Young Steelers on track for international success

The Aussie Steelers finished fourth against world-class competition in the Challenge Cup in Auckland.

Young Steelers on track for international success

Aussie Steelers Head coach Laing Harrow is not fazed by the team missing the finals of the Challenge Cup in Auckland, believing the experience gained by his young team will prove to be more important than the outcome.

New Zealand took out the Challenge Cup after overpowering Argentina in the final.

Laing Harrow

Steelers Head Coach Laing Harrow.

The Steelers had to settle for fourth place behind NZ, Argentina and Japan in qualifying rounds.

Harrow was upbeat about his team’s performance, saying the experience was invaluable ahead of the XV Men’s Softball World Championship in Yukon, Canada, this year.

“We took a young team to New Zealand and the players really grasped their opportunity,” he said. “They showed they can play at international level.

“They bought into the Aussie Steelers culture and gained some fantastic experience against world-class opposition.

That experience has given players and coaching staff confidence as they make plans for the World Championship in July. “We learned a lot about ourselves and a lot about the opposition we will face in Canada, so it was a win-win.

Harrow was impressed by the way the tournament was conducted and the facilities in Auckland. “You have to give Softball New Zealand credit,” he said. “It was very well run, very professional.”