It is a great honour for the Redcoats to have someone of Tahli’s calibre as player coach, it is also an amazing opportunity for the players to improve
Exciting times for the Ghajnsielem Redcoats as Australian Softball National Team player Tahli Moore joins the club for a season to assume the role of player coach of the senior team. This is a tremendous development for the softball programme of the Club and comes at a most critical time when the Redcoats are preparing to participate in the XII Summerdays International Youth Softball Tournament in Castions Delle Mura, Friuli, Italy, and the triangular training camp and tournament in Zagreb, Croatia, as part of the Erasmus+ Sports: Small Collaborative Partnerships project Inclusion & Gender Equality Through Softball. Both these tournaments will take place in July 2018.
Tahli Moore is from Sydney, Australia, and attended High School at Loreto Normanhurst College. She played most of her softball in Sydney where she grew up. To further her career in softball, in 2013 she move to Virginia, in the United States, to attend James Madison University where she played until she graduated earlier this year. At JMU, Tahli played 163 games and had a batting average of .297, scoring 57 runs and registering 68 hits. She was unfortunate to miss most of her senior year with an injury. Ms Moore played for Great Britain Junior Women’s Team that finished 9th at the ISF Junior World Championships in Canada in 2013 and the following year for the GB Women’s team which competed in the ISF World Championship in the Netherlands. Fabian Barlow, Head Coach of Aussie Spirit, the Australian Softball National Team, has now included her in his squad. It is the objective of Tahli Moore to play for the Australian Softball National Team in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
For the 2017/18 season which will be starting over the coming days, Tahli will coach the youth players of the Redcoats who will participate in the women’s fastpitch competitions organised by the Malta Baseball and Softball Association. The Club will be fielding two teams in the Autumn Fastpitch Softball Tournament in order to give everyone in the squad an opportunity to play. Tahli will also coach the minors of the club to help in the development of the younger players. The Club has by far the largest academy in Gozo in terms of girls participating in its programmes. With over 130 boys and girls enrolled during the past season, the Redcoats are also one of the largest academies on the island.
Tahli holds a softball coaching licence and has extensive coaching experience, having worked with juniors and adults in both recreational and competitive settings in schools and clubs, as well as giving individual private instruction. She has always been an involved member of the softball community, taking on umpiring, scoring and field duties. Ms Moore is expected to make a tremendous impact at the Club, especially in terms of player development. She will also undoubtedly set the softball programme on course to achieve its medium to long term objectives. It is a great honour for the Redcoats to have someone of Tahli’s calibre as player coach, it is also an amazing opportunity for the players to improve. Everyone associated with the Redcoats welcomes Tahli to Gozo and is looking forward to the first softball practice session.