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10th September 2014

2017 Victorian Masters Carnival

Confirmation has come through that the 2017 Victorian Masters Carnival will once again be hosted by the Ballarat City Brewers. The carnival will be held from Friday 17th March to Sunday March 19th inclusive. Mark these dates in your diary as we would once again hope to have a team in the over 35yrs and the over 50's. The total number of teams for the carnival is capped at 24 so the sooner we can confirm our participation, the better. David (23/8/2016)

TCA nets available for practice (next session: 3.30 - 5 pm Sunday 28th August)

The gear for baseball training at the TCA nets is now held by Wade Townsend and can be picked up from him for each session booked. To guarantee a training spot, Sunday between 3.30 and 5pm with all four nets was booked. If players wish to participate in this session, could you please let us know by the Friday of each week. By doing this, we can determine if we will need all four nets and if not, Wade can book out the net (s) we are not using. We are getting a very good deal for the use of all four nets so please remember this cost must be shared equally amongst participants. David (15/8/2016) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As per previous posts, the TCA nets will once again be available for our use this Sunday between 3 and 5pm. Could those intending to go please indicate here. Please note, these sessions are not funded by the league and payment of any fees are the responsibility of the participants. It generally works out to $20 per participant for the two hours but this is based on at least 10 people turning up. David (28/7/2016)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Following on from my discussions with Cricket Tasmania, I have confirmed with Wade Townsend from North Hobart Cricket Club, that members of Baseball Tasmania may use the TCA nets for baseball practice.....Important information:.....Cost: $30 per net per hour.......Access: complex open seven days but bookings are essential, particularly for weekends, cricket clubs obviously have first access and their busy times are generally 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm....There are showers available so members could utilise the complex prior to work....Gear: players must only use their own bats/helmets or those of their team.....even though we are covered for insurance under Baseball Australia for BASEBALL practice at the nets, appropriate protection MUST be worn, particularly for batting...to be covered by the insurance, you must be registered with Baseball Australia...if I have not received a registration form AND $50 (part of the 2015/16 fees) then you are not registered......for bookings, contact Wade Townsend on 0488 167 539. David (11/6/2016)

Brad Harman weekend

Thank you very much to Brad Harman for conducting this afternoon's session at Blundstone Arena, to John Hayes from Cricket Tasmania for granting us access to Brad and to all those members who attended..................................................................................................... Brad Harman from the Melbourne Aces teaching baseball and coaching skills to players and coaches of Cricket Tasmania at Blundstone Arena. Could Baseball Tasmania members attending tomorrow's session with Brad please meet in the concourse area to the left of Plumb Café at approx. 12.45pm. I will have bats and helmets but members will need to provide their own gloves. I am unsure what format the session will take but in speaking with Brad today, he was keen to have coaches in attendance. David (13/8/2016)

Melbourne Ace's Brad Harman training session (update 12/8/2016)

The session for Baseball Tasmania will be held from 1 to 2.30pm on Sunday 14th. David

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As you would be aware, Brad Harman, from the Melbourne Aces, will be a guest of Cricket Tasmania next weekend. We have been invited, free of cost, to attend a training session with Brad. Previously, I advised that the session would be held on Sunday but an alternative of 3.30 to 5pm on Saturday has been proposed. If you are keen to attend, could you please advise your preferred time, either 3.30 to 5pm on Saturday or 1 to 2.30pm on Sunday. 0468 927 363

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On 13th & 14th August, Brad Harman of the Melbourne Aces will be the guest of Cricket Tasmania to run players through baseball techniques which can enhance their cricket techniques. As part of our new partnership with Cricket Tasmania, Baseball Tasmania members have been kindly invited to attend a session with Brad to be held on Sunday 14th. Times and other details have yet to be finalised but I would like to invite expressions of interest from members to attend a training/question & answer session with Brad. David (0468 927 363) (28/7/2016)

 

2016/17 Season invite

I appreciate that we have (only) two months before the start of baseball and people's minds are on other things but could 2015/16 players please start letting their team managers know if they will be playing in 2016/17. Spread the word, talk with friends, family. We are working on having SEVEN teams in the new season so you can see how important early intentions are. Thank you.

David (5/8/16)

Northern Pirates visit 2016

The Northern Pirates from Wollongong are keen to visit Hobart for another round of games in 2016. Speaking with players at the recent 50th anniversary celebrations, they thoroughly enjoyed their time here last year and are excited at the prospect of visiting in 2016. Chris Chalker has been in contact with the Pirates and their preferred weekend for visiting is the weekend of October 22nd. There are potentially exciting events in the future for baseball in Hobart and as part of that, we welcome the ongoing connection with the Northern Pirates. We are calling on all those who may be able to provide some assistance by arranging activities, helping out etc. If you are able to help, please contact Chris Chalker.

Thank you

David (13/7/2016)

Going north....(updated 8/6/2016)...Launceston baseball interest

Huge thanks to Nicole and Andrew Perry for catching up this evening to discuss starting up a baseball competition in Launceston. Andrew has kindly agreed to be the contact for anyone (male or female) interested in playing baseball in Launceston and he can be contacted by email at perry.andrew83@yahoo.com.au. 

David (6/6/2016)

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The Australian Masters Games have been awarded to north west Tasmania and a baseball competition will be held at the Spreyton ground in October 2017. I shall be meeting with members of the Devonport City Council next week and will take the opportunity to meet with people who have shown interest in playing baseball in Launceston. For further information on this trip, either email me at baseballtasmania@yahoo.com or call me on 0468 927 363.

David (31/5/2016)

Cricket Tasmania go to bat

Thanks to John Hayes and Rhett Lockyer from Cricket Tasmania for catching up this morning to discuss future collaborations between Cricket Tasmania and Baseball Tasmania. Discussions included baseball sessions with Brad Harman from the Melbourne Aces and a baseball game between members of the Tassie Tigers' cricket squad and the HSBL. Stay tuned for further updates as they become available. David

David (25/5/2016)

New executive committee for 2016/17...Quiz evening

The executive committee for the coming year is:

Patron: Scott Bacon MP

President: David Searle

Vice presidents: Chris Chalker; Zac Shutt

Treasurer: Peter Hubble

Secretary: Terese Millhouse

The general committee will include a representative from each of the competing teams.

Once again there will be a match committee, the members of which will be announced soon. 

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On behalf of Baseball Tasmania, I would like to thank Andrew Smith (quiz master), Markus (chef), the Polish Club staff and Terese Millhouse for all her hard work and time getting donations, setting up etc for last night's inaugural Quiz Night.

We would also like to thank the following for their generous donations for the evening: 
Blackwoods Tools; Bunnings Rosny; Currency Cafe; Hair Gallery; Harbour Lights Cafe; Hotel Soho; K & D; Michael Hegarty; Network Gaming; Parr's Air-conditioning; Red Square Cafe; Scott Bacon MP; Shamali Cafe; Sinclair's Health & Fitness; Steve's Liquor Lindisfarne; Tasmania Paint Shop; Tasmanian Trophy House; The Good Guys; Woolworths Eastlands. 
Please support these businesses. 

Congratulations to team Isotopes (Nikki Morrison; Chris Morrison; Sam Morrison; Chopper Wightman & Dean Chamberlain for winning the Quiz Evening from the Wasps....on a tie breaker no less!!!

David (15/5/16)

 

Striking Gold and Silver

I am thrilled to announce that we have two new sponsors. Firstly, our Gold Sponsor for season 2015/16 will be Raine & Horne Real Estate Hobart. As a Gold Sponsor, Raine & Horne can put their name to an end of season award and they have chose "Best Defensive Player". Thanks go to David Brooks for arranging this. ------------------------------------------- I would also like to welcome on board as a sponsor Fish Focus Consulting as a Silver Sponsor and would like to thank Kristie & Sully for their support. Kristie & Sully's sponsorship comes in the form of provision of the tops to be worn by the participants in the inaugural Celebrity Game to be held on Sunday 1st November at noon. David (30/10/2015)

HSBL sponsors (Updated 7/12/2015)

League:

Gold Sponsor: Raine & Horne Real Estate Hobart

Silver sponsor: A & K Sullivan Pty Ltd t/a Fish Focus Consulting

Bronze sponsor: Vantage Hotels

Team:

Hobart Blue Jays:      Hotel Soho

Northern White Sox:  Tas Keno

Orioles:                    Banjos Bakery

                               Techquity

                               Kennedy Bros Painting

                               Claremont Hotel

                               Kentucky Fried Chicken

Masters:

Haymes Paints Ballarat

Kennedy Bros Painting

Bennetto Finance

Park Hotel Bistro Ballarat

School sessions: Taroona High (11/5)

Second session at Taroona High today and we involved the students in a game. Some of them hit the ball very well (though it was only me pitching!!!) so promising signs there. Thanks to all who participated and to Sully for his help, despite feeling unwell. Thanks to Anita Welsh and Taroona High for giving us the opportunity to bring our game to the students.

David (11/5/2016)

Vantage Hotels

Pleased to announce Baseball Tasmania's first Bronze Sponsor for the HSBL, Vantage Hotels. Thank you very much for your support. David 24/9/2015

Eastern Shore Sun April 2016 edition: Masters' coverage

Eastern Shore Sun: The Masters Edition!

Special thanks to Stefania Bostock for her assistance in having my full article published.

David (19/4/2016)

Tim Holland (Dragons) Jamie McIntyre Player of the Year Winner

On Friday night (8th), as part of another successful Presentation Night Dinner, Tim Holland from the Dragons was announced as the Jamie McIntyre Player of the Year for season 2015/16. 

This was Tim's first season in the Hobart Summer Baseball League (HSBL) and he was duly voted by the umpires as Player of the Year for his superb season. On the season, Tim batted .429 with 2 home runs and his pitching was instrumental in his team not only finishing top of the standings but also claiming their first HSBL title.

Tim's pitching in the final was amazing, giving up just one hit whilst striking out seven over four innings of work. He was duly awarded the President's Medal as the best player in the Grand Final.

Congratulations to Tim and we look forward to seeing you on the diamond in 2016/17.

David (10/4/2016)

Congratulations Dragons, champions of the HSBL for season 2015/16.

The Dragons are the champions of the HSBL for season 2015/16 after defeating the Banjos Orioles 11-2 in today's Grand Final. For the first four innings, it was a pitchers' duel between Jimmy Clout (Orioles) and Tim Holland (Dragons) with the Dragons just leading 3-0. The Orioles narrowed the score to 3-2 in the top of the fifth but a three run sixth and a four run seventh saw the Dragons run out convincing winners.

Congratulations also to Tim Holland who pitched four innings of one hit ball with seven strikeouts to win the President's Medal for the Grand Final MVP.

Dragons: Ross Peters; Paul Johns; Dean Chamberlain; Shane Davies; Brendan Adams; Riley Schmidt; Adam de Cotter; Leigh Johns; Tim Holland; Aaron Jarvis, Kay Hong, Rhys Watts (mgr for the day)

Banjos Orioles: Linton Burgess; David Wightman; Jimmy Clout; Chris Chalker; Shane Bromfield; Beau McNeil, Rod Saxby, Jared Rush, Stuart Robins, Tim Artis; Jason Featherstone; Nik Wolf, Isaac Daniels

In the earlier game, the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays and Northern White Sox played a lighthearted playoff game for third which the Sox won.

Between the two games, members of the Batter Up T-ball League teams, Clarence Angels and Hobart Giants entertained the huge crowd with an exhibition game.

Thank you to Peter Hubble, Michael Hegarty, David Edwards and Grant Stump for officiating the two games, to Jared Rush for scoring, to Naomi Searle for taking photos, for those members who worked on the BBQ and to Terese Millhouse for her assistance with the PA system.

One cannot praise enough the huge crowd who attended to watch our big day....our heartfelt thanks to one and all.

David (6/3/2016)

Finals are here!!!

We are ready!!....thanks to Shane Bromfield, Jared Rush, Grant Stump, David Humphries, Aaron Jarvis, Dean Chamberlain, Hayley, Jake & Lochie for your help in clearing and preparing the batting area/base markings for tomorrow's semi finals. Semi final details: tomorrow will see the semi finals played for HSBL 2015/16. For the first time, games will be played over nine innings. We are unsure how long a nine innings game will take but we are working on the assumption of three hours, hence the uncertainty of the afternoon game time. The games are as follows: 10am Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V Banjos Orioles Approx 1.30pm Dragons V Northern White Sox David Edwards will be plate umpire for both games. David (27/2/2016)

Thank you

As we begin our finals' series, it is important to remember our sponsors, not only the league but also team, and those organisations which have donated money. On behalf of Baseball Tasmania, I thank you all for your kind support throughout the season. David

League:

Gold Sponsor: Raine & Horne Hobart Real Estate
Silver sponsor: Fish Focus Consulting
Bronze sponsor: Vantage Hotels t/a 9/11 Bottleshops

Team:

Banjos Orioles:

Banjos; Techquity, Kennedy Bros Painting; Claremont Hotel, KFC

Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays: Hotel Soho

Northern White Sox: Tas Keno

Tassy Tigers Masters:

Haymes Paints Ballarat; Kennedy Bros Painting; Bennetto Finance; Park Hotel Bistro Ballarat.

2015/16 Finals series

After discussion with committee members it has been decided that the 2015/16 finals will be fought out between the top four sides. In the first week of the finals the games will be 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 with the winners of each game to play off in the Grand Final on Sunday 6th March. As in past seasons, to be eligible to play in the finals, players must have all their appropriate fees paid AND have played at least five (5) games.

David (26/1/2016)

Congratulations Dragons

Congratulations to the Dragons who secured the 2015/16 minor premiership with their 10-5 victory over the Banjos Orioles today. Rhys Watts hit a solo home run and Tim Holland pitched four solid innings to lead their team to victory. 

In the afternoon game, thè Eastern Athletics halted their 8 game losing streak in emphatic fashion by defeating the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays 13-4. Richard Benoit and ?rant Stump starred for the victors with three hits each and scoring seven runs between them. With their victory, the Athletics now lead the Northern White Sox on percentage for the final spot in the finals. How important is the Sox' final roster game next week against the Orioles?!!!!!

David (14/2/2016)

HSBL invite to women participants

During my wanders around Hobart, several women have expressed interest about playing baseball. Our league is open to both men and women and I would encourage any women who may wish to pursue that interest, to attend the "Come and Try" days to be held ove the next four Sundays. All sessions will be held at Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground, Gepp Parade Goodwood, commencing at 10.30 am

David (10/10/2015)

Upfront payment

Players are reminded that it is a requirement, and has been for many seasons, that a non refundable amount of $50 be paid BEFORE playing your first game of baseball. This $50 pays for your registration with Australian Baseball Federation (ABF) and your insurance. I will be at the pre-season games to take payments and registrations.

David (28/10/2015)

TV & YouTube

Tonight on Southern Cross News there will be film from last night's game between the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays and the Eastern Athletics as part of a report on baseball.

The same film can be found on YouTube at:  https://youtu.be/44F1FY8aEpU

Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays V Eastern Athletics 

David (4/12/2015)

New Tassie Masters' Teams sponsor

More big news from the weekend, Chris Chalker has secured sponsorship for the 2016 Tassie Masters' teams with Park Hotel Bistro in Ballarat. On Thursday 17th March 2016, those members of the two teams will be attending the bistro for a feed, drinks and the presentation of caps sponsored by the hotel. Thanks again to Chris for all his hard work.

David (7/12/2015)

Player availability

Just a reminder to players; it helps your team immensely if you can advise your manager of your availability to play....well in advance of the game. I appreciate there are unavoidable last minute reasons to be unavailable but all players have access to a roster and in the majority of cases, would know of their availability in advance. It should not be left to the manager to constantly run after players to check on their availability.

Early notification means your manager can reach out to the manager of the team which has the bye in that week to see if anyone from his or her team is interested in filling in.

Fill-ins:

Fill-ins should initially be sourced from the team which has the bye for that week. If no-one is available then alternatives can be looked at.

Rules regarding fill-ins: (from previous seasons)

  • Fill-ins must be placed last in the batting order to ensure that regular team members have the best game opportunities
  • Fill-ins cannot pitch or catch unless with prior arrangement between the competing team managers

David (9/12/2015)

2015/16 Match Committee

At the conclusion of last season it was suggested that we establish a match committee to review our playing conditions with the aim of making them clearer and more relevant to our competition. I am happy to announce that the following have volunteered to form this committee: Dave Edwards; Steve Harris; Jesse Warburg; David Brooks and Matt Drumm.

The committee will also convene during the season to resolve any non umpiring decision disputes that arise during our games.

David 21/6/2015

Scorers required

One of the success stories of the 2014/15 season was the Presentation Night held in March. This night, and the awards presented thereon, would not have happened without the statistics obtained from the scoring of our games by Jared Rush and Norm Johns. There is a strong chance Norm will not be scoring in the 2015/16 season so I am inviting expressions of interest from not only members but also supporters to learn how to score and thus spread the load of scoring our games. Peter Hubble has volunteered his services to teach people how to score.

David 22/6/2015

Breaking news

Following on from tonight's general committee meeting, I am happy to announce some exciting news about the upcoming 2015/16 HSBL season. 

  • On the weekend commencing 31st October, a team from the Wollongong Pirates (NSW) will play a series of games against teams representing the HSBL. Other activities will be planned for the weekend so stay tuned for further details. Thanks to Chris Chalker for organising this. 
  • The 2015/16 season will be played over 15 rounds with a preseason lightning competition to allow new players to find their feet and to determine final teams for the season proper. This preseason competition will be held in conjunction with open days which will be scheduled for earlier in October, further details to be provided shortly.

David 29/7/2015

News headlines

History is made, Banjos Orioles win their first HSBL game

06/08/2016

Banjos Orioles defeat Eastern Athletics 12-8

Grand Final Day Program

28/07/2016

2015/16 Grand Final program

...and the 2015/16 Grand Finalists are...

13/07/2016

Dragons to play Banjos' Orioles in the 2015/16 Grand Final

Get well wishes and a sad goodbye

13/07/2016

Heading to greener pastures...

Baseball Tasmania/HSBL Presentation Night results 2016

09/07/2016

Results of the 2016 winners

Northern Pirates 50th Anniversary celebrations

08/06/2016

Celebrating 50 years of baseball in Wollongong...

Wow, what an effort: Bunnings Glenorchy BBQ 2016

15/05/2016

Great result from Sausage Sizzle held at Bunnings Glenorchy 

Congratulations to Banjos Orioles: finals' bound in their first season

15/05/2016

The Banjos Orioles make the HSBL finals in their first season

Final Standings for season 2015/16

15/05/2016

Final standings for 2015/16 and finals' participants

Ballarat 2016, the round up

15/05/2016

A look at the stats and results from the 2016 Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival held in Ballarat

Baseball Tasmania executive committee 2015/16

Thank you very much to those members who attended this evening's AGM and to Hotel Soho for the use of their facilities. 
The following members will form the executive committee for the 2015/16 season:

President: David Searle
Snr vice president: Chris Chalker
Vice president: Zac Shutt
Treasurer: Peter Hubble
Secretary: Steve Lovegrove

Congratulations to all those elected.

David 28/4/2015

Dragons 2015/16 Champions

MVP of the Grand Final, Tim Holland is presented with the President's Medal by Baseball Tasmania President, David Searle; Adam de Cotter and Brendan Adams with the Hubble Edwards Shield, the winning Dragons' team (back: L to R, Ross Peters; Adam de Cotter, Dean Chamberlain; Paul Johns; Aaron Jarvis; Tim Holland; Rhys Watts. front: L to R: Brendan Adams; Kay Hong; Shane Davies; Leigh Johns; Riley Schmidt. Seated: Hong; Bree de Cotter; Molly Carpenter.

Hot off the breakfast grill at Hotel Soho

$8 BREAKFAST SPECIAL NOW @ SOHO EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY FROM 8AM. Come in and also see our delicious breakfast menu. STARTING THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY!

Baseball Tasmania EFT details

Account: Baseball Tasmania

BSB: 037-001

Account number: 481722

 

Tasmanian Masters Baseball banking details

Tasmanian Masters Baseball Association

BSB: 633 108

A/C: 1301 92453

Details: name of player or sponsor

David 5/2/2015

Statistically minded

HSBL Standings after round 11

Thanks to Zac Shutt for compiling these David 31/1/2016

Facebook (updated 5/10/2015)

I am pleased to announce that today we reached 200 likes on our Facebook page. On behalf of Baseball Tasmania, I would like to thank all those people who have "liked" our page because it is through your interest that we are able to spread the word, not only about baseball but also softball and the new t-ball league.

David 5/10/2015

http://www.facebook.com/HSBLTAS

The Home of Baseball: Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground

Socially Speaking

This section is for the promotion of social events being conducted round Hobart. Anyone wishing to promote an event, please contact us. David.

 

 

Back to where we belong!

Opening Day Hobart Summer Baseball League 2014/15