Sport

Rangers aiming for win number 12 going into Christmas break

Toowoomba Rangers take on Pine Hills Black at Commonwealth Oval on Sunday.
Toowoomba Rangers take on Pine Hills Black at Commonwealth Oval on Sunday. Nev Madsen

TOOWOOMBA Rangers intend to sweeten their Christmas drinks with a crucial win over Pine Hills Black in their GBL A1 League clash at Commonwealth Oval on Sunday.

This week's round-13 encounter is the final match of the pre-Christmas season with the League breaking for two weekends after Sunday's games.

Rangers are looking at a near perfect season start with 11 wins from the opening 12 rounds.

But while Sunday's game marks the end of Rangers 2012 campaign it's also the first in a three-match plan coach Darryl Luchterhand thinks can seal Toowoomba the League minor premiership.

"I think our next three games will definitely shape our season finish," Luchterhand said.

"We have fourth-placed Pine Hills Black this week and then when we return on January 6 we have All Stars and Padres.

"They are the three teams closest to us on the ladder and I'm pretty confident if we can come away 3-0 from those games we'll finish number one in the League.

"We've had a great start to the season but Padres are right on our heels and we just can't afford to drop a match or they could snatch top spot off us."

Luchterhand expects Pine Hills to be as equally hungry for success on Sunday.

"They are sitting fourth and a loss could see them drop out of the top four," he said.

"We beat them 6-2 in the first round and that win was helped by us scoring four runs in the fourth innings.

"They probably have a bit more to play for than us on Sunday, and it will be a tough one to finish on before Christmas."

Shaun Clarke returns from a week's break on Sunday to share Rangers' pitching duties with Phil Vanderneut.

"Sean Linley has a bit of shoulder soreness and he won' throw this week.," Luchterhand said.

"I'm carrying shoulder and knee niggles as well and if he's needed we can call on Sean Rogers to help with the throwing."
 

Topics:  baseball, rangers




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Stellar streak comes to an end

Jets BRL utility Ben Sullivan showed his versatility with a conversion against Valleys Diehards.

Reserves to rally after first loss of season

Record try haul keeps Goodna in safe hands

ON TOP: Goodna coach Lawrie Campbell is determined to see the Eagles keep their lead on the IRL competition.

Eagles coach has eye on a top two finish

Springfield soar to 10th straight victory at home

FLYING HIGH: Springfield Hawks lock Nevin Fatu plucks the ball from the air during the Hawks round 10 clash with Wynnum in the Barber Cup.

Hawks maintain unbeaten record with win over Wynnum

Latest deals and offers

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Perisher has 50cm of snow

Resort to open after 50cm of snow.

Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow to open after 50cm of snaow falls in Perisher valley.

Hey Mumma Exercise

Do you think kids these days need more exercise?

Do you think kids these days need more exercise?

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"