Teams all ready to shine on diamond

SOFTBALL PETER JONES
Last updated 07:13 31/12/2013

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Several members of Marlborough's softball fraternity won't have much time to work off the excesses of Christmas, given their involvement in various tournaments around the country in the next few weeks.

The Marlborough under 15 boys, coached by Nathan Gill, travel to Invercargill tomorrow to play in the South Island tournament which runs from January 2-6. Vicki Nalder is the manager, Barry Anderson assistant coach and Steve Healy is the team trainer.

Last year the under 15s reached the South Island final and Gill feels this side is equally as strong, although going through the process of rebuilding in a few key areas.

The Marlborough under 15 team comprises: Anaru Anderson, Braden Healy, Sam Kenny, Brooklyn Love, Jason Clyde, William Macdonald, Horouta Wilson, Campbell Gill, Ethan Jones, James Gibney, David Foster and Jontae Macdonald.

Marlborough trio Tyler Aldridge, Josh Ludemann and Wiremu Tuhimata are members of the under 17 Upper South Island side which plays in the nationals in Auckland from January 9-12.

The under 19 Upper South Island boys side play in their national tournament in Lower Hutt from January 16-19. It contains Nick Kelly, Nick De Boo, Tyler Bird, Denham Wisdom, Jessie Kitto and Drew Roberts from Marlborough. Joe Kelly is the manager and Graham De Boo the coach.

Several Marlborough-based players will be in action at the national under 19 girls tournament in Nelson from January 16-19. Hannah and Lorin Cook, are in the South Island Mainland team while Samantha Andrell will play for Wellington and Taylah Macdonald for Hutt Valley.

The Southern Pride men's team, coached by Marlborough's Steve Gill with the assistance of Darren Aldridge, will play in the national Fastpitch tournament in Christchurch from February 13-16.

The final squad has yet to be named.

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- The Marlborough Express

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