Softballers share their skills

SOUTHERN Districts Softball Association resumed its summer competition on Saturday at Jacquie Osmond Softball Centre, Warwick Farm.

Public relations officer Rae Knapp said the association has 48 teams playing this season and 500 registered players.

Participating clubs are Bonnyrigg Dolphins, Cabra Vale Bashers, Liverpool RSL, Saints Softball, Magpies, Mounties and Wildcats.

A Play Ball clinic for juniors from seven to 14 was recently held by the NSW men's under-19s team at Jacquie Osmond Softball Centre.

The annual association clinic helped to teach juniors the basic skills of batting, pitching, fielding and throwing.

Knapp said there were 50 juniors at the clinic.

The association has several members in the NSW men's under-19s team including captain Hayden Mathews, and vice-captains Kieran O'Leary and Mason Rossi.

Mathews from Smithfield, who plays with Mounties, said it was good to see juniors coming through the same association where he started playing.

"I started playing softball when I was three," Mathews, 17, said.

The Australian under-17s player said he enjoys coaching at clinics

Kenneth Wallis-Sutton, 13, said he the clinic was "good fun".

Kenneth said he loves softball.

Details: sdsa.softball.org.au.

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