2017 Open Women’s Representative Team

Melbourne Softball is pleased to advise that we are entering an OPEN WOMEN’S REPRESENTATIVE TEAM to compete in the annual MEMORIAL SHIELD hosted by Werribee Softball Association. 

The tournament is to be held at Werribee’s facilities at President’s Park on the weekend of September 16 & 17 2017.

We are now seeking expressions of interest from Players and Officials

Nomination for players and officials is via an online form available on the following links: 

Player Nomination 

Official Nomination 

Nominations will close July 14th at 5pm 

Players, Coaches and Selectors should note that selection trials have been set for Sunday 23 July from 10.00am to 12noon and the squad shall train on Sundays 6, 13, 20 August. Attendance at all is required.

It should also be noted that a commitment for the full two days of the tournament is essential. Games may be fixtured between 8am – 6pm

Tournaments such as the Memorial Shield are a great opportunity for
members to extend their softball skills whilst enjoying a great experience proudly representing and playing for Melbourne Softball

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Fawkner Park and the MSA are going pink on Sunday May 14th

Join us as we help fundraise for the Breast Cancer Network Sunday, May 14th.

Time to pink up to support breast cancer!

On May 14th the Melbourne Softball Association will be ‘pinking up’ as we take part in Breast Cancer Network Australia’s (BCNA) annual Pink Sports Day.

The MSA will join hundreds of sporting groups nationwide to show our support for people in our local community who have been affected by breast cancer.


This year BCNA hopes to raise $550,000 for Australian women, men and families affected by breast cancer and is calling on all sporting groups and their communities to help achieve this goal.

Funds raised through Pink Sports Day go directly to BCNA to support their work in ensuring Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care.

Christine Nolan, BCNA CEO, said it is important that women in communities all over Australia know that they are not alone on their breast cancer journey.

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women and this year nearly 17,586 Australian women and 144 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer,” Christine said.

“Pink Sports Day is a wonderful event that inspires great community participation and spirit while raising awareness and vital funds for BCNA, and we are very grateful for your support,” she said.

The MSA is inviting members of our community to ‘pink up’ and come down to cheer us on as we play in support of those affected by breast cancer.

What:Melbourne Softball Association’s Pink Sports Day!
Date:May 14th
Time:10am onwards
Location:Fawkner Park, South Yarra
The whole community is encouraged to join us for this fun and rewarding event!

Please be aware that there are road restrictions in place due to the annual Mother’s Day Classic, please check the event website for full details

Mother’s Day Classic road restrictions

 

 

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Vale Bob Gray

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Death notice
It is with sadness that Melbourne Softball Association advises the passing of our esteemed Life Member, Graeme Robert (Bob) Gray.

Bob has been a stalwart of our sport working with a passion for Melbourne Softball and the wider softball community throughout Victoria.

Bob was actively involved, predominantly as an umpire from 1968 to 2014, and since 1979 until his retirement in 2014, as a valued member of our Fawkner Park community.

We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Vi, children Brian, Judy, Jamie, Ellen, Owen, and their families and also to his friends.

Rest in peace Bob
Funeral details will be advised when they are known.

In memorium
Graeme Robert (Bob) Gray

Bob began his involvement in softball in regional Victoria, Hamilton, alongside his wife Violet (Vi) in 1968. Then followed a time at Geelong Softball Association and since 1979 until his retirement in 2014, with Melbourne Softball Association.

Whilst Bob was a registered member at Melbourne he willingly gave his time to many softball events throughout Victoria.
Bob along with his wife Vi have, in his time, assisted at all tournaments Melbourne has hosted including Round Robins, Victorian Championships, Australasian Public Sector Games, and Australian Corporate Games. They have also worked at various National Championships that have been hosted by Softball Victoria and many Victorian Championships hosted by Softball Victoria’s affiliated associations.

He has umpired at many of the aforementioned events and has also been seen on softball diamonds for Melbourne’s summer and winter competitions and various summer associations’ competitions over the years.

Bob has been a great ambassador for our sport. Wherever you found Bob you would find him interacting with fellow umpires, coaches, players and administrators willingly assisting, mentoring and or supporting them.
Bob was awarded Life Membership of Melbourne Softball Association in 2007.

He has been recoginised by Softball Victoria presenting him with the Merle Short Service Award for service to softball and Softball Australia presenting their service award. Softball Australia also recognised him for more than 25 years of service as an umpire.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Bob’s family and friends.

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Level 1 Scorer’s Course

BASIC SCORINGTime to get those coloured pens out.

Always wondered just how the game is scored and how to interpret the hieroglyphics? Then join us over two mornings for a Level 1 Scoring Course. This course is accredited and you’ll leave with a shiny certificate and, more importantly, a better idea of how to score the game.

You must register your interest below. There is a cap on the number of places available so get in quick.

 

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Umpire gains Level 3 Accreditation

On behalf of the members of Melbourne’s softball community at Fawkner Park and in particular the Melbourne Softball Umpiring fraternity we’d like to extend to Peter Samuels our sincere congratulations on attaining his National Level 3 Umpiring accreditation at the 2016 Victorian Open Championship at Werribee.

Well done Peter. A reward very much deserved after all the time and committment you’ve put into the umpiring community.

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Vale Judy Joy Davies

Vale Judy Joy Davies AOR: Melbourne Softball acknowledges the recent passing of Judy Joy Davies.

Judy Joy ‘covered local and international sport’ included a strong leaning towards females in sport. She was a staunch supporter of softball for over two decades. Judy Joy regularly visited Fawkner Park and the Domain to gather newsworthy topics and catch up with her softball friends. Softball was fortunate enough to have regular. sometimes weekly articles in the Herald Sun and it’s precursor newspapers, and not just a few lines in one column. You will find in our archives articles with photographs that were often a quarter page in size. Ah those were the days! SOFTBALL in a bold heading and signed off by Judy Joy Davies.

Rest in peace Judy Joy. Sincere condolences to her family and friends.

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News from Grand Final Day

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

11225375_887586264627861_1349251631035058694_oMelbourne 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)

 

 

11958222_887586141294540_188804312294344483_oWingers 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.

Cheers,
Danielle

 

 

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News from the Semi Finals

CaptureI 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.

 

 

 

Final Results:

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

 

 

 

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History of the MSA

cropped-MSA-Logo.pngIf anyone new to the park has been wondering about the hows and whys the Melbourne Softball Association came about you can wonder no longer. We got a little blurb up on the website as well as a booklet put together to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the MSA.

We’ve also added a list of Grand Final winners since 1982, as well as Grand Final MVP’s if they were awarded.

These can both be found from the drop down About Us menu on the home page, or from the direct links below.

Enjoy the read, it really is a fascinating bit of history about one of, if not the, oldest softball associations.

History of the MSA

Grand Final Winners 1982 – Present

 

 

 

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MSA Upcoming Events

11026132_829653860421102_2954365050943157044_nThere 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

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