Lismore girls gain spot in NSW team for major softball comp

YOUNG STARS: FNC duo Carlee Winkler-Harding (left) and Shantarna Berry will be hoping to impress for their NSW Country side in national softball action.
YOUNG STARS: FNC duo Carlee Winkler-Harding (left) and Shantarna Berry will be hoping to impress for their NSW Country side in national softball action. Stuart Turner

SPEEDY Shantarna Berry and versatile Carlee Winkler-Harding are preparing to test their skills against some of Australia's best young female softball talent.

The FNC duo will line up for their New South Wales Country girls' side in the 2013 Softball Australia Under-15 Regional Championship, which gets under way in Lismore today.

Both players will be hoping to impress at the five-day event, which will boast talented players from across the country.

NSW Country head coach Karen Evans said the pair, who are both aged 14 and play for the Dodgers side in FNC Softball action, had plenty of skills to offer their team.

"Shantarna is extremely fast," she said. "I think she will be one of the quickest players around in the outfield.

"Carlee plays a bit of everything. She has that confidence and will give everything a go.

"I think this will be great for all the girls just to experience what it is like to play at the next level."

Carlee, who attends Lismore's Trinity Catholic College and Casino High School student Shantarna were selected after being nominated by the FNC association.

Lismore-based Carlee and Shantarna, of Busbys Flat, will line up alongside players from across regional NSW.

The tournament, will take place at Albert Park, will also feature sides from metropolitan New South Wales and Queensland.

Evans said it was likely to be tough for her side, but hoped her players would benefit enormously.

"It will be tough," she said.

"The girls will be playing sides that have had more previous exposure at this level.

"It will be good to see the girls improving both as individuals and as a team. That is what it's all about.

"It should be a great tournament."

The boys' under-15 event is also running at the same time.

Action gets started this morning and goes on until Saturday.



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