Lots of things going on in Round 7 so we were in the park early. To be honest though, you can’t begrudge a 9am start when the sun is shining and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. Slightly chilly, but with plenty of work to be done there was no time to get cold.
We started off with a Pitching and Catching clinic for our more advanced members with Sue James and Liz Reisman putting them through their paces, this was then followed up by a beginner/intermediate class. All up we had at least 16 members at these clinics. It’s great to see so many people wanting to learn and develop new skills or to improve on the ones they already have.
While the beginners were getting their pitch on, we held a management meeting and followed it up with a quick session on using the newly installed defibrillator. If anyone missed out on the session and would like to learn please see any of the executive and they’ll give you a quick rundown.
After all that we got the softball underway and finished it up with 6 games of fastpitch.
Participation awards were also in play and it was a pitchers day in the park – congratulations to the following players
Meaghan Rae – Panthers 4 k2s vs Monash
Rebecca Kent – Wingers Red 7 k2s vs MU Angels
Rebecca Kent – Wingers Red 7 K2s vs MU Dragons
The moon was already well and truly up by the time we locked the doors and headed home, but it was well worth the effort.
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
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.
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!