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.
We had a few of our players volunteering their time at the International Student Sports and Recreation Expo on Saturday. Spreading the word about the MSA and softball in general.
So, as National Volunteers Week comes to an end the MSA would like to extend its thanks to not only our softball volunteers, but also to those that volunteer their time to the wider community.
Many programs would not be sustainable without the support of those behind the scenes, who tirelessly volunteer their services, and we remain ever grateful.
Sunday saw the start of our casual Slowpitch program, and boy did Melbourne turn on the good weather. Not a cloud in the sky! Come join us for the next 10 weeks, $5 a game, no team commitments, just turn up and play when you can.
The MSA would like to offer the very best to Kevin Broomhall as he hangs up his blues after more than 25 years on the diamond. Kev has been a longtime supporter of softball not only at his home association of Werribee Softball Association but also to Melbourne and our competitions at Fawkner Park and he will be sorely missed by all those in the umpiring and softball communities.
Busy weekend for the MSA and softball in general – not only were we in the park raising money for the Breast Cancer Network Australia but we also had our participation awards going on. Congratulations to Nicole Bell from Red Devils for earning herself some $ for two pick offs from behind the plate.
Saturday evening saw the Softball Victoria State Dinner conducted and the MSA would like to offer its congratulations to Debbie Grove from the Keilor Park Softball Association on being awarded life membership for her untiring efforts to the SV umpiring committee. We also offer congratulations to the Merle Short Service Award recipients: Andrea Mansfield, Chris Clinnock, Sharon Jansen, Mel Jansen and Judy Hanlon.
Lastly we’d like to offer congrats to several players from the association who either obtained State Selection – Dave Butler from the Melbourne University Club, or who who attained MVP or best team player awards – Natasha Holt, Mihikura Tuialii and Gabrielle Mifsud. Well done to everyone!