Gladstone softballers (from left) Paul Condren, Matt Rowe, Matt Trotter, Trevor Youngberg, Dyllan Chapman and Ashleigh Gibbs
Gladstone softballers (from left) Paul Condren, Matt Rowe, Matt Trotter, Trevor Youngberg, Dyllan Chapman and Ashleigh Gibbs

Magnificent seven head to camp

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SOME of Gladstone's best junior softballers are busy getting in some practice after their selec- tion for the under-14 Central Zone regional development camp in Rockhampton next month.

Paul Condren, Dyllan Chap- man, Matthew Rowe, Trevor Youngberg, Matthew Trotter, Ashleigh Gibbs and Samantha Dowdswell were picked in the camp after the under-14 state ti- tles held in Hervey Bay.

Gladstone level 1 coach Peta Gibbs said the seven were look- ing forward to the three-day de- velopment camp which will also host players from Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

"The kids are certainly count- ing down the days until the camp is on because it is a big deal for them,'' Gibbs said.

The camp focuses on three key areas ? developing funda- mental skills, game knowledge and sports psychology.

Gibbs believes the Gladstone seven can only benefit from the experience gained at the camp.

"Some of these kids have not been playing softball for all that long, so the camp should im- prove them as players especially in areas like tactics and game sense,'' he said.

"It is a great camp to develop them as players for the future which is great news for Glad- stone and Queensland softball.



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