Under-17s boys win state championships

Great effort: The Macarthur under-17s boys softball team defeated Penrith to claim the state championships this month.
Great effort: The Macarthur under-17s boys softball team defeated Penrith to claim the state championships this month.

A stand-out performance in the softball boys under-17s state championships could see a host of Macarthur players selected to represent the state.

Macarthur defeated Penrith City 5-1 to claim the state championship earlier this month in a fantastic win for the team. The two teams had faced off in the last six championship matches, with Penrith coming out victorious in the previous three.

Macarthur Softball Association president Jenny Todhunter said she was extremely pleased with the result.

“It was a good win,” she said. “The 5-1 result makes it look like a walkover, but it really wasn’t. It was a tight game and they were very tough opposition.”

Todhunter said the strong leadership at the club was a large part of their continued success.

It was a tight game and they were very tough opposition.

Jenny Todhunter

“We’ve got some really experienced coaches,” she said.

“I think the mental game for our players is just as strong as the physical game.”

Todhunter said state selectors were watching on during the state championships and she expected plenty of the squad to get a state call-up.

A number of players will also be backing up to play in the under-19s final.

Todhunter said the under-17s girls team also impressed this year, reaching third place, a massive improvement on their seventh place from the previous season.

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