Baseballer's strike-out proves to be a blessing for Tigers
WITH his baseball dreams in tatters, Andrew Campbell has found solace on the wing for the Norths Tigers.
After five-years on the books with the Cleveland Indians, to whom he has returned each Northern Spring in that time, Campbell was recently let go by the Major League club.
The upside is the Brisbane Bandits player in the Australian Baseball League can now resume his other sporting passion, rugby league.
The former West End junior will make his third start in A-grade when Norths welcome Goodna to Keith Sternberg Oval.
"Initially I was pretty upset," the 21-year-old said of his release from the Indians.
"Then I was keen to get home and see out the winter.
"I guess I just got bored not doing anything.
"Then Josh (Norths captain and Campbell's Brisbane and Ipswich baseball teammate Josh Roberts) said 'come and play footy'."
Campbell made his debut for Norths in the Open Division competition, before getting elevated to Reserve grade and now A-grade.
"I was playing centre for the reggies and I scored a try, so they picked me on the wing in A-grade," Campbell said.
The Yamanto product, who considers himself a halfback first and foremost, is likely to face his toughest test yet against Goodna.
The Goodna wingers are invariably big, strong, fast and confrontational.
Not only that, the way Goodna plays means the opposing wingers never know when the attack might head their way, with a cut out pass or grubber kick in behind.
But Campbell goes into the clash with high expectations.
"I've never played against Goodna," he said. "But we had a pretty good practice run against Brothers last week."
Norths went down 30-10 but Campbell believes there were positives they can take with confidence against the Eagles.
"I think we kept up with them for a lot of the game," he said.
"But a few times we dropped the ball, gave them the momentum and they scored tries."
If the Tigers can cut down the errors Campbell sees no reason they can't spring an upset.
"Just holding the ball and running a bit harder," he said of the keys to success.
"We know what we need to fix and should be good this weekend."
In other A grade games on Sunday, Swifts host Fassifern at Llewellyn Motors Field and Brothers welcome West End to Brother Seery Park.
Swifts are looking to arrest a slide of three straight losses and keep Fassifern at bay.
The Bombers sit in fifth spot, three points outside fourth placed Norths.
Should they beat Swifts and Norths go down to Goodna it will ignite the battle for the fourth and final semi-final spot.