Round one has been run and done and NSW are looking good in both the boys and girls under-17s National Championships at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Despite a mid-afternoon storm leading to the postponement of the 8pm session until tomorrow morning, NSW were only able to play one game each. The girls were up first on the main diamond and after going down 2-0 in the first, hit eight runs in the second and ran away with a 13-3 win over Western Australia.
The girls are sitting pretty on top of the ladder in the chase for the Esther Deason Shield, remaining undefeated in the competition and leading by four points. The lead was extended earlier today when the ACT defeated Queensland 7-4 in one of the games of the tournament so far before ACT lost to Western Australia 5-4 in the final game of the night. Queensland sit second and the ACT and Western Australia in equal third. South Australia and Victoria each sit on two points each.
The boys were scheduled to play at 5.30pm but made it on the field at 7.30pm. The delay hadn’t dampened their spirits with the boys running away with a 11-0 win over Victoria. Jeremy Garland was again a standout with three hits, a run and four RBIs. It was an important win to hold onto second as ACT continue to nip at NSWs heels on six points. Both sides are chasing Queensland, who have been dominant in remaining undefeated after five games, while Western Australia sit on one win, while Victoria are still yet to taste victory.
With rain forecast over much of the rest of the week and needing to make up for lost time tomorrow, the draw will be changed depending on the weather.
Results – Day 3
Boys – Western Australia Vs NSW
Girls – South Australia Vs NSW
Boys – Queensland Vs NSW
Boys – Victoria Vs Western Australia
Boys – ACT Vs NSW
Girls – Queensland Vs South Australia
Girls – Queensland Vs NSW
Girls – Western Australia Vs South Australia
Girls – ACT Vs Victoria