The Victorian Under 15 Boys Team will get its 2019 Regional Softball Championship campaign underway on Sunday, when it steps onto the diamond to take on NSW Metro Orange.
The tournament will take place at the Hawker International Softball Centre in the ACT, with 10 teams taking part in the competition.
Speaking ahead of the tournament, Team Coach Sam Allen said that the current group of boys were gelling together well and will benefit this year from the experience of the 2018 event.
“We are looking forward to it – it’s a really good group of boys and they all get along really well so other than going to play and them doing their best, we are all looking forward to the fun off the park that we always have with this group,” she said.
“We took on last year when we played for the better part with a junior team – we had a very young and inexperienced team and most of the kids had never played a week-long tournament and by the end of it they were knackered.
“This year our team is much more mature and we have a lot of players returning as well just being bigger boys than last year, so the preparation that we have done hopefully we have got a really strong team on the field.
“We are hoping that maybe we can push up the ladder to get into the top four this year which would be fantastic.”
Allen said that the leaders within the group had been doing well, and they contributed to a strong unity amongst the playing group.
“Our captain is Hunter (Kelly) who was with us last year and is actually a pitcher – he has stepped up for the last year that I have known him and he leads the team really well and the boys really get along with him,” she said.
“The vice-captain that we’ve picked this year was David (Dunstan) who is another returnee and is a catcher, and again they both are tall boys, they lead and are able to have great communication with the players and take charge
“It means that as coaches we can step back and make sure the team is happy and coach and develop them as well, so it’s fantastic.”
Allen believes that the team is well placed to improve on its seventh place finish in 2018, and is looking forward to the week ahead.
“We have a lot of returnees who we expect to step up because they should have less nerves from last year.
“Anything can happen really – if these kids have a great day they can make magic happen from nothing which will be fantastic to see.
2019 Victorian Under 15 Boys’ Team
- Ryan Cockburn
- Noah Cooney
- David Dunstan
- Nathan Duvall
- Troy Hotera
- Jack Hotera
- Hunter Kelly
- Daniel Lee
- Logan O’Brien
- Joshua Opasinov
- Jake Paris
- Jye Robinson
- Luke Russell
- Brodie Taylor
You can keep up-to-date with all the results, schedules, reports and standings from the tournament HERE.