April saw the QLD Junior State Titles were held in Redcliffe for Little League, Junior League and Senior Leagues age groups.
Nerang was well represented with 4 players and 2 coaches involved with Gold Coast teams over the 5 days .
Little League Mariners featured the highest Nerang representation with players Will, Lachy and Rico and Assistant Coach Adis.
The team did great in what was the majority of players first state titles and finished 5th place fighting all the way to the end of the tournament. With some big wins for the team our Nerang boys played extremely well and represented us with pride. Rico Morris got the job done with the bat averaging .444 leading the team with 4 RBIs to boot. Will was the star on the mound with 9 strikeouts over the tournament with an ERA of 1.5 (both team highs) and also had the bats going with an average of .333. Last but not least Lachy who worked hard behind the plate catching and aimed to keeping a tidy game back behind the plate.
Congratulations Boys on a hard fought titles
Junior League Mariners booked their spot to Nationals with a Silver Medal performance at the Junior League State Titles. after a tough start to pool play losing 3 of 4 but two big wins on day 4 cemented a top 3 finish and a crack at the Gold Medal game and an automatic spot to Nationals by beating Brisbane North. Cardinals didn't have any players in this team but was represented well with Assistant Coach Cailen. Cailen and the squad are now off to Adelaide at the end of May.
Congratulations and Best of Luck in Adelaide Cailen!
Senior League Cougars with only two teams who nominated for State Titles, The Cougars played a best of three series against Brisbane Metro. Cougars ended up witha big win in game 1 but went down in hard fought matches in the last two games. Our Cardinals player Mason Robson was part of the Cougars Squad and held his own in limited action taking most of chances on base. and also coming on to pitch late in game 3 and worked hard to try and get the Cougars back in the game. Mason and his team are off to Lismore for Nationals in May.
Congratulations Mason and Best of luck in Lismore!
Last week the Cardinals had a visit from Urawa Gakuin High School as they used the field for a special training camp as they prepare for the upcoming season.
With a squad of 24 players in Australia they trained for three days withsome special guests including the Cardinals own Yoshi san.
Starting at 8.30 every morning the club was well disclipined in their training warming up, stretching, throwing programs and hitting drills the squad then would partake in inter squad games in what was some really good baseball!
It was an eye-opening experience watching the disclipine and efficency that this squad trained at was incredible. There was no complaints no arguments about any of the training. The players showed upmost respect to everyone and everything. Cleaning the field affter the end of each session, thanking the field and rushing off to welcome their coaches and other support staff that arrive later.
Urawa Gakuin High School were extremely grateful of the facilities and the time at the field. Saying that will be back! As a club I would just like to say thanks to Urawa Gakuin HIgh School Baseball club for being amazing guests and you are welcome back anytime!
A huge thanks to Mel, James, Yoshi, Cailen and Trevor for donating their time at different periods through the week it was greatly appreciated and was a big reason why our visitors enjoyed their stay!
Teams have been selected for the the 2017 State Title Mariners (Little and Junior Leagues) and Cougars (combined Mariners and Pirates Team for Senior League. Cardinals had a number of players selected in the training squads and have all played hard and we ended up with a strong Cardinals representation in GC teams heading to Redcliffe (LL+JL) and Redlands (SL) in early April for the QLD state titles. So join us in congratulating the players + coaches selected and wish them all the best as they vie for a Nationals berth.
Ryan Gaffney was selected as a shadow player for the team.
Adis Ibrahimovic - Coach
James Mullett was selected as a shadow player for this team
Cailen Woods - Coach
We also had another Cardinal Ryan Phillips in the original squad but due to an injury that has put him out of action since after christmas he was unavailable. Good news is that he is on the mend and looking towards making a splash at U14 South Coast School boy trials in late April. Go and kick some but Ryno!!!
All the best guys as you work hard towards state titles and onto nationals! Those who have been named as shadows - Keep working hard you never know if your going to receive a call up so make sure you stay ready to go.
As you may have noticed we are making significant changes to the clubs pesence online!
1. Stream Lining the Website rather than having everything all over the website it is all grouped together. All regsitration information is in the same menu as our registration portal.
2. Creating shareable content for our facebook pages make sure you like our page https://www.facebook.com/NerangCardinalsBaseballClub/
3. A new Instagram Profile - so if you are out at a game or training and snap a pic to instagram tag us in it we would love to share! @nerangcardinalsbaseball