FRIDAY DECIDER? Nick Noonan believes top spot will be determined between Queensland and New South Wales.
FRIDAY DECIDER? Nick Noonan believes top spot will be determined between Queensland and New South Wales. Paul Braven GLA050316SOFTBALL

QLD teams pitch in for top spots

SOFTBALL: Three Gladstone players are representing their state in the School Sport Australia Softball Championships.

And their Queensland teams could not have started any better.

Kirsty Lester is in Queensland's 12-years and under team while Nick Noonan and Nick Gehrmann are in the state 10-12 years side which have begun the event in stunning fashion.

Queensland began day one of the competition on Monday with two wins for each team.

The two Nicks were part of a side that thrashed South Australia 16-0 in game one, and they backed up with a 13-1 result against the ACT.

That form continued against the Victorians and despite both boys not being used to the Melbourne cold, the Queenslanders put the heat on the home team, with a 19-0 win.

New South Wales delivered Queensland its first loss with a 10-7 win, but Nick Noonan was bullish about what may happen when these two teams meet again, in what may be a decider for top spot on Friday.

"The New South Wales batting was good and we let ourselves down in the second innings before coming back toward the end,” he said.

"We have been steady and I am proud of the boys and it's us and them as the dominant teams.

"We will definitely be up for the test against New South Wales on Friday.”

Nick Gehrmann pitched admirably in each game, while Nick Noonan played on third base and pitched against New South Wales too.

Kirtsy's team thumped Victoria 19-5, but found South Australia to be tougher, although Queensland won 6-3.

That form continued with a 19-3 win against the ACT yesterday.

Today is a rest day before competition resumes tomorrow with the final day on Friday.



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