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The St Marys Rams Base­ball team - whose play­ers have a com­bined age of 524 years - is at­tempt­ing to be crowned the Aus­tralian Mas­ters Games cham­pi­ons.

THE St Marys Rams base­ball team is set to take the Aus­tralian Mas­ters Games by storm next week. The team’s thir­teen play­ers will hit Ade­laide, bat­tling against teams from across the coun­try in the hopes of be­ing crowned the Aus­tralian Base­ball Mas­ters cham­pi­ons.

More than 10,000 peo­ple from Aus­tralia and over­seas will com­pete in the event, which runs from Oc­to­ber 3-10.

It is the team’s first time play­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion, how­ever, it re­mained qui­etly con­fi­dent hav­ing won its club’s grand fi­nal last year.

St Marys Base­ball pres­i­dent Richard Price told The Stan­dard they were pre­pared.

“We have been putting a lot of ef­fort in and train­ing lead­ing up to the games. We hope to make it into the grand fi­nal,” Mr Price said.

Player Peter Aquilina said the team wouldn’t stop at the Aus­tra- lian ti­tle. “Once we take Ade­laide, we are hop­ing to make it into the World Mas­ters Games in Auck­land in 2017,” Aquilina said.

With the team set to play nine games in eight days, Aquilina ad­mit­ted it would be hard work.

“We will be bug­gered – that’s why we had to en­list some young ones into the team,” he said.

The Mas­ters Games are held once a year around the coun­try.

– Jil­lian McKee


Team mem­bers Peter Aquilina, Croucher, Shane Grundy gear up for the Mas­ters. Pic­ture: PHILLIP ROGERS



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