10th September 2014
Following on from my discussions with Cricket Tasmania, I have confirmed with Wade Townsend from North Hobart Cricket Club, that members of Baseball Tasmania may use the TCA nets for baseball practice.....Important information:.....Cost: $30 per net per hour.......Access: complex open seven days but bookings are essential, particularly for weekends, cricket clubs obviously have first access and their busy times are generally 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm....There are showers available so members could utilise the complex prior to work....Gear: players must only use their own bats/helmets or those of their team.....even though we are covered for insurance under Baseball Australia for BASEBALL practice at the nets, appropriate protection MUST be worn, particularly for batting...to be covered by the insurance, you must be registered with Baseball Australia...if I have not received a registration form AND $50 (part of the 2015/16 fees) then you are not registered......for bookings, contact Wade Townsend on 0488 167 539. David (11/6/2016)
The Northern Pirates from Wollongong are keen to visit Hobart for another round of games in 2016. Speaking with players at the recent 50th anniversary celebrations, they thoroughly enjoyed their time here last year and are excited at the prospect of visiting in 2016. Chris Chalker has been in contact with the Pirates and their preferred weekend for visiting is the weekend of October 22nd. There are potentially exciting events in the future for baseball in Hobart and as part of that, we welcome the ongoing connection with the Northern Pirates. We are calling on all those who may be able to provide some assistance by arranging activities, helping out etc. If you are able to help, please contact Chris Chalker.
After having to fly and drive a total 7 hours I was ready for a weekend of baseball. Mildura quickly reminded me that it was definitely no longer summer with cold cold 1°C mornings that didn't get much better as the day went on. It was infuriating for myself that I was going into the tournament with a sore shoulder but, was pleasantly surprised to find that I could still pitch at around full speed when I couldn't throw 90ft normally. In the carnival, wins were hard fought but it seemed that we couldn't catch a break. We were "the walking wounded" with people dropping by the second. Although, it was a great experience. I enjoyed being able to hang around with a great group of guys that didn't let things get to them. The trip couldn't have happened without the efforts of the EO Bill Whiteside and the coaches Phil, Sean and Harry and all other helpers. I can't thank them enough for their efforts. While I won't be able to play another junior carnival I wish all the players of next year , good luck!
On Saturday 18th June 2016, I attended the 50th Anniversary Dinner for the Northern Pirates Baseball Club. The evening celebrated 50 seasons of ups and downs, of the players and officials who performed and kept the club going through those years. It was an honour to be invited and I thank Pirates' president, Al Michaelis for that invite. Congratulations to the Pirates and thanks to all those players/officials who made me feel welcome. David (28/6/2016)
Huge thanks to Nicole and Andrew Perry for catching up this evening to discuss starting up a baseball competition in Launceston. Andrew has kindly agreed to be the contact for anyone (male or female) interested in playing baseball in Launceston and he can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Australian Masters Games have been awarded to north west Tasmania and a baseball competition will be held at the Spreyton ground in October 2017. I shall be meeting with members of the Devonport City Council next week and will take the opportunity to meet with people who have shown interest in playing baseball in Launceston. For further information on this trip, either email me at email@example.com or call me on 0468 927 363.
Thanks to John Hayes and Rhett Lockyer from Cricket Tasmania for catching up this morning to discuss future collaborations between Cricket Tasmania and Baseball Tasmania. Discussions included baseball sessions with Brad Harman from the Melbourne Aces and a baseball game between members of the Tassie Tigers' cricket squad and the HSBL. Stay tuned for further updates as they become available. David
The executive committee for the coming year is:
Patron: Scott Bacon MP
President: David Searle
Vice presidents: Chris Chalker; Zac Shutt
Treasurer: Peter Hubble
Secretary: Terese Millhouse
The general committee will include a representative from each of the competing teams.
Once again there will be a match committee, the members of which will be announced soon.
On behalf of Baseball Tasmania, I would like to thank Andrew Smith (quiz master), Markus (chef), the Polish Club staff and Terese Millhouse for all her hard work and time getting donations, setting up etc for last night's inaugural Quiz Night.
We would also like to thank the following for their generous donations for the evening:
Blackwoods Tools; Bunnings Rosny; Currency Cafe; Hair Gallery; Harbour Lights Cafe; Hotel Soho; K & D; Michael Hegarty; Network Gaming; Parr's Air-conditioning; Red Square Cafe; Scott Bacon MP; Shamali Cafe; Sinclair's Health & Fitness; Steve's Liquor Lindisfarne; Tasmania Paint Shop; Tasmanian Trophy House; The Good Guys; Woolworths Eastlands.
Please support these businesses.
Congratulations to team Isotopes (Nikki Morrison; Chris Morrison; Sam Morrison; Chopper Wightman & Dean Chamberlain for winning the Quiz Evening from the Wasps....on a tie breaker no less!!!
I am thrilled to announce that we have two new sponsors. Firstly, our Gold Sponsor for season 2015/16 will be Raine & Horne Real Estate Hobart. As a Gold Sponsor, Raine & Horne can put their name to an end of season award and they have chose "Best Defensive Player". Thanks go to David Brooks for arranging this. ------------------------------------------- I would also like to welcome on board as a sponsor Fish Focus Consulting as a Silver Sponsor and would like to thank Kristie & Sully for their support. Kristie & Sully's sponsorship comes in the form of provision of the tops to be worn by the participants in the inaugural Celebrity Game to be held on Sunday 1st November at noon. David (30/10/2015)
Gold Sponsor: Raine & Horne Real Estate Hobart
Silver sponsor: A & K Sullivan Pty Ltd t/a Fish Focus Consulting
Bronze sponsor: Vantage Hotels
Hobart Blue Jays: Hotel Soho
Northern White Sox: Tas Keno
Orioles: Banjos Bakery
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Second session at Taroona High today and we involved the students in a game. Some of them hit the ball very well (though it was only me pitching!!!) so promising signs there. Thanks to all who participated and to Sully for his help, despite feeling unwell. Thanks to Anita Welsh and Taroona High for giving us the opportunity to bring our game to the students.
Special thanks to Stefania Bostock for her assistance in having my full article published.
On Friday night (8th), as part of another successful Presentation Night Dinner, Tim Holland from the Dragons was announced as the Jamie McIntyre Player of the Year for season 2015/16.
This was Tim's first season in the Hobart Summer Baseball League (HSBL) and he was duly voted by the umpires as Player of the Year for his superb season. On the season, Tim batted .429 with 2 home runs and his pitching was instrumental in his team not only finishing top of the standings but also claiming their first HSBL title.
Tim's pitching in the final was amazing, giving up just one hit whilst striking out seven over four innings of work. He was duly awarded the President's Medal as the best player in the Grand Final.
Congratulations to Tim and we look forward to seeing you on the diamond in 2016/17.
The Dragons are the champions of the HSBL for season 2015/16 after defeating the Banjos Orioles 11-2 in today's Grand Final. For the first four innings, it was a pitchers' duel between Jimmy Clout (Orioles) and Tim Holland (Dragons) with the Dragons just leading 3-0. The Orioles narrowed the score to 3-2 in the top of the fifth but a three run sixth and a four run seventh saw the Dragons run out convincing winners.
Congratulations also to Tim Holland who pitched four innings of one hit ball with seven strikeouts to win the President's Medal for the Grand Final MVP.
Dragons: Ross Peters; Paul Johns; Dean Chamberlain; Shane Davies; Brendan Adams; Riley Schmidt; Adam de Cotter; Leigh Johns; Tim Holland; Aaron Jarvis, Kay Hong, Rhys Watts (mgr for the day)
Banjos Orioles: Linton Burgess; David Wightman; Jimmy Clout; Chris Chalker; Shane Bromfield; Beau McNeil, Rod Saxby, Jared Rush, Stuart Robins, Tim Artis; Jason Featherstone; Nik Wolf, Isaac Daniels
In the earlier game, the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays and Northern White Sox played a lighthearted playoff game for third which the Sox won.
Between the two games, members of the Batter Up T-ball League teams, Clarence Angels and Hobart Giants entertained the huge crowd with an exhibition game.
Thank you to Peter Hubble, Michael Hegarty, David Edwards and Grant Stump for officiating the two games, to Jared Rush for scoring, to Naomi Searle for taking photos, for those members who worked on the BBQ and to Terese Millhouse for her assistance with the PA system.
One cannot praise enough the huge crowd who attended to watch our big day....our heartfelt thanks to one and all.
HSBL playoff for third
Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V Northern White Sox 10 am to 11.30am
Umpires: Grant Stump (plate); Linton Burgess (base)
Batter Up T-ball exhibition game: 11.45 am to 12.30 pm
HSBL Grand Final
Dragons V Banjos Orioles 1pm (nine innings)
Umpires: Peter Hubble (plate); David Edwards (base); Michael Hegarty (base)
We are ready!!....thanks to Shane Bromfield, Jared Rush, Grant Stump, David Humphries, Aaron Jarvis, Dean Chamberlain, Hayley, Jake & Lochie for your help in clearing and preparing the batting area/base markings for tomorrow's semi finals. Semi final details: tomorrow will see the semi finals played for HSBL 2015/16. For the first time, games will be played over nine innings. We are unsure how long a nine innings game will take but we are working on the assumption of three hours, hence the uncertainty of the afternoon game time. The games are as follows: 10am Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V Banjos Orioles Approx 1.30pm Dragons V Northern White Sox David Edwards will be plate umpire for both games. David (27/2/2016)
As we begin our finals' series, it is important to remember our sponsors, not only the league but also team, and those organisations which have donated money. On behalf of Baseball Tasmania, I thank you all for your kind support throughout the season. David
Gold Sponsor: Raine & Horne Hobart Real Estate
Silver sponsor: Fish Focus Consulting
Bronze sponsor: Vantage Hotels t/a 9/11 Bottleshops
Banjos; Techquity, Kennedy Bros Painting; Claremont Hotel, KFC
Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays: Hotel Soho
Northern White Sox: Tas Keno
Tassy Tigers Masters:
Haymes Paints Ballarat; Kennedy Bros Painting; Bennetto Finance; Park Hotel Bistro Ballarat.
Even though we still have some games to go in this season, it is not too early to start planning for next season. To this end, Baseball Tasmania will have a stall at an Expo for International Students to be held in mid February. Hopefully, we will secure some new players through this.
As you would be aware, we have some 12 & 13 year old's who have been bat boys for our teams. They are keen to play their own baseball so I am asking people to put the word out there for potential players aged 12 to 16. We hope to get some players from the existing t-ball competition but that is still in the planning stages.
After discussion with committee members it has been decided that the 2015/16 finals will be fought out between the top four sides. In the first week of the finals the games will be 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 with the winners of each game to play off in the Grand Final on Sunday 6th March. As in past seasons, to be eligible to play in the finals, players must have all their appropriate fees paid AND have played at least five (5) games.
Congratulations to the Dragons who secured the 2015/16 minor premiership with their 10-5 victory over the Banjos Orioles today. Rhys Watts hit a solo home run and Tim Holland pitched four solid innings to lead their team to victory.
In the afternoon game, thè Eastern Athletics halted their 8 game losing streak in emphatic fashion by defeating the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays 13-4. Richard Benoit and ?rant Stump starred for the victors with three hits each and scoring seven runs between them. With their victory, the Athletics now lead the Northern White Sox on percentage for the final spot in the finals. How important is the Sox' final roster game next week against the Orioles?!!!!!
During my wanders around Hobart, several women have expressed interest about playing baseball. Our league is open to both men and women and I would encourage any women who may wish to pursue that interest, to attend the "Come and Try" days to be held ove the next four Sundays. All sessions will be held at Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground, Gepp Parade Goodwood, commencing at 10.30 am
Players are reminded that it is a requirement, and has been for many seasons, that a non refundable amount of $50 be paid BEFORE playing your first game of baseball. This $50 pays for your registration with Australian Baseball Federation (ABF) and your insurance. I will be at the pre-season games to take payments and registrations.
Tonight on Southern Cross News there will be film from last night's game between the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays and the Eastern Athletics as part of a report on baseball.
The same film can be found on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/44F1FY8aEpU
More big news from the weekend, Chris Chalker has secured sponsorship for the 2016 Tassie Masters' teams with Park Hotel Bistro in Ballarat. On Thursday 17th March 2016, those members of the two teams will be attending the bistro for a feed, drinks and the presentation of caps sponsored by the hotel. Thanks again to Chris for all his hard work.
Just a reminder to players; it helps your team immensely if you can advise your manager of your availability to play....well in advance of the game. I appreciate there are unavoidable last minute reasons to be unavailable but all players have access to a roster and in the majority of cases, would know of their availability in advance. It should not be left to the manager to constantly run after players to check on their availability.
Early notification means your manager can reach out to the manager of the team which has the bye in that week to see if anyone from his or her team is interested in filling in.
Fill-ins should initially be sourced from the team which has the bye for that week. If no-one is available then alternatives can be looked at.
Rules regarding fill-ins: (from previous seasons)
In a thrilling encounter to mark the first game in 2016, the Orioles won their first HSBL game yesterday by defeating the Eastern Athletics, 12-8. Fielding perhaps their strongest team for the season, including Jimmy Clout and Stuart Robins, the Orioles jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, Clout driving in two runs. The Athletics stormed back to trail 5-3, to tie it up at 7 apiece after two innings and to actually take an 8-7 lead going into the top of the fourth. The game then changed as Nik Wolf, Robins and Linton Burgess all got on base in front of Clout who proceeded to launch a ball out of the park, the Orioles first grand slam home run and to give them a lead they would not relinguish. Clout starred going 3 from 4 but Robins hit two doubles in his debut for the Orioles and the victory was a team effort. David Wighman took a great outfield catch (and wasn't he excited!!) to inspire his team mates. David (11/1/2016)
At the conclusion of last season it was suggested that we establish a match committee to review our playing conditions with the aim of making them clearer and more relevant to our competition. I am happy to announce that the following have volunteered to form this committee: Dave Edwards; Steve Harris; Jesse Warburg; David Brooks and Matt Drumm.
The committee will also convene during the season to resolve any non umpiring decision disputes that arise during our games.
One of the success stories of the 2014/15 season was the Presentation Night held in March. This night, and the awards presented thereon, would not have happened without the statistics obtained from the scoring of our games by Jared Rush and Norm Johns. There is a strong chance Norm will not be scoring in the 2015/16 season so I am inviting expressions of interest from not only members but also supporters to learn how to score and thus spread the load of scoring our games. Peter Hubble has volunteered his services to teach people how to score.
Following on from tonight's general committee meeting, I am happy to announce some exciting news about the upcoming 2015/16 HSBL season.
The baseball poster promoting the 2015/16 season. Thank you Maree Copping for designing the poster and Ryan Oakley for organising it. It would be appreciated if members and friends could print out the poster and hang it up at their respective places of employment to help promote our competition. Thanks
Dragons to play Banjos' Orioles in the 2015/16 Grand Final
Heading to greener pastures...
Results of the 2016 winners
Celebrating 50 years of baseball in Wollongong...
Great result from Sausage Sizzle held at Bunnings Glenorchy
The Banjos Orioles make the HSBL finals in their first season
Final standings for 2015/16 and finals' participants
A look at the stats and results from the 2016 Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival held in Ballarat
AGM/Quiz Evening 2016
Terese Millhouse receives State Award for carer of the year
Thank you very much to those members who attended this evening's AGM and to Hotel Soho for the use of their facilities.
The following members will form the executive committee for the 2015/16 season:
President: David Searle
Snr vice president: Chris Chalker
Vice president: Zac Shutt
Treasurer: Peter Hubble
Secretary: Steve Lovegrove
Congratulations to all those elected.
MVP of the Grand Final, Tim Holland is presented with the President's Medal by Baseball Tasmania President, David Searle; Adam de Cotter and Brendan Adams with the Hubble Edwards Shield, the winning Dragons' team (back: L to R, Ross Peters; Adam de Cotter, Dean Chamberlain; Paul Johns; Aaron Jarvis; Tim Holland; Rhys Watts. front: L to R: Brendan Adams; Kay Hong; Shane Davies; Leigh Johns; Riley Schmidt. Seated: Hong; Bree de Cotter; Molly Carpenter.
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I am pleased to announce that today we reached 200 likes on our Facebook page. On behalf of Baseball Tasmania, I would like to thank all those people who have "liked" our page because it is through your interest that we are able to spread the word, not only about baseball but also softball and the new t-ball league.
This section is for the promotion of social events being conducted round Hobart. Anyone wishing to promote an event, please contact us. David.