Father and Son - 8,500 Miles Apart
By Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 04/04/08
Goodwell, Okla. -- A 17,000 mile round trip by plane is something that Paul O’Neill is glad to take. O’Neill (of Sydney, Australia) recently visited Oklahoma Panhandle State University, took in the area sights, and watched his son Matt play for the Aggie baseball team.
On Friday, March 14 the biggest smile on the OPSU campus belonged to Paul as he proudly watched Matt round the bases after the younger O’Neill smashed a towering home run to break open the game between the Aggies and Newman University. The next day brought more of the same as Matt smacked another long homer.
Paul is an electrician in Sydney and a very interesting man to speak with. Matt is a senior at OPSU, majoring in Biology and a good kid as well as a good student. Matt is also one of the many international students at OPSU that represent sixteen different countries.
Matt, a first baseman with a strong arm, a good glove, and an excellent bat, is one of three Student Athletes from Australia competing for OPSU. The others are Fabian Oechsle (also of the Aggie baseball team) and golfer Rob Hamilton. Oechsle is also from Sydney and Hamilton hails from Canberra. All three are very well respected young men on the campus.
Paul also developed friendships with the parents of several Aggie players during his stay and spent two weeks here.