Embattled Rams charge home with silver medal
ST MARYS PUTS UP GOOD FIGHT AT MASTERS
THE baseball players with 524 years of experience between them are back from the Australian Masters Games, bringing with them a coveted silver medal.
The St Marys Rams side battled six other teams from across the country – playing eight games in as many days in Adelaide last week.
The 13-player side started off a bit shaky with a few losses early on, however were able to fight back and battle it out for gold. Heading into the grand final, the players were confident and led for the majority of the game, just losing to the home side the Adelaide Stingers in the last 10 minutes.
Player Matthew Barlow said the team had fought hard and just missed out on the gold medal.
“We had two hands on the gold and ended up losing in the last innings,” he said.
“The boys played out of their skins until injuries started to take hold and the other team began hitting well.”
Teammate Peter Aquilina admitted the entire week was tough.
“The luck of the draw had us playing some of the top teams multiple times – one team even had an ex-Australian Baseball League player,” he said.
The competitive nature of the games saw many of the players suffer injuries.
Barlow suffered the wost with a torn ACL and will require surgery.
Battered and bruised but still optimistic, the team returned to St Marys with their heads held high and hoped to compete in the masters games again. The players’ spirits weren’t too damaged having already played two games since returning to Sydney last week in their regular competition.
Aquilina said the team hoped to compete in the World Masters Games in 2017.
“The worlds are in Auckland, New Zealand in 2017 so we will look to that,” he said.
Barlow said: “There will be teams competing from all over the world in New Zealand from the Japanese to Americans and Canadians – it will be a higher grade of game.”
Some of the St Marys Rams members Matthew Barlow, Peter Aquilina, Mark Sutton and Scott Croucher with their silver medals.