After a few years in representative team wilderness the MSA decided to put its brightest and best on the diamond at Memorial Shield, an annual tournament run by Werribee Softball Association at President’s Park.
With a solid squad we were hopeful of doing well, but I think even we were surprised by how well we played, all the while managing to have fun, strengthening a few friendships and forging even more.
We got through day 1 undefeated with solid wins against Doveton, FSA Braves and a win from behind against Woodville. Our bats were slow to start swinging, but our tight infield, some great pitching and our speedy outfield meant we weren’t overly troubled. Day 2 saw the two B grade pools take on each other and once again good hitting and solid fielding saw us comfortably through to the grand final.
It looked like another slow start was on the cards in the first innings with two outs early in the order, unfortunately for the Southern Knights we rallied in spectacular fashion and put on twelve runs to give ourselves what was to be an unassailable lead. It was 15-0 at the end of three and victory to the MSA.
Results (apologies if I have the exact scores wrong, working from memory here) Melbourne 9 def Doveton 0 Melbourne 11 def FSA Braves 0 Melbourne 5 def Woodville 3 Melbourne 7 def Tees 21’s 3 Melbourne 5 def Kotuku 0 Melbourne 15 def Southern Knights 0
It’s National Volunteer Week and the MSA would like to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, all the volunteers who come together to ensure that year after year we are a strong, vibrant community. We have our trials and tribulations, and who doesn’t want to stay in bed on a wild and woolly Sunday morning in Winter, but at the end of the day we do it because we are passionate about our sport and we strive to make it better.
So give thanks to those around your club and association that put their hand up to make it possible for you to get on the diamond each week and enjoy the game you love.
Always wondered just how the game is scored and how to interpret the hieroglyphics? Then join us over two mornings for a Level 1 Scoring Course. This course is accredited and you’ll leave with a shiny certificate and, more importantly, a better idea of how to score the game.
You must register your interest below. There is a cap on the number of places available so get in quick.
On behalf of the members of Melbourne’s softball community at Fawkner Park and in particular the Melbourne Softball Umpiring fraternity we’d like to extend to Helena Hapeta our sincere congratulations on attaining her National Level 2 Umpiring accreditation at the 2016 Victorian Under 19 Championship at Sunbury.
Well done Helena. A reward very much deserved after all the time and commitment you’ve put into the umpiring community.