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WA teams dare to dream at LLNC
The 2018 Little League National Championship is underway in Lismore!
06/06/2018 12:18 AM ET
 (Michael Evensen)

It's time for the 2018 Australian Little League National Championships. At the end of this six-day tournament, one lucky team will have booked their tickets to the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The top 20 teams from around the country will be competing for this honour, but unfortunately, only one can be victorious and appear on ESPN in front of 25 million viewers.

From a biased WA approach, we'd love to see either the Northern Metros, Central Firebirds, Southern Hills, Coastal Bay Sharks or the Swan Hill Aces be that team, and Little League WA District Administrator David Hayes believes we have what it takes.

"I think our teams will always be competitive. It's always hard to know how your level stacks up with the rest of the teams until you get to the tournament, but I'd expect all five of our teams to be competitive," he said.

Having come within a win of reaching the World Series last year, Hayes expects the Swan Hill Aces to be desperate to go one step further.

"There's always a feeling of a job only half done in that situation," he said.

"When you come so close you think of what if, and you sit back on TV watching the team that beat you on ESPN."

With teams playing up to seven games over the six-day tournament, Hayes says the structure of the competition is unlike any other sport. 

"There is no other sport that offers this tournament pathway. We are extremely fortunate we play a sport you can play every day - we're fortunate our sport lends itself to tournament play," he said.

"Little League offers participation and people often forget that. It's about providing the players with an opportunity to play tournament-play against players from all over Australia and that's the benefit to the sport.

"It's about allowing our kids the opportunities other sports don't provide and that's a tournament pathway. If they do happen to have success then that's a bonus."

Fixtures

Wednesday 6 June:

  • Central Firebirds 2-5 Cold Coast Cougars
  • Swan Hill Aces 2-12 Ryde North
  • Coast Bay Sharks v Southern Mariners
  • Southern Hills Warriors v Illawarra
  • Northern Metros v Brisbane North Raiders
  • Coastal Bay Sharks v Hills
  • Swan Hill Aces v Canberra

Thursday 7 June:

  • Southern Hills Warriors v Cronulla 
  • Southern Hills Warriors v Twins
  • Coastal Bay Sharks v Brisbane North Raiders
  • Central Firebirds v Manly
  • Northern Metros v Hills
  • Swan Hill Aces v Far North Coast
  • Central Firebirds v Eastern Athletics

Friday 8 June:

  • Central Firebirds v Adelaide Rays
  • Swan Hills Aces v Adelaide Seahawks 
  • Southern Hills Warriors v Brisbane Metro
  • Northern Metros v Coastal Bay Sharks

All Saturday, Sunday & Monday games TBC

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.