Softball players strike silver at national championships

SOFTBALLING siblings Tia and Jeremy Waters and fellow Rocky rep Tom Rutherford have returned home sporting silver medals from recent nationals championships.

Tia was a member of the Queensland under-19 women's team, and Jeremy and Tom were in the Queensland under-17 boys team.

Tia said she was pleased with her performance and had high hopes of making the Australian team, which is yet to be named.

The Queensland team were dominant at the championships in Ormiston. Leading into the final, they had won 11 out of 14 games, and in several of them held their opponents scoreless.

In the final, they came up against a strong New South Wales side, going down 8-nil.

Jeremy capped off an impressive tournament in Western Australia by being named in the All Tournament Team.

He said the Queenslanders went down 5-4 to New South Wales in a close final.

"It went from them leading the first three innings to us then leading 4-3. They then came back and beat us," Jeremy said.

"But we went one better than last year, when we finished third."

He said he was "extremely happy" about his selection in the All Tournament Team, one of only two Queenslanders afforded the honour.

Jeremy and Tom are both members of the Bluebirds A grade team and are now preparing for the start of the local season in March.

Jeremy loves the position of short stop, which he says requires quick hands, co-ordination, agility and accuracy.

"My long-term goal is to make the open men's Australian team," he said.

"But for now, I am aiming to make the under-19 Worlds team."

Tom, who is only 15, said playing at the nationals was a great experience and one he wants to enjoy again.

"I hope to keep making representative teams and one day play for my country," he said.

"You have to be really determined and you've got to always strive to be better."

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