ORANGE softball star Monique Faul says spending the Australia winter plying her trade with the Amsterdam Pirates has taken her game to an all new level.
The talented 24-year-old was signed up to pitch for the Pirates following the Gilley’s Shield, with Faul helping the senior dames to second on the division two ladder, the best finish to a regular season the ladies have enjoyed.
Asked if her six months stay in the Netherlands had helped make her a better player ahead of the Australian summer and softball season, the hired gun’s answer was swift.
“I think so. With my pitching, I’ve got a nice curve ball now and I’ve got more pace on the ball,” she said.
The opportunity to play softball abroad arrived after Faul pitched for NSW at the national women’s competition, the Gilley’s Shield.
Faul expressed interest in the gig through Softball Australia and the Pirates club jumped at the chance to have the deadly right arm pitcher on its 2013 roster.
It’s not the first time Faul has played overseas.
In 2009 she played for Troy University in America in the Sun Belt Conference, but it’s her time competing in the Netherlands league Faul believes has been extremely beneficial to her game.
“(The standard) is similar to what I’m used to at the state champs,” she said.
“Its a bigger competition. It had eight divisions.”
Faul is also currently training with the NSW Open Women after being named in the state squad.
She’ll travel to Sydney to train before competing with the Northern Storm in the State League competition each Sunday, winning one game and dropping the other last Sunday.