Softball Campbelltown’s Jack Morel recently helped Softball NSW to a third straight Arthur Allsopp Shield victory.
The NSW team defeated Queensland 5-4 in the thrilling under-17 Boys’ National Softball Championship grand final at Mirrabooka Softball Complex to retain the title.
Jack, 15, said he couldn’t have hoped for a better result.
“The Arthur Allsopp Shield meant the world to the team, and being able to defend it and win the tournament for the third year straight was a great feeling,” the Macquarie Fields High School student said.
“I enjoyed being with the team during the tournament, it was like having a big family.”
He felt that all his hard work and training since he began playing softball had paid off.
“A close friend who coached club softball at the time invited me to come and play the sport when I was young and I loved it from day one,” Jack said.
“I enjoy the team atmosphere where everyone encourages each other and celebrates victories as a team.”
Playing at second base, Jack relies on his speed, enthusiasm, consistency and knowledge of the game to get the edge over his opponents.
“Speed is a major advantage in softball as in most team sports,” he said.
“Enthusiasm is important because to be a winning team, everyone needs to have a winning attitude.
“Consistency is essential in softball as the team relies on you to produce winning results every time.”
With the Arthur Allsopp Shield under his belt, Jack hopes to excel in this year’s under-17s state championships.