Geelong Baseball Association Board and affiliate clubs are shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Darren de Jong on Friday 20 March.
Darren was a much-loved and committed member of the Werribee Baseball Club, including its Bees Masters group.
We extend our sincere condolences to Darren’s family, his friends and his associates.
de JONG. The Chapel Funeral of Mr Darren de Jong will be held at Tobin Brothers Wyndham Chapel, 5 Synnot St, Werribee (enter via Tower Rd) on THURSDAY (Apr. 2, 2015) at 10.00 a. m. The Funeral will leave at the conclusion of the Service for Burial at Altona Memorial Park, Dohertys Rd, Altona North.
Published in Herald Sun on 31/03/2015
The 2015 Geelong Baseball Association season will involve thirty-three teams across five senior grades, with the goal being to make competitions more even than in the past couple of years.
A Grade will comprise Guild, Saints, Bacchus Marsh, Bellarine, Lara, Deakin and Mounties. Now concentrating on summer baseball, Ballarat Brewers have not entered teams, while former A Grade clubs in Corio and Werribee have dropped to a lower grade.
The senior season will start on Friday 10 April - under lights at the stadium - with time and clubs to be finalised shortly. All other senior grades will start on either 11 or 12 April.
A tentative start for juniors has been set for Saturday 25 April, although will need to be confirmed.
Further details will be posted here and on the GBA Facebook page as available over coming weeks.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Neale Price (Chief Executive Officer, Baseball Victoria)
Tel: (03) 9645 8000 Fax: (03) 9645 8200
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.
Congratulations to the premier teams in GBA junior competition for 2014.
UNDER 13: GUILD
UNDER 15: BACCHUS MARSH
UNDER 18: GUILD
Applications are sought for suitably qualified and committed personnel to coach and manage GBA representative teams for the 2015 Winter Championships. MORE DETAIL
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.
|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|
|A GRADE: GUILD LIONS|
|A RESERVE: GUILD LIONS vs MOUNTIES (no result)|
|B GRADE: COLAC BRAVES|
|B RESERVE: COLAC BRAVES|