Australian Schoolboys Invitational Tour 2016

Kingsley Collins

10 May 2016

 

Following completion of another outstanding National Schoolboys tournament that was held in Perth last week, Australian Baseball Alumni can confirm the selection of a squad that will tour United States in September and October of this year.

 

The three-week tour will be another challenging event for all concerned, with nineteen games to be played against a mix of junior college, four-year college and high school All-Star teams spanning Oregon, Washington State, California and Arizona.

 

As with previous tours held in 2009, 2011 and 2014, the emphasis will be on giving the players a great sporting experience and a memorable life experience whilst creating potential college or even professional baseball opportunities for a group of young men, most of whom will be eligible for selection in the 2017 Under 18 World Cup.  

 

Supported and endorsed by Baseball Australia, the Australian Schoolboys International Tour offers a unique and exciting opportunity for twenty of our emerging young baseball players selected after their performances at the recently concluded national championship that was won by host state Western Australia.

 

The squad will be prepared and accompanied by an experienced and professional staff comprising Peter Giles (Head Coach), Chris Norrie (Assistant Coach), Kevin Hooker (Pitching Coach), Brendon Wallace (Assistant Coach/Sports Trainer) and Tour Manager Neil Barrowcliff, who encapsulated the worth of the touring project this way:

 

“Our goal is to try and replicate the life of a college or professional player with games played almost every day, plus a large amount of travel,” he said. “We believe that this has proven extremely beneficial as – from our previous three tours – forty five out of a possible fifty five players are now playing either college or pro ball in United States.”

 

“In addition, this tour has also proved to be a stepping stone to further national team representation, with ten out of thirteen eligible players from the 2014 tour participating in the Under 18 World Cup in 2015.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The squad – which is listed below - will depart from Sydney on Thursday 15 September and will return on Saturday 8 October.

 

Aside from playing nineteen baseball games, the Australian contingent will be attending two Major League games in Phoenix Arizona, a Major League game in San Diego, Disneyland and a United States gridiron game between Oregon State and Boise State.

 

Australian Baseball Alumni extends its congratulations to the twenty young men who have been selected on the Australian Schoolboys squad for 2016. We wish each and every person all the very best for a fantastic tour and we look forward to regularly reporting on your progress with the assistance of management staff and accompanying personnel.

 

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL SCHOOLBOYS ROSTER 2016

Jacob AMOS

Josh BEDGGOOD

Ulrich BOJARSKI

Will DAY

Josh DIGGINS

Harry FULLERTON

Cooper GOODMAN

Alex HALL

Oliver HOWITT

Duane JOHANNSEN

Sam KIMMORLEY

Conor LAVERTY

Matthew MARTINSON

Jack O'LOUGHLIN

Josh ROBINS

Jack TAYLOR

Ben TSUI

Luke TURNER

Jess WILLIAMS

Maclain WILSON

 

Peter GILES

Chris NORRIE

Kevin HOOKER

Brendon WALLACE

Neil BARROWCLIFF

New South Wales

Queensland

Western Australia

Victoria

Western Australia

New South Wales

Victoria

Western Australia

New South Wales

Queensland

Australian Capital Territory

Queensland

New South Wales

South Australia

New South Wales

Western Australia

New South Wales

Queensland

Western Australia

Western Australia

 

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Pitching Coach

Assistant Coach/Trainer

Tour Manager

 

 

Image:   2014 National Schoolboys Tour