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The Hills North team thanks our sponsors for their help in getting us to the National tournament


 
 
 
 

Our team in Queensland ...

Click here for the Tournament Site.
Results, standings & the progressive draw.
Updated daily.

After a marathon 2 hour, eight-innings duel between Hills North and Cronulla South, the Hills team prevailed in a magnificent one-run game. They now progress, as the NSW Summer representative team, to the National Titles in Queensland, on now.

This event is taking place at the Redlands Baseball Club, roughly halfway between Surfers Paradise and Brisbane, on the Gold Coast. You can read more about the tournament and download material at the ABF's Little League page.

You can learn more about Redlands Baseball at their website.


Day by day...

Sunday
June 8th
Hills are Australian Champions!

Our team won 3-2 against Adelaide in six innings. No further details yet.

Click here for the ladder.

 
Saturday
June 7th
Hills defeats Perth 3-1

Plan the play, and then play the plan. Today's win over Perth puts us into the Championship game tomorrow, and it was an exhibition in tournament strategy.

The execution wasn't too shabby either, with Morgan, Hayden and Scott combining to hold Perth to just one run. Just like on Thursday against Brisbane, this game also went down to the wire. With a runner on and two dead, Hayden reached over the centrefield fence to haul in the third out and rob Perth of a game-tying homer.

Congratulations to the kids and the staff. Win, lose or draw tomorrow, you've been terrific ambassadors for Hills, for NSW and for the sport.

Update: And in what has to be the upset of the tournament, Adelaide defeated Waverley today, so we face them tomorrow in the money game.

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A special mention for Newcastle, our cousins from Country, and the other NSW team in this tournament. They played an incredible game this afternoon, going down 9-7 to Mt Gambier in eleven innings! Despite the loss, the kids and coaches are over the moon:- they put on a real show for everyone and they knew it. Well done.

 
Friday
June 6th
Two losses but still no damage!

Yes, that's true, unlikely as it sounds. We went down 13:6 to Perth in a tight game that turned on only one run until the last dig. The second game of the day went to Waverley in a 13:2 blowout.

However, under this tournament format, all we had to do was finish in the top four at the end of today, which we did (3rd).

Tomorrow we get to go against Perth again, in what is setting up to be one of the games of the tournament. Click here for the ladder.

 
Thursday
June 5th
Game #1 v Brisbane Metro was a nail-biter, with Hills behind until the bottom of the last dig, when we drove in two runs to win 3:2.

Game #2 v Mt Gambier was also tough, but Hills prevailed 9:5.

That leaves us in Pool A (undefeated) together with Waverley and Perth, who launched their campaigns with impressive wins of 29-0 & 14-0, and 10-0 & 34-0 respectively.

Tomorrow we'll play Perth at 8:30am, and then Waverley at 2:30pm. Both look to be solid opponents. Click here for the ladder.

 
Wednesday
June 4th
After a delayed flight, the team arrived safe and sound. The afternoon saw an excited but focused team work through their final pre-tournament practice session. In the evening, a Managers' Meeting was hosted by the ABF - all went well apparently. Everyone's now looking forward (?) to a 5:30am start tomorrow morning for Game #1.

  Coverage of all State tournaments as well as the National title is available from the Unpage website.

Here's how you get to Redlands...

Redlands Baseball Club,
Duncan Rd, Sheldon, QLD

Brisway
564:N17

And here's a picture ...

 
 
 

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