The Junior Steelers have taken another step towards World Championship success in Canada with a highly productive training camp in Canberra.
In what Head Coach Laing Harrow described as a huge success, the training camp featured not only the Junior Steelers players and coaching staff but also current and former members of the Aussie Steelers, who passed on their experiences to the younger players and helped out with training.
Harrow said the Junior Steelers learned a lot from their older counterparts and gained an insight about what it takes to win a World Championship.
“There was a fantastic spirit of co-operation at the camp,” Harrow said. “We had the full Junior Steelers coaching panel there, and then the guys from the Steelers 2009 World Championship team came and shared their experience.
“Those guys know what it takes to win a World Championship gold medal, and hopefully they have inspired these young men to replicate that at Junior World Championship level.
“We don’t get a lot of opportunities to do that sort of thing. With so many experienced players and coaches we had more hands on deck and we covered a lot of things.”
Andrew Kirkpatrick, Adam Folkard, Nick Norton and Michael Tanner attended the induction meeting and spoke about their experiences of being a world champion. Folkard later worked with the Junior Steelers pitchers and Tanner with the hitters.
James Todhunter, Callum Beashel, Hayden Mathews and Josh White also lent a hand, as did Aussie Spirit player Clare Warwick.
A double-header on Sunday saw the Junior Steelers take on Steeler squad members including Harrison Peters, Liam O’Leary, Kieran O’Leary, Lachlan Hay, Jayden Lach, Mitchell Brownlow, Josh McGovern, Nick Norton, James Todhunter, Callum Beashel, Hayden Mathews, Josh White and Folkard.
The XII Junior Men’s Softball World Championship will be held in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan from July 7-15. The game schedule has yet to be finalised, but the other teams competing are Canada, Japan, USA, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, India, Denmark, South Africa, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Venezuela and Guatemala.
Harrow said the Canberra camp gave his team solid preparation ahead of the pre-World Championship trip to Milverton, Ontario, where the Junior Steelers will play up to 18 games against local teams before heading to Prince Albert.
“We gained a lot of knowledge,” he said. “We know our program is heading in the right direction and the camp will help us hit the ground running when we get to Milverton.”
2018 Australian Under 19 Men’s Team
|Josh Bond (NSW)||Bradley Kilpatrick (NSW)||Layton Reid (Qld)|
|Jacob Donaldson (NSW)||Ryan King (NSW)||Keenan Smith (Qld)|
|Jarred Garland (NSW)||Shaun Lanaghan (NSW)||Dawson Summers (WA)|
|Matthew Harrow (ACT)||Michael Ludkin (Qld)||Jeremy Waters (Qld)|
|Blake Jackson (NSW)||Bolton Nussbaum (ACT)||Jett Wright (WA)|
|Riley James (Qld)||Christopher Plain (NSW)|
Head Coach: Laing Harrow
Assistant Coach: Darrin Hebditch
Assistant Coach: Adam Rindfleish
Team Manager: Mike Titheradge
Video Analyst: Tony Mackie
Physiotherapist: Bernie Simai
Statistician: Jim Giles
Umpire: Trevor Murphy