More nationals for FNC

FAR North Coast Baseball will host the Under-16 and Under-18 national championships in January.

The Australian Baseball Federation decided the championships would be played at the Albert Park facility in Lismore.

With four diamonds in one precinct, a council that has actively supported local sport, excellent accommodation and a solid volunteer base, Lismore was a logical choice.

Running for nine days, games will start on January 9 with teams from the ACT, Northern Territory, Queensland, NSW, Victoria, Victoria Provincial, Western Australia, South Australia and NSW Country.

Local players Mick Gahan, Dean Gillespie, Mitchell Watt, Jordan Gahan and Jake Youngberry excelled for Queensland in their age divisions last summer and should enjoy the opportunity to shine in front of their home crowd.

It will be the fourth national junior championships in Lismore since 2005, including the washed-out Under-14 carnival in 2008.

A Claxton Shield men’s game between NSW and Queensland was also played on Baxter Field in 2009.

With more than 300 FNC junior players, the new Australian Baseball League might also take the opportunity to play a series in Lismore at the same time.



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