REGIONAL TEAM: Will Ready and Will Gross will play for the Darling Downs 10-12 years softball team in state championships this week.
REGIONAL TEAM: Will Ready and Will Gross will play for the Darling Downs 10-12 years softball team in state championships this week. Gerard Walsh

Warwick pair in Downs team for state championships

SOFTBALL: Two Warwick students will play for Darling Downs in the 10-12 years state softball championships starting Friday at the Toowoomba Softball Grounds.

Will Ready (Warwick High) and Will Gross (Warwick West) were selected in the regional team after trials in Toowoomba and have been training under coach Jude Nestor each Friday and Sunday for the past six weeks.

Gross will be making his debut in regional sport on Friday.

"It is pretty exciting to be playing for Darling Downs,” he said.

He plays junior cricket in Warwick and believes the hand and eye co-ordination learned at cricket also helps his softball.

For Ready, the excitement of playing for the region doesn't wear off.

He has twice represented Darling Downs in hockey and twice in softball.

"We came fifth last year, in softball,” Ready said.

Gross has been training at short stop and second base and generally bats at No.2.

Ready is a short stop and turns his hand to catching and pitching as well as batting at No4 or No5.

Ready and Gross are the only two from Warwick in the Darling Downs boys' team.

The boys' carnival starts Friday with Darling Downs playing the President's team at 9am, Wide Bay at midday and Sunshine Coast at 1.30pm.

The carnival goes until Sunday with the grand final at midday.

Five girls from the Southern Downs are in the regional team for 10-12 years championships at Redlands on September 7-10.

They are Denika Murray (Glennie Heights), Kiah Murray, Isabel Natividad (Assumption), Jessica Carrell (Glen Aplin) and Aliesha Rogers (Stanthorpe State).

Athletics on

DARLING Downs school athletics carnivals are on next week with the 10-12 years carnival at Harristown High School on Tuesday.

Warwick State High School will then host the 13-19 years carnival at Hamilton Oval on Thursday and Friday.

Spectators are welcome to watch all carnivals next week.

At the end of the carnivals, the Darling Downs teams will be selected for the state championships in Brisbane in October.



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