Stepping up to the plate
THERE have been plenty of swings and very few misses for the Tweed River High School open girls' softball team, who are off to Newcastle next weekend for the finals of the NSW Combined High Schools Knockout competition.
The team, consisting of pupils from year 7-11, has played a number of other North Coast schools over the past eight weeks, registering convincing wins over the lot to qualify for the final 16.
Now they have just four games to conquer for a spot in the final.
“This is a young team to be competing in an open event,” Elaine Cunningham said.
“The team is very fortunate to have the expertise of two very talented coaches in Shirley Fogarty and Lyn Davison.
“The girls are looking forward to the competition and to experiencing the atmosphere and standard of play against 'the best of the rest.'”
The team boasts several of the regions' top players like Australian under-19 representative Lucy Lockhart, and has developed a great pitcher/catcher combination between Rebecca Chapman and Mikaila Hansen.
Monique McCoy-Milliss too is a young up and coming player who has been invited to tour America next year with the Springwood Stingers.
The girls will give their all for success when they do battle on July 6 and 7.
Name: Lucy Lockhart
Position: 1B, 2B and SS
Achievements: 2009 - Australian under-19 squad; Captain of the under-16s Queensland Team; Captain of winning North Coast team in the CHS Knockout