GC Pirates Junior League Team
Congratulations to our Junior League Pirates Team who were able to qualify for the National Titles after finishing runner up in the State Titles this past weekend.
With a very strong and deep squad, our Pirates went into the Titles with a view of building our momentum through the tournament. Our main aim was to finish in the top 2 of our pool and be playing our best for the semi-final. With 2 wins against FNC and Brisbane West on the first day we were in a great position. Unfortunately we had a loss to Brisbane South in the first game on Day 2 but we were able to bounce back and beat FNC in the afternoon. Day 3 saw us play a return matchup with Brisbane South and with our improving baseball we were able to beat them in a very impressive performance. The afternoon game that day saw us beat the very enthusiastic Brisbane West to secure top spot in our pool and a place in the semi-final.
The Semi-final saw us play our best baseball for the tournament led by the best pitcher in the tournament: Zac Mansfield. Zac totally dominated a very strong Brisbane Metro line up to pitch us into the final where we secured our spot in the national Championship. Special mention about this game...it was played at such an intense level. To think that both teams were still able to play to such a high standard was amazing to watch and the best that I have seen at this age group. Most of all, the game was played in outstanding spirit which made both team coaches extremely proud.
With our goal of getting to the National Championships already secured we went into the final against our long-time rival, Brisbane North, with some confidence. It was a close and tense game through the first few innings and we were able to grab a 2 – 1 advantage. The boys and 1 girl had a large lapse of concentration and made a number of errors to give away our small lead and give them a very large lead. Even from that innings the kids battled hard and were able to claw their way back to get within 2 runs in the last inning. With a couple of runners on base, our hitter was able to drill a ball over left fields head only for that fielder to track back and make a spectacular catch to end the game. If the ball was another inch further the game would have been tied. Unfortunately that is the way baseball goes and it was not that play that cost us the game but the poor innings earlier. I am very proud of how the kids were able to fight back in the final and nearly pull off a very unlikely win from where we were.
Congratulations to our good friends Brisbane North who are not only State Champions but played the final game in great spirit and at a very high standard.
All Kids played extremely well this tournament and it was a true team effort in which got us through.
A big thank you to our Coaching Staff Rodney Jackson, Cory Jackson and Larry Moes for their outstanding efforts. Anna Day and Karen Jackson for scoring the tournament and Anna again for the tireless efforts leading up to the tournament doing a lot of the administration duties for the tournament. Also thanks to Nick Day who was our umpire representative for the tournament and did a great job.
Thank you to Mudgeeraba, Coomera and Tallebudgera baseball clubs for their support.
Lastly but most importantly a massive thanks goes out to the parents of all involved for their time and support of the kids and I am sure they are very proud.
On to Nationals.
~~ Scott Nieass