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Eight locals for world titles

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Softball

ACT batter Nick Norton was one of eight local players named in the Australian squad.

ACT batter Nick Norton was one of eight local players named in the Australian squad. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

The ACT men's team's historic clean sweep of the national championships has been rewarded with eight players named in the Australian squad for next year's world championships in New Zealand.

The ACT dominated the 17-man squad after winning its 12th John Reid Shield undefeated, giving it more national championships than any other state.

Star pitchers Adam Folkard and Andrew Fitzpatrick, along with third base Jeff Goolagong, Michael Tanner and Zenon Winters, were always expected to be picked, while Tim Crome, Michael Gibson and Nick Norton were also named. Thirty-one-year-old Goolagong said he will retire after the championships.

The Aussie Steelers will defend their 2009 crown in Auckland in March. They will hold a camp in Canberra in February and will have warm-up games against Japan and Argentina.

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