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
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.
Melbourne 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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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.
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.
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