I checked the BOM before leaving home on Sunday and was disappointed to see ‘mostly cloudy’ was the forecast for the day. Fortunately they got it very wrong and Fawkner Park was bathed in bright sunshine for most of the day.
Three teams, Panthers, Melb Uni Raptors and Warriors, booked themselves Grand Final berths with wins taking them directly into the big match on Sept 13th.
Monash and Red Devils live to fight another week and take on two of the Melbourne Uni teams, while the Wingers Blue gals find themselves eliminated at the hands of their club mates in the Wingers Red team.
A Division Panthers 11 def Eastern Raiders 0 Wingers Red 11 def Wingers Blue 5
A Reserve Division Melbourne Warriors 19 def Red Devils 11
B Division Melbourne University Raptors 6 def Monash 2
You can find Preliminary Finals game details and times on the Events page for Week 2 Finals
Please note the time slots as they will differ from our regular times
Having one or two issues getting the finals schedule to display on our external site, so please bare with us as we iron out a few wrinkles with tech support. In the meantime you can find the upcoming finals fixture below.
Early start in the park for our Future Growth Forum where members came together to share ideas on how we can improve the competition at Fawkner Park and how to increase participation. The executive would like to thank all those that came down and for all the great ideas that were floated during the course of the morning. Some we already had in the pipeline and are currently moving towards implementing while some were completely new. It was encouraging to see members engaging and having the desire to see us grow and prosper.
On the diamond we had the last round to complete, with the outcome of several games determining who ended up in which division come finals time.
This Sunday sees the semi finals kick off and we wish all the very best of luck to those playing this week.
The LADDER is currently up to date, but as yet the draw is not online, however you can find game times below:
Game 1 MELBOURNE UNI DRAGONS to GAME 7
3:00 Game 2 MONASH vs MELBOURNE UNI RAPTORS
A RES DIV.
Game 3 MELBOURNE UNI ANGELS to GAME 8
1:00 Game 4 RED DEVILS vs MELBOURNE WARRIORS
1:00 Game 5 PANTHERS vs EASTERN RAIDERS
3:00 Game 6 WINGERS RED vs WINGERS BLUE
If anyone new to the park has been wondering about the hows and whys the Melbourne Softball Association came about you can wonder no longer. We got a little blurb up on the website as well as a booklet put together to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the MSA.
We’ve also added a list of Grand Final winners since 1982, as well as Grand Final MVP’s if they were awarded.
These can both be found from the drop down About Us menu on the home page, or from the direct links below.
Enjoy the read, it really is a fascinating bit of history about one of, if not the, oldest softball associations.
The penultimate round of the 2015 Metro League has been and gone, and we are now on the homestretch towards Round 16 and finals.
The coaches started off their morning with a round table discussion about the nitty gritty of coaching and all that comes with it. I believe everyone walked away from the forum with a little bit more knowledge and confidence.
The results from round 15 and next weeks clashes could bring some interesting results with the middle section of the ladder still up for grabs.Who will go up? who will go down?
Round 15 Result are now available online HERE while the ladder can be found HERE
A reminder that our Future Growth Forum is on next Sunday and we need you there! Your opinion and ideas on how to continue to grow and sustain the MSA and Metro League are important to us and we want your input.
For the first time in a few weeks we only had Metro League to contend with so it was a nice change for the Executive to be able to ease into the day rather than the frantic running around we’ve been doing of late.
The weather held off, which is always nice, though the rain earlier in the week did play havoc with the batting box on Diamond 7. Fortunately we didn’t have to send in search and rescue to pull anyone out of the mud.
Next weekend we have our coaches forum, and we’d like to encourage all the coaches in the park to attend. It’s an informal session and a great resource to be able to access. Online registrations can be found HERE
On the 23rd we are holding a brainstorming session/forum about the future of Metro League at Fawkner Park, and we need your ideas and input as to how you want the competition to run. Online registration is HERE, and we hope as many of you as possible turn up.
We kicked off Amaru Day with the Diamond Classic and a brilliantly sunny morning in Fawkner Park. This year, to give the Panthers club a bit of a test before they head to the Tassie Fastpitch Classic in October we pitted them against an MSA All Stars team. It was a tight game for the most part, but Panthers managed to draw away in the last putting on 4 runs to end the game 8-4 victors. Thanks to all those who played, coached, umpired, scored and watched. We’ve come to enjoy this annual event and remain committed to having it as a permanent fixture on our calendar.
There is a set on Flickr of the photos taken by our volunteer photog, so check it out at the following link: Flickr
The morning was followed up with 6 games of fastpitch. With only 3 weeks left of the regular season left, the top/bottom two look to be sorted but there is still plenty of movement in the middle half of the ladder and it remains to be seen who ends up in which division once the dust has settled.
Results and ladders are now updated and available online
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.
There a number of activities scheduled in coming weeks.
Commencing with the DIAMOND CLASSIC this Sunday, which sees 2014 Premiers & current league leaders PANTHERS take on the ALL STARS.
Game begins at 10.45am. Spectators wanted to cheer on the teams!!
Also this Sunday – Line Umpires Clinic commencing at 10.00am sharp in the clubrooms. Open to any person interested in learning the practical mechanics and basic rules to base umpire a game.
16 August – COACHES FORUM at 10.00 – 11.30am in the clubrooms. Open invitation to all coaches or any interested in coaching. Please register at the following link: Coaches Forum Registration
23 August – FUTURE GROWTH FORUM at 9.30 – 11.30am. Breakfast in the park with President Jell Radford, and Executive committee members followed by open discussion on the future of Melbourne Metro League in 2016 and beyond. All members will have received an invitation to attend. Anyone welcome. Please register on line at the following link: Forum Registration
Clubs are requested to encourage their members to support Melbourne Softball by attending the above activities
Where to start!? It was a massive day at the MSA today and despite the exhaustion that hit us all as we left the park early this evening we can certainly be satisfied that everything went off without a hitch. Or at the very least no one complained, so this is a win in my books.
We had our NAIDOC Slowpitch game from 11am, and we’d like to thank the Indigenous community for supporting the game, as well as the MSA members who took to the diamond to play, cheered on from the sidelines or manned the BBQ for the hungry masses afterwards. None of this would have been possible without the support of both groups and we offer our thanks for helping us to make the occasion an enjoyable one for all.
While all the softball action was happening on Diamond 7, inside the pavilion we had a task force of former players and administrators sitting down and going through the stacks of memorabilia and photos that had been collected over the years. It was a humbling experience to be in the same room as some of the greats of the game and listen to the stories they had to tell. We loved having them in the park today, and we can hope that they also enjoyed themselves. A huge amount of work got done, but there is still plenty left to do and we’d like to offer our thanks to Angela Broadbent from the Werribee Association who has been one of the driving forces behind the push to digitise our Victorian softball history for future generations to enjoy.
Thanks to our MSA members for putting up with the inconvenience of reduced access to the clubrooms while the task force was on, in particular when the weather turned slightly wet and they were left to huddle on the steps. We’ll try and order better weather next time!
On top of all that we had 5 games of fastpitch in the park today, the girls having to endure some light rain (Editor: I’ve been informed that the ‘light rain’ was actually hail. Semantics! :)) during the latter half of the 1pm game, and a nasty cold front that came through soon after. Fortunately Melbourne behaved as normal and we had bright sunshine 20 mins later.
Next weekend sees our Diamond Classic on from 10:45am, so come down and see if the MSA All Stars can knock Panthers off their perch. The Panthers girls will be selling raffle tickets as a fundraiser for their trip to Ulverstone for the Tassie Fastpitch Classic, so be sure to grab yourself a ticket or two and help them get down south.
Results will be up of the website by Tuesday at the latest