GBA Delegates Meetings and 2015 Presentation Night

Geelong Baseball Association Executive requests that affiliate clubs add the following details to their season calendar.

DELEGATES' MEETINGS have been scheduled for 24 March, 12 May, 16 June and 4 August. These meetings will commence at 7.00 PM and are expected to be held at the Guild clubrooms. Each associated club must have a delegate present at each of these meetings or a fine maybe levied against the absent club.

PRESENTATION NIGHT. The GBA Senior Presentation Night will be held on Saturday 5 September at Buckleys. Each senior side entered will be allocated two tickets to this event, the cost of which is included in the affiliation fees.

JA remembered as winter season looms

On the eve of a new winter season, clubs are hopefully getting themselves organised off field while assessing their playing prospects and setting their goals and expectations for 2015.

Of the core Geelong Baseball Association clubs, this season will not quite be the same for East Belmont Saints, which lost one of its finest during the summer.

Life Member and immensely popular club identity John Alldis passed away on Boxing Day 2015.

Even though his days had been numbered for a while – despite his refusal to succumb - John’s passing generated a massive outpouring of emotion from a baseball community that flocked in great numbers to his dignified and uplifting funeral service held at Highton in early January.

JA was without any doubt one of the most skilled winter players to have represented his beloved club – and the Geelong Baseball Association – over very many years. He will be fondly remembered by all opponents and he will forever be revered by the East Belmont Club - for whom he gave such magnificent service as a player, an administrator, a coach and a dedicated worker.

In the eulogies delivered and the many comments made about John Alldis on his passing, there has been a consistent theme that emerged. Aside from his playing achievements and the longevity of his service to Geelong baseball, JA is overpoweringly remembered as a “gentleman” - simply a good and decent bloke who had time for all, who was loved by all and who was always great company.

While – as a baseball community - we celebrate his achievements and we collectively mourn his passing, the loss of JA has of course been felt more acutely by his family, his close friends and his beloved East Belmont Saints Baseball Club, which posted a Facebook entry (see below) in recognition of his service to the sport.

Geelong Baseball Association again extends its best wishes to JA’s family, to his many friends and to East Belmont Saints Baseball Club, which we feel sure will be seeking to dedicate the 2015 winter season to a lovely bloke and a wonderful clubman who left us too early.

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East Belmont Saints Baseball Club Facebook

"John was a founding member of St.Bernards Baseball Club in 1962, who with other team mates from East Belmont Cricket club banded together to play baseball in the cricket off-season.

John was the Captain Coach during 1970 and 1971 when St.Bernards went back to back for its first A-Grade Premierships.

In 1976 St.Bernards was renamed to East Belmont Saints Baseball Club. John was a regular on the committee, was club president and also awarded club Life Membership in 1977. John was awarded the Most Exemplary Member in 1987 and then played a big part in the club moving location from South Barwon oval to its current home at Pioneer Park in 1992/93.

John’s on-field record is impressive, playing his first senior game in 1962 and continuing through to 2008, returning for one game in 2011 to play with brother Murray in his 800th game. John played 722 senior games and sits third on our games played list behind his brothers Murray and Peter. In that 722, John played 257 A-Grade games which has him currently seventh on the A-Grade games played list.

John continued playing after his A-Grade days, moving back through the grades, and he was instrumental in mentoring many juniors coming up through the ranks. John’s stats are impressive too, although not recorded in his early years. From 1980 onwards he finished with a batting average of .401 with 492 base hits through all grades - and a .310 average in the A-Grade.

Away from Saints, John was involved in many GBA representative teams as player and coach at both junior and senior levels. He was also a founding member of Geelong Baseball Club in the summer league as junior coach through to 1988. He was on the firsts coaching staff during the early 90’s for their push into Division 1.

John was a true friend and team mate to the many members of Saints. To his opponents he was a tough competitor with great hand/eye coordination and his speedy legs brought him many hits. He was always a gentleman in the club house that you could enjoy a beer with after the game."

Saints sign Charles as Club Coach

East Belmont Saints is proud to announce the appointment of Justin Charles as Club Coach for 2015.

Justin brings to the club a wealth of experience as a player and coach with over 35 years in baseball from local junior and senior level to national and professional levels. Domestically Justin has played in the Australian Baseball League with the Melbourne Bushrangers and the Melbourne Monarchs, internationally at Chabot Junior College in California and professionally with the Florida Marlins organisation.

Currently the Head Coach at Werribee Giants summer club, Justin played several seasons with the Lara Baseball Club, he is a former Assistant Coach at Geelong Baycats who has served as a mentor for GBA representative sides.

Justin Charles is excited to be leading Saints into a new era and he is looking forward to meeting and working with the playing group.

East Belmont Saints 2015 committee eagerly anticipates the coming season and is looking forward to seeing the playing group progress under Justin's leadership.

The committee extends its appreciation to Phill Northfield for his effort and work with the playing group over the last two seasons.

2015 Saints Executive.

SAINTS MEDIA RELEASE

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Baseball Victoria Player Registration Fees

FOR WINTER CLUBS:  attached are the Player Registration Fees from Baseball Victoria. Read the attached memo and if you have any questions please contact Baseball Victoria.

Tony McPherson (GBA Executive Officer)

 

Good Afternoon Everyone, and to those I haven't caught up with, compliments of the season and my best wishes for 2015.

Attached are the fees approved by the Baseball Victoria Board for both Summer and Winter Registrations across the 2014-15 period.

Key items to note are as follows:

·         I have left both the Baseball Australia fee type in the first column so that you know how this relates to the fee type set by Baseball Victoria.

·         The 4.4% IMG STG charge is embedded in the fees and goes directly to IMG. Note: BA and BV do not collect any of this fee.

·         Registration Fees are to be paid by the individual member through the front end of the system by debit or credit card. This was introduced for the VSBL summer clubs prior to this current season.

Baseball Australia have employed Miranda Frisken in the IMG online systems support role, and she has done an incredibly good job in working with BV and the Clubs to solve any problems, and to assist administrators with various levels of training. From an internal perspective, we have David Zucchet and Les Flower with a very good understanding of various elements of the IMG system, and they will be available to assist with enquiries as well.

We expect further enhancements to the IMG system via the Baseball Australia Summit in Sydney in February, and we will have at least two staff members present at the IMG training session.

We look forward to working with you in 2015, and please feel free to forward any questions in relation to the fees, and or the process to myself.

Regards,

Neale Price (Chief Executive Officer, Baseball Victoria)

Tel: (03) 9645 8000 Fax: (03) 9645 8200

neale.price@baseballvictoria.com.au


ATTACHMENTS:

BASEBALL VICTORIA MEMO 1

2014-15 BV REGISTRATION FEES

 

Australian Baseball Alumni goes live

Launched at the end of October, Australian Baseball Alumni has been established with the purposes of promoting baseball while providing a means for ongoing connection - and reconnection - between anyone who has had an involvement in the sport, at any level and in any capacity.

Creation of the Alumni group has been driven largely by former Geelong resident and 1984 Helms Award winner Brett Ward, who is a long-time scout for Baltimore Orioles.

Alumni membership is open to everyone – current or former players, coaches, umpires, scorers, administrators, sponsors and supporters.

Anyone, that is, who has enjoyed watching or being a part of our great game - in Australia or anywhere around the world. Find out more by visiting the Alumni website and Facebook page.

Lions roar to four

Seriously challenged by a combative Bellarine Bears, Guild again produced the offensive goods when it mattered most – in so doing landing its fourth A Grade pennant on the trot with a 6-2 win in beautiful conditions at Geelong Baseball Centre this afternoon.

The win capped another big year for Guild - which qualified all eight club teams for the playoffs - while Colac continued its run of success in the lower grades with an imperious 16-1 shellacking of Saints in B Grade and a hard-fought 10-7 result over Lara Wildcats in B Reserve.

READ MORE      IMAGES FROM GBA GRAND FINALS

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Lions, Bears to face off in Grand Final

Chasing their fourth A Grade premiership on the trot, Guild Lions will lock horns with a resurgent and in-form Bellarine Bears in what shapes as a massive day of senior Grand Finals at Geelong Baseball Centre on Saturday 30 August....

GRAND FINAL PREVIEW

Bears sink Brewers: Lions at death

Bellarine and Guild have qualified for a Grand Final showdown after two thrilling Semi-Finals that saw the former stun Ballarat Brewers 5-1 and the latter pinch a 4-3 win after looking gone into the bottom of the ninth….

READ MORE         IMAGES FROM SEMI-FINALS ACTION          SENIOR TROPHY WINNERS 2014

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Junior Premiers

Congratulations to the premier teams in GBA junior competition for 2014.

UNDER 13:   GUILD

UNDER 15:   BACCHUS MARSH

UNDER 18:   GUILD

GBA Junior contact details for 2014

All enquiries and enquiries regarding junior competitions and programmes for the 2014 winter season should be directed to Junior Secretary Terri Walker (email gba.juniorsecretary@gmail.com).

The Junior Chairman is Robert Hosking (0411 201101 or robertho@iprimus.com.au)

       

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The Geelong Baseball Association season runs from early April through to September. While this website and our associated Facebook page go into partial, unseasonal hibernation over the summer, we will provide occasional updates and we are always available to respond to requests for information by your contacting any of our listed officials.

GBA Grand Finals 2014

A Grade:  GUILD 6 def BELLARINE 2
A Reserve:   LIONS vs MOUNTIES (no result)
B Grade:  COLAC 16 def SAINTS 1 
B Reserve:  COLAC 10 def LARA 7

Senior Premiers 2014

A GRADE:   GUILD LIONS
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A RESERVE:   GUILD LIONS vs MOUNTIES (no result)
B GRADE:    COLAC BRAVES
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B RESERVE:    COLAC BRAVES
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Victorian Clubs

This list may not be complete and it will be subject to change as clubs transition to the IMG system or opt for stand-alone web services.

Please let us know of updates that you may have.

CLUB CONTACTS AND WEBSITE LISTINGS

Victorian Leagues

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