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