2017 Memorial Shield team announced

We’d like to congratulate the following players and officials on their selection to the Melbourne Softball Association Representative Team for the 2017 Memorial Shield

Alyssa CastenPANTHERS
Jessica ChomleyWINGERS
Amy DillonPANTHERS
Shannon DowningPANTHERS
Daliah ParkerMELBOURNE UNIVERSITY
Bridget GenoveseMELBOURNE UNIVERSITY
Nicole IrvineMONASH
Dana KatzWINGERS
Laura KirkwoodMELBOURNE UNIVERSITY
Chelsea Owen-SmithMELBOURNE UNIVERSITY
Emily PaterasPANTHERS
Meaghan RaePANTHERS
Caitlyn SocwellWINGERS
Claire StrawMELBOURNE UNIVERSITY
Jell RadfordCo – Coach
Azhar IsmailCo – Coach
Ashleigh WilliamsStatistician
Belinda RaeManager
Scott RutherfordUmpire

 

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2017 Metro League Wrap Up

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.

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NAIDOC Week July 2-9 2017

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

More information on celebrations in your area can be found at naidoc.org or join us on July 16th for our annual NAIDOC Slowpitch game

The National NAIDOC theme for 2017 is Our languages matter

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NAIDOC Slowpitch Game

In recognition of NAIDOC Week, an invitation is extended to Community members, members of Melbourne Softball Association,
families and friends to come along and play a game of slowpitch softball on Sunday, July 16th. 

All equipment will be provided and there will be activities for the kids and a BBQ following the game. 

Details can be found on our Event Page or on our Facebook Page 

 

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2017 Softball Victoria State Dinner

SV LogoMelbourne Softball congratulates all those who were recognised for their achievements at the recent Softball Victoria annual State Dinner.

The event highlights achievements of members of the Victorian softball community in all aspects of our sport.

We particularly congratulate ANGELA BROADBENT who was presented with the Merle Short Service Award for service to softball at Werribee and more recently to Victoria.  Angela was also awarded the Margo Koskelainen Umpire of the Year for her service to the Victorian Umpiring Committee and umpiring in general.  Angela is a member of our Metro League umpire crew, as is TOBY SADLER who was awarded the John Lartner Umpire Development award.

Also receiving the Merle Short Service Award was Grant Rice from Werribee who can be seen on the slowpitch diamonds playing for Red Devils.

Congratulations to all state team players and officials who represented Victoria at National events, more so those who have been members of our Fawkner Park community…Gemma Hamilton, Georgia O’Donovan, Narisse Privitera, Gabrielle Misfud, Alys Young and current members Caitlin Laird, Natasha Holt, Kerry Laird and Allan Laird.

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Fawkner Park and the MSA are going pink on Sunday May 14th

Join us as we help fundraise for the Breast Cancer Network Sunday, May 14th.

Time to pink up to support breast cancer!

On May 14th the Melbourne Softball Association will be ‘pinking up’ as we take part in Breast Cancer Network Australia’s (BCNA) annual Pink Sports Day.

The MSA will join hundreds of sporting groups nationwide to show our support for people in our local community who have been affected by breast cancer.


This year BCNA hopes to raise $550,000 for Australian women, men and families affected by breast cancer and is calling on all sporting groups and their communities to help achieve this goal.

Funds raised through Pink Sports Day go directly to BCNA to support their work in ensuring Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care.

Christine Nolan, BCNA CEO, said it is important that women in communities all over Australia know that they are not alone on their breast cancer journey.

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women and this year nearly 17,586 Australian women and 144 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer,” Christine said.

“Pink Sports Day is a wonderful event that inspires great community participation and spirit while raising awareness and vital funds for BCNA, and we are very grateful for your support,” she said.

The MSA is inviting members of our community to ‘pink up’ and come down to cheer us on as we play in support of those affected by breast cancer.

What:Melbourne Softball Association’s Pink Sports Day!
Date:May 14th
Time:10am onwards
Location:Fawkner Park, South Yarra
The whole community is encouraged to join us for this fun and rewarding event!

Please be aware that there are road restrictions in place due to the annual Mother’s Day Classic, please check the event website for full details

Mother’s Day Classic road restrictions

 

 

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Come & Try Softball

Join us in the park before the start of the 2017 Metro League for a series of casual come and try days.

Whether you are an experienced player, a keen beginner or an old hand looking to get back into the game we have a team for you.

We’ll be at the North Pavilion from 10 am so drop in and have a chat to the Executive Committee. Equipment will be provided for those that want to have a hit or a throw.

Junior players are very welcome to join us as well.

Register your interest on our website today

Come and Try Softball

 

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Think you know a bit about sports nutrition?

Test your knowledge and help out La Trobe University researchers!

All you need to do is complete the questionnaire – preferably on two occasions ten days, to two weeks apart. It can be done from any computer or mobile phone with internet access.
You’ll be able to view the correct answers once you’ve completed the questionnaire for the second time – so you can see how good your knowledge actually is!

The final survey will be used with athletes (including elite athletes) for research and education. Participants must be aged 17 or older.

Fill out the quick online survey today by following the link below! We appreciate your help.

SURVEY LINK

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International Volunteers Day – a thank you from the MSA

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It’s International Volunteers Day and we’d like to say a big thank you to all those who make it possible for players to get on the diamonds at Fawkner Park and play the game they love.

Whether it be umpiring, coaching, scoring, helping out in the canteen, looking after the equipment or the myriad of behind the scenes jobs that no one sees but which keep the MSA ticking along we are appreciative of the time, effort and love you put into the game.

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Vale Bob Gray

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Death notice
It is with sadness that Melbourne Softball Association advises the passing of our esteemed Life Member, Graeme Robert (Bob) Gray.

Bob has been a stalwart of our sport working with a passion for Melbourne Softball and the wider softball community throughout Victoria.

Bob was actively involved, predominantly as an umpire from 1968 to 2014, and since 1979 until his retirement in 2014, as a valued member of our Fawkner Park community.

We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Vi, children Brian, Judy, Jamie, Ellen, Owen, and their families and also to his friends.

Rest in peace Bob
Funeral details will be advised when they are known.

In memorium
Graeme Robert (Bob) Gray

Bob began his involvement in softball in regional Victoria, Hamilton, alongside his wife Violet (Vi) in 1968. Then followed a time at Geelong Softball Association and since 1979 until his retirement in 2014, with Melbourne Softball Association.

Whilst Bob was a registered member at Melbourne he willingly gave his time to many softball events throughout Victoria.
Bob along with his wife Vi have, in his time, assisted at all tournaments Melbourne has hosted including Round Robins, Victorian Championships, Australasian Public Sector Games, and Australian Corporate Games. They have also worked at various National Championships that have been hosted by Softball Victoria and many Victorian Championships hosted by Softball Victoria’s affiliated associations.

He has umpired at many of the aforementioned events and has also been seen on softball diamonds for Melbourne’s summer and winter competitions and various summer associations’ competitions over the years.

Bob has been a great ambassador for our sport. Wherever you found Bob you would find him interacting with fellow umpires, coaches, players and administrators willingly assisting, mentoring and or supporting them.
Bob was awarded Life Membership of Melbourne Softball Association in 2007.

He has been recoginised by Softball Victoria presenting him with the Merle Short Service Award for service to softball and Softball Australia presenting their service award. Softball Australia also recognised him for more than 25 years of service as an umpire.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Bob’s family and friends.

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