Friday 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:
- MVP – Sarah Rodgers
- MVP Runner Up – Elise Chisholm
- Most Improved – Karen Peterson
- MVP – Margaux Bouthémy
- MVP Runner Up – Tuyet Tran
- Most Improved – Alicia Farnham
- 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
September 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
- 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
- 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
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
Grand 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.
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
Rejuvenate Skin Clinic
Rachel Webb Photography
New World Whisky Distillery
Those of you who made it to training on Weds would be aware of the changes that are occurring to the Metro league and the flow on effect it has for us as a club. If you were not at training please read the following carefully and make note of your new squads
With the withdrawal of several teams from the MSA 2014 season it was decided, by the MSA executive and the clubs, to run the competition as a single ten team division for the first 8 weeks. This was a concern for us due to the raw nature of our baby Dragons and the implications of them having to play A grade teams. Therefore we’ve decided to mix up all three teams with an equal number of A, A Res and B grade players. This ensures that all teams are competitive and that those players who are new to the club or the sport have the on diamond support of more experienced players.
The squads are as follows
The first training session of the season started out in bright sunshine and saw a good turnout of old and new faces.
Our new head coach in Molly, ably backed up by Coaching Coordinator (we had to give her something to do after she totally mistimed her pregnancy to fall during the season) Kira ran the girls through their paces.
We are looking forward to a great season, and it’s not too late to join us. We have teams from beginners to those more advanced and would love to have more people join the club, so get in touch if you are keen or just want to ask us any questions.
Training is currently only on Weds evenings from 5:45 -7:30 at the Melbourne University Oval. Tuesday batting sessions will be added once we have full access to the cages.
Once again the club has a stall at the annual University of Melbourne Clubs and Societies day.
We’ll be in attendance from 11-3pm Thursday and Friday this week as well as Thursday March 6th so head down and say hello to the lovely ladies manning our desk. Sign up for the coming season and put yourself in the draw for some great prizes.
The MUSC committee would like to wish all our players, volunteers and supporters a safe and happy holiday season. Hope to see you all in the new year helping the MUSC to get even bigger (maybe not too big for the sake of Danielle’s sanity) and better.
Fox Sports will, for the first time, be broadcasting the upcoming National Championships, offering the opportunity to fans all over the country the chance to see top flight softball.
The Fox Sports coverage will feature a 90-minute package on January 23 at 3pm, followed by a further showing on Australia Day, January 26 at 12noon.
Media Release: http://www.softball.org.au/news/Fox-Sports-to-show-Women%27s-Softball-National-Championship-this-January-x-35934.html
Live streaming will also be available for the entire competition via Softball Australia’s website
Live Streaming: http://softball.org.au/news/Live-streaming-of-the-Gilley%E2%80%99s-and-Edebone-Weber-Shields-x-35981.html
It’s International Volunteers Day so a big thank you to all that help keep this club running like a (mostly) well oiled machine.