We’ve come to the end of yet another Metro League and Melbourne put on a stunner of a Spring afternoon.
We’d like to offer our congratulations to all our clubs, players, officials and spectators for not only a fantastic Grand Final series but also another great season. We’ve had our ups and downs over the course of the past few months, but in the end, we’d like to think that everyone who made it into Fawkner Park over the season enjoyed their softball.
Our hearty congratulations to the following individuals and teams
MSA Life Membership Scott Rutherford (Umpire)
MSA Service Award Meaghan Rae (Panthers)
A Grade Panthers 11 defeated Bruisers 10 – in a tie break no less MVP: Meaghan Rae (Panthers)
A Reserve Red Devils Heat 15 defeated Melbourne University Raptors 8 MVP: JP Pari (Red Devils Heat)
B Grade Melbourne University Dragons 17 Melbourne University Wolves 8 MVP: Tahlia Sweeney (Wolves)
Congratulations also to those players & coaches picked in our All Star Teams.
Players, Coaches and Selectors should note that selection trials have been set for Sunday 23 July from 10.00am to 12noon and the squad shall train on Sundays 6, 13, 20 August. Attendance at all is required.
It should also be noted that a commitment for the full two days of the tournament is essential. Games may be fixtured between 8am – 6pm
Tournaments such as the Memorial Shield are a great opportunity for members to extend their softball skills whilst enjoying a great experience proudly representing and playing for Melbourne Softball
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