Another morning where the sun shined brightly on Fawkner Park and the rain stayed away.
We had a few kids come down for skills clinics and we had a slowpitch game as well. Join us again this Sunday for more of the same.
We also managed to complete 6 games of fastpitch,several of which were tight and hotly contested, as well as keep the canteen ticking over at a rapid rate (if anyone knows of someone who wants to volunteer a couple of hours on a Sunday to help out in the canteen, get in touch! Help always appreciated.)
All the results from Round 6 can be found HERE while the ladder is HERE
Melbourne Softball as always is keen to provide opportunities for young girls and boys to enjoy and experience our great sport. To this end we are offering two programs which will run simultaneously over a six week period.
SOFTBALL BATTER UP(4-10 year olds) and SOFTBALL ACADEMY(11-16 year olds)
We are grateful that members of our Panthers Club, led by Belinda Rae and Trish Bennett, have put their hands up to conduct the program on behalf of Melbourne Softball. You will all be aware that Panthers have some great people and very experienced softballers, both on and off the diamond, in their team and they are more than capable of offering a program that is exciting, enjoyable and beneficial to all that attend.
(NOTE: the dates provided on the registration page (once you click the Register Now link of the Softball Batter Up page) are currently incorrect, as is the program price. Please note correct dates and price above.)
The price for each program will be $50 and includes a new glove and ball for each participant.
spreading the word as widely as possible encouraging juniors to register for the program
bringing along any young people interested in softball to join in – they can register on the day
putting up your hand and or seeking volunteers from your club to help Panthers*
coming to the park earlier to support and cheer on the juniors, do some public relations work with the parents (potential senior players fastpitch or slowpitch)
*If you have any members interested in giving young people a GO, teaching them why we love softball and the skills of our great sport, here is an opportunity for them to come along and help Panthers, and learn some tips as they get involved. Interested individuals should be available from 10am – 12noon for each week of the program and should register with myself Via EMAIL ; their intention to join in.
The weather was ordinary for most of the afternoon, alternating between cold and rainy and cold and windy, but those who managed to stick around until after four were rewarded with some sunshine and a rainbow over Diamond 7.
We break for the Queens Birthday Long weekend this week, good luck to MSA teams Vicsens and Melbourne Warriors, as well several other MSA individuals who are also competing. We’ll be back in the park on June 14th.
Our AGM was held this morning and we’d like to offer a warm welcome to the incoming committee – a blend of new and old faces to steer us through the next 12 months. Thanks also to all the members who joined us for breakfast and the meeting.
Our new executive can be found at the following link: CLICK HERE
Please feel free to contact them if you have any queries, concerns or ideas.
This Sunday sees the Junior Winter Softball League finish up their Elite Girls Competition. We’d like to congratulate the organising committee for taking the initiative to develop a comp that encourages and fosters junior talent in Victoria. It is a great step forward and will hopefully see the Titans become a dominant force in Australian softball once again.
Once more the Melbourne weather gods showed us some kindness and we had a beautiful sunny start to the morning and our slowpitch game. Cooled off later in the afternoon, but the rain held off and all games went ahead.
We had a few of our players volunteering their time at the International Student Sports and Recreation Expo on Saturday. Spreading the word about the MSA and softball in general.
So, as National Volunteers Week comes to an end the MSA would like to extend its thanks to not only our softball volunteers, but also to those that volunteer their time to the wider community.
Many programs would not be sustainable without the support of those behind the scenes, who tirelessly volunteer their services, and we remain ever grateful.
Sunday saw the start of our casual Slowpitch program, and boy did Melbourne turn on the good weather. Not a cloud in the sky! Come join us for the next 10 weeks, $5 a game, no team commitments, just turn up and play when you can.
The MSA would like to offer the very best to Kevin Broomhall as he hangs up his blues after more than 25 years on the diamond. Kev has been a longtime supporter of softball not only at his home association of Werribee Softball Association but also to Melbourne and our competitions at Fawkner Park and he will be sorely missed by all those in the umpiring and softball communities.
Busy weekend for the MSA and softball in general – not only were we in the park raising money for the Breast Cancer Network Australia but we also had our participation awards going on. Congratulations to Nicole Bell from Red Devils for earning herself some $ for two pick offs from behind the plate.
Saturday evening saw the Softball Victoria State Dinner conducted and the MSA would like to offer its congratulations to Debbie Grove from the Keilor Park Softball Association on being awarded life membership for her untiring efforts to the SV umpiring committee. We also offer congratulations to the Merle Short Service Award recipients: Andrea Mansfield, Chris Clinnock, Sharon Jansen, Mel Jansen and Judy Hanlon.
Lastly we’d like to offer congrats to several players from the association who either obtained State Selection – Dave Butler from the Melbourne University Club, or who who attained MVP or best team player awards – Natasha Holt, Mihikura Tuialii and Gabrielle Mifsud. Well done to everyone!