Talented trio boost for Queensland
A TALENTED trio of Bundaberg in-field specialists could hold the key to Queensland’s first victory at the Australian Under-17 Softball Championships.
Bundaberg Softball Association campaigners Sam Field, Tyrell Priestley and Adrian Taylor have been called up for representative honours after a solid performance at the state championships in September.
The tried and tested pitcher combination of Field and Taylor impressed state selectors at the carnival, as did the quick reflexes of short stop Adrian Taylor.
Bundaberg Softball Association president David Field said the three selections were a record for local softball and evidence of the sport’s rise to prominence in the region.
“To have three Bundy lads on the state team is a pretty sensational effort,” he said. “Besides our guys there’s one from Hervey Bay, one from Rockhampton and the rest are from the south-east corner.”
The trio will travel to Adelaide in January in the hope of leading the Queensland under-17s to a historic victory in the competition.
Field expected the trio to make their presence felt at the three-day carnival and said the hopes of Bundaberg’s softball community would be resting on their shoulders.
“It’s been a bit of a sore point in Queensland for some time, so we’re hoping our lads can get out there and lead the team to a victory,” he said.
Field said the softballers, having risen through the ranks of the local competition together, would slot into the team as an efficient and potentially devastating unit.
“They’ve played together, they’ve played against each other and they’re good mates,” he said. “They know each other’s game well and they know how to work together.”
Field said their recruitment had assured a slick Queensland operation, which would be a serious contender for the Australian title.
“It’s a strong team and from what I’ve seen things are starting to fall into place pretty nicely,” he said. “There’s a lot of talent and experience on the team. I think they will be contenders.”
Under the guidance of Australian representative player Josh Davison, the trio has attended monthly training camps to prepare for the national competition.
The camps have been in addition to in-house Bundaberg training three times a week.
“The boys want to impress out there and they’ve been working hard,” Field said.