Bandits' success boost for Ipswich baseball

JON Campbell and his wife Denise had every reason to be proud Ipswich parents.

As dependable volunteers, they get a buzz doing what they can to provide avenues for others to enjoy sport.

However, the loyal Ipswich couple were entitled to enjoy a memorable celebration in Brisbane on Saturday night.

They were thrilled to see their son Andrew, an Ipswich Musketeers product, sharing in the Brisbane Bandits' Australian Baseball League grand final glory.

"We sat in the rain. I don't think we've missed a game all year,'' Jon said.

"There were 28 home games and we pretty much went to every one, and went to Sydney as well.''

Ipswich Musketeers president Jon was part of the club's four consecutive Brisbane competition premiership successes in the late 1980s. That culminated in a historic win at the old Spring Street grounds before the club relocated to its current site at Tivoli.

Jon was a former state player and close teammate of Ipswich's past Claxton Shield-winning connection of Peter Vogler, Peter Wood, Paul Coogan and Kim Jessop.

"It's great to get another one,'' he said of a Queensland team being back at the top of the national competition.

"It is good for Ipswich.

"There's a lot of kids in our club now that know who he (Andrew) is now and relate to him as a Bandits player.''

Musketeers A-grade side is also fittingly in the hunt for another premiership, being on top of the Brisbane competition with 16 wins and six losses this season.

Campbell hopes talk of a new multi-use baseball stadium joint venture with Aussie rules in Brisbane comes to fruition to capitalise on the success of Queensland's latest sporting success. - David Lems



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