The Under 15 Victorian Boys team is ready to make an impression as they gear up for the Under 15 Boys Regional Softball Championships in Hawker, ACT from January 13-19, 2019.
With an older, more experienced side on board and the stronger skillset that experience brings, head coach Samantha Allen is hoping the team can beat last year’s seventh place finish, with her eyes on a top four spot.
“Last year we played for the first time with a junior team, so we had quite a young and inexperienced team,” Allen said.
“Most of these kids had never played in a week-long tournament, so by the end of it they were knackered.
“This year, the team is more mature, so we’ve got a lot of returnees. With the preparation that we’ve done, hopefully we’ve got a really strong team on the field and off the field that we’re hoping can push up the ladder to be in the top four this year which would be fantastic.”
Preparations have ramped up in recent weeks ahead of the Regional Championships, with training recently upped to three nights a week to allow for extra focus on batting, key passes and refining skills ahead of next month’s competition.
“We’ve really been focusing a lot of our work, and will be for the next five or six weeks that we’re here, on making sure that our boys are confident in the batters’ box,” Allen said.
It’s not just the level of skill that is shining during their training sessions either, with Allen crediting the leadership from the respective team captain and vice-captain, Hunter Kelly and David Dunstan, for taking charge of the on-field communication and freeing the coaches up to coach.
“They’re both very nice and it works out that they’re able to have that communication with the players and take charge, where as coaches we can step back and focus on making sure the team’s happy, and we can coach and develop them as well,” Allen explained.
In addition to the leadership team, Allen believes that pocket-rocket catcher and outfielder Brodie Taylor will be one to watch out for thanks to his speed, along with a number of returning players who she expects will step-up to the task under pressure.
“If they have a great game, these kids can make magic out of nothing which is fantastic.”
Keep an eye on the Softball Victoria website and our associated social media platforms for all the latest updates and information regarding Victorian State teams in the lead up to the 2019 National Championships. To view the full squad of the Under 15 Boys State team, click here.