Baseball players also good sports off the field
A VISITING baseball team has showed they are as good sports off the field as they on it.
The Newcastle Eagles Senior League Baseball team were in town for the 2018 Australian Senior League Championship and the players visited the Lismore St Vincent de Paul on Friday morning to donate their remaining food items.
The Newcastle Eagles executive officer Daryl Bull said the team have thoroughly enjoyed their time on the Northern Rivers and wanted to do something worthwhile before they left.
Mr Bull said when the team heard St Vincent's were still helping people recovering from being affected by the 2017 flood, they decided to donate their leftover food including cereal, milk, noodles and juice.
"Coach Paul 'Nicko' Nichols arranged this,” he said.
"When they boys learned these supplies would go to help families and the homeless who are still struggling to recover from the devastating floods here just over a year ago, they were happy to help.”
Mr Bull said the 13 players in the U17 team had really shone during the week in Lismore and he and head coach Greg Allan and assistant coach Nichols were super-proud of the squad.
"The boys have carried themselves with distinction through the competition on and off the field,” he said.
"They received compliments from the hotel where they stayed and from the restaurants where they are out, for their good behaviour and we could not be prouder of how they have a carried themselves on and off the field.”
Mr Bull said The Newcastle Eagles SL team are current NSW Country Champions, ranked third in NSW and today play for a spot in the top five of the national rankings.
"The score was two all so we came equal fifth,” he said.
"This is the first Newcastle team to make the nationals and the boys in our team have made themselves proud on and off the field.”