After the Special Olympics National Games held in Melbourne in October last year a squad was picked to compete at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games being held in Los Angeles, California
“From 25 July – 2 August 2015, Team Australia athletes will wear the green and gold with pride in Los Angeles, USA for the biggest ever Special Olympics World Summer Games. They will be amongst 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 177 countries in the biggest celebration of ability ever seen!” – quote from the Aus Special Olympics website
Each team has it’s own fundraising page, so if you would like to donate to the Softball squad you can follow this link.
All of us at the MSA would like to wish the team the very best and hope they have an amazing experience, not only on, but also off the diamond.
It was a quiet start to the morning with no juniors or slowpitch in the park, but after a hectic first half of the season it was nice to ease into a slow start to the day. The weather held out for entire afternoon – I guess I didn’t jinx it all that much after all. Here’s to more of the same.
5 games in the Metro League this afternoon and the results can be found HERE as always with the ladder HERE. Results should be available by Tuesday at the latest.
Due to the closeness of the teams in the middle section of the ladder the clubs decided at the last management meeting to continue with the one division for the remainder of the season and split come finals time. We should see some hard fought games in the coming weeks as teams jostle for position.
It appears our run of bright, sunny mornings are coming to an end, but at least it didn’t rain today! (I’ve jinxed it now I know) 6 games of fastpitch as usual for Round 8, but the focus of this weeks news is the youngsters in the park. Softball Victoria announced its State, Academy and Development teams this week, and we are thrilled to congratulate three of our current MSA members for making squads
Caitlin Laird (Monash) – U15 Academy Squad Hana Barbaro (Eastern Raiders) – U15 Academy Squad & U17 State squad Chelsea Owen-Smith (Melbourne University) – U17 Development Squad
We also like to extend our best wishes to the following players, who have called Fawkner Park home in the past
Moana Benjamin (Monash) – U17 State squad Kylie Steemers (Red Devils) – U19 Women Meaghan Grah (Red Devils) – U19 Women Narisse Privitera (Red Devils) – U19 Women Natasha Holt (Red Devils) – U19 Women
Last but not least, MSA umpire Simon Ross’ daughter Bianca was also named to the U19 Women’s team while Bailey James, grandson of Winger Sue James, was named in the U19 Men’s team.
As always the results from Round 8 can be found HERE with the ladder (fixed after last weeks fubar) HERE. They should be up to date no later than Tuesday am.
Lots of things going on in Round 7 so we were in the park early. To be honest though, you can’t begrudge a 9am start when the sun is shining and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. Slightly chilly, but with plenty of work to be done there was no time to get cold.
We started off with a Pitching and Catching clinic for our more advanced members with Sue James and Liz Reisman putting them through their paces, this was then followed up by a beginner/intermediate class. All up we had at least 16 members at these clinics. It’s great to see so many people wanting to learn and develop new skills or to improve on the ones they already have.
While the beginners were getting their pitch on, we held a management meeting and followed it up with a quick session on using the newly installed defibrillator. If anyone missed out on the session and would like to learn please see any of the executive and they’ll give you a quick rundown.
After all that we got the softball underway and finished it up with 6 games of fastpitch.
Participation awards were also in play and it was a pitchers day in the park – congratulations to the following players
Meaghan Rae – Panthers 4 k2s vs Monash
Rebecca Kent – Wingers Red 7 k2s vs MU Angels
Rebecca Kent – Wingers Red 7 K2s vs MU Dragons
The moon was already well and truly up by the time we locked the doors and headed home, but it was well worth the effort.
Another morning where the sun shined brightly on Fawkner Park and the rain stayed away.
We had a few kids come down for skills clinics and we had a slowpitch game as well. Join us again this Sunday for more of the same.
We also managed to complete 6 games of fastpitch,several of which were tight and hotly contested, as well as keep the canteen ticking over at a rapid rate (if anyone knows of someone who wants to volunteer a couple of hours on a Sunday to help out in the canteen, get in touch! Help always appreciated.)
All the results from Round 6 can be found HERE while the ladder is HERE
Melbourne Softball as always is keen to provide opportunities for young girls and boys to enjoy and experience our great sport. To this end we are offering two programs which will run simultaneously over a six week period.
SOFTBALL BATTER UP(4-10 year olds) and SOFTBALL ACADEMY(11-16 year olds)
We are grateful that members of our Panthers Club, led by Belinda Rae and Trish Bennett, have put their hands up to conduct the program on behalf of Melbourne Softball. You will all be aware that Panthers have some great people and very experienced softballers, both on and off the diamond, in their team and they are more than capable of offering a program that is exciting, enjoyable and beneficial to all that attend.
(NOTE: the dates provided on the registration page (once you click the Register Now link of the Softball Batter Up page) are currently incorrect, as is the program price. Please note correct dates and price above.)
The price for each program will be $50 and includes a new glove and ball for each participant.
spreading the word as widely as possible encouraging juniors to register for the program
bringing along any young people interested in softball to join in – they can register on the day
putting up your hand and or seeking volunteers from your club to help Panthers*
coming to the park earlier to support and cheer on the juniors, do some public relations work with the parents (potential senior players fastpitch or slowpitch)
*If you have any members interested in giving young people a GO, teaching them why we love softball and the skills of our great sport, here is an opportunity for them to come along and help Panthers, and learn some tips as they get involved. Interested individuals should be available from 10am – 12noon for each week of the program and should register with myself Via EMAIL ; their intention to join in.
The weather was ordinary for most of the afternoon, alternating between cold and rainy and cold and windy, but those who managed to stick around until after four were rewarded with some sunshine and a rainbow over Diamond 7.
We break for the Queens Birthday Long weekend this week, good luck to MSA teams Vicsens and Melbourne Warriors, as well several other MSA individuals who are also competing. We’ll be back in the park on June 14th.
Our AGM was held this morning and we’d like to offer a warm welcome to the incoming committee – a blend of new and old faces to steer us through the next 12 months. Thanks also to all the members who joined us for breakfast and the meeting.
Our new executive can be found at the following link: CLICK HERE
Please feel free to contact them if you have any queries, concerns or ideas.
This Sunday sees the Junior Winter Softball League finish up their Elite Girls Competition. We’d like to congratulate the organising committee for taking the initiative to develop a comp that encourages and fosters junior talent in Victoria. It is a great step forward and will hopefully see the Titans become a dominant force in Australian softball once again.
Once more the Melbourne weather gods showed us some kindness and we had a beautiful sunny start to the morning and our slowpitch game. Cooled off later in the afternoon, but the rain held off and all games went ahead.