Rivals united in wanting return to Lismore
THEY were rivals on the pitch but Brisbane Bandits and Sydney Blue Sox were united in their support for more top-class baseball action to come to Lismore.
The city's Albert Park staged a three-match series between the two Australian Baseball League (ABL) sides over the weekend.
A sizeable crowd enjoyed the trio of matches, which culminated with an exciting final match on Saturday.
Bandits manager Kevin Jordan said he was impressed with the setting for the contest.
"We heard good things about it being a baseball town," he said. "It was great to come here.
"I wish we had facilities for the Bandits in Brisbane that we had here.
"It has been a great experience."
The Blue Sox took the three-game series 2-1 after completing a 3-2 victory in Saturday night's final match.
That victory helped the Blue Sox claim important ABL points.
It also gave them the Bill O'Sullivan Trophy, named in honour of the Lismore baseball stalwart.
The contest was the first time that the two Australian Baseball league teams have met at a regional ground.
Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil said he had enjoyed the experience of coming to Lismore.
"It was my first time up here, although I know some of my players have played here in the past," he said.
"The facilities are excellent and the surface was in tip-top shape.
"I think it is important for baseball that we get out to these country areas as it will help promote the game."