Softball talent to go to Sydney
FAR North Coast will provide plenty of personnel for softball’s State championships in Sydney in July after several players caught the eye of selectors at the Northern Country divisional championships in Lismore at the weekend.
Seventeen players across four divisions have been selected for the July event with local club Dodgers providing the bulk of them.
The annual divisional championships pitted FNC – represented by players from Casino, Ballina, Byron Bay and Lismore – against Coffs Harbour, Tweed District and Macleay Valley in under-16 and under-19 boys and girls divisions.
Despite their best efforts, however, the local sides came up short, although the under-19 boys pushed eventual winners Tweed District to be runners-up.
FNC Softball Association president Di McGowen said a lack of preparation due to bad weather in the lead-up was not ideal.
“We couldn’t train because of the rain and I think only the under-19 boys maybe got one training session in,” she said.
“But under the circumstances I think the kids did really well. Selection-wise, we did pretty well. We had very young sides and some of those kids that made the under-16 team played in our under-19s. For them, it was a great experience to play at a higher level.”
The under-19 State championships in Sydney are on July 17 and 18, and the under-16 championships will be held a week later on July 24 and 25.
NC Div under-16 Boys: Bee Bowyer (Dodgers), Sam Osbourne (Dodgers), Brodie Groth (Dodgers), Hayden Watt (Dodgers), Edward Kelly (Dodgers);
NC Div under-16 Girls: Nicole Green (Workers), Jessica Riley (Dodgers), Amy Gordon (Dodgers), Grace Moreton (Goonellabah), Laura Larson (Dodgers);
NC Div under-19 Boys: Mitchell Watt (Dodgers), Mitchell Dowse (Workers), Matt White (Goonellabah), Jake Pruess (Dodgers);
NC Div under-19 Girls: Carlie Walker (Workers), Shannon Pool (Workers), Sam Green (Workers).