Sharks aim for US trip

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

THE Coastal Bay Sharks are dar­ing to dream of play­ing in the Lit­tle League World Se­ries in Amer­ica.

The Sharks are one of seven WA teams aim­ing to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the in­ter­na­tional ju­nior base­ball com­pe­ti­tion tele­vised on ESPN.

But first they need to ne­go­ti­ate the State Cham­pi­onships at Easter to earn the right to par­tic­i­pate at the un­der-12s na­tional level in Lis­more, NSW.

Join­ing them in the com­pe­ti­tion will be the Fire­birds, East­ern Phan­toms, North­ern Met­ros, South­ern Ti­tans, South­ern Hills and Swan Aces.

The top five WA teams will com­pete in Lis­more in June.

Fire­birds team man­ager Michael Muller is con­fi­dent his lit­tle league team can go far in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We have a very strong team and we have been train­ing hard,” he said.

“Our head coach Glen Tovey be­lieves this one of the best lit­tle league teams he’s coached.”

The Fire­birds, for­merly the Slug­gers, are a char­ter team com­pris­ing top play­ers from the Wil­let­ton and South Perth base­ball clubs and are a de­vel­op­ment team for younger play­ers in state tour­na­ments.

They have com­peted as part of the met­ro­pol­i­tan char­ter for nine years.

The WAn State Cham­pi­onships will be held at Matel­jan Park in Made­ley over five days. start­ing yes­ter­day.

Should the Fire­birds progress to Lis­more and win the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, they will qual­ify for the World Se­ries and com­pete in South Wil­liamsport, Penn­syl­va­nia, in Au­gust.

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