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
NO SOFTBALL at FAWKNER PARK NEXT SUNDAY as it’s the QUEENS BIRTHDAY LONG WEEKEND
but there are teams from throughout Victoria will migrate to Shepparton for the weekend to participate in the annual VICTORIAN SOFTBALL MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Members of Melbourne’s softball community will participate…
VICSENS, MELBOURNE WARRIORS and EASTERN RAIDERS will compete and numerous players and officials will join other teams playing in the championships. Umpires will also make the trek. All involved in SOFTBALL at FAWKNER PARK will cheer them on from afar and wish them a great tournament
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.
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.
It is with deep regret Melbourne Softball advise the passing of our esteemed Life Member, Julie Nemeth. Julie has been, since 1985, a stalwart of our sport working with a passion for Melbourne Softball, her club Wingers, and Softball Victoria. We extend our sincere condolences to Julie’s family, friends and Wingers Softball Club and its members. Rest in Peace Julie.
It is advised the funeral arrangements are as follows:-
Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 2.30pm Chapel of Reflections Springvale Botanical Cemetery
Refreshments will be served in a nearby function room immediately after the service.