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Australian softball honours on the line for ACT colts

Honours on the line: The ACT under-19s softball side will play in the Australian championships from Sunday.
Honours on the line: The ACT under-19s softball side will play in the Australian championships from Sunday. 

Australian honours will be on the line when the ACT under-19 softball team heads to Blacktown International Sportspark for the Australia under-19 championships on Sunday.

Four members of the ACT side have been named as potential starters for the national team, which will be selected after the championships.

Josh McGovern, Kyle Johnson, Ryan Mayer and Josh San Juan were named in a provisional squad after the Friendships Series in Sydney, where Australian states competed against one another and teams from New Zealand.

ACT under-19 coach Vikki Langley said her players will be looking to keep it simple if they are selected for the Australian side.

"Softball in Australia has a good reputation and history with the colts - I think they've won four or five gold medals, so they do alright. And obviously again they're looking at bringing home the gold," Langley said.

Langley also noted the youngsters could use this opportunity as a pathway into the open men's team.

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"Quite a few of the current [Australian] players have come up through the colts squad."

Langley knows that a good step towards national selection will be a strong showing at the Australian championships. She said that defeating reigning premiers NSW will remain the team's primary goal.

"Obviously New South Wales are pretty strong, given that they've got a huge player base to choose from," she said.

"But you never write off any team either; every team there is going to be competitive. Especially with national selection up for grabs, everyone wants a spot in the colts team.

"Having said that, I'm very confident we'll get to the final."

The ACT side kicks off the tournament on Sunday against Queensland before backing-up against Victoria later in the day.