With just over a month until the start of winter season, a brief update on happenings around the league.
Entrusted with the responsibility of guiding the league through 2018, the incoming GBA Board – headed by President Don Stephens - has already been working hard to set the groundwork for another ripper season in one of Victoria’s premier winter leagues.
At this point the league expects to field 37 senior teams – an increase on the 2017 season. A Grade will comprise seven teams (Newport joins the six from last year), and A Reserve eight (six from last year, with additions in Newport and Colac). B Grade and B Reserve will comprise eight teams each, with another six in C Grade (including a Bellarine women’s team).
The senior season will start on Saturday 7 April, with a double-header in A Grade. All other grades will commence on 14 April.
Final competition structure and the senior draw will be posted as available.
Geelong Baseball Association is in the process of transitioning to a new website – one that should be far more attractive and more user-friendly than the current site, which will remain in operation until early or mid-season. As clubs are aware, the role of website and media manager is currently vacant. The GBA Board urges any person with an interest in that role to make contact as soon as possible to have a chat about the requirements and negotiate some modest recompense in filling this vital communications position.
BEARS ENTER WOMEN'S TEAM FOR 2018
Bellarine Bears are entering a women's side to take part in the C Grade this year as part of the winter season. The Bears have been successful in obtaining a grant through the Victorian government's 'Active Clubs' grant that is specifically aimed at increasing female participants in sport - and they have used the $2500 allocation to kit out a new team.
In making the announcement, Matt Connell - Vice-President for the Bears and one of the coaches for the C Grade team this year - is clearly enthused about the prospect.
"The Bears have always prided themselves on being a family friendly club," he said, "and the introduction of a women's side makes logical sense as a great way to increase community participation. We are concerned that a lot of our young female players in teeball and Under 12s tend to drift off after these ages. We would like for them to see senior women players competing, so they have a pathway to stick with baseball for as long as they want to play for."
"We're very excited to be welcoming the first ladies side as part of our club this year."
The Bears would welcome any new players to come down and give it a try! Thursday nights from 6.00 pm at the Wallington Recreation Reserve, Wallington Road.
Kingsley Collins (9 September 2017)
Guild is the Geelong Baseball Association A Grade premier – for the sixth time in seven seasons, and seven of the past nine – after downing a gutsy Bellarine 6-5 in the bottom of a twelfth of an enthralling marathon at Geelong Baseball Centre this afternoon.
In a terrific day of finals baseball, there was a certain symmetry about the senior results – with Guild nailing both the A and A Reserve pennants, while Colac had dual success in B Grade and B Reserve and Lara posted massive wins in C Grade and C Reserve. CLICK HERE for our coverage of a massive day at Geelong Baseball Centre.
Well done to all participating clubs. Special congratulations to the winners!
Following the 2017 AGM in December, the following appointments have been made to league office-bearers and Board for the ensuing twelve months:
President: Don Stephens
Vice-President: Chris Rickard
Treasurer: Roland Stott
Junior Coordinator: Phill Northfield
Executive Officer: Tony McPherson
Board: Lee Harty, Jordan Lekkas, Jen Mason
Registrar: Glynis Murfitt
Contact details are posted HERE.
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