BELMONT Softball Club is celebrating one of its most successful years with players selected for higher honours, highlighted by three Australian representatives.
Leading the trio is 16-year-old Josh Banks, who is on the cusp of selection in the Australian Junior Steelers side for the 2020 Junior Men's World Championships in New Zealand in February.
The side will be finalised after the Under 18 Men's National Championships at Blacktown in December.
Banks was also part of the NSW U/17 side this year and was picked for the Australian U/17 side that competed in the U/23 National Championships at Brisbane in July.
He was also in the NSW All Schools side and in May was named in the All Australian Open School Boys Team after competing in Canberra.
Earlier this year, Grace Wrixon, 17, competed in the U/17 Girls National Championships, where she won the pitching award. After the tournament, she was named in an U/18 Australian development side to tour the USA.
Carly Jones, 13, has only been playing for two years but has represented the Hunter at both primary and high-school level. She was picked in the U/14 Aussie Diamonds squad and toured New Zealand in April.
The trio are eager to share their knowledge with new members of Belmont Softball Club, which has opened registration for the upcoming season. The club competes in Newcastle & District Softball Association competitions each Saturday over summer at Stevenson Park in Mayfield West.
AFL grand finals
WARNERS Bay dominated the AFL Hunter junior grand finals on Sunday, taking home four flags.
With games transferred from Teralba to Warners Bay because of the wet weather, the Bulldogs won the U/15 boys, U/13 boys, U/12 girls and U/11 boys deciders.
The U/15 boys defeated Maitland by 36 points, the U/13 boys downed Cardiff by 48 points, the U/12 girls beat Cardiff by a goal, while the U/11 boys defeated Maitland by 22 points.
Newcastle City won the U/17 boys grand final, beating Terrigal-Avoca by 39 points. In the U/17 girls, Cardiff downed Newcastle City by two goals.
Nelson Bay claimed the U/14 girls crown with a 13-point win over Wallsend, while Singleton won the U/13 Giants division decider by nine points against Warners Bay. Cardiff took the honours in the U/11 Giants division final with a 55-point win over Newcastle City.
SURF TEAM AWARD
A BOYS surf team from Belmont-Swansea Surf Life Saving Club has been named Surf Life Saving NSW's Sports Team of the Year.
The under-17 board relay team of Nick Stoddart, Kye Taylor and Josh Murphy were awarded with the honour at a presentation on Saturday.
The trio won both the NSW and Australian Title state title as well as a host of lead up carnivals in that event during the surf season last year.
The boys are now nominated for the National Sports Team of the Year award which will be awarded on the Gold Coast in November.