PHOTO: Assistant coach Christine Kane, left, and team manager Cheryl Nilon, right, with the Far North Coast Under-13 representative softball team to play in the state championship.
PHOTO: Assistant coach Christine Kane, left, and team manager Cheryl Nilon, right, with the Far North Coast Under-13 representative softball team to play in the state championship.

Softball state test for region's best

NINE talented young Far North Coast softballers are in Sydney this weekend for the Under-13 state championships.

Team manager Cheryl Nilon said it was the first time in at least 10 years Far North Coast had sent a team to compete in the Under-13s.

"No-one can actually remember how long it's been,” Nilon said.

"It is at least 10 years, and probably more than 15 years.”

Despite a decline in player numbers in the past decade, the FNC Softball Association has started rebuilding, paying particular attention to its junior development.

"We have juniors playing each Friday night at Albert Park (in Lismore) from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, ranging in age from 3 to 12,” association secretary Dianne McGowen said.

"Some of the juniors are incredibly good as their mothers play softball so their children have grown up around the game.

"The kids were keen to play and we felt sending a representative team to the State championships would help develop their skills and increase knowledge of the game.”

For the past two months, the team comprising Logan Blaikie, Rorie Mullen, Kaitlyn Robinson, Amelia Dening, Ruby Dokmanovic, Charlotte Blaikie, Kaliyah Browning, Sharmeeka McPaul and Eshaya Cassidy-Cole has been training hard each weekend.

"The standard of some of the Sydney-based players is quite impressive so we are hoping our kids will be inspired to continue to learn the game and build on their skills,” Nilon said.

The Under-13 state carnival will be held at Blacktown International Sportspark today and tomorrow.



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