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Coffs Harbour junior baseball was represented at Country Championships held at Raymond Terrace with teams in the under 10's, 12's and 14's.
This is the first time in quite a few years that Coffs Harbour has been capable of submitting teams in the three grades of Junior Country Championships which is a positive demonstration of Coffs Harbour Baseballs growth in the junior league.
The Coffs Harbour under 14 team under the direction of coach John Perret and assistant coach Chris Baker went off to the Country Championships with few expectations; however they came away with three wins from seven.
Perrett said he was very pleased with the team's performance.
They showed great strength in defeating teams from the larger associations, Newcastle and Illawarra Gold along with Tamworth.
All the players played well however a shortage of pitchers was their weakest point.
The Coffs team was supported with good pick up players from Hastings and Newcastle.
Coach Perrett praised his support personnel Vicki Gordon, EO, Tina Adams, scorer and Lyn Buscombe, saying that their expertise was a great asset to the team's successful operations.
The Under 12's team was coached by Daren Cowie, with assistant coach Darren Bromell, Jacqui Bromell as EO and Michele Naidu as scorer.
With 12 players from all teams of Coffs Harbour and five players from Port Macquarie Coffs Harbour were able to field a squad of 17 players which was very impressive.
Unfortunately for the weekend the team was only able to get one win, though a few of the other games were close.
The win was supplied by Newcastle, the hosting team which was actually one of the strongest teams.
Through out the weekend there were a few players that made sure they stood out from the rest with great hits and fielding and some of the pitchers with a little more training will make our Coffs Harbour side a very strong side come next year.
All team members played well especially with no training for four weeks due to rain.
The Under 10 rep. team, under the direction of coach Sylvia Garner had a successful tournament.
In the first game they played Illawarra, one of the strongest clubs, where they gallantly lost by one point.
The second game Coffs Harbour defeated the Macleay Valley team.
The third game saw Coffs up against the strong Central Coast team where Coffs were up, leading into the fifth dig.
This surprised the Coasties into action and Coffs finally lost but not until they gave 'Coasties' a run for the points.
Coffs then defeated Tamworth and found themselves in the Finals where they came third in the championships.
Sylvia attributed this great result and the best for Coffs so far, was because they played so well as a team.
Another great accolade for Coffs Harbour was one of the four Under 10 MVP awards being awarded to Andrew Garner.
A senior women's team from the Coffs Harbour women's league attended NSW Country Women's Championships at Illawarra over the October long weekend.
Manager Paul Cutthill said although the team did not win a game each of the players came away with a win within themselves with experiences learnt that will improve their game throughout their playing careers.
Congratulations to Jennifer Garner and Raylene King who were selected to the Country Train On Squad.
This squad will be exposed to more intensive training and the ladies will have the opportunity to be selected to the Country National team.
Congratulations to Cail Bainbridge, Michael Brown, and Bill Jurottee who represented Coffs and combined with the Macleay Valley senior team at the NSW Country Men's Championships over the October long weekend and came away with the B grade competition Championships.
Brown also spent July and August attendingthe Australian National Baseball Academy on the Gold Coast, where he was selected to the Australian team to play at the XXIII AAA (under 19's) World Championships held in Taipei City, Taiwan in late August.
Michael, playing as the designated hitter said it was an awesome experience to play with the best in the world.
The Coffs Harbour Baseball Association's annual general meeting will be held at the Catholic Club on Wednesday night from 7.30pm.
Nominations will be accepted in writing on the night.
If you have some ideas on how baseball in Coffs Harbour should be organized, then this is your opportunity to be part of the action.
It is also the special awards evening where the Baseball Association recognizes the efforts and appreciation to many of the volunteers that have contributed so much of their time throughout the season.
So come along and show your support and vote on who will be on next year's committee - remember, you are not expected to put your hand up for any position, however 'decisions are made by those who attend.