10th September 2014
On behalf of Baseball Tasmania, I would like to extend our condolences to Katrina & Dave Edwards and family on the recent passing of Katrina's father.
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.
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.
Season 2014/15 saw the first team sponsorship in league history; sponsors for our Masters teams and generous donations from individuals and Tas Keno.
In past seasons, the league has been primarily financed by membership fees but as we head into a new era of baseball in Hobart, any sponsorship or donations, no matter how small, are welcomed to aid our expansion.
How far have we come you may ask?....well....2014/15 saw:
What's in the future?
My daughter, Naomi, has prepared a sponsorship portfolio for different levels of sponsorship and this is available from me upon request.
Baseball Tasmania is also involved in a joint venture with Southern Softball to form the Batter Up T-ball league. The future of both sports lies in our youth therefore any financial assistance with the t-ball would also be greatly appreciated.
David 0468 927 363 (20/6/2015)
At the first committee meeting for season 2015/16, the committee decided that there would be a slight increase in fees for the upcoming season. The fees will be as follows:
Under 18/full time students/unemployed $140
Like most sports, injuries can occur in baseball so it is important that each player is covered by insurance BEFORE competing in their first game. To this end, $50 (non-refundable) of the above fees MUST be paid BEFORE playing in your first game. This $50 not only covers insurance under the Australian Baseball Federation (ABF) but also registers you as a member of the ABF for the season.
Other matters relating to fees:
Whilst the 2014/15 HSBL season has not long finished, tomorrow night sees the first committee meeting to begin planning for the 2015/16 season. The committee will have its own items to discuss at meetings but if any members or interested parties would like any matters raised, please don't hesitate to contact me either via private message on our Facebook site, the website or on 0468 927 363.
(I will be providing regular upates under this heading as they come to hand)
Thank you very much to those members who were able to attend the first season 2015/16 committee meeting last Tuesday. A number of matters were discussed, not the least of which was the formation of a match committee to review our playing conditions and to handle any matters arising from within the games. Further information regarding this and other matters will be posted shortly.
Anyone thinking about getting involved with our new T-Ball league as a coach must have a Working With Vulnerable People card. This new legal requirement helps to keep our kids safe. The process at present can take around 6 weeks, so please visit the Tas Justice website for more info and get your form submitted. There will be more news on coaching accreditation to follow in the next few months.
Thanks to Nigel O'Brien for this information.
[The NEW Batter Up T-Ball League is coming]
We want to see baseball thrive in Southern Tasmania, and that means introducing more new players to the game. So, to safeguard the future of baseball in Hobart, we are joining forces with the Southern Tasmanian Softball Association at the grass-roots level…. with the introduction of a new T-Ball roster for kids.
If you are a parent, and keen for your child to play in an organised T-Ball roster this summer, then now is the time to swing into action and make it happen. Why not make a team up of your child’s school friends…. we will provide you with assistance to make that happen.
Progress is being made already, and presently we have received strong interest to form a Clarence club and a Central Hobart club. We are now looking for enthusiastic people to assist in setting up clubs in Lindisfarne, Kingborough, Northern Suburbs or elsewhere.
The new Batter Up T-Ball League will run on a Saturday morning at Softball Park, and will have mixed teams of boys and girls.
Age divisions will be dependent on registrations received, however we anticipate there will be at least 2 x age divisions:
Whilst the games are being played, we will also run a modified Batter Up program to cater for those younger kids who are keen to have a go, so they go on to become our T-Ball players, and baseballers of the future.
If you are interested in becoming involved, contact Nigel.
Ph: 0416 784 297 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may be aware that representatives from Baseball Tasmania and Southern Softball Tasmania have formed a committee to organise a new t-ball competition. The league will be known as Batter Up T-Ball league and has its own Facebook page under that name. For any further information, please check out the Facebook page or contact me on 0468 927 363.
Team that represented Tasmania in the 1975 under 13 baseball carnival held in Brisbane. Wouldn't it be great to have junior teams again?!!! Thanks to Diane Palmer, treasurer of Southern Softball for the article. David 3/5/2015 Bryan Denne's uniform from a long time ago Peewee program from 1978 David 12/5/2015
The word is that a report on our Masters teams is in the May edition of the Glenorchy Gazette. I will post a link on here shortly but in the meantime, the newsagency opposite Northgate usually stocks the paper. The same article will appear in the May editions of the Eastern Shore Sun and the Hobart Observer.
Any requests for Michael's autograph must be addressed to "the peoples' champion" but I am sure he would much rather he was able to provide autographs directly at the get together on June 13th!
Glenorchy Gazette May edition. page 27
The 20th running of the Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival will be held in Ballarat from Friday 18th March to Sunday 20th March 2016 (inclusive). For the first time, the competition will include an over 50 competition in addition to the current over 45 and over 35.
The number of teams across all competitions will be limited to 24 and it has been requested that intending teams make a commitment prior to Xmas 2015. David
Further information can be found athttp://www.vicmasters.baseball.com.au/
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.
Wahoo!!!!!! We are the champions!!!!! The Tassy Tigers over 45's have won the division 2 Grand Final, 12-1 over the Big Cat Tomatoes.
Congratulations to Jamie McIntyre; Peter Hubble; Michael Hegarty; Steve Lovegrove; Grant Stump; Steve Harris; Noel Peters; Dave Coad; David Humphries; Peter McManus; Steve Millington and Rob Permyakoff, ably assisted by Paul McIntrye and Jared Rush.
Thank you very much to Glenn Meehan for the regular updates.
PS I have it on good authority that in a team effort, Grant "Stumpy" Stump went 3 for 3!!
In congratulating the over 45's on their great Grand Final victory and the over 35's on a very good debut carnival, we would also like to congratulate and thank the proud sponsors of our two teams, Haymes Paints Ballarat, Bennetto Finance and Kennedy Bros Painters.
Extract from the Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival website:
"In 45 Plus Division One, it was Big Cat Tomatoes who delivered the goods with a strong 9-4 result over Coburg – another perennial finalist – while Tassy Tigers excited their band of engaged supporters with a thumping 12-1 result over a Tomatoes second side playing in its first 45 Plus Division Two series in this group. For the Tassy boys, too, it was their first finals appearance – and one that delivered their first title in nine years of travelling across for the series....
...While we congratulate the winners and we acknowledge the efforts of all teams making it to the playoff stage, we pay homage to all of our participants – and all of our twenty-one teams – for making this series another outstanding success.
Masters sport can be a seriously uplifting event, which largely explains and defines the popularity of this unique event. Once again, all teams, officials and supporters embraced the spirit of participation, healthy competitiveness, social engagement and fun that underpin the Carnival.
To the new team entries, and to all of our new players, we again say welcome. To all we extend our congratulations and our appreciation for the manner in which you honoured and further strengthened Carnival principles."
Special mention and appreciation must also be extended to Michael Hegarty & Jamie McIntyre (45's) and Chris Chalker (35's) for organising the trip/teams; to those interstate players who helped out our teams; to Jared Rush for scoring; to Paul McIntyre for base coaching (and no doubt vocal support ); to Karen Wilkinson and Steve Lovegrove for their photos and to Glenn Meehan for his regular live updates.
1.40pm update: Tassy Tigers over 45's leading the Big Cat Tomatoes, 11-1 with three more outs to get!!
1.15pm At approximately the half way point of the final, the Tassy Tigers over 45's LEAD 9-0!! Go Tassy go!
Thank you again to our roving reporter, Glenn Meehan, for the updates.
Earlier, the Tassy Tigers over 35's had a heart breaking 7-6 loss to the Red Sox in extra innings. The newbies have done exceptionally well and we are all very proud of you.
WE WIN!!! Yes, hot off the diamond, the Tassy Tigers over 45's have defeated Bendigo 11-4 to advance to their first ever final!!! Go team!!!
In other news, rumour ciculating that Aaron Jarvis is about to make his pitching debut!! Good luck Aaron, good luck to the Over 35's!
Sunday 29th March: Article from Victorian Masters Website:
"45 Plus Division Two is at a fascinating stage, with Tassy Tigers, Bendigo and Big Cat Tomatoes locked at two wins and a loss each heading into the final preliminary round on Sunday morning, while Fitzroy, Newport and the Bees have all notched a win and will be keen to finish on a high note".
8.30 am Bendigo V Tassy Tigers over 45's
10.30 am Tassy Tigers over 35 V Red Sox
Upshot is, if the over 45's win their morning match, they will be in the final of their division to be played at 12.30pm! Go Tassy!
Saturday 28th March:
Tassy over 45's defeated Werribee Bees (last score I had was they were leading 13-4) and were a run up with ten minutes to go against the Rams. Update: extra innings being played. Top of extra innings, we have scored one run, one out, bases loaded! Another run scores for us! Thanks to Glenn Meehan from the over 35's for the updates! Another run scores....we have a lead of three going into the bottom half of the innings! Steve "Muscles" Harris, throwing heat, closes out the game for us....WE WIN!!!
Unfortunately, the Tassy over 35's were defeated by Ballarat 10-0 in their afternoon game.
Game 1: up before the sparrows, Tassy Tigers over 35's defeated by the Pandas by one run. Our roving reporter and ace photographer, Steve Lovegrove reports the boys played very well.
2.30 pm Tassy over 45's V Werribee Bees
Tassy over 35's V Ballarat (rescheduled game from Thursday night)
4.30 pm Tassy over 45's V Newport Rams
GO TASSY TIGERS!!!
Final result: Cods 9 defeated Tassy over 35's 5.
Update: 3.30pm Over 35's trailing 8-4 against Cods.
Latest updates from Ballarat. Over 45's played their first game of the carnival against the Big Cat Tomatoes. At one stage, we led 6-5 but BCT loaded the bases late and would eventually win 9-6. The bad news began early when, catcher and rbi machine, Steve Lovegrove popped a tendon in his glove hand forefinger in the first innings!!! Next up, at 2.30 pm, the over 35's take on the Cods.
David 27/3/2015 2.15 pm.
"The Victorian Masters has for nineteen years set the trends and the standards for mature-aged sport. This time around it was a more dubious opening than we might have expected.
For this first time in its illustrious history, the Carnival was affected by weather to the extent that the Thursday night game between Ballarat and Tassie Tigers in 35 Plus had to be abandoned after 35 minutes or so – with the score at 2-2.
Teams have agreed to reschedule the contest for 2.30 PM on Saturday.
With conditions predicted to improve significantly through Friday and over the weekend, we are poised for another fantastic weekend of Masters baseball at Prince of Wales Reserve."
Extract from Victorian Masters Carnival website.
The Over 35's made their Victorian Masters Carnival debut against the local Ballarat side in tonight's game. Tassy got off to a flyer with Brendan Adams driving in our first two runs but Ballarat fought back to even the score until rain abandoned play after two completed innings.
Waiting for the bus at Tullamarine (l to r) Jamie McIntyre, Peter Hubble, Rob Premyakoff, Steve Millington, Dave Coad, Steve Harris, Noel Peters....illustrious members of the Tassy Tigers Over 45 Masters team. Photo credit: Steve Lovegrove Photo of over 35 yrs skipper, Chris Chalker at bat, courtesy of the Victorian Masters Carnival website. Other photos courtesy of Steve Lovegrove David 26/3/2015
Tasmania's over 45 baseball team to participate at the Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival, commencing on Friday 27th March in Ballarat.
Jamie McIntyre; David Humphries; Michael Hegarty; Peter Hubble; Steve Harris; Steve Millington; Grant Stump; Noel Peters; Peter McManus; Steve Lovegrove; Rob Permyakoff; Dave Coad.
Team "mascot": Paul McIntyre.
Thanks to the Masters' teams' sponsors: Haymes Paints Ballarat; Bennetto Finance & Kennedy Bros Painters.
With the 2014/15 season over, there are a number of organisations/people away from baseball I would like to thank for their support.
Stefania Cefola & Kylie Eastley for the Glenorchy Gazette, Eastern Shore Sun and Hobart Observer coverage; the Mercury for publishing our results each week; Sinclair's Health & Fitness; Hotel Soho; Edge Radio 99.3 FM; ABC 936 AM; Heart 107.3FM; Southern Cross TV; Bennetto Finance; Kennedy Bros Painters; Haymes Paints; Glenorchy City Council; Southern Tasmanian Softball; Bunnings Hardware Stores; All Sports Apparel; Tas Keno.
Also thanks to all those people who have "liked" and "shared" our Facebook page as through you, news of our wonderful game gets out there to more and more people which can only help the league to grow.
Last night, Brendan Adams, of the Dragons, was announced as the inaugural winner of the Jamie McIntyre "Player of the Year" Award. This award was based on votes given by umpires throughout the 2014/15 season.
Brendan had a great season as his stats below indicate and he was a worthy winner of this prestigious award.
batting average 0.600 (second overall)
runs scored 31 (first)
He was also the mainstay of the Dragons' pitching and a great defensive player.
Congratulations to Brendan.
A large group of players, partners, family members and special guests attended last night's inaugural HSBL Presentation Evening and Dinner held at Hotel Soho.
Thanks to Hotel Soho and their hard working staff, to all the guests, to my daughter Naomi for taking photos, to Josh Byrne for MC duties and to he and Zac Shutt for helping organise the evening.
Thanks to our special guests for the evening: Alison & Jamie McIntyre; Katrina, David and Jordan Edwards; Nola and Norm Johns and Maureen and Laurie Newman (from Southern Tasmanian Softball).
Congratulations to the following trophy winners:
Jamie McIntyre "Player of the Year" award: Brendan Adams (Dragons)
Batting average champion: Matt Cashman (Northern White Sox)
Best pitcher: Matt Cashman (Northern White Sox)
Best defensive player: Rhys Watts (Dragons)
Rookie of the Year: Hamish Maitland (Eastern Athletics)
Certificates were also awarded to:
Most runs scored: Brendan Adams (Dragons)
Most hit batter: Peter Hubble (Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays)
Leader in runs batted in: Shane Davies (Dragons)
Most home runs: Patrick Miller (Northern White Sox) & Paul Johns (Dragons) with 3 each
Most walks: Jared Rush (Dragons) & David Searle (Northern White Sox) with 14 each
Lucky door prize winner:
Congratulations to the Dragons who, with their 10-6 victory over the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays tonight, claimed their first minor premiership in the HSBL.
The Northern White Sox took out the 2014/15 Hubble Edwards Shield by defeating the Dragons 7-2 in today's Grand Final.
In front of a huge crowd of vocal spectators, the Northern White Sox held the strong Dragons' batting lineup in check with great pitching by Matt Cashman and Chris Chalker and wonderful defence.
Things looked ominous early on for the Sox as they left the bases loaded in the first innings without scoring a run. Fortunately, they were able to restrict the Dragons to just one run in their half of the innings, Paul Johns driving in Chris Harris for the lone run.
The strong point for the Sox all through the season has been that they bat 1 thru 10, 11 , 12, 13 and today this proved invaluable. In the top of the second, Dave Brooks drove in Dave Humphries for the tying run then he was driven in by Steven Fry for the go ahead run.
Matt Cashman continued to pitch well and held the Dragons scoreless in the bottom of the second. Brendan Adams was pitching well for the Dragons but when Patrick Miller connected for a two run home run in the top of the third, the Sox had taken a handy 4-1 lead.
The Sox tacked on another run in the top of the fourth and it was bottom half of this innings where the game had a pivotal moment which proved crucial in the ultimate outcome of the game. The Dragons finally got hold of Cashman and with runners on second and third with no-one out, looked certain to score, if not one run than many more. Cashman has been one of the Sox' outstanding performers throughout the year and he showed it here as he cooly got three outs without allowing any runs, a morale boosting effort for his team.
Another two runs in the top of the fifth gave the Sox a 7-1 lead but once again, the Dragons had runners on base but were only able to score one run as Chris Chalker came on to end a threat. With Paul Johns pitching very well, the Sox found base hits hard to come by but the Dragons were unable to get anything going against Chris Chalker and when Dave Brooks took a catch in the outfield off Shane Davies, the Sox were champions.
Thanks to Peter Hubble (plate), Dave Coad (1st) and Nigel O'Brien (3rd) for umpiring and to Norm Johns for scoring.
After the match, the Hubble Edwards shield was presented to the Northern White Sox and the inaugural President's Medal for best player in the final, was awarded to Patrick Miller of the White Sox.
For the Sox, Patrick Miller had two hits from two at bats with a home run and Dave Humphries 2 from 3.
For the Dragons, Chris Harris had 2 from 4.
Thank you to Tas Keno for your generous donation which allowed us to buy new bats and no doubt inspired the Sox to victory.
Victorious Sox side:
Manager: David Humphries
David Brooks, Matt Cashman, Chris Chalker, Chris Cooper, Matthew Drumm, Mathew Fox, Steven Fry, David He, Andrew Kennedy, Paul McIntyre, Peter McManus, Patrick Miller, Casey Moore, Alex Naylor, Shaun Newbon, Sory Samake, David Searle
The Blue Jays, through Baseball Tasmania, are proud to announce that they have secured sponsorship from Hotel Soho for the 2014/15 season. Promotion of Hotel Soho will appear at all Blue Jays' games, on the website and in any media relevant to the Jays. Whilst the sponsorship is directly linked to the Jays, the league has an opportunity to gain benefits through this. Each paid member of Baseball Tasmania will receive a Hotel Soho membership card which entitles them to discounts for food, drinks etc, details of which will be provided to team managers in due course. Thank you to Grant and Nigel from Hotel Soho for their support and to Zac Shutt of the Jays for his hard work in securing the sponsorship. http://www.hotelsoho.com.au/ David 14/11/2014
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Northern White Sox: HSBL Premiers 2014/15 Back (L to R) Matt Drumm, Peter McManus, Steven Fry, David Brooks, Casey Moore, Patrick Miller, Mathew Fox, David Searle, Chris Chalker Front (L to R) Andrew Kennedy, David Humphries (manager), Chris Cooper, Matt Cashman Absent: David He, Paul McIntyre, Shaun Newbon, Alex Naylor, Sory Samake (photo credit: Naomi)
Final standings for season 2014/15.
Northern White Sox
Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays
Stats after round sixteen games:
(please note, for the sake of at least some surprise for the Presentation Night to be held in March, I will not be posting any further stats)
Matt Cashman (White Sox) (22 hits/35 at bats) 0.629
Rhys Watts (Dragons) (15/24) 0.625
Brendan Adams (Dragons) (22/36) 0.611
Mathew Fox (White Sox) (12/20) 0.600
David Bailey (Athletics) (11/20) 0.550
Steve Harris (Blue Jays) (17/31) 0.548
Runs batted in (rbi's)
Shane Davies (Dragons) 20
Steve Lovegrove (Athletics) 17
David Searle (White Sox) 16
Evan Toms (Blue Jays) 15
Paul Johns (Dragons) 14
David Searle (White Sox) 12
Richard Benoit (Athletics) 11
Zac Shutt (Blue Jays) 10
Peter Hubble (Blue Jays) 10
Chris Chalker (White Sox) 9
Ryan Oakley (Blue Jays) 9
Brendan Adams (Dragons) 23
Richard Benoit (Athletics) 20
Andrew Sullivan (Athletics) 19
Jason Featherstone (Dragons) 19
Rhys Watts (Dragons) 17
Special thanks must go to Norm Johns and Jared Rush as these stats would not be possible without their devoted time to scoring our games.
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