Head Coach Mark Scammell is confident the Men’s Under 23 Victorian team will give plenty of fight as their National Championships campaign get underway this weekend in Redlands, Queensland.
Aiming to develop the mental strength of the playing group, Scammell spoke to SV Media about how the Victorian squad is shaping up ahead of the championships.
“They’re a fantastic group of individuals, the focus has been about building the mental side of their game over the past few weeks,” Scammell said.
“I’ve mainly worked on helping them overcome fatigue late in matches, pushing them to get on with the task and getting them to perform fundamental skills at their best.”
“We’ve concentrated mostly on getting the playing group to that day four, day five (of the tournament) mindset, when the fatigue is setting in.”
“We’ve tried to focus on not teaching them new skills, but rather build on the skills they’ve developed over countless years of playing,” Scammell said.
Despite being a young squad, Scammell has the belief that the team’s ‘never say die’ attitude will hold the group in good stead throughout the tournament.
“It’s a young team, we will put up a fight. The Victorian philosophy is you never say die, so what I expect from the team is to play everything out to the last game and never give up.”
“I believe that whenever we go away to a Nationals tournament we’re a chance of winning.”
“We have a handful of under 18 players in the group, so I’m excited to see what some of the youngsters can bring.”
“They’ve (the squad) have looked really good, they’re strong players, have lot’s of confidence and I can’t wait to let them loose in Queensland.”
The team fly over to Queensland on Friday ahead of their opening match-up against New South Wales on Sunday morning.
You can check out the full Under 23 Men’s draw via the link here:
Stay tuned to Softball Victoria’s Facebook page for updates throughout the championships.