GB Slowpitch Men announce selections

Sun 22 Apr 2018

The first-ever ESF European Men’s Slowpitch Championship will be played from 12-16 June in Chocen in the Czech Republic, and selections for the GB Men’s Team that will contest the tournament have now been announced.

Selections were made by Head Coach Stephen Patterson following Open Trials held indoors in February and March, and then at the GB Challenge/GB Open weekend on 14-15 April, during which male and female GB Slowpitch squad players participated in competitive training games and hosted the programme’s annual fundraising tournament.

Stephen Patterson said: “We were pleased with the energy and enthusiasm that was brought to the trials.  It really showed that a keen interest exists for the single-sex format of the game.” 

Selections​

The Great Britain Men’s Team will consist of a wide range of players, from new young talent to wily veterans.

“This will make for an interesting set-up,” Stephen Patterson said, “as there will be a steep learning curve for all the players.” 

The players selected are:

Luis Arrevillagas
Mark Bowman
Joe Grantham
David Grey
Kris Hadwin
Adam Haywood
Kelvin Harrison
Mike MacDowell
Daniel Patterson
Bruce Saunders
Sean Spinks
Robbie Studholme
Aaron Thomas
Matt Tomlin
Duncan Waugh
Chris Yoxall

The staff will consist of:

Head Coach:  Stephen Patterson
Assistant Coach:  David Lee
Team Manager: Kellie Whitaker

A number of other players have been selected as alternates in case of injury or other circumstances that may prevent players from attending the tournament.  These players will train with the squad as they prepare for the Championship.

Opposition​

Seven countries – a higher number than expected – have signed up to play in the first European Men’s Slowpitch Championship, including most of the leading softball countries in Europe.  Participating teams are:

Belgium
Czech Republic
Germany
Great Britain
Ireland
Italy
The Netherlands

There is a lot of excitement in the GB camp that countries such Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands are taking part in slowpitch competition in this event, and it will be interesting for the GB Team to play in an environment where many of the players are unknown to them.

“We know they can play,” Stephen Patterson said, “as so many of them have grown up playing baseball and fastpitch as part of their upbringing.  If you can pardon the expression, It’s a whole new ballgame’!”

Preparations

Team GB will travel to the Czech Republic on Monday 11 June, hoping to have the same kind of success in this new ESF slowpitch format that GB teams have traditionally had in the European Co-ed Championship.

Anyone interested in opportunities to sponsor the team should email Team Manager Kellie Whitaker on: kwteamgb@gmail.com.

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Comments

22
Apr

Antonio Yunez 17:56

MVP for Luis Arrebilaga. By the way his last name is missed spelled