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The Melbourne University Softball Club was established in 1961 and continues to provide opportunities for members of not only the university but also the general public.

The last few years has seen the club grow from one team in 2011 to three in 2013 and 2014. This is an achievement that the committee is very proud of and one that we are keen to see continue. Our hope is to continue this growth and once again provide teams suitable for players of all experience levels.

The club trains at Melbourne University during the week and plays at Fawkner Park in South Yarra on Sunday afternoons from May – September.

AngelsWe provide opportunities for female players from junior to senior level regardless of their skill base as well as the opportunity to represent Melbourne University at inter varsity competition.

The club has a healthy, fun attitude towards softball which is both competitive and enjoyable. Players of all standards, including beginners are encouraged to contact the club if interested.

Joining the club is easy; simply fill in our playing enquiries form and someone will get back to you ASAP with further details.

For information about our fees/training please visit the Playing Information link above

Player Registration

The club competes in the Melbourne Softball Association Metro League from May-September each year. Registrations will open in early April.

For any general enquiries please fill in the contact form and someone will be in touch.

  • Returning players please click RENEW, new players REGISTER.
  • The system will automatically issue you an invoice, this does not need to be paid immediately, but we won’t say no to getting it.

 

2016 Training

2016 Training Information

Our first session will be on March 23rd in Social Space A in the Sports Centre at Melbourne Uni.
This will be a meet and greet and a chance for  new players to discover how the club and season works and for the old hands to catch up with each other after a summer off as well as introduce themselves to the new batch of MUSCers.
Please come along as you will get a chance to meet your coaches and the people who you’ll be playing the season with.

We will then have our first proper training session on the Oval on Wednesday, 30th March. Please note that batting training will not start until April.

General Training Information

  • Training is held two nights per week at Melbourne University, Parkville.
  • Tuesday evenings are in the batting cage from 5:50-7:30pm. We utilise a booking system to ensure that everyone gets one on one time with our coaches and the pitching machine. You can book your preferred time our appointment calendar
  • Wednesday evenings are on the main oval  from 5:45-7:30pm. We ask that you arrive promptly so we can get sessions started as quickly as possible.
  • The map below indicates our position on the oval – the red rectangle, while the red cross is the batting cage.

Training location

Please contact us if you have any queries about where to find us.

 

2015 Award Winners

A Grade: Angels
MVP – Elizabeth Chu
MVP Runner Up – Chelsea Owen-Smith
Most Improved – Katherine Gourley

A Reserve Grade: Raptors
MVP – Ally McAlpine
MVP Runner Up – Chathurani Abeyratne
Most Improved – Not awarded

B Grade: Dragons
MVP – Tegan Haering
MVP Runner Up – Jodie Lim
Most Improved – Jayne Perry

2015 Australian University Games
MVP – Alys Young
MVP Runner Up – Lena Nguyen

2014 Season Wrap Up

As we pack up the kits for yet another year we leave you with some thoughts from our coaches/team manager
Raptors – Jell

DSC_0110After a disrupted start to the season with teams being split up and re-distributed, the Raptors battled hard for much of the season with little result on the wins board. That being said, there was much growth and improvement from many within the team.
This improvement saw the Raptors become much more competitive towards the end of the season, and only marginally missing out on a Grand Final appearance.Margaux starred at Short Stop (and was happy to jump in to catch when Alicia was injured), taking out the Raptors MVP award as a result.
Tuyet became a pivotal member of the infield when she moved into 2nd Base in Laney’s absence, her game smarts and willingness to cover bases was particularly noticed. Alicia was rock solid at Catcher and has taken another giant step in her development.
Our experienced core of Amy, Laney and Danielle didn’t disappoint in providing stability and leadership on the diamond (and off it for a large part, in Danielle’s case). Ash was a real surprise packet in her first season at the club, holding down the fort in Centre Outfield and helping out with Catching, she never let the team down.
Valerie really improved in her batting to be one of our more consistent players this season, and entertained with some new tricks, including a chest mark in Left Outfield. Jodie was solid wherever we threw her, infield, outfield, pitcher, you name it, Jodie gave 100%. I fully expect Jodie to take yet another step up in her game in 2015.
Karen was another one of our versatile and experienced players. Always happy to play wherever was required on the day and always giving us a top notch effort.

 

Bec was also committed to any position she was thrown into, providing support in the infield and outfield and was vocal in supporting the team.
Rachel joined us late in the season, but became a real asset with the bat in hand. Looking forward to seeing a few more spectacular hits from her next season.
I really want to thank all of the Raptors for their commitment and effort in 2014. At times it hasn’t been easy, but everyone stood strong and gave it their all. I hope to see all of you back in 2015 (minus the ranga who’s ditching us for Perth), as I’m quite confident that we will be a force to be reckoned with.

 

Angels – Molly

AngelsIt’s been a bit of a challenging season for MUSC this year, but I’m very, very happy with the way we have all come together as teams and as a club. When we mixed everyone up near the beginning of the season we knew that it would make for some uneven teams and that we would be relying on some of our more advanced players a little more than we usually would. But every single person, advanced or no, got behind the mix-up for the good of the club and I am so happy with how we embraced it. And the Dragons even won their Grand Final! I would like to just mention some particular thank yous.

 

 

Thank you to the MUSC committee for supporting me as Head Coach this year and getting everything done. Seriously, even if we argue about socks, we get everything done and I couldn’t have done this whole coaching thing without any of you.
Thank you to Kira (and sometimes Khay from afar), for supporting me in coaching, especially at the beginning of the season. I was nervous and had big shoes to fill so, that support was really, really important.
Thank you more than I can even express to Jell and Dave. Having not to worry too much about the Raptors and Dragons was really important to the development of all of the teams. They always were there with good suggestions and sometimes taking over trainings when I couldn’t be there (they were probably more organised, too).
And lastly, thank you to the Angels. Seriously, we were pretty scrappy in the beginning, but we came together so well as a team and I am so very, very proud with how every single person has improved. You were also the most consistently attending team this year. Nearly everyone came to training and I could always rely on having 9 of you on the diamond on Sundays. You’re all just fantastic.
I really hope that, despite the challenges, everyone had a great season this year. I hope to see you all back for what promises to be an excellent season next year!
Dragons – Dave

Dragons2014What a season it was!
Right from the moment we dragons regrouped I knew I had a great foundation to build a winning team.
With each players willingness to learn, determination to improve and respect, we built a relentless attitude which in reward won us the gold.

 

 

As a new coach coming into the fold I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of athletes to work with so thank you.
I would like to end with this
“Remember the Dragons, your team mates your friends, through ups and downs overcame barriers together to create unforgettable memories”
Thank you and well done
Uni Games – Erin
10649722_696999223717274_906981288673300762_nAustralian University Games (or AUG as it’s known) was held in Sydney this year over the Semester 2 mid-sem break. This was MUSC’s 3rd year in a row sending a team to compete for the coveted unigames gold. The competition was bigger than ever this year with 10 teams taking the softball diamond. The grounds were superb with the girls getting to play on the 2000 Sydney Olympic softball grounds. A highlight of this was getting to play a couple of games on a field with a proper underground dugout!
This year also saw the return of our famous support crew (Suzie, Penny and Hunter) who provided us with incredible amounts of tasty food before, during and after games as well as a huge cheer squad. Suzie ensured we had decorations in the dugout and proper pom poms to cheer with! Hunter also put the girls through their paces during warm up ensuring that we completed a run around the diamond before starting each warm up session. Penny also helped out with scoring which meant our scorebook was very colourful!
Whilst the team came in 6th overall (we were robbed of some particularly good outs which meant some games which should have gone our way didn’t…silly baby umpire…) but were by far the best sportswomen on the field. Particular mention goes to Jess Lew for being an incredible asset to the team managing to pitch a game closer as well as fielding like a champ and batting like one too. Alicia behind the plate meant no runners got past her on her watch (or stare for that matter either). Molly’s pitching meant MUSC gave each of the more experienced teams a run for their money with way too many K2s to count across the tournament. Finally, thank you to our returning coach Khay who made the trek from Switzerland just for the tournament (and a holiday, but that’s not as important…). Her coaching on the field was greatly appreciated as she always managed to motivate and make us smile, even when we were sore and tired.
Off field the team rookies also managed to supply plenty of entertainment, with special mention going to Cindy for making the rookiest rookie outfit actually look good, Shanks for well…being Shanks, and Kathy for being a bit of a surprise contender in the nightly selfie competition. Oh, and Maddi, for protecting her Kinder surprise egg so well throughout the entire tournament.
Whilst this was my 3rd and final AUG, I hope that the tradition continues to live on and MUSC bring home gold again like we did in 2012. I have been very privileged to have played (and partied) alongside some incredible athletes over the last 3 years and AUG memories will be ones I will remember for many years to come. For those that are contemplating going, just do it. It has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. And there are plenty of other girls who would say the same I imagine. I expect to hear crazy stories from the veterans next year! Here’s to Gold Coast 2015, when MUSC regain the title of Softball Champions! (And I’ll see you all in Perth for 2016 AUG!)

Just a general thank you from me to everyone who helped make getting three teams on the diamond every Sunday just that little bit easier. A lot of behind the scenes work goes into ensuring we have enough players each week and prompt replies to your teamer requests as well as letting us know when you were not going to be available with plenty of notice went a long way to ensuring we weren’t totally scrambling around match day in a mad panic trying to find fill ins. ~ danielle

All of us on the committee look forward to seeing you back on the diamond in 2015.

2014 Award Winners

20141018_121028Friday saw us gather at Arcadia, just a long outfield throw from Fawkner Park, to get together for one last official function to congratulate those who’ve excelled for the MUSC this season  at Uni Games and our regular Metro League season.

 

Well done to the following players:

METRO LEAGUE

Dragons

  • MVP – Sarah Rodgers
  • MVP Runner Up – Elise Chisholm
  • Most Improved – Karen Peterson
Raptors
  • MVP – Margaux Bouthémy
  • MVP Runner Up – Tuyet Tran
  • Most Improved – Alicia Farnham
Angels
  • MVP – Danika Hill
  • MVP Runner Up – Jess Lew
  • Most Improved – Brina Chan
UNI GAMES 2014
  • MVP – Jess Lew
  • MVP Runner Up – Alicia Farnham

The evening also saw Khay, outgoing President Erin, and Danielle receive service awards for their years of work behind the scenes

 

2014 Metro League Finals Wrap Up

Dragons2014September was a busy month on and off the diamond so our apologies for not ensuring there were weekly match reports done once the finals started.

I’m sure everyone has found out the results by now but just in case you haven’t, here’s how the pointy end of the season went down

Week 1

  • A Grade:  Angels had the week off
  • A Res Grade: Dragons had a strong 9-1 win over Wingers Blue to book themselves a Grand Final berth
  • B Grade: Raptors lost to Wingers Red in a great (and tight) game 9-10

Week 2

  • A Grade:  Angels fought it out against Eastern Raiders for a Grand Final spot but couldn’t overcome the strong hitting of the young Raiders going down 3-24
  • A Res Grade: Having secured their place the previous week the Dragons had the week off to plan their assault
  • B Grade: Another close game for the Raptors going down 9-13 to the more experienced Warriors

Grand Final

The Dragons continued their good form and managed to hold a lead against a strong comeback from the Red Devils taking the game out 7-6

10409452_10203441091000880_8860553559282441921_nGrand Final day also saw club veterans Erin Lane and Khay Fong awarded Melbourne Softball Association Service Awards for their service to softball at Fawkner Park.

In non softball related news, Kira, Aaron and Archer welcomed their latest addition the evening before the Grand Final, a healthy baby boy they’ve named Atticus. We expect we’ll be seeing him in the park next season once Kira gets herself ready to suit up behind the plate once more.

Congratulations to everyone on a great season.

 

 

MUSC Annual Fundraiser

We had a great turn out for our fundraiser at The Clyde (pop in and visit them, they are great) and raised almost $1000 of profit for the evening.

Many thanks to all those that participated with particular thanks to the following people, without whom the evening wouldn’t have been anywhere near as much as a success as it was.

Maddi: The glue who did everything to make the night happen. Printing. Laminating. Jelly making. Stationery. Music. Everything.
Julia for picture round and prize procuring.
Stuart for the music round
Kate for the physical challenges

Thanks also to ours sponsors and those who provided prizes for the evening

The Clyde Hotel
Arcadia Hotel
McCoppins Fitzroy
Rejuvenate Skin Clinic
Rachel Webb Photography
Marked Focus
BWS
USAFoods
New World Whisky Distillery

2014 Metro League – Round 16

After 15 weeks out with injury it was nice to be able to pull on the cleats and hit the diamond, even if the weather was a tad cold. Was almost wishing I was sitting on the bench with my hoodie and blanket firmly wrapped around me as I have for most of the season so far.

20140824_131113Dave managed to ruin my return, making it all about him by getting ejected from the game in a bizarre turn of events. The Dragons proved what a tight unit they have become over the season however, by shaking it off  and cruising to what turned out to be a hale victory in the end. The win against Wingers confirmed their spot at the top of the A Res division. Highlights included a  bunt that turned into a 3 base hit courtesy of Chelsea and a great hit from Kate that netted two RBIs. Final score Dragons 7 def Wingers 3 (Can’t recall if it was Red or Blue to be honest)

I don’t know who scored, but damn they made a mess of the scorebook. Pencils only from now on for the newbies 😉

Second game of the day was Angels v Raptors, the outcome of which would decide who out of 20140824_161025the Angels and Dragons would take third spot on the ladder. The Angels skipped out to an early lead and were a comfortable 4 runs ahead in the 5th. The Raptors however stormed back putting on 5 runs and shutting out the Angels with no score to give them a lead heading into the final innings. Ring in Chisholm scored the tying run late into the 6th to end the game at 6 all.