Amaru Day – August 2nd 2015

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:



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.

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MSA Upcoming Events

11026132_829653860421102_2954365050943157044_nThere 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

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News from Round 12

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. DSC_0348

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.

DSC_0357While 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!

DSC_0359On 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





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News from Round 11

What a difference a week can make – from pouring rain and a cancelled Round 10 to a sunny Round 11 that saw us breaking out the sunscreen. It’s nice when Melbourne co operates and puts on a nice day.

The usual flurry of activity in the morning with a management meeting (thanks as always to the clubs for sending their delegates along), a few slowpitch players turning up and taking the opportunity to hit the ball around the park and 6 games of fastpitch. The Warriors will be feeling rather pleased with themselves today after giving a depleted Panthers team their first defeat of the season.


This Sunday sees us celebrating NAIDOC week with our annual invitational slowpitch game.There will be activities for the younger kids also so bring them along as well. Finish it up with a well earned BBQ lunch. Pull on the cleats and play, or just watch from the sidelines, it promises to be a great morning.

The afternoon will conclude as always with Round 12 of the Melbourne Softball Association Metro League

The ladder as it currently stands can be found HERE

(It should be updated by Tuesday at the latest)




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News from Round 10

Round cancelled due to incessant rain!

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2015 Memorial Shield – Werribee Softball Association



Each year the Werribee Softball Association hold a weekend long tournament at Presidents Park, Wyndham Vale.

The details for this years competition have just been released and we’d like to encourage our MSA clubs to think about putting a team, or two in. All details can be found on the flyer attached.

As an incentive there is a prize draw for those that register their teams prior to July 30th.


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NAIDOC EVENT – Slowpitch Softball Game

Melbourne Softball Association is pleased to support the NAIDOC Slowpitch event to be held on July 26th.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. For more information head to the website: NAIDOC

We encourage members of our Fawkner Park softball community to support and assist the organisers of this event.

Interested in being involved on the day? Please email your expression of interest to Poppy Bouhalis. Her details can be found on the flyer below.


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Special Olympics World Games 2015

ViCSOTeam After the Special Olympics National Games held in Melbourne in October last year a squad was picked to compete at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games being held in Los Angeles, California

“From 25 July – 2 August 2015, Team Australia athletes will wear the green and gold with pride in Los Angeles, USA for the biggest ever Special Olympics World Summer Games. They will be amongst 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 177 countries in the biggest celebration of ability ever seen!” – quote from the Aus Special Olympics website

Each team has it’s own fundraising page, so if you would like to donate to the Softball squad you can follow this link.

All of us at the MSA would like to wish the team the very best and hope they have an amazing experience, not only on, but also off the diamond.

Team Australia softball are:

Bradley Turner (WA)

Bronwyn Russell (WA)

Cameron Turner (VIC)

David Robinson (VIC)

Dylan James Coop (WA)

Jake Vandersluys (VIC)

James Mckinlay-Hendley (WA)

Jason Reid (TAS)

Jonathon Goss (TAS)

Kerryn Gibson (VIC)

Matthew Calkin (WA)

Mitchell McKenna (WA)

Nathan West (TAS)


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News from Round 9

11666163_127385577596471_8117737044274339759_nIt was a quiet start to the morning with no juniors or slowpitch in the park, but after a hectic first half of the season it was nice to ease into a slow start to the day. The weather held out for entire afternoon – I guess I didn’t jinx it all that much after all. Here’s to more of the same.

5 games in the Metro League this afternoon and the results can be found HERE as always with the ladder HERE. Results should be available by Tuesday at the latest.

Due to the closeness of the teams in the middle section of the IMG_20150705_165524ladder the clubs decided at the last management meeting to continue with the one division for the remainder of the season and split come finals time. We should see some hard fought games in the coming weeks as teams jostle for position.

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News from Round 8

DSC_0238It appears our run of bright, sunny mornings are coming to an end, but at least it didn’t rain today! (I’ve jinxed it now I know)
6 games of fastpitch as usual for Round 8, but the focus of this weeks news is the youngsters in the park. Softball Victoria announced its State, Academy and Development teams this week, and we are thrilled to congratulate three of our current MSA members for making squads

Caitlin Laird (Monash) – U15 Academy Squad
Hana Barbaro (Eastern Raiders) – U15 Academy Squad & U17 State squad
Chelsea Owen-Smith (Melbourne University) – U17 Development Squad

We also like to extend our best wishes to the following players, who have called Fawkner Park home in the past

Moana Benjamin (Monash) – U17 State squad
Kylie Steemers (Red Devils) – U19 Women
Meaghan Grah (Red Devils) – U19 Women
Narisse Privitera (Red Devils) – U19 Women
Natasha Holt (Red Devils) – U19 Women

Last but not least, MSA umpire Simon Ross’ daughter Bianca was also named to the U19 Women’s team while Bailey James, grandson of Winger Sue James, was named in the U19 Men’s team.

As always the results from Round 8 can be found HERE with the ladder (fixed after last weeks fubar) HERE. They should be up to date no later than Tuesday am.

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