ABOVE: The Far North Coast under-16 side will compete in the Queensland state championships. RIGHT: Some of the FNC under-18 players who are ready to compete in the championships.
ABOVE: The Far North Coast under-16 side will compete in the Queensland state championships. RIGHT: Some of the FNC under-18 players who are ready to compete in the championships. Marc Stapelberg

Aussie reps playing in local teams in baseball championships

TWO Australian representatives will spearhead Far North Coast teams at the Queensland under-16 and under-18 state baseball championships in Lismore.

The four-day carnival starts at the Albert Park complex today with Ethan Elliot and Kodey Wilford in the FNC under-16 team.

Wilford is fresh from representing the Australian under-15 team in Mexico in August.

Elliot, who has also played for Australia, represented Queensland last year along with Harry Martin in the under-16s.

Tailesan O'Mera and Will Riley are in the under-18 team and they too have played state in the past.

Teams have arrived from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and North Queensland with the championships expected to bring at least 300 visitors to the region.

At stake is the chance to be selected in a squad at the end of the competition in the hope of representing Queensland at the national championships in Sydney in January.

FNC teams have been training for three months.

They do not have to look far for inspiration with the FNC under-14 team winning the state championship at Ipswich last month.

Seth McClelland took out the golden glove for the tournament as the best defensive player.

FNC under-16s will play their first game at 11.30am today against Gold Coast.

They will take on North Queensland at 4.30pm before a 9am game against Brisbane South tomorrow.

The under-18s will play Brisbane South at 9am today and Gold Coast at 11.30am.

Games will be played over the weekend before the finals on Monday.



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