The MSA generally celebrates the life and contribution of Layne Amaru on the last weekend in July, however this year, with so much happening in the park on that day, it was decided to shift our commemoration of Layne to August 2nd.
As always participation awards were in play and the following player was rewarded for her fantastic effort on the pitching plate:
HEATHER GOURISH 5K2s Wingers Blue
LUCY-LAYNE AMARU CELEBRATIONS
11-01-1941 to 11-8-2010
Layne was born in New Zealand and came to Australia in 1972 for six months and never returned to live in the country she was born.
Layne played softball for the Saints Club in New Zealand and her love of the sport soon became evident as she joined the Bears Softball Club as a player and then administrator after the retirement and passing of the Foundation President Esther Deason, M.B.E.
Layne played representative softball for Melbourne a number of times, playing mainly third base. She also held the position of Coach of the Open Representative Team.
Layne became Treasurer of the Association a position she held for a number of years.
In 1997 Layne was the first recipient of Melbourne’s Service Award for services to softball at Fawkner Park, and unfortunately due to ill health 1998 was the last season Layne was able to participate at Fawkner Park
Before she passed away, Layne ensured that Softball would be rewarded for the enjoyment and friendship she had experienced for many years.