STATE STAR: All Stars and Toowoomba player Bianca Markham was recently named in the Queensland Schoolgirls team.
STATE STAR: All Stars and Toowoomba player Bianca Markham was recently named in the Queensland Schoolgirls team. Bev Lacey

Toowoomba softballers work hard to represent state

SOFTBALL: Toowoomba's standing as breeding ground for talented young softballers has only strengthened in the last month.

A new batch of players are now ready to venture beyond the Kearneys Spring diamonds to test themselves against Australia's best.

Representing Queensland in teams ranging from under-15 through to Open men the various will head to the Australian championships early next year.

Toowoomba and new QLD under-17 boys assistant coach Jayke Reynolds said the reason behind the large contingent of representative players is simple.

"It's hard work and dedication,” Reynolds said.

"They're all great young players who set themselves goals of making state teams and they work hard to make it happen.

"It's all on them.”

A strong softball community is also a key contributing factor.

"On the diamond things can be a little tense and heated, but that's just sport,” Reynolds said.

"Off it everyone is working together to make sure we have a strong competition and good organisation.

"I believe our facilities are among the best in Queensland to which plays a big part.”

On personal note Reynolds, who previously worked with the state U15 boys team, is looking forward to his new challenge in January.

"Being able to work with the under-17 side is exciting,” he said.

"Toowoomba and Queensland have always been able to produce strong, competitive players.

"I'm looking forward to being able to apply a few more advanced strategies with this team.”



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