Victoria coach Samantha Allen believes a culture built on a ‘team-first’ mentality will give her side the best chance of success at the upcoming Under 15 Boys Regional Softball Championship.
The State’s Under 15 Boys Softball team will travel to Hawker, ACT for the January 14-20 tournament, with the Vics set to take on a variety of teams from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the ACT.
The Under 15 Boys were one of Victoria’s best performed outfits across all age groups at National Championship level last year, and Allen hopes a strong preparation will translate to an even more impressive performance in 2018.
“Our boys have been training hard to ensure they are ready for Nationals and we have been focusing on our offensive and defensive plays throughout our training sessions,” Allen said.
“As the tournament gets closer we are focusing on fine tuning our plays. Our players are working hard to ensure they know their roles within our team, and we have created a culture that our boys find fun as well as walking away knowing they are getting better every day.”
It has been this emphasis on having fun and enjoying teammates’ success that Allen believes will be her squad’s biggest asset in Hawker.
“We have focused on being a ‘team’ and making sure the boys understand the importance of being in this team – you can’t win softball without 13 players,” Allen said.
“Confidence is half the battle, and with our trainings we have given our boys the best chance to have a fun and successful tournament.
“I know that our team will be united during our tournament which will give us the opportunity to do great.”
While Allen expects an even performance across a squad brimming with versatility, she says the Vics will look towards their two leaders to spearhead their campaign.
“Our team will be looking naturally to our captain Ben Jones and vice-captain Noah Cooney over the week to drive them,” Allen said.
“We have our power hitters but also a team that can play the short game.
“We are going away to achieve our goals and ensure the boys can walk away knowing they have given everything.”
The 2018 Under 15 Boys Regional Softball Championship will run from January 14-20 in Hawker, ACT. To keep up-to-date with all the results from all of our state teams, make sure you stay tuned to http://www.softball.org.au/2018-results/.