VALE BRAD HAMMOND.
Geelong Baseball Association Board regrets to inform its members of the passing on Saturday of Brad Hammond, an easy-going, popular person and a terrific clubman who played with Corio in the GBA - and then in Masters competition - for almost thirty years from the mid-seventies on.
We extend our sincere condolences to Brad's family and friends at this sad time.
FULL SENIOR DRAW IS NOW POSTED. See links in the Competition tab.
Update: Tuesday 21 March
SENIOR DRAW: WEEKS 1 and 2
A Grade Draw for Weeks 1 and 2 has been structured as follows, starting with a doubleheader at Geelong Baseball Centre on Saturday 1 April. All lower grades will start after Easter. The full Senior Draw (all grades) is expected to be forwarded to clubs early next week.
|A GRADE ROUNDS ONE and TWO (Saturday 1 April)|
|12.00 PM start||SAINTS||versus||BELLARINE||Pioneer 1|
|3.00 PM start||LARA||versus||BELLARINE||GBC 2|
|A GRADE ROUND THREE (Saturday 8 April)|
|1.00 PM start||MOUNTIES||versus||BELLARINE||Mounties|
ASSOCIATION STRUCTURE AND SENIOR SCHEDULING FOR 2017
While we are still a few weeks off the start of Geelong Baseball Association winter season, league administration has been focused on the task of again accommodating 35 teams across what now appears likely to be five senior grades.
The winter season will start on 1/2 April, with A Grade only doubleheaders scheduled for Geelong Baseball Centre. Week Two will involve A Grade only, in a home and away fixture. The next weekend will be Easter – with no games - and all senior grades will be into full operation over the following weekend, 22 and 23 April.
A GRADE will comprise six teams, all playing each other four times (twenty games): Guild, Deakin, Bellarine, Mounties, Lara and East Belmont Saints.
A RESERVE will comprise six teams: Guild, Deakin, Bellarine, Mounties, Lara and Saints.
B GRADE teams will be Colac, Newport, Corio, Guild, Bacchus Marsh and Alfredton.
B RESERVE will be Colac, Newport, Corio, Guild, Alfredton and Saints.
C GRADE sides will be Deakin, Saints, Bellarine, Mounties, Lara and Guild.
C RESERVE will comprise Deakin, Saints Red, Saints Black, Corio and Lara.
Notwithstanding the departure of Werribee Giants to Melbourne Winter League, the GBA has been able to retain thirty-five senior teams, although the fixturing has posed some significant challenges for Don Stephens, GBA Pennant Committee Chairman and our doyen of senior draws over very many years.
In response to questions being consistently raised about fixturing for 2017, Don has provided the following information that should clarify a number of matters.
Why can’t there be six teams in A Grade and eight teams in A Reserve?
The answer to this involves some fairly complex mathematical calculations, taking the following into account.
If there are six teams in A Grade, three of them (call them Teams A, B and C) will be at home in Week One. With eight teams in A Reserve, Teams A, B, C and D will be at home.
So Team D already has one side at home and one away, let alone having games against the same club.
For Week Two, A Grade Teams D, E and F will be at home, while in A Reserve Teams E, F, G and H will be at home.
Now there are two clubs that are at different locations and against different clubs.
Don points out that for each subsequent week this complication will increase. We might think that it will eventually come back into line, but that is not the case.
A full round of the six-team competition takes five weeks, whilst the eight-team competition would have two more teams to play, compounding the problem even further.
The bottom line is that there needs to be the same number of teams in the grades that are aligned together (such as A Grade and A Reserve, B Grade and B Reserve).
Over the last few years the A Grade and A Reserve Draw has worked effectively on a structure of seven teams in A Grade and eight teams in Reserve, but only because the A Grade bye then allowed Colac A Reserve to slot in against the club that had the bye in A Grade.
Unless there is a genius out there who can find an unlikely workaround, it seems just not possible to run six teams in A Grade and eight (including Colac and Newport) in A Reserve.
Best wishes to all clubs in their preparation for the 2017 GBA winter season!
STATE WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017: dates and venues
SENIORS: 10, 11, 12 June (Geelong Baseball centre)
UNDER 18: 1/2 July (venue to be announced)
UNDER 16: 8/9 July (Wangaratta)
UNDER 14: 22/23 July (Frankston)
UNDER 12: 29/30 July (Bendigo)
A GRADE: Deakin Blues
A RESERVE: Colac Braves
B GRADE: Alfredton Eagles
B RESERVE: Colac Braves
C GRADE: Lara Wildcats