It may be a year off, but the Sydney Outfielders have set the 2009 Outgames firmly in their sights, seeing all matches now as the perfect opportunity to get some training in.

The boys and girls from the Outfielders started their official season on Tuesday, and are already playing in fine form after taking a first place position at this month’s Tainn Hunter tournament in the ACT.

After day one, the team had managed to make their way up the ladder to the third spot before wiping out the rest of the competition in day two, taking out the entire tournament in a 15-13 win that came down to a tie break.

The tournament, which runs as a charity event each year to raise money for Ronald McDonald House, offered an added bonus for the Outfielders who are already preparing for next year’s
World Outgames.

The club is currently raising funds to allow two teams -” one male and one female -” to attend the games, at which America will be the ultimate contender.

The group has managed to raise a total of $6974 through various fundraisers so far, including $300 from the sausage sizzle held at the Sports Day Out earlier this month, but still has a way to go to achieve their goal of $27,000 before next August.

In the meantime, the players will continue working on their skills at regular matches held at Moore Park on Tuesday nights, as well as the Melbourne Corporate Games, held November 22-23.

info: For information on upcoming matches or to get in touch with the Outfielders to give some financial assistance head to www.sydneyoutfielders.org.au.

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