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.
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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