U-14 girls softball team are champs
COFFS Harbour’s under-14 girls representative team successfully defended their championship title at the Northern Division tournament held in Kempsey over the weekend.
The girls not only won the title but were undefeated with convincing wins against all teams.
Aggressive base running and a deepening knowledge of the game put the girls in a class above their rivals. The core of the team has now been together for two years and this team bond also brings invaluable strength to their game.
Highlights of the tournament were the powerhouse hitting of Jade McCarthy, Amy Costelloe, Jade Bromell, Taylor Vandenberg, Gracie Hemer and Emma Falappi all hitting doubles and huge “over-the-cones” home runs to Chey Burrell and Eliza Hall.
Taylor Vandenberg also batted a credible 1.000 and was not put out all tournament.
Kodie Vandenberg stepped up to fulfil the pitching duties and consistently found the strike zone. Falappi caught her first representative game and held runners on base with her safe hands and strong throwing.
Georgia Neef had a versatile day in the field showing her experience as a pivot, playing both second base and shortstop, she then took to defending the outfield. She also pitched safely in her first representative game.
All the girls played solid defensive games but both coaches and team members were impressed with the emerging talents of rookie Jade Bromell. Jade had a nervous start to her representative debut but as she settled into the team. Jade proved she had earned her place with both solid batting and fielding.
At second base Jade caught a rocketing line drive and put her body on the line to cut off a ball driven through the left side of the diamond.
The day ended with the girls receiving their winners’ trophies but also special awards organised by their proud parents, team manager Sharon Vandenberg, and team scorer and statistician Tanya Hodgson.
It is a firm belief that Amy Costelloe and Taylor Vandenberg need to follow up the day with dental visits after receiving their awards for 11 and 12 stolen bases respectively, and Kodie for her expertly placed bunts.
Coffs Harbour was not only represented by a professional team of players but also by two outstanding umpires, Chris McDonald, and new to the ranks of the “Blues”, Stephanie Hoad, who officiated at her first tournament.
Again, another great tournament for players, officials, and supporters. Coffs Harbour girls are certainly making a name for themselves across the State. Their next challenge is the under-15 and under-17 Northern Division tournament in February.
Training for the State
IT was off to Watanobbi for Jason Bromell and Tama Nohotima to train for their under-18s State team.
Both these boys are now travelling most weekends as is local under-16s State player Luke Matton.
Both Tama and Jason had a double header against the Sydney first grade side, the Ryde Hawks in preparation for January’s national titles.
Both games went in favour of our boys in two close games. Over the next few weeks the boys will be playing another double header against a touring American varsity team as well as the NSW Patriots at the Olympic Stadium.
Training camp in Coffs
COUNTRY Baseball has announced a three-day Coffs Harbour camp for the under-18s in January on their way to the nationals.
On Sunday, January 5, the State coaches have offered to run a clinic for anyone under 16 who would like to participate. This will be followed by a barbecue dinner as they watch the under-18 State side take on the Coffs Harbour senior men’s team at Marshalls Estate on Stadium Drive.
Start time will be 3pm for approx two hours training.
The only cost is for a sausage sizzle which will be a gold coin donation. You do not need to be a registered player to attend this one-off session.
Skills learned may help with any sport you are currently involved with.
All interested kids should contact Darren Bromell for registration on 04 3749 3696.