What a difference a week can make – from pouring rain and a cancelled Round 10 to a sunny Round 11 that saw us breaking out the sunscreen. It’s nice when Melbourne co operates and puts on a nice day.
The usual flurry of activity in the morning with a management meeting (thanks as always to the clubs for sending their delegates along), a few slowpitch players turning up and taking the opportunity to hit the ball around the park and 6 games of fastpitch. The Warriors will be feeling rather pleased with themselves today after giving a depleted Panthers team their first defeat of the season.
This Sunday sees us celebrating NAIDOC week with our annual invitational slowpitch game.There will be activities for the younger kids also so bring them along as well. Finish it up with a well earned BBQ lunch. Pull on the cleats and play, or just watch from the sidelines, it promises to be a great morning.
The afternoon will conclude as always with Round 12 of the Melbourne Softball Association Metro League
The ladder as it currently stands can be found HERE
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
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.
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.
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!