Bur­nett champs take on sport’s best

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT -

TWO North Bur­nett sports stars are pre­par­ing for Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships later this month.

Fif­teen-year-old Siena John­son of Biggen­den will fly out from Bris­bane next Tues­day, af­ter be­ing se­lected in the Queens­land un­der-18 women’s cricket team.

John­son will be headed for the Aus­tralian cricket cham­pi­onships in Bal­larat.

And Mun­dub­bera’s Adrian Tay­lor is on his way to West­ern Aus­tralia.

There Tay­lor will take his place in the Queens­land U19 men’s soft­ball team.

The Nox Bai­ley Shield U19 Men’s Cham­pi­onship, in which Tay­lor will com­pete as pitcher, has been an an­nual event since 1989.

It is held in a dif­fer­ent state each year.

The 2013 cham­pi­onship will be held at the Mirra­booka In­ter­na­tional Soft­ball Cen­tre in Perth from Jan­uary 13–19.

The tour­na­ment was named af­ter Nox Bai­ley, for his com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing men’s soft­ball.

Nox Bai­ley was a pow­er­ful force be­hind men’s soft­ball in West­ern Aus­tralia and, ul­ti­mately, Aus­tralia.

To­day Aus­tralia dom­i­nates on a world stage in this par­tic­u­lar age group.

The U19s have won the past four world cham­pi­onships. Tay­lor was a mem­ber of the win­ning U19 team last year and Queens­land is de­fend­ing cham­pion.

Keep up to date on fix­tures and re­sults at the web­site: soft­ball.org.au.

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