We’ve come to the end of yet another Metro League and Melbourne put on a stunner of a Spring afternoon.
We’d like to offer our congratulations to all our clubs, players, officials and spectators for not only a fantastic Grand Final series but also another great season. We’ve had our ups and downs over the course of the past few months, but in the end, we’d like to think that everyone who made it into Fawkner Park over the season enjoyed their softball.
Our hearty congratulations to the following individuals and teams
MSA Life Membership Scott Rutherford (Umpire)
MSA Service Award Meaghan Rae (Panthers)
A Grade Panthers 11 defeated Bruisers 10 – in a tie break no less MVP: Meaghan Rae (Panthers)
A Reserve Red Devils Heat 15 defeated Melbourne University Raptors 8 MVP: JP Pari (Red Devils Heat)
B Grade Melbourne University Dragons 17 Melbourne University Wolves 8 MVP: Tahlia Sweeney (Wolves)
Congratulations also to those players & coaches picked in our All Star Teams.
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