Club officials and players are reminded of changes to the Senior Draw prior to Round One this week.
Bacchus Marsh has entered a third side, eliminating the bye in B Reserve. This has required a substantial re-draw of the B Reserve schedule and forced a few time changes to A Reserve and to B Grade. The dates affected by time change are 21 June, 2 August and 9 August (for some A Reserve games), along with 24 May, 14 June, 2 August and 9 August (some B Reserve games).
The revised Draw (Version Three) is now posted under Full Senior Draw. Specific results/ladder pages for all grades have been updated.
Please be aware, too, that there may be further alterations applying to Rounds Ten and Eleven, pending a final BV decision on location of the Under 14 Winter Championship.
The full Junior Draw has been posted, with the season getting under way on Saturday 26 April.
With all grades to start on 26 April, club officials are reminded to use Match Report forms available via FORMS link in the Main Menu. Clubs are informed that the A Grade Match Report has this week been updated.
Ballarat and Guild were in dominant form to post two massive wins apiece in Opening Round, while Bellarine did it in offence to enjoy a day out with a pair of wins at Wallington on Saturday.
Shooting for its fourth A Grade pennant on the trot under incoming manager Jason Landthaler, the Lions were off to a 7-0 flyer against Deakin on Friday night, backing up with a runaway 12-3 win over Saints on Saturday.
Up in Ballarat, the Brew Crew was in imperious early form with two mercy-rule wins in the Saturday doubleheader - the first a 10-0 whitewash over Werribee and the second a thumping 14-3 result against Deakin.
In a first-up game that was tight early on, the Bears rode a six innings Matt Price outing to emerge a 10-3 winner over Corio, followed up with a 9-3 result over Lara, which was well in the contest before getting the staggers later in the game when walks and a Jonathon Lowe grand slam sealed the deal for the home club.
Backing up on the Sunday, Lara rebounded with a hard-fought 5-1 win over a tough Bacchus Marsh outfit, while Saints atoned for the Saturday disappointment in the best possible manner by whitewashing Corio 10-0.
Geelong Baseball Association will launch its 2014 winter season with a round of A Grade doubleheaders played over the weekend of 11-13 April.
Read our SEASON PREVIEW 2014.
After consultation with affiliate clubs and Baseball Victoria, Geelong Baseball Association has formalised the following policies, which can be accesse below and via the Forms link in the Main Menu.
Clubs are asked to ensure that their members are well aware of these and other policies that have direct bearing on the proper operations of the association.
Until last September, GBA had one of the most dynamic websites in Australian baseball.
As most people are aware, all of that changed rather dramatically when the national governing body foisted upon us a system that in my view is frustrating, confusing, clumsy, ham-fisted, amateurish in appearance and desperately lacking in the basic functionality that we came to expect from the previous provider in Bellevue Technology.
It is going to take time - probably months - for the GBA to consider other possible options and to arrive at something that meets our needs. In the meantime, we ask that clubs, players and supporters remain patient as we seek to make at least some sense of the new system.
Please understand that it is not by choice that there has been - and will be - a diminution of the services that previously allowed us to readily provide regular feature stories, comprehensive match reporting, banks of images, team statistics and player statistics within a reasonably coherent online format.
We will do the best that we can, limited as the service may be. Be aware, too, that the GBA now has a Facebook presence that we encourage you to utilise in communicating within the baseball family.
Kingsley Collins (Website Editor)
Geelong Baseball Association will open its senior winter season with a blockbuster round of A Grade games over the weekend of 11-13 April.
A Grade Opening Round Draw is available HERE.
Lower grades will commence their season on Saturday 26 April.
Club officials have been provided with a copy of the Senior Draw for the 2014 season.
If clubs want to change games, they will need to get agreement from the other club/s. The GBA Pennant Committee will not organise any changes. It is the sole responsibility of the clubs.
We will be seeking to provide a Season Preview prior to the A Grade opening round. If your club has information, news or other input that it would like to provide, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible (and certainly by Monday 7 April).
Senior Playing Conditions for 2014 are available at THIS LINK.
Senior Match Report forms (A Grade) are available via the FORMS LINK.
Senior Match Report forms (other grades) are available via the FORMS LINK.
Junior Match Report forms are available HERE.
Club officials are asked to familiarise themselves with Geelong Baseball Association Senior Playing Conditions for the 2014 winter season.
The Playing Conditions are available HERE (and under "Competition" in the main menu).
Geelong Baseball Association has issued its set of requirements relating to clearance of players between its affliated clubs and between winter associations. The guidelines are available HERE.
It is now just a few weeks until another winter season is upon us.
Managing one of the oldest regional associations in the land, Geelong Baseball Association Board has been working quietly behind the scenes in determining its structure for the upcoming season that will start over the weekend of 11-13 April with A Grade doubleheaders (including Friday night games at Ballarat and Geelong Baseball Centre).
Lower grades and junior will start over the weekend of 26-27 April.
At this stage it is anticipated that there will again be four senior divisions.
Stay tuned as more information becomes available over coming weeks.
Geelong Baseball Association again extends its congratulations to junior premier teams and awards winners announced after Grand Finals on Saturday 7 September.....READ MORE
Geelong Baseball Association again extends its congratulations to senior awards winners announced at Presentation Evening at Lara Sport Club on Saturday 7 September.....READ MORE
Challenged late in the contest, Guild rode another superb starting stint by Brad Egan to post a hard-fought win over Lara Wildcats that delivered a third title on the trot in a fitting send-off for long-time Manager Michael Darcy.........
We have all too quickly come to the end of another winter season that produced more than its share of interest and produced hard-fought, competitive baseball through the senior grades.
Conditions could not have been better for Grand Final Day, with both the stadium and Pioneer Park in immaculate nick – a credit to the Guild and Saints clubs. While the haloes were not represented onfield for the deciding round of games, not so Guild – which fielded four teams for two premierships on the day.
Looking to again take the A Grade and A Reserve quinella, the Lions were successful in the main game but lowered their colours in A Reserve to perennial finalist Lara Wildcats. Guild Lions snagged the B Grade title with a last-gasp win over the Cubs, while Colac bludgeoned Corio to earn the B Reserve pennant.
Congratulation to the winners. Well done to all teams making the playoffs.
|A Grade Premier||GUILD LIONS|
|A Reserve Premier||LARA WILDCATS|
|B Grade Premier||GUILD LIONS|
|B Reserve Premier||COLAC BRAVES|
|GUILD vs BALLARAT|
|LARA vs WERRIBEE|
|BELLARINE vs SAINTS|
|BACCHUS MARSH vs CORIO|
|CURRENT A GRADE LADDER|