FNC boys bring home medals
THE Queensland Under-16 state baseball team, which included four Far North Coast players, claimed the bronze medal at the national championships with a 7-2 win over Victoria.
Kodey Wilford, Oakley McMahon, Harry Martin and Noah Worgan played for the Queensland Under-16s while Taliesin O'Meara stepped up in the Under-18s.
Will Riley, another FNC player, represented ACT.
The tournament, which was held at Blacktown in Sydney's west, was marred by rain, with one full day washed out and grounds closed by the local council.
Games were transferred to other baseball fields in the metropolitan area before returning to Blacktown when the weather improved.
In the preliminary rounds, the Queensland Under-16s won three games and lost four, with each of the losses by just a single run.
That left them equal with South Australia and NSW Country but they managed to grab fourth spot in the semi-finals.
Queensland went down 11-2 to a strong Western Australia team, but hit back to take the bronze medal.
In the Under-18s, Queensland won four preliminary round games and lost three.
Like the Under-16s they finished fourth on the ladder and, also like the Under-16s, they lost to WA, 7-1.
They then lost 4-3 to NSW Country in the bronze medal game.
THE Far North Coast Under-14 team will contest the Little League state tournament in Brisbane from tomorrow to Monday.
The tournament will feature six teams from Brisbane, the Gold Coast andFar North Coast
FNC won the state championship last year and should put in a good showing in the tournament.
They are coached by David Parsons, Scott McClelland and Aaron Olley.
Six of the players have just returned from participating in the Dingo World Series after they were selected in the national team.
The top two teams from the state tournament will go to the nationals on the Gold Coast at Easter.
Twenty teams will compete and the winner there will travel to the United States for the Little League World Series.