Disability Sport and Recreation Festival 2014

The aim of the festival is to encourage people with a disability to try a sport or a recreational activity in an environment that is inclusive and supportive as well as helping to raise awareness of the opportunities available to them.

ViCSOTeamAfter successfully hosting the softball component of the Special Olympics National Games at Fawkner Park last month we are now turning our attentions to helping out with the festival by offering pop in days on the 2nd-4th December in conjunction with our regular slowpitch activities. The evening will involve a come ‘n try session from 5:30-6:30 pm followed by a game.

Please share this around to any family or friends who you think might benefit, or if you think you can spare an hour or two on the above evenings we’d love to see you in the park.

The following is taken from the DSRF webapge:

The 2014 Disability Sport & Recreation Festival is Victoria’s premier event for the disability sport and recreation sector. Running from 1 to 7 December, this unique community event promotes and celebrates physically active lifestyles for all people of all abilities through participation in accessible and inclusive sport and recreation.

The Festival is run by Disability Sport & Recreation, a Victorian charity committed to improving the health outcomes of Victorians with disability through sport and recreation.




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2014/15 Corporate Slowpitch Resgistrations now open.

MSA LogoWith the start of the Slowpitch season just around the corner we are delighted to let you know that team and individual registrations are now open.

In order to ease the burden on our administrative volunteers as well as making it easier to comply with our insurance requirements all teams and players must register online.

Players are to register prior to, or no later than 24 hours post their first game.

Team Registrations can be found HERE

Individual Player registrations can be found HERE

Competition details are HERE

Any questions/queries just drop us a line at slowpitch@melbournesoftball.org.au and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

Look forward to seeing you all on the diamond this summer


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Special Olympics National Games 2014

Photo: Only 5 days to go until the Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne kick off. Show your support for the athletes and donate at the link below.

Softball stalwart, and Hall of Fame inductee ( Softball Australia and Softball Victoria) Joanne Paez will be throwing the first pitch at the Special Olympics National Games 2014 Melbourne at Fawkner Park this Tuesday.

Joanne has a distinguished representative career for Australia and Victoria not only as a player but also as a coach and we are looking forward to seeing her back on the plate to start off the games.
Pop into Fawkner Park from 9:30-3:30 on Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday and get behind this great event.

Show your support for the athletes and donate at the link below.

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Uni Games 2014

 The MSA would like to offer its congratulations to the Fawkner Park members who competed at the recent Australian University Sport Uni Games held in Sydney over the last week.

The Melbourne University Softball Club represented The University of Melbourne while two members of Eastern Raiders Softball Club, Jess and Rhiannon Mathers were part of the Monash University team that were eventual gold medal winners.

Well done to all who were involved and congratulations on a fantastic effort.


Photo courtesy of Melbourne University Sport.

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2015 Victorian State Team Selection

The Melbourne Softball Association would like to congratulate all players selected for the 2015 U15 and U17 State teams.

We would like to extend further congratulations to the following players who currently hone their craft over the winter months in the MSA’s Metro League

 U17 State Team

Natasha Holt RED DEVILS

Narisse Privitera RED DEVILS

Rebecca Schafer MONASH

 U19 State Team

Gabrielle Mifsud RED DEVILS

Kylie Steemers RED DEVILS

 U15 Regional Team

Moana Benjamin MONASH

We also wish to congratulate those who have played at Fawkner Park in the past

Georgia Donovan, Gemma Hamilton, Mihikura Tuialii, Meaghan Grah, Bianca Ross and Bailey James.

Full team details can be found on the Softball Victoria website:



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Diamond Classic – August 10th

Join us as the Metro League’s top players take each other on in what promises to be an exciting game of softball.

Email your expressions of interest to melbournesoftball@gmail.com


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Amaru Day – July 27th


11-01-1941 to 11-8-2010

Layne was born in New Zealand and came to Australia in 1972 for six months and never returned to live in the country she was born.
Layne played softball for the Saints Club in New Zealand and her love of the sport soon became evident as she joined the Bears Softball Club as a player and after her retirement and the passing of the Foundation President Esther Deason, M.B.E. became the administrator for the Club.

Layne played representative softball for Melbourne a number of times, playing mainly third base. She also held the position of Coach of the Open Representative Team.
Layne became Treasurer of the Association a position she held for a number of years.

Layne was the first recipient of the Melbourne Softball Association Service Award presented for service to softball at Fawkner Park.

Before she passed away, Layne ensured that Softball would be rewarded for the enjoyment and friendship she had experienced for many years.

 The Executive has agreed that the last Sunday in July each year will be celebrated as the Layne Amaru Celebrations, encompassing a fun filled day.


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NAIDOC Week 2014 Celebrations

IMG_7147Melbourne turned the weather on Sunday giving those in the park for the NAIDOC Slowpitch game a beautiful morning in which to get a hit on the diamond.

Thanks to all of those who turned up to play or to offer their support from the sidelines, and extra thanks to Poppy for getting the BBQ fired up and cooking and for the delicious custard pie.

Photos of the game can be found on our Facebook page.


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Pitching & Catching Clinic

The MSA will be holding a pitching and catching clinic on Sunday July 13th. All levels of experience welcome.

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NAIDOC Slowpitch Event

Melbourne Softball Association is pleased to support the NAIDOC Slowpitch event to be held on July 13th.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

Please encourage members of our Fawkner Park softball community to support and assist the organisers of this event.

Interested in being involved on the day? Please email your expression of interest.


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