MOST are not even 10 years old, but these young Byford Bushrangers already know what it’s like to be crowned champions.
The tee-ball club’s team of U10s joined their U12 counterparts at the TBAWA 2018 State Championships earlier this month, where they competed against the best young tee-ballers from around the state.
While the U12s performed strongly, it was the U10s that blew their opponents out of the water, downing the Belmont Raiders, Kwinana Districts, Batavia Coast, Roleystone and Morley to finish the competition undefeated and earning themselves the U10 Division C Champions title.
But it was almost a win that was never to be, with the club reforming four years ago after being forced to fold.
Byford Bushrangers president Marcus Gianatti said the win was a testament to the hard work put into the club during the rebuild.
“It folded due to other sports in the area and no committee to drive the club,” he said.
“The club was reborn due to a new committed committee wanting to see the club grow and we currently have 190 players at a growth of 23 per cent this year.
“(The win) is special because we achieved it in such a short period of time during the rebuild.
“It is the dedication by our coaches, players, parents and committee providing the reward for their continued efforts.”
He said the players were ecstatic with the result, with their hard work and dedication bettering their 3rd place finish in the 2017 competition and earning the club it’s first title since 2002.
“Both teams trained four hours a week since October with one week off over Christmas,” he said.
“We always go into the carnival believing in ourselves, however you need to perform over the three days consistently and this is what the under 10 squad did.
“As a club we are extremely excited about the result as we are a building club wanting to attract players from our surrounds and this helps demonstrate we are becoming a strong club.
“We want to continue to rebuild with the aim of three state squads in 2019 as well as see junior baseball return next season and winter softball the following year.”
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Sport: Tee ball, baseball, softball
Club: Byford Bushrangers
Location: Briggs Park, Byford
Ages: 2 to 12 (possibly expanding to include up to 18 year olds)