Junior softballers gain experience at World Championships

2017-08-22 06:00

The national junior softball team returned from the Junior Women’s World Softball Championships held in Florida. Seven players and two officials of the Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) were part of the journey.

The South African squad included Grivonne Rhoda, Chesternay Fortune, Kelly Thompson and Erin Peters (all from Lavender Hill softball club), Jenna Moses (Kenfac Phillies), Nandipha Gxathwane (St Martins) and Ammaarah Larney (Falcons), which would ensure that the future of softball in Cape Town looks very bright.

Marlene Petersen (Lavender Hill) was the assistant coach with Levona Johnson the physiotherapist.

Although the results were not favourable for South Africa, it is the exposure and experience that count.

“It was a great experience for me as a first timer. I learnt a lot from the opposing teams as well as from our own coaching staff.

“We still have a lot of work to do in order to be able to compete against the better teams. We also need to work on the mental state of our players as they have the ability to hold their own but cannot deal with pressure and the conditions they found themselves in.

“They need more exposure to international games,” says Petersen.

Rhoda and Larney also had an additional experience abroad when they were drafted to the Beyond Sports USA Tour of Spain before the world championships.

The two played four games in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid in this fully funded tour.

Noore Nacerodien, chairperson of CTSA, is thrilled with the performances of the younger players.

“Bearing in mind that we had four junior men in the South African team last year, [the fact that we now had] seven junior women augurs well for the future of our sport.

“We have recently started building admin capacity as well. Come 2019, we should be handing over the baton to the next generation,” says Nacerodien.

Softball and baseball will return to the Olympic Games.

“It is with this in mind that all the effort must be directed at preparing our women for this event in 2020.

“The Olympic Games are preceded by the Senior Women’s World Championship, also scheduled for Japan next year,” he says.

The national junior softball team returned from the Junior Women’s World Softball Championships held in Florida. Seven players and two officials of the Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) were part of the journey.

The South African squad included Grivonne Rhoda, Chesternay Fortune, Kelly Thompson and Erin Peters (all from Lavender Hill softball club), Jenna Moses (Kenfac Phillies), Nandipha Gxathwane (St Martins) and Ammaarah Larney (Falcons), which would ensure that the future of softball in Cape Town looks very bright.

Marlene Petersen (Lavender Hill) was the assistant coach with Levona Johnson the physiotherapist.

Although the results were not favourable for South Africa, it is the exposure and experience that count.

“It was a great experience for me as a first timer. I learnt a lot from the opposing teams as well as from our own coaching staff.

“We still have a lot of work to do in order to be able to compete against the better teams. We also need to work on the mental state of our players as they have the ability to hold their own but cannot deal with pressure and the conditions they found themselves in. They need more exposure to international games,” says Petersen.

Rhoda and Larney also had an additional experience abroad when they were drafted to the Beyond Sports USA Tour of Spain before the world championships.

The two played four games in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid in this fully funded tour.

Noore Nacerodien, chairperson of CTSA, is thrilled with the performances of the younger players.

“Bearing in mind that we had four junior men in the South African team last year, [the fact that we now had] seven junior women augurs well for the future of our sport.

“We have recently started building admin capacity as well. Come 2019, we should be handing over the baton to the next generation,” says Nacerodien.

Softball and baseball will return to the Olympic Games.

“It is with this in mind that all the effort must be directed at preparing our women for this event in 2020.

“The Olympic Games are preceded by the Senior Women’s World Championship, also scheduled for Japan next year,” he says.

The national junior softball team returned from the Junior Women’s World Softball Championships held in Florida. Seven players and two officials of the Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) were part of the journey.

The South African squad included Grivonne Rhoda, Chesternay Fortune, Kelly Thompson and Erin Peters (all from Lavender Hill softball club), Jenna Moses (Kenfac Phillies), Nandipha Gxathwane (St Martins) and Ammaarah Larney (Falcons).

Marlene Petersen (Lavender Hill) was the assistant coach with Levona Johnson the physiotherapist.

Although the results were not favourable for South Africa, it is the exposure and experience that count. “It was a great experience for me as a first timer. I learnt a lot from the opposing teams as well as from our own coaching staff. We still have a lot of work to do in order to be able to compete against the better teams. We also need to work on the mental state of our players as they have the ability to hold their own but cannot deal with pressure and the conditions they found themselves in. They need more exposure to international games,” says Petersen.

Rhoda and Larney also had an additional experience abroad when they were drafted to the Beyond Sports USA Tour of Spain before the world championships. The two played four games in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid in this fully funded tour.

Noore Nacerodien, chairperson of CTSA, is thrilled with the performances of the younger players. “Bearing in mind that we had four junior men in the South African team last year, [the fact that we now had] seven junior women augurs well for the future of our sport,” he says.

The national junior softball team returned from the Junior Women’s World Softball Championships held in Florida. Seven players and two officials of the Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) were part of the journey.

The South African squad included Grivonne Rhoda, Chesternay Fortune, Kelly Thompson and Erin Peters (all from Lavender Hill softball club), Jenna Moses (Kenfac Phillies), Nandipha Gxathwane (St Martins) and Ammaarah Larney (Falcons), which would ensure that the future of softball in Cape Town looks very bright.

Marlene Petersen (Lavender Hill) was the assistant coach with Levona Johnson the physiotherapist.

Although the results were not favourable for South Africa, it is the exposure and experience that count.

“It was a great experience for me as a first timer. I learnt a lot from the opposing teams as well as from our own coaching staff.

“We still have a lot of work to do in order to be able to compete against the better teams. We also need to work on the mental state of our players as they have the ability to hold their own but cannot deal with pressure and the conditions they found themselves in. They need more exposure to international games,” says Petersen.

Rhoda and Larney also had an additional experience abroad when they were drafted to the Beyond Sports USA Tour of Spain before the world championships.

The two played four games in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid in this fully funded tour.

Noore Nacerodien, chairperson of CTSA, is thrilled with the performances of the younger players.

“Bearing in mind that we had four junior men in the South African team last year, [the fact that we now had] seven junior women augurs well for the future of our sport.

“We have recently started building admin capacity as well. Come 2019, we should be handing over the baton to the next generation,” says Nacerodien.

Softball and baseball will return to the Olympic Games.

“It is with this in mind that all the effort must be directed at preparing our women for this event in 2020.

“The Olympic Games are preceded by the Senior Women’s World Championship, also scheduled for Japan next year,” he says.

The national junior softball team returned from the Junior Women’s World Softball Championships held in Florida. Seven players and two officials of the Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) were part of the journey.

The South African squad included Grivonne Rhoda, Chesternay Fortune, Kelly Thompson and Erin Peters (all from Lavender Hill softball club), Jenna Moses (Kenfac Phillies), Nandipha Gxathwane (St Martins) and Ammaarah Larney (Falcons), which would ensure that the future of softball in Cape Town looks very bright.

Marlene Petersen (Lavender Hill) was the assistant coach with Levona Johnson the physiotherapist.

Although the results were not favourable for South Africa, it is the exposure and experience that count.

“It was a great experience for me as a first timer. I learnt a lot from the opposing teams as well as from our own coaching staff.

“We still have a lot of work to do in order to be able to compete against the better teams. We also need to work on the mental state of our players as they have the ability to hold their own but cannot deal with pressure and the conditions they found themselves in.

“They need more exposure to international games,” says Petersen.

Rhoda and Larney also had an additional experience abroad when they were drafted to the Beyond Sports USA Tour of Spain before the world championships.

The two played four games in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid in this fully funded tour.

Noore Nacerodien, chairperson of CTSA, is thrilled with the performances of the younger players.

“Bearing in mind that we had four junior men in the South African team last year, [the fact that we now had] seven junior women augurs well for the future of our sport.

“We have recently started building admin capacity as well. Come 2019, we should be handing over the baton to the next generation,” says Nacerodien.

Softball and baseball will return to the Olympic Games.

“It is with this in mind that all the effort must be directed at preparing our women for this event in 2020.

“The Olympic Games are preceded by the Senior Women’s World Championship, also scheduled for Japan next year,” he says.

The national junior softball team returned from the Junior Women’s World Softball Championships held in Florida. Seven players and two officials of the Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) were part of the journey.

The South African squad included Grivonne Rhoda, Chesternay Fortune, Kelly Thompson and Erin Peters (all from Lavender Hill softball club), Jenna Moses (Kenfac Phillies), Nandipha Gxathwane (St Martins) and Ammaarah Larney (Falcons), which would ensure that the future of softball in Cape Town looks very bright.

Marlene Petersen (Lavender Hill) was the assistant coach with Levona Johnson the physiotherapist.

Although the results were not favourable for South Africa, it is the exposure and experience that count.

“It was a great experience for me as a first timer. I learnt a lot from the opposing teams as well as from our own coaching staff.

“We still have a lot of work to do in order to be able to compete against the better teams. We also need to work on the mental state of our players as they have the ability to hold their own but cannot deal with pressure and the conditions they found themselves in. They need more exposure to international games,” says Petersen.

Rhoda and Larney also had an additional experience abroad when they were drafted to the Beyond Sports USA Tour of Spain before the world championships.

The two played four games in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid in this fully funded tour.

Noore Nacerodien, chairperson of CTSA, is thrilled with the performances of the younger players.

“Bearing in mind that we had four junior men in the South African team last year, [the fact that we now had] seven junior women augurs well for the future of our sport.

“We have recently started building admin capacity as well. Come 2019, we should be handing over the baton to the next generation,” says Nacerodien.

Softball and baseball will return to the Olympic Games.

“It is with this in mind that all the effort must be directed at preparing our women for this event in 2020.

“The Olympic Games are preceded by the Senior Women’s World Championship, also scheduled for Japan next year,” he says.

The national junior softball team returned from the Junior Women’s World Softball Championships held in Florida. Seven players and two officials of the Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) were part of the journey.

The South African squad included Grivonne Rhoda, Chesternay Fortune, Kelly Thompson and Erin Peters (all from Lavender Hill softball club), Jenna Moses (Kenfac Phillies), Nandipha Gxathwane (St Martins) and Ammaarah Larney (Falcons), which would ensure that the future of softball in Cape Town looks very bright.

Marlene Petersen (Lavender Hill) was the assistant coach with Levona Johnson the physiotherapist.

Although the results were not favourable for South Africa, it is the exposure and experience that count.

“It was a great experience for me as a first timer. I learnt a lot from the opposing teams as well as from our own coaching staff.

“We still have a lot of work to do in order to be able to compete against the better teams. We also need to work on the mental state of our players as they have the ability to hold their own but cannot deal with pressure and the conditions they found themselves in. They need more exposure to international games,” says Petersen.

Rhoda and Larney also had an additional experience abroad when they were drafted to the Beyond Sports USA Tour of Spain before the world championships.

The two played four games in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid in this fully funded tour.

Noore Nacerodien, chairperson of CTSA, is thrilled with the performances of the younger players.

“Bearing in mind that we had four junior men in the South African team last year, [the fact that we now had] seven junior women augurs well for the future of our sport.

“We have recently started building admin capacity as well. Come 2019, we should be handing over the baton to the next generation,” says Nacerodien.

Softball and baseball will return to the Olympic Games.

“It is with this in mind that all the effort must be directed at preparing our women for this event in 2020.

“The Olympic Games are preceded by the Senior Women’s World Championship, also scheduled for Japan next year,” he says.

The national junior softball team returned from the Junior Women’s World Softball Championships held in Florida. Seven players and two officials of the Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) were part of the journey.

The South African squad included Grivonne Rhoda, Chesternay Fortune, Kelly Thompson and Erin Peters (all from Lavender Hill softball club), Jenna Moses (Kenfac Phillies), Nandipha Gxathwane (St Martins) and Ammaarah Larney (Falcons), which would ensure that the future of softball in Cape Town looks very bright.

Marlene Petersen (Lavender Hill) was the assistant coach with Levona Johnson the physiotherapist.

Although the results were not favourable for South Africa, it is the exposure and experience that count.

“It was a great experience for me as a first timer. I learnt a lot from the opposing teams as well as from our own coaching staff.

“We still have a lot of work to do in order to be able to compete against the better teams. We also need to work on the mental state of our players as they have the ability to hold their own but cannot deal with pressure and the conditions they found themselves in.

“They need more exposure to international games,” says Petersen.

Rhoda and Larney also had an additional experience abroad when they were drafted to the Beyond Sports USA Tour of Spain before the world championships.

The two played four games in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid in this fully funded tour.

Noore Nacerodien, chairperson of CTSA, is thrilled with the performances of the younger players.

“Bearing in mind that we had four junior men in the South African team last year, [the fact that we now had] seven junior women augurs well for the future of our sport.

“We have recently started building admin capacity as well. Come 2019, we should be handing over the baton to the next generation,” says Nacerodien.

Softball and baseball will return to the Olympic Games.

“It is with this in mind that all the effort must be directed at preparing our women for this event in 2020.

“The Olympic Games are preceded by the Senior Women’s World Championship, also scheduled for Japan next year,” he says.

The national junior softball team returned from the Junior Women’s World Softball Championships held in Florida. Seven players and two officials of the Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) were part of the journey.

The South African squad included Grivonne Rhoda, Chesternay Fortune, Kelly Thompson and Erin Peters (all from Lavender Hill softball club), Jenna Moses (Kenfac Phillies), Nandipha Gxathwane (St Martins) and Ammaarah Larney (Falcons), which would ensure that the future of softball in Cape Town looks very bright.

Marlene Petersen (Lavender Hill) was the assistant coach with Levona Johnson the physiotherapist.

Although the results were not favourable for South Africa, it is the exposure and experience that count.

“It was a great experience for me as a first timer. I learnt a lot from the opposing teams as well as from our own coaching staff.

“We still have a lot of work to do in order to be able to compete against the better teams. We also need to work on the mental state of our players as they have the ability to hold their own but cannot deal with pressure and the conditions they found themselves in.

“They need more exposure to international games,” says Petersen.

Rhoda and Larney also had an additional experience abroad when they were drafted to the Beyond Sports USA Tour of Spain before the world championships.

The two played four games in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid in this fully funded tour.

Noore Nacerodien, chairperson of CTSA, is thrilled with the performances of the younger players.

“Bearing in mind that we had four junior men in the South African team last year, [the fact that we now had] seven junior women augurs well for the future of our sport.

“We have recently started building admin capacity as well. Come 2019, we should be handing over the baton to the next generation,” says Nacerodien.

Softball and baseball will return to the Olympic Games.

“It is with this in mind that all the effort must be directed at preparing our women for this event in 2020.

“The Olympic Games are preceded by the Senior Women’s World Championship, also scheduled for Japan next year,” he says.

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