Hard Work Making Little Bigger
Jonathan Little was captain of the Junior Black Sox at the Under-18 World Cup of softball in February. This winter he’ll be an integral figure in the St Bernard’s College First XV who are seeking to improve on their last-place finish in Premier I in 2019.
What makes a good leader?
“Getting advice from other people, not being by yourself, and working hard,” Little responded.
The clarity of purpose helps explain why Little has been an effective third baseman in softball and combative openside in rugby.
Little confirmed his captaincy credentials in softball at the Under 18 Nationals in Palmerston North in January. Little’s Hutt Valley thrashed Auckland 11-2 in the final with Little setting the tone in the bottom of the first innings. Walked, he then stole second base which was followed by two doubles as Hutt leaped out to a lead which helped terminate the contest before the close of the fifth.
New Zealand was fifth at the World’s, a disappointing result, but Little felt he hit “alright” by striking well above the team average and scoring runs on average every third At bat.
He is affiliated with the Hutt Valley Dodgers where he’s formed a close bond with a slugger of real repute. Joel Evans struck a Grand Slam in the 2017 World Series final to help New Zealand beat Australia.
“Joel and I have a good bond. He gives me tips on how to improve my game at training and he’s good for a laugh too,” Little acclaimed.
Little won acclaim on Saturday when he scored two tries for St Bernard’s First XV in a pre-season hit out against a Palmerston North Boys’ High School selection. In his fourth season of First XV rugby, Little is optimistic about Bernard’s prospects.
“Were better than last year I reckon. We’ve got more experience from the coaches and the development of the players is better.”
“Last year we didn’t have as much trust in each. We have to make sure we help each other make better decisions,” he observed.
St Bearnd’s have a cohort of about eight returning players, including Jacob Laban, Jorgen Rogers, and Tana Rangiwhetu.
This weekend they tackle Kapiti College in a crucial Premier I grading game. Hosts Kapiti has won nine Premier I games in the past three seasons so Bernard’s will need a little initiative to keep their Premier I status.
-Story Courtesy of College Sport Media