Round 2 saw the Division 3 Cardinals face Coomera at Coomera and Division 1 + 2 Face Mudgeeraba Red Sox at home. Div3 Maroon had a back and fourth affair going down 8-10, Div 3 Gold had a tough test against Coomera Purple going down 2-12. it was our top 2 grades who provided the shot in the arms for the club against Mudgeeraba Div 2 continued their winning start getting up 12- 5. and Div 1 bouncing back from a slow start last week with some big hitting winning 15-3.
Div 3 Maroon 8-10 @ Coomera Green
Cardinals grabbed the lead scoring 3 in the first with runs coming in from Brendan, Joel and AJ. The Cardinals worked hard in the field as Joel and AJ worked in the battery. As everyone in the field worked hard with some great takes by Jay (2), Adam (forcing a double play) Joel D takinga screamer to end the game and Cailen (perhaps on the shakey side but chance grabbed). AJ did the job at the plate with 2 hits and Joel F with a big triple! a togh start to the season but things are starting to take shape as our rookies are picking up the game quickly and everyone is getting on the same page.
Div 3 Gold 2-12 @ Coomera Purple
Cardinals Gold toughed it against a big hitting Coomera side.George and Steve combined to pitch from the lump working with Alex behind the dish. The Cardis combined for 5 hits with Alex, Steve, Greg, Phil and Jay getting in on the action. The game was close through 3 innings as they kept the game tight unfortunately it was the big hitting Cubs who came out to play and blew the game open.
Div 2 12-5 v Mudgeeraba Red Sox
The Cardinals looked to keep the winning streak alive.A high scoring start for both teams, Andy Led the way for Nerang with a 2 hit 3 RBI day and New Japanese Import Ryuji impressed in his debut going 1 from 1 with 2 walks and 2 RBIs. A rough start in the field with several errors the bats put the Cardinals in the lead as they tightened the field up. Nigel got the W on the mound going 4 innings getting 6 strikeouts with solid relief work from Club newcomer Troy closed out the game for the Cardinals as the game ended 12-5 in 5 innings
Div 1 15-3 v Mudgeeraba Red Sox
Cardis got out too a lead against the Red Sox scoring at least 1 run in every inning played. The bats fired early and often for NErang as the team combined for 11 hits and 10 RBIs with Ryuji in his 2nd game of the day going 3 from 3 with 3 RBIs and a big home run (I dont think it has landed yet!), Kenny and Sam collected multiple hits (3+2 respectively). Ryan dominated the game from the mound as in 6 innnings of wok he through 9 strikeouts and gave up no walks, Owen closed the game off with 2 strikeouts of his own.
Div 3 Maroon @ Robina Blue 11am
Div 3 Gold @ Robina Red 1.30pm
Div 2 v Runaway Bay Dolphins
Div 1 v Runaway Bay Dolphins
GCBA Winter Ball season started on Saturday with Nerang taking on Surfers Paradise in all 4 games. was a mixed results for the Cardinals with Div 2 getting the win, Div 3 Maroon having a 7-7 draw. Div 1 and Div 4 were unlucky in their games going down 6-8 and 6-13 respectively.
Div 3 Maroon 7-7 @ Surfers Sharks
Off to a hot start with some big hitting and great base running from the top order. New recruit Joel Ford started on the lump and kept Surfers restricted with the aid of a couple of great catches from CF Troy Damon. Unfortunately Surfers found the gaps with their bats and managed to bring the game back. However some tight defense in the end by the Cardis denied Surfers the winning runs.
Div 3 Gold 6-13 @ Surfers Dodgers
A tough start for the Gold team in a high scoring affair against a strong Surfers Dodgers. George Galbraith started on the lump and gave it a crack however Surfers had the bats going early and didnt look back! The Cardis fought hard with some good base running scoring the runs needed to keep the game alive.
Div 2 17-3 v Surfers Paradise
A big win for the Div 2 Cardinals some tight work in the field and some great pitching kept Surfers restricted early as the Cardis turned up the bats with as the team combined for 16 hits with Ben Morris, Matt, Conan and Adis all led the way with 3 hits each, Ben also contributed to the score with 5 RBIs as everyone contributed to the scoreboard. Nigel did the job on the mound going 4 innnings with 6 strikeouts and limiting Surfers to only 5 hits.
Div 1 6-8 v Surfers Paradise
Div 1 Cardinals got out to an early lead getting 3 runs in the 1st to go up 3-0 as the team combined for 9 hits in the game. Cardis took advantage of times on base with 6 stolen bags in the Game led by James who had 2! Surfers unfortunately went on a tear in the 3rd innning scoring 5 runs then another 3 over the next few innings to go up by 5. Nerang fought back and tried hard to erase the defecit however time was not on their side.
Div 3 Maroon v Coomera Purple
Div 3 Gold v Coomera Green
Div 2 v Mudgeeraba Red Sox
Div 1 v Mudgeeeraba Red Sox
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!
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.
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!
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