The best young softball talent from around Australia and New Zealand will be on show at the 2016 International Friendship Series, which starts in Sydney in two weeks.
Players, coaches and officials are counting down the days until they hit Blacktown International Sportspark on July 4 for the first day of the series.
Our Junior Aussie Spirit squad and Junior Australian Boys Development squad are both training hard in preparation for the series.
The journey to Sydney for these promising young players starts a little earlier than most as they undertake a three-day intensive training camp with specialist coaching and training on July 1.
Coordinating the girls’ program for the week will be Annette Fidge, who has had stints as head coach of the SA Starz Gilley’s Shield team, and whose experience spans 30 years in the game including being a selector for the Australian Junior Women’s national team. With assistance from current Under 19 Women’s head coach Kerrie Porter, both will be keen to get a glimpse of the players to make up the nucleus of the 2017 Junior Spirit team to attend the Junior Women’s World Championships in Clearwater, Florida, next year.
Overseeing the boys’ program before he departs for the Junior Men’s World Championships in Midland, Michigan, will be Junior Steelers assistant coach Darrin Hebditch, who has a long history in the development of men’s softball in Australia, including being a three-time world championship Assistant Coach with the Junior and Open Men’s Australia national teams. Darrin will be a valuable asset for this year’s program.
There have been a few changes to the junior boys development squad – Softball Australia congratulates the following five players on being added to the original squad:
Luke Bellamy (NSW), Bradley Kilpatrick (NSW), Lachlan McGovern (ACT), Andrew Meyer-Coyte (ACT), Cameron White (Qld)
Follow the links below for a look at a full list of both squads.
The draw has now been finalised and can be found by checking out the 2016 International Series Event page.