Youth to clash with experience in Brothers, Workers match
THE experienced Workers and the youthful Brothers will square off in the best-of-three preliminary final series in Far North Coast Major League baseball starting tonight.
The series winner will progress to play minor premiers Easts in the grand final series next week.
Nothing has separated Workers and Brothers this season and it should be the case again this weekend.
Wayne Devlin, Mick McClelland, Dallas Knapp, Troy Pruess, Aaron Olley and Trent and Dan Clark have all appeared in finals many times.
They help make it a formidable team all capable of hitting the long ball that can open up a game.
Rookies such as Oakley McMahon, Jordan Williams and Aiden Cotterill complete the line-up.
The in-form Pruess will lead the pitching.
Workers will be without Scott McClelland for this series, leaving a big hole with the bat and in the field.
Brothers are a relatively young side, with most having little experience in Major League finals. But they have come together well in the second half of the season.
Andrew Muscat, Corey and Kodey Wilford, Taliesin O'Meara, Matt Wyatt and Jeremy Sexton all represented Queensland as juniors.
Brothers also will be missing a key player in Jake Muscat, who will be representing Queensland in the National Under-25 tournament. His pitching, in particular, will be sorely missed.
The Brothers team is balanced by senior players Andrew Carroll, Tony Egan and Pat Doyle.
The game on Baxter Field at Albert Park, Lismore, tonight will start at 6.30pm.
The second game will be played from 2pm tomorrow and the third, if required, will follow immediately.
Finals will also be played in other senior grades with Workers in all of them. They will take on Easts in Division 1, Norths in Division 2, Easts in Division 3 and Norths in the Under-20s.