Come on Queensland, have a go
LOOK out, Sunshine State - FNC's jam-packed baseball talent roster is waiting for you.
The region's players are in training ahead of the forthcoming Queensland Under-23 State Titles, which will be played in Lismore.
An initial party of more than 40 players will soon be whittled down to a final squad of 15 for the event, which will feature some of the eastern states' most promising young players. FNC head coach Andrew Carrall said he was delighted with the talent pool he had to choose from.
"This year we had 43 players registered," he said. "There is a fair bit of talent to call on.
"I am looking forward to the tournament, knowing the talent we have got.
"We will be putting in a strong team and we should do well."
Teams from across southern Queensland are expected to join FNC at the event, which takes place from April 5-7.
This is Carrall's first year leading the FNC squad, which contains talented young players from across the region.
His party has been in pre-com-petition training for about a month, with the players getting into shape for the event.
Carrall, who has overseen age-group sides in past competitions, is eager to get the action started.
"We have been doing a fair bit of fitness work to get ready," he said. "We are hoping to get on the field soon to work on other things.
"I have grown up with a lot of the players and played A-grade competition with them.
"I have a great support staff and I am feeling pretty comfortable."
The competition's full roster is still to be finalised but it is expected that up to five other teams from Queensland will take part.
Matches will be palyed over a round-robin format, with a grand final also to be contested if the schedule allows.
Good performances at the event will also put players on selectors' radars for the under-23 national titles later this year.
FNC is hosting the tournament as it is associated with the Queensland ranks.
Carrall said he hoped home advantage would play to his team's favour.
"It is always a big help," he said.