The team officials for the Aussie Steelers have been confirmed for the XV WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, to be held in Whitehorse, Canada, later this year.
Laing Harrow (Head Coach) will lead the team, joined by Mike Titheradge (Team Manager), Geoff Coultas (Assistant Coach), Tony Mackie (Video Analyst), Helen Edwards (Statistician) and Bernie Simai (Physiotherapist).
The Aussie Steelers have also added Josh White to the team, adding another powerful hitter to the line-up.
It has been a meteoric rise for White, from the ACT, selected a couple of months ago for the first time into the Aussie Steelers squad.
His selection into the Steelers team for the world championship was justified on the back of a strong showing at the Open Men’s National Softball Championship in January, which included a home run in the grand final against Queensland, to help ACT win back the John Reid Shield.
For Harrow, Titheradge, Mackie, Edwards and Simai, it will be a return to Canada, after all five were team officials for the Aussie Steelers team that finished fourth at the 2015 Men’s Softball World Championship in Saskatoon.
Titheradge (since 2001) and Edwards (since 2006) have been long-standing team officials with the Aussie Steelers, both recognised for their dedication and commitment to the program, with recent induction into Softball Australia’s Hall of Fame. Simai and Mackie were also team officials in Saskatoon in 2009, when the Aussie Steelers were crowned world champions.
Coultas, from WA, knows Harrow well, with the pair being teammates in the very first Aussie Steelers team that took the diamond at the 1988 Men’s Softball World Championship. They also played together at the 1992 Men’s Softball World Championship. Coultas was awarded Softball Australia Hall of Fame honours in 2008, whilst Harrow is a Softball Australia and ISF Hall of Fame recipient.
The XV WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship will be held from July 7-16. Hosts Canada are looking to defend their world title after capturing gold in 2015, their first since 1992. New Zealand took home the silver in 2015, while Venezuela claimed the bronze.
The Aussie Steelers team is as follows:
|Jarryd Farrell (SA)||Josh McGovern (ACT)||Nick Shailes (ACT)|
|Adam Folkard (ACT)||Ryan Merriman (Qld)||Ryan Sinclair (Vic)|
|Mark Harris (WA)||Nick Norton (ACT)||James Todhunter (NSW)|
|Julian Jemmott (Qld)||Brendon O’Byrne (WA)||Lewis Weldon (Vic)|
|Andrew Kirkpatrick (ACT)||Liam O’Leary (NSW)||Josh White (ACT)|
|Hayden Mathews (NSW)||Harrison Peters (NSW)|
Head Coach – Laing Harrow (ACT)
Assistant Coach – Geoff Coultas (WA)
Team Manager – Mike Titheradge (WA)
Video Analyst – Tony Mackie (NSW)
Statistician – Helen Edwards (Vic)
Physiotherapist – Bernie Simai