Provincial reps looking forward to challenge awaiting at nationals

Kenn Oliver
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Coach Dave Boland and his provincial all-star team have a tall order facing them in Brantford, Ont., where they take to the field for the 2008 Canadian midget boys fastpitch championship, beginning Sunday.

The week-long tournament features four strong Ontario clubs, a dangerous Saskatchewan entry and the defending champs Sooke Smoke out of British Columbia.

Coach Dave Boland and his provincial all-star team have a tall order facing them in Brantford, Ont., where they take to the field for the 2008 Canadian midget boys fastpitch championship, beginning Sunday.

The week-long tournament features four strong Ontario clubs, a dangerous Saskatchewan entry and the defending champs Sooke Smoke out of British Columbia.

"We're looking out for Ontario coming at us, the defending champs and Saskatchewan with five or six kids that just played on the Canadian national team," Boland said.

"We're up against a tough schedule."

As for his own squad, Boland calls them a senior team.

"We've got 12 players, and six of them are last year midgets and the rest of them are pretty good.

"We've got a couple of Canadian players on the team, too," Boland said, referring to his son Shane, along with Mike Noftall, who both competed for Canada's silver medal-winning entry at the world under-17 championship in Whitehorse, Yukon in June.

Rounding out the roster are Derrick Stone, Kyle Ezekiel, Liam Myers, Johnny O'Reilly, Evan Greene, Vince Kerrivan, Scott Myers, Alex Power, Stephen Joy, and Andrew Gale.

"We're good and healthy, we have a good team," Boland insisted. "We're going up there to win."

Sponsor came through

If not for the generosity of Paul Davis Systems, the squad wouldn't even have the chance to get on the plane.

With three weeks to go, Boland learned it was going to cost in excess of $18,000 to get the group to Brantford complete with gear and uniforms. The team was ready to give up hope until Paul Davis heard their story and agreed to sponsor the club.

"Paul Davis bailed us out and without his corporate sponsorship, we wouldn't be going.

"They came through big time."

koliver@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: Brantford, Ontario, Saskatchewan British Columbia Canada Whitehorse Yukon

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