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Memories

 

2005 - First Aussie Hearts Tour 

San Fransisco & Florida, USA

Senior women and junior girls travel to San Fransisco for practice games and training, and then to Disney Wide World of Sports complex for the 2005 Women's World Series Tournament.

 

*This trip is also very notable in that it featured the first-even known international junior girls international baseball game between the Aussie Hearts coached by Kelly Manzie and a San Francisco youth girls team coached by Jim Nemerowski. Of note, on the San Francisco team was the late Sammy Kane who was featured in the most recent "Bad News Bears" movie as a young female pitcher.

 

 

2008 - Aussie Hearts win Hall of Fame Classic

South Bend and Kenosha, USA

Senior women's team take part in historic 'Hall of Fame Classic' @ Simmons Field in Kenosha, otherwise known at the time as the USA Women's Nationals.  The team bring it home in fine form, taking out their more fancied opponents from Boston to win the Tournament.  Jacinda Barclay's first big time win, announcing herself as a big time pitcher!

*This trip is notable as it is the only time the U.S. national champs from New England had been defeated in tournament play in four years. The best Aussie team, beat the best American team on the back of our current football coordinator Jacinda Barclay pitching the grand final winner.

 

 

2010 - Aussie Hearts win Phoenix Cup

Hong Kong, China

Senior women's team attend the Phoenix Cup for the second time, this time taking out the tournament in fine style.  The first Australian Team to win the tournament in it's short history.  Jacinda Barclay winning the tournament pitching award, Christina Kreppold the tournament hitting award, and Shae Lillywhite awarded the Hearts MVP.

 

 

2010 - Aussie Hearts go undefeated in USA

Toronto, Canada & Chicago, USA

Senior women's team go undefeated in two groups of matches in both Canada and the USA.  2010 becoming a year of undefeated baseball for the Hearts - not losing a game on either the Hong Kong or Canda/USA trip.

 

 

2013 - Aussie Hearts visit Field of Dreams & AAGPBL Reunion

Chicago, USA

Senior women's team attend the Field of Dreams, made famous by Kevin Costner and the movie all those years ago.  In a first, the Hearts also attend the AAGPBL Reunion, supporting long time Hearts coach and famous AAGPBL player Jeneane Lesko.

 

2014 - TSL14 15U Girls Softball Tour

Taiwan, San Francisco & Los Angeles

First 15 & Under Girls Softball Developmen Tour, with a group of 53 coaches, staff, players and parents.  Quick visit for one day to Taiwan, games and training in San Francisco, games and training in Los Angeles.  The team stay across the road from Disneyland, with fantastic training opportunities with former US Junior National Team Coach Pam Newton, training with former Australian Olympian Danielle Stewart-Bouman, and games and cultural exchange with the famous Firecracker softball organisation.  Famous AAGPBL player Jeneane Lesko joins the girls for five days in LA.

 

 

Quotes

 

TSL14 Testimonials, 2014 Tour

 

"The 'Spark' that ignited my daughters softball passion. International exposure to drills delivered by former Olympians and Australian players. Trained by US college Div 1 & Div 3 and Taiwanese school coaches supported by baseballs female All American and our own Australian Hall of Fame(r) over an intense two week period. Undoubtably one of the best experiences any young aspiring softball player could ever be exposed to at this stage of their career".

 

Louise Schuster from NSW, is a parent who attended the TSL14 Tour with her daughter Lucy.

 

 

“My daughter attended the 15 and Under Softball Aussie Sparks Development Tour in 2012 and 2014.  She enjoyed the experience immensely and gained invaluable experience both as a player and as a person.  We were able to develop networks with fantastic people who have helped spark her softball dreams and support her towards achieving her future softball aspirations.  The tour builds independence, respect and excellence.  I would highly recommend this opportunity to any person who loves softball and wants to broaden their horizons.”

 

Fiona Tulloh from ACT, is a mother, Assistant Coach and two time Aussie Sparks Tour member (2012 & 2014)

 

 

"My daughter, Blaise, recently took part in the 15U Aussie Sparks Tour to Taiwan, San Francisco & Los Angeles.  The tour was fantastic and the experience that Blaise received is something that her or I will never forget.  That sort of experience and training, I believe at present, cannot be had here in Australia.  Thank you also to our Aussie coaching staff for their dedication to join the tour to assist in developing and providing this opportunity.  The tour, headed up by Rob Novotny and Simone Wearne was very well organised and both my daughter and I would welcome the chance to partake in future tours.  Certainly an experience of a lifetime!"

 

Gina Kirchner from NSW, is a parent who attended the TSL14 Tour with her daughter Blaise.

 

 

Other Quotes/Testimonials

 

"I am a member of the Aussie Hearts family, and I can say that some of my best experiences in baseball have come through these tours. It's a special touring group that focuses on the love of the game, making new friendships and moments that each tour uniquely provides.

 

The experience of playing overseas against, and with, some amazingly talented female players of the game we love. The coaching staff and group of players that are carefully selected do a fantastic job of organising a fun and fulfilling schedule.

 

I found a new passion for baseball through Aussie hearts. It gave me so much more than I imagined".

 

Shae Lillywhite is a five time Aussie Heart and the current Baseball Australia Women's Player of the Year.  

 

 

"Our daughter Jacinda really enjoyed the Aussie Hearts tour tremendously, no doubt the experience helped her improve and advance her game."

 

Debbie & Mike Barclay are from Perth, Western Australia and their family plays for the Eastern Hills Hornets Baseball Club. Their daughter Jacinda Barclay has participated on six (6) tours with the Aussie Hearts since 2006. Since then, she has been named regularly to the Western Australia state team, helping lead them to the national championship. She has also been selected to the Australian national women's team at the Women's World Cup in 2008, 2010, & 2012.

 

 

"Being part of Champions International quite literally changed my life. To attend an American university was amazing; a whole new world was opened up. I am certain Rob Novotny and I will be friends for the rest of our lives."

 

John Quong is originally from Melbourne where he played for the Bonbeach Baseball Club. He was placed into Wisconsin Lutheran College where he was captain of the baseball team and a member of the gridiron football team. John now lives lives in Burlington, Vermont wher he and his American wife Jill are expecting their first child. He has had a chance to fulfill his dream to work with marine animals...and he coaches the men's baseball team in Burlington.

 

 

"The Aussie Hearts tour of 2005 to the USA was a rewarding challenge. I learned a great deal about the game of baseball and about myself. The coaches were great and with their help, I became a more confident player. The team were a group of women who game me strength and support. A lot of work went into ensuring our trip was fun, and the activities organsied were fantastic. For anyone who wants to learn more about baseball, see the sights and play international competition, this is for you."

 

Alison Hunt-Sturman participated in the 2005 Aussie Hearts tour to California and Florida. She has six years experience playing for the Chelsea Baseball Club in Melbourne.

 

 

"My baseball career was greatly helped several times by Champions International. I am very grateful that it was available to me."

 

John Edwards is a former head coach of the Fitzroy Baseball Club in Melbourne, now a current player at the Cheltenham Baseball Club. John was placed into Triton Junior College and was later drafted in the 8th round by the Minnesota Twins. After his professional career was finished in America, John was next placed by Champions International to play for the Herrenberg Wanderers located near Stuttgart, Germany. He currently stars for the Melbourne Aces in the ABL and runs Valhalla Sports.

 

 

"The tour was a once-in-a-lifetime bonding especially at a very important time in my daughter's life; this will stay with both of us always. I felt very privileged that I was able share this tour not only with my daughter, but the wonderful coaches and other parents...The whole experience challenged Jade to grow and become not only a better baseball player but a more rounded teen. I will never forget the pride I felt when hearing her name and team members called out and the national anthem played. Watching her score a home run, well, that was the icing on the cake."

 

Karon Cantori is the mother of junior player Jade Cantori who plays at the North Ryde Baseball Club in Sydney. The Cantoris participated in the 2006 Aussie Hearts tour to California and Florida.

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