Junior Steelers on their way

Junior Steelers on their way

Josh McGovern is captain of the Junior Steelers in their bid for a medal at the Junior Men’s Softball World Championship.
Image courtesy Sam Donkin Photography


AUSTRALIA’S best young male softball players leave today in the first step of a journey they hope will lead to glory at the Under-19 Softball World Championship in the USA.

The Junior Steelers will begin their quest with a training camp in Milverton, Canada, designed to prepare them for tough competition across the border in Michigan later this month.

Josh McGovern (ACT) has been appointed team captain, with Alex Cleary (Qld) and Luke Ollerenshaw (NSW) the vice-captains.

All three leaders have experience at this level, having competed at the 2014 world championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, where the Junior Steelers finished fourth.

This year’s event will be held in Midland, Michigan from July 24-30. Australia’s first game is against Venezuela on July 24.

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The 13-nation international youth softball flagship event will feature 52 total games, beginning with a 36-game round-robin, followed by 10 playoff games. Six placement games will also be staged to determine the final standings.

The teams have been delegated to their respective pools and will begin the world championship tournament with a single round-robin.

Pool A: Argentina, Australia, United States, Czech Republic, Denmark, Botswana, Venezuela

Pool B: New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, Israel

Argentina will head to Midland as the two-time defending U-19 world champions, having captured gold medals in 2012 and 2014.

Australian U19 Men’s Softball Team

Blake Bell (NSW) Michael Ludkin (Qld) Dylan Sheehan (Qld)
Alexander Cleary (Qld) (Vice Captain) Joshua McGovern (ACT) (Captain) Adam Talarico (Vic
Brennan Dempsey (Qld) Nicholas Moore (Qld) Luke Thomas (Qld)
Chris Gillies (NSW) Luke Ollerenshaw (NSW) (Vice Captain) Mitchell Woodworth (Qld)
Blake Jackson (NSW) James Purcell (Qld) Jett Wright (WA)
Shaun Lanaghan (NSW) Izack Rossi (NSW)
Head Coach Laing Harrow
Assistant Coaches Darren Hebditch
  Adam Rindfleish
Team Manager Maxine Cleary
Statistician Lindy Rattigan
Physio Aminda Huynh
Umpire Richard Barrow