AFTER their second defeat in the Kookaburra Cup the North Coastal Zone team are more determined then ever to come out on top.
And win, lose or draw, the experience these talented players gain from playing in the NSW Country Under 14 Carnival, known as the Kookaburra Cup, in Armidale from 8-11 January will stand in good stead for many season to come.
Today their performance was excellent and they were beaten by Newcastle in round two losing by just seven points, 117-109.
Teams across the competition are playing in temperatures nearing 40 degrees and displaying skills which include bowlers were send balls down the crease at speeds of 115km/h.
The NC team which includes six Far North Coast cricketers - Harvey Moase, Travis Antonelli, Zac Gilmore, Reece Gallagher, Hayden Wilson and Wil Jenkins - lost in the round one match against Central North 168-63.
The NC zone runs from Gloucester to the Queensland border and is coached by Anthony Kurshler, North Coast, and the team manager is Craig Jenkins from FNC.
On Wednesday North Coast play in two T20s.
In the morning they take on ACT Southern in the first match and in the second are up against the always formidable Western Zone.
Again the temperature is expected to climb as high as Tuesday's top of 38.1.
The North Coast U14 team also includes from the Mid North Coast, Lachlan Dowling Flynn O'Loughlin and Lachlan Munday, and North Coast players Lachlan Carlyle, Coby Tabor, Jack Horseman, and Reilly Mulhearn.