15/16 Corporate Slowpitch Finals Wrap Up

Games at Fawkner Park have seen semi-finals for each of the leagues played, won and lost. Tuesday League leaders DROP BEARS, in their first season, defeated league stalwarts OILERS 16-9. Minor semi was a well fought game with RED DEVILS winning over another league stalwart in HALF NELSONS 16-12.

Wednesday League had top two teams, newcomers MOOSE KNUCKLERS and THE FLAMING BEACONS meet with THE FLAMING BEACONS winning convincingly 14-4 to go straight thru to the grand final. MOOSE KNUCKLERS took the second chance to play FOUL BALLS who put HARDBALLS out of the finals with a score line of 23-2.

Thursday League saw ladder leaders THE BATTLERS defeat RED DEVILS 6-1 and minor finalists SMACK MY PITCH UP accept a win from PITCH PLEASE 7-0.
League preliminary finals were played on Tuesday 15 March

Tuesday League saw RED DEVILS battle to defeat OILERS 17-12. In the Wednesday League preliminary final FOUL BALLS took the game from league leaders MOOSE KNUCKLERS 20-14. Whilst SMACK MY PITCH UP put RED DEVILS 15-4, out of the chase for the position of Thursday League premiers.

Grand finals for each league were played this evening, with all teams going straight thru to the grand final achieving winner of their respective Night League.

DROP BEARS defeated RED DEVILS 22-9

FOUL BALLS defeated THE FLAMING BEACONS 9-7

BATTLERS defeated SMACK MY PITCH UP 9-6

 

 

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U17 Championships and Masters tournaments this weekend.

Softball ranges from one end of the age spectrum to the other this weekend.

We have the U17 Softball Victoria Championships being held at the Albury-Wodonga Softball Association this weekend.
You can find the prinatble booklet on the SV website
http://vic.softball.org.au/u17-state-championship-booklet-…/

There is also a quite a few MSA members heading down to Tasmania this weekend to participate in the Launceston Masters tournament.
More info on the Softball Tas website
http://tas.softball.org.au/20…/…/06/launceston-masters-2016/

Good luck to all those travelling and have a great tournament!

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Vale Karl Koskelainen


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Margo Karl Koskelainen 2011 msa reunionThe community of Melbourne Softball, along with state, national and international softball communities, mourn the passing of Karl Koskelainen, husband of Margo, who commenced her extensive and impressive softball career at Fawkner Park.

Karl will be remembered affectionately by the softball community for his commitment and loyalty to his family and friends and for his significant inconspicuous contribution to Softball as he supported Margo throughouther softball endeavours.

We extend sincere condolences to Margo, her daughters Erica and Trudi and their families. Rest in peace Karl.

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Corporate Games Volunteering

Able to help us out at the 2015 Corporate Games?

We are in need of volunteers to help us feed over 300 hungry Softballers and Cricketers who will be in the park on Sunday November 22nd.

If you can help out, drop us an email letting us know your availabilities. We’ll be at Fawkner Park from 7am – late afternoon and will generally need help over the morning and lunchtime rush.

 

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Summer Slowpitch Entries Now Open

Team Entries for our 2015/16 Corporate Slowpitch season opened a few weeks ago, but it is not too late to enter into the comp. We are always happy to welcome new teams and players into the park so join us at Fawkner Park this summer for what is gearing up to be another great competition.

It’s not just about teams, we also cater to individuals who want to play, just fill in our registration form with details about your experience and what evenings you wish to play and we’ll do the rest.

TEAM ENTRY REGISTRATION

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Team Entries Now Open for Corporate Slowpitch

IMG_7386Team entries for the 2015/16 season of Corporate Slowpitch are now open. Click on the following link to be taken to our online registration form: TEAM REGISTRATION

Or check out the Slowpitch Information Page if you would like to learn more about our competition.

 

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2015/16 Corporate Slowpitch

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We’ve barely had time to pack up and unwind from another Metro League season, but there is no rest for the MSA as it is now only 7 weeks out from the start of the Summer Slowpitch comp. Time to start thinking about getting your teams together for what promises to be another great summer in the park.

Head on over to the Slowpitch Info page and sign yourself up to our mailing list. We’ll keep you up to date with all the news on the upcoming season including team/individual registration details.

 

 

 

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News from Grand Final Day

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For the umpteenth (yes, that’s a real word) year in a row (ok, so maybe it’s 5) the MSA Exec managed to pull some strings with Mother Nature and had her turn on a glorious day. The sun shone from start to finish on what was ultimately a very long, but rewarding day for all of us.

 

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The B Grade ladies started things off with the early slot. The game was tight for the first four innings with only a run or two in it before Monash took their foot off the brakes and put the game out of Melbourne University’s reach. In the end Monash comfortably took the game out 13-3 in 6 innings.

 

 

11225375_887586264627861_1349251631035058694_oMelbourne Warriors and Red Devils slugged it out in the A Reserve final and again it was a game that saw a lot of runs scored. Red Devils took it in seven innings with a 19-12 win.  (Editors note: if anyone who saw the game has more info than that, hit me up with a brief report and I’ll amend the above)

 

 

11958222_887586141294540_188804312294344483_oWingers Red never really got onto the main game against Panthers, shut out from almost the first innings when Panthers went on a run scoring spree that saw them roll through their batting lineup with ease. They wrapped the game up in four innings with a (very) convincing 17-0 scoreline. That was the 4th grand final win in a row for the Panthers and they are certainly the team to beat next year.

Congrats to our Grand Final MVP Winners:
A  Kathy Bedwell  Ares Felicity Mifsud  B Caitlin Laird

Congratulations also to Kathy (Panthers) and Danielle (Melbourne University) for their Duyvestyn Service Awards in recognition of their Service to Softball at Fawkner Park.

 

 

I know I can speak for the rest of the MSA Executive when I say a sincere thank you to all those who were there on Sunday and during the course of the season, be it as player, spectator, umpire, or executive member.  We may be grumbling by the time we shuffle back to the car on a Sunday evening but we come back time and time again because we love the game and want to see it flourish and prosper. The continued support of our members and their desire to play softball and to see us to continue to play at Fawkner Park is both heartening and humbling and is what keeps us coming back year after year.

 

The MSA will be back in the park for our midweek Corporate Slowpitch Competition from Nov 10th and we’d love to see some new faces there. There aren’t many better ways to spend a warm summer evening than hitting a ball and having a laugh. If you think you might be interested then sign yourself up to our mailing list and we’ll keep you up to date with all the competition info. Slowpitch Information and Mailing List

Good luck to all those heading off to their summer associations and we’ll see you all back for the 2016 Metro League.

Cheers,
Danielle

 

 

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News from the Preliminary Finals

Better late than never hey?

Completely slipped my mind that I hadn’t done a round up of Prelim final day, my brain is heading into summer holiday mode already!

3 Preliminary finals were on in the park last Sunday, and while the final score blew out on a couple of the games they were fairly close for most of the 7 innings played.

 

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The A grade final  saw Wingers Red taking on Eastern Raiders with Wingers eventually running out easy winners 20-11. It was a close tussle there for several innings but some big hitting saw Wingers take a lead and hold out the Raiders and grab themselves a shot at Panthers next week.

 

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In A Reserve the Red Devils were attempting to redeem themselves for last weeks loss and to give themselves another shot at the Warriors in the grand final. They outplayed an under-performing Melb Uni Angels 19 runs to 13.

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With two Melbourne Uni teams in B grade it was up to Monash to ensure they didn’t have a monopoly on the trophy. Smart batting and solid pitching by the Monash team saw them take the game 15 -8.

 

 

Join us this Sunday for our Grand Final Day – it promises to be a lovely day weather wise, and what better way to spend a sunny afternoon than in the park watching a talented bunch of women slog it out on the softball diamond.

 

Grand Final Games

B GRADE – Diamond 7 @ 12:30pm
Melbourne University Raptors vs Monash

A RESERVE GRADE – Diamond 3 @ 1:30pm
Melbourne Warriors vs Red Devils

A GRADE – Diamond 7 @ 3pm
Panthers vs Wingers Red

 

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Responsible Serving of Alcohol Course

We are hosting a RSA course on September 23rd for all interested parties.

Please find all relevant details on the Event Page 

 

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