For the umpteenth (yes, that’s a real word) year in a row (ok, so maybe it’s 5) the MSA Exec managed to pull some strings with Mother Nature and had her turn on a glorious day. The sun shone from start to finish on what was ultimately a very long, but rewarding day for all of us.
The B Grade ladies started things off with the early slot. The game was tight for the first four innings with only a run or two in it before Monash took their foot off the brakes and put the game out of Melbourne University’s reach. In the end Monash comfortably took the game out 13-3 in 6 innings.
Melbourne Warriors and Red Devils slugged it out in the A Reserve final and again it was a game that saw a lot of runs scored. Red Devils took it in seven innings with a 19-12 win. (Editors note: if anyone who saw the game has more info than that, hit me up with a brief report and I’ll amend the above)
Wingers Red never really got onto the main game against Panthers, shut out from almost the first innings when Panthers went on a run scoring spree that saw them roll through their batting lineup with ease. They wrapped the game up in four innings with a (very) convincing 17-0 scoreline. That was the 4th grand final win in a row for the Panthers and they are certainly the team to beat next year.
Congrats to our Grand Final MVP Winners: A Kathy Bedwell Ares Felicity Mifsud B Caitlin Laird
Congratulations also to Kathy (Panthers) and Danielle (Melbourne University) for their Duyvestyn Service Awards in recognition of their Service to Softball at Fawkner Park.
I know I can speak for the rest of the MSA Executive when I say a sincere thank you to all those who were there on Sunday and during the course of the season, be it as player, spectator, umpire, or executive member. We may be grumbling by the time we shuffle back to the car on a Sunday evening but we come back time and time again because we love the game and want to see it flourish and prosper. The continued support of our members and their desire to play softball and to see us to continue to play at Fawkner Park is both heartening and humbling and is what keeps us coming back year after year.
The MSA will be back in the park for our midweek Corporate Slowpitch Competition from Nov 10th and we’d love to see some new faces there. There aren’t many better ways to spend a warm summer evening than hitting a ball and having a laugh. If you think you might be interested then sign yourself up to our mailing list and we’ll keep you up to date with all the competition info. Slowpitch Information and Mailing List
Good luck to all those heading off to their summer associations and we’ll see you all back for the 2016 Metro League.
Completely slipped my mind that I hadn’t done a round up of Prelim final day, my brain is heading into summer holiday mode already!
3 Preliminary finals were on in the park last Sunday, and while the final score blew out on a couple of the games they were fairly close for most of the 7 innings played.
The A grade final saw Wingers Red taking on Eastern Raiders with Wingers eventually running out easy winners 20-11. It was a close tussle there for several innings but some big hitting saw Wingers take a lead and hold out the Raiders and grab themselves a shot at Panthers next week.
In A Reserve the Red Devils were attempting to redeem themselves for last weeks loss and to give themselves another shot at the Warriors in the grand final. They outplayed an under-performing Melb Uni Angels 19 runs to 13.
With two Melbourne Uni teams in B grade it was up to Monash to ensure they didn’t have a monopoly on the trophy. Smart batting and solid pitching by the Monash team saw them take the game 15 -8.
Join us this Sunday for our Grand Final Day – it promises to be a lovely day weather wise, and what better way to spend a sunny afternoon than in the park watching a talented bunch of women slog it out on the softball diamond.
Grand Final Games
B GRADE – Diamond 7 @ 12:30pm Melbourne University Raptors vs Monash
A RESERVE GRADE – Diamond 3 @ 1:30pm Melbourne Warriors vs Red Devils
I checked the BOM before leaving home on Sunday and was disappointed to see ‘mostly cloudy’ was the forecast for the day. Fortunately they got it very wrong and Fawkner Park was bathed in bright sunshine for most of the day.
Three teams, Panthers, Melb Uni Raptors and Warriors, booked themselves Grand Final berths with wins taking them directly into the big match on Sept 13th.
Monash and Red Devils live to fight another week and take on two of the Melbourne Uni teams, while the Wingers Blue gals find themselves eliminated at the hands of their club mates in the Wingers Red team.
A Division Panthers 11 def Eastern Raiders 0 Wingers Red 11 def Wingers Blue 5
A Reserve Division Melbourne Warriors 19 def Red Devils 11
B Division Melbourne University Raptors 6 def Monash 2
You can find Preliminary Finals game details and times on the Events page for Week 2 Finals
Please note the time slots as they will differ from our regular times
Having one or two issues getting the finals schedule to display on our external site, so please bare with us as we iron out a few wrinkles with tech support. In the meantime you can find the upcoming finals fixture below.
Early start in the park for our Future Growth Forum where members came together to share ideas on how we can improve the competition at Fawkner Park and how to increase participation. The executive would like to thank all those that came down and for all the great ideas that were floated during the course of the morning. Some we already had in the pipeline and are currently moving towards implementing while some were completely new. It was encouraging to see members engaging and having the desire to see us grow and prosper.
On the diamond we had the last round to complete, with the outcome of several games determining who ended up in which division come finals time.
This Sunday sees the semi finals kick off and we wish all the very best of luck to those playing this week.
The LADDER is currently up to date, but as yet the draw is not online, however you can find game times below:
Game 1 MELBOURNE UNI DRAGONS to GAME 7
3:00 Game 2 MONASH vs MELBOURNE UNI RAPTORS
A RES DIV.
Game 3 MELBOURNE UNI ANGELS to GAME 8
1:00 Game 4 RED DEVILS vs MELBOURNE WARRIORS
1:00 Game 5 PANTHERS vs EASTERN RAIDERS
3:00 Game 6 WINGERS RED vs WINGERS BLUE
The penultimate round of the 2015 Metro League has been and gone, and we are now on the homestretch towards Round 16 and finals.
The coaches started off their morning with a round table discussion about the nitty gritty of coaching and all that comes with it. I believe everyone walked away from the forum with a little bit more knowledge and confidence.
The results from round 15 and next weeks clashes could bring some interesting results with the middle section of the ladder still up for grabs.Who will go up? who will go down?
Round 15 Result are now available online HERE while the ladder can be found HERE
A reminder that our Future Growth Forum is on next Sunday and we need you there! Your opinion and ideas on how to continue to grow and sustain the MSA and Metro League are important to us and we want your input.
For the first time in a few weeks we only had Metro League to contend with so it was a nice change for the Executive to be able to ease into the day rather than the frantic running around we’ve been doing of late.
The weather held off, which is always nice, though the rain earlier in the week did play havoc with the batting box on Diamond 7. Fortunately we didn’t have to send in search and rescue to pull anyone out of the mud.
Next weekend we have our coaches forum, and we’d like to encourage all the coaches in the park to attend. It’s an informal session and a great resource to be able to access. Online registrations can be found HERE
On the 23rd we are holding a brainstorming session/forum about the future of Metro League at Fawkner Park, and we need your ideas and input as to how you want the competition to run. Online registration is HERE, and we hope as many of you as possible turn up.
We kicked off Amaru Day with the Diamond Classic and a brilliantly sunny morning in Fawkner Park. This year, to give the Panthers club a bit of a test before they head to the Tassie Fastpitch Classic in October we pitted them against an MSA All Stars team. It was a tight game for the most part, but Panthers managed to draw away in the last putting on 4 runs to end the game 8-4 victors. Thanks to all those who played, coached, umpired, scored and watched. We’ve come to enjoy this annual event and remain committed to having it as a permanent fixture on our calendar.
There is a set on Flickr of the photos taken by our volunteer photog, so check it out at the following link: Flickr
The morning was followed up with 6 games of fastpitch. With only 3 weeks left of the regular season left, the top/bottom two look to be sorted but there is still plenty of movement in the middle half of the ladder and it remains to be seen who ends up in which division once the dust has settled.
Results and ladders are now updated and available online
There a number of activities scheduled in coming weeks.
Commencing with the DIAMOND CLASSIC this Sunday, which sees 2014 Premiers & current league leaders PANTHERS take on the ALL STARS.
Game begins at 10.45am. Spectators wanted to cheer on the teams!!
Also this Sunday – Line Umpires Clinic commencing at 10.00am sharp in the clubrooms. Open to any person interested in learning the practical mechanics and basic rules to base umpire a game.
16 August – COACHES FORUM at 10.00 – 11.30am in the clubrooms. Open invitation to all coaches or any interested in coaching. Please register at the following link: Coaches Forum Registration
23 August – FUTURE GROWTH FORUM at 9.30 – 11.30am. Breakfast in the park with President Jell Radford, and Executive committee members followed by open discussion on the future of Melbourne Metro League in 2016 and beyond. All members will have received an invitation to attend. Anyone welcome. Please register on line at the following link: Forum Registration
Clubs are requested to encourage their members to support Melbourne Softball by attending the above activities
Where to start!? It was a massive day at the MSA today and despite the exhaustion that hit us all as we left the park early this evening we can certainly be satisfied that everything went off without a hitch. Or at the very least no one complained, so this is a win in my books.
We had our NAIDOC Slowpitch game from 11am, and we’d like to thank the Indigenous community for supporting the game, as well as the MSA members who took to the diamond to play, cheered on from the sidelines or manned the BBQ for the hungry masses afterwards. None of this would have been possible without the support of both groups and we offer our thanks for helping us to make the occasion an enjoyable one for all.
While all the softball action was happening on Diamond 7, inside the pavilion we had a task force of former players and administrators sitting down and going through the stacks of memorabilia and photos that had been collected over the years. It was a humbling experience to be in the same room as some of the greats of the game and listen to the stories they had to tell. We loved having them in the park today, and we can hope that they also enjoyed themselves. A huge amount of work got done, but there is still plenty left to do and we’d like to offer our thanks to Angela Broadbent from the Werribee Association who has been one of the driving forces behind the push to digitise our Victorian softball history for future generations to enjoy.
Thanks to our MSA members for putting up with the inconvenience of reduced access to the clubrooms while the task force was on, in particular when the weather turned slightly wet and they were left to huddle on the steps. We’ll try and order better weather next time!
On top of all that we had 5 games of fastpitch in the park today, the girls having to endure some light rain (Editor: I’ve been informed that the ‘light rain’ was actually hail. Semantics! :)) during the latter half of the 1pm game, and a nasty cold front that came through soon after. Fortunately Melbourne behaved as normal and we had bright sunshine 20 mins later.
Next weekend sees our Diamond Classic on from 10:45am, so come down and see if the MSA All Stars can knock Panthers off their perch. The Panthers girls will be selling raffle tickets as a fundraiser for their trip to Ulverstone for the Tassie Fastpitch Classic, so be sure to grab yourself a ticket or two and help them get down south.
Results will be up of the website by Tuesday at the latest