The GB Slowpitch Team held its annual Open Trials on the first weekends of February and March, and has now announced that eight new players have been added to the team’s player pool for 2017.
Another nine players who were asked to re-trial have been retained in the squad.
Trials were held at the Royal Masonic School in Rickmansworth.
GB Slowpitch Head Coach Stephen Patterson has now challenged the new and retained players to “take the positions away from the players already wearing the jerseys”.
All members of the GB Slowpitch Team pool, including the new and retained players, are eligible to be selected to represent Great Britain in any of the team’s domestic and international competitions in 2017.
New players who have been added to squad following the trials are:
Players retained after re-trials are:
Stephen Patterson said: “I am delighted with the hunger shown by a number of players entering the programme. Some players have worked really hard to accomplish their goal of making the GB Team. It’s great to see players who previously were not selected come back and get in. That attitude goes a long way in my book. Whether it be in competitions in 2017 or in three to five years’ time, these players have given themselves every opportunity to be involved for a long, long time.”
Team Manager Kellie Whitaker was impressed with the response from all the athletes at the well-attended trials. “It was great to see such a mix of experience and attitude at this year’s trials,” Kellie said. “Being new to this element of the Team Manager’s role, I saw such terrific energy and a ‘want’ to get into the GB Squad. It’s great that an event like this allows us to see the unknown become known.”
Organisation for the trials was directed by Kellie Whitaker, but Stephen Patterson also paid tribute to Assistant Coaches Mike Ashley, David Lee and John Lehmann, who provided vital support in assessing players at the event.
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