Pitch in to help girls

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Montana Stirling and Faith Neretlis have been selected to play in the Australian Women’s and Youth Women’s Baseball Championship in Canberra.
Camera IconMontana Stirling and Faith Neretlis have been selected to play in the Australian Women’s and Youth Women’s Baseball Championship in Canberra. Credit: Pierra Willix

Recognised for their dedication and talent in a sport dominated by men, two young Rockingham women will soon represent Western Australia in the 2019 Australian Women’s and Youth Women’s Baseball Championships in Canberra.

Montana Stirling and Faith Neretlis play together for the Rockingham Rams and are the only two female members of their team.

Both have been playing baseball for several years and said getting a chance to not only represent WA, but to play in an all-female competition, would be a great way to build on their experience.

“I am really excited — I’ve never had the opportunity to play in an all-girls competition,” Montana said.

Representing WA in the competition last year, Faith said she was looking forward to travelling interstate and making the most of the challenges that awaited.

Local businesses are also being asked to help sponsor the girls to help them travel to Canberra to compete.

Mum Bethany Neretlis said the girls were not only playing in a male-dominated sport, but in a lesser-known one, and asked locals to pitch in.

“Women’s sports are on the increase, and so this is a good time to get onboard and help support some young women making their way in baseball,” she said.

The Australian Women’s and Youth Women’s Baseball Championships will be held from April 15-20 at the Narrabundah Ballpark in Canberra.

Those interested in sponsoring the girls are asked to contact the Sound Telegraph.

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