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30 SPORT MONDAY FEBRUARY 4 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 BRISBANE Bandits head coach David Nilsson guided the club to Claxton Shield history while dealing with the pain surrounding his son Jacobs treatment for melanoma cancer. Jacob, 20, is in Mexico for ongoing alternative therapy and was told by doctors in late November that his stage 4 melanoma cancer had a minimal survival rate. Nilsson told his team a few days later that the melanoma in his eldest sons chest had spread. That was two weeks into their ABL season, which on Saturday night culminated in a fourth-straight Australian Baseball League championship. Jacob Nilsson was listed a Bandits development player as recently as mid-November and is recorded as having played four ABL career games for the Bandits in 2016-17. David Nilsson, who accepted a job as Australias national head coach in June, said his baseball work helped him and while he has had no dark moments the campaign had been mentally exhausting. It might have been until the fifth or sixth round before I had my head sort of on my shoulders, Nilsson said. Brisbanes unprecedented fourth consecutive ABL title season is a stirring tale of resilience, but also one of a familys intent to do whatever was needed for a son. Jacob went to Mexico for 10-plus treatments ranging from low-dose chemotherapy to juicing therapy to the Coley vaccine, David Nilsson said yesterday. He had three weeks there before Christmas my wife Amanda went with him for a short period and he came home for six days. He left on January 1 and wanted to do the second one by himself, with the people he knows there. He gets back next week. Jacobs melanoma was first diagnosed in May and it didnt stop him from attacking a baseball pre-season for Pine Hills. Campbell passed Britains Dennis with just nine minutes to go and triumphed after 312 laps the most completed in the 17 years of the race. Campbell, 23, took the victory with teammate Dirk Werner and Dennis Olsen for the EBM team managed by Kiwi driver Earl Bamber. It gave Porsche their first win in 17 years of the GT International Endurance Race. Reigning Blancpain GT Champion Raffaele Marciello of Italy was third in the Mercedes AMG GT GT3 following a tight three-way fight for the final place on the podium on the last lap. PAUL MALONE Bandits coach in fighting triumph Jacob, to his credit, was going to the hospital for radiation treatment and then straight to practice or a practice game, his father said. He played in a pre-season game (for the Bandits) against Auckland and one against a Japanese team. He was trying to have normality about everything. November 28 was when he spoke again with his doctors. They (Bandits players) knew Jake had been going through some stuff and there was a level of understanding what we were dealing with. The injury-hit Bandits were at one stage in a dogfight to make the five-team playoffs, but won 10 of their last 13 regular season games and four of their five post-season matches. Going to the field with the team helped me, David Nilsson said. My faith as a Christian is where I draw my strength and peace from to continue through the ups and downs. In May through December, I did drop the ball a little bit in my role as high-performance manager for Baseball Queensland it was the hardest for me. I was leading the ship at the Bandits but my coaches and (CEO) Mark Ready really stepped up for me. At the presentation on Saturday night following the ABL series win over Perth, Nilsson thanked the Bandits players for bringing a lot of enjoyment to my family. Nilsson will attend a camp for Australian players in Canberra next week as preparation for an international series in Taiwan in November which qualifies nations for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Going to the field with the team helped me D A V I D N I L S S O N Pitcher Tim Atherton of the Brisbane Bandits in action against the Perth Heat in Brisbane. Atherton worked eight innings, allowing just four runs on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts Picture: SMPIMAGES.COM/ABL MEDIA Pitching in to spark big victory AUSTRALIAN great David Nilsson is a proud man after the Brisbane Bandits became the first team to win a fourth- straight Claxton Shield. The Bandits clinched the Australian Baseball League championship series 2-0 over the Perth Heat with an emphatic 9-4 win before home fans in Brisbane on Saturday night. My emotions are on the edge, said Nilsson, who has coached the Bandits since 2014. There are a lot of things going through my head. I am really proud of the team and the organisation who has been on the journey with us. Andrew Campbell, Wade Dutton and TJ Bennett hit home runs for the Bandits, who blew Perth away with a six-run third inning to take an unassailable 8-0 lead. Starter Tim Atherton worked eight innings in another impressive outing, allowing just four runs on seven hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts. The Heat hit four solo home runs to cut into the lead, with Robbie Glendinning going deep twice while Pete Kozma and Chris Clare also homered, but they never really threatened. Atherton was named the 2019 series MVP after allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts. Glendinning finished with a game-high three hits for the Heat. The triumph in Brisbane followed a 3-2 win in Perth on Thursday night and meant Brisbane have matched Perths tally of four titles in the nine-year history of the modern-day ABL. Campbell steers Porsche to first Bathurst win YOUNG Australian driver Matt Campbell has given Porsche its maiden Bathurst 12 Hour race title with a nailbiting victory from Aston Martin gun Jake Dennis at Mount Panorama. Fourth-straight shield as son battles cancer
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