Selections made for GB Women and Juniors

Wed 3 May 2017

Selections for the 2017 GB Women and Junior Women’s Teams have been announced by Rachael Watkeys, who will be the Head Coach for both teams in an important competition year for GB Fastpitch Softball.

The GB Women’s Team will compete in the 2017 European Championship in Bollate, Italy at the end of June, and will need to finish in the top three to qualify for next year’s Women’s World Championship in Japan.

Then the GB Junior (Under-19) Women’s Team will head for Clearwater, Florida at the end of July to play in the 12th WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship.

For GB Softball, both tournaments will be an important step on the road to qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, with players on both the Senior and Junior Teams looking for a place on the squad that will compete in a Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier in 2019.

In addition, results from these two tournaments may determine whether the GB programme is able to get any funding for the Tokyo Olympic cycle from UK Sport, the agency that funds Olympic sports and athletes.
 

GB Senior Women​

Seventeen players have been selected for the GB Senior Women’s Team that will compete on 17-18 June in the Achille Challenge, a warm-up tournament in the South of France, before going on to Bollate, Italy for the European Championship that will run from 25 June through 1 July.

The team includes 11 players who competed at the WBSC World Championship last year in Canada and three players – outfielders Victoria Charters and Aubrey Peterson and infielder Sydney Brown -- who are completely new to the programme.  One player – pitcher Amie Hutchison – has moved up from last year’s European Champion GB Junior Team, while pitcher Georgina Corrick is the only player who will play for both the GB Senior and Junior Teams this year.

Two players who have competed for the GB Women in the past but did not play last season have rejoined the team: Chiya Louie and Hayley D’Avilar.  Hayley will be playing for the first time in a GB team with her younger sister, Chelsea D’Avilar.

A total of 23 countries have entered the European Championship, and play will begin with four first-round groups of five or six teams, with the top two teams going forward to Championship playoffs. 

The GB Women, who are seeded fifth, are in a group with Russia, Ukraine, Denmark, Belgium and Bulgaria and will want to win the group in order to ensure easier opponents in the second round.

The full team and staff is:

PLAYERS
Sydney Brown
Victoria Charters
Georgina Corrick
Sarah Craig
Chelsea D’Avilar
Hayley D’Avilar
Lauren Evans
Carling Hare
Amie Hutchison
Chiya Louie
Amy Moore
Steph Pearce
Aubrey Peterson
Nicole Ratel
Kendyl Scott
Amy Wells
Chloe Wigington

STAFF
Head Coach:  Rachael Watkeys
Assistant Coach:  Liz Knight
Pitching Coach:  Tina Whitlock
Sports Scientist:  Kim Hannessen
Team Manager:  Simon Mortimer
 

GB Junior Women

Fifteen players have been selected for the GB Junior (Under-19) Women’s Team that will converge on Clearwater, Florida on 19 July for a training camp before competing in the Junior Women’s World Championship that runs from 24-30 July, with a record number of 26 countries entered.  The groups and schedule for the tournament have not yet been announced.

Nine players are returning from the team that went undefeated in winning the European Junior Women’s Championship last summer in Spain, while four players – Beth Fleming, Katie Burge, Lauren King and Andrea Johnson – are new to the GB programme.  Ashleigh Carolan, who played at the 2015 World Championship but did not play last summer has returned to the team.

The GB Junior Team also has sisters playing together in a GB Team for the first time in Hannah and Katie Burge.

The full team and staff is:

PLAYERS
Hannah Burge
Katie Burge
Ashleigh Carolan
Georgina Corrick
Saskia Davies
Beth Fleming
Laura Hirai
Andrea Johnson
Lauren King
Olivia Lee
Casey Moritz
Megan Parno
Chelsie Robison
Alana Snow
Kyra Watson

STAFF
Head Coach:  Rachael Watkeys
Assistant Coach:  Robbie Robison
Pitching Coach:  Lindsey Meadows
Physiotherapist:  Kirsten Leal
Team Manager:  James Hirai

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