You can check out the full Under 23 Women’s draw via the link here:
Stay tuned to the Softball Victoria website and Facebook page for updates from the Championships.