Tassy Tiger team: Victorian Masters Carnival 2012

Jamie McIntyre (playing manager), Noe Peters, Peter Hubble, Dave Edwards, Michael Hegarty, Shane Bromfield (NSW), Dean Lowe, Steve Harris, Grant Stump, Norm Nicholson, Wayne Navickas, Steve Millington, Victor Zache, Dave Coad, Dave Humphries, Rob Permyakoff (QLD), Peter McManus, Nigel O'Brien, and Paul McIntyre (non playing assistant). Chester Willcock was scheduled to play but had to pull out because of injury.

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The Tassie boys ended up with 2 wins from 5 outings in the Over 45's division of the Vic Masters Tournament. There were some narrow losses along the way and lots of great plays - especially the pivots - with Dukey Peters and Mick Hegarty combining for umpteen double plays. An outstanding effort behind the plate by Steve "Muscles" Harris - catching all 5 games, and also a special mention to Grant Stump for taking one of the catches of the tournament.

On Friday, there was little joy for Tassie with Sandringham clinching a 1-run victory in controversial circumstances. A crucial error by the base umpire - ruling that a tag did not occur - ended up being a turning point in the 8-9 loss. NB. Sandy went on to win the Final against Newport Rams (14-9) on Sunday afternoon. Game 2 saw Tassie defeated by Newport Rams 6-9. Peter Hubble had an amazing day on the mound pitching 8 innings over the 2 games, but our hitters left runners on base too often.

Starting the day 0 for 2, Saturday's first game against Weribee Bees was a must win, however the Bees got on the board early due to some sloppy Tassie fielding, but great pitching from Peter McManus kept Tassie in the game. The Tassie hitters soon fired up and at times drove in runs at will - going on to score a big 15-9 win against the Bees. The next game against Bendigo Dragons had it all - excellent defence, clutch hitting and our Norm Nicholson breaking an ankle whilst getting out of the batting box in an attempt to run to 1st base. Bendigo were 2 wins, one loss until they met us, and thought they may have been in for an easy win, but Tassie's resolve in the end was too good - going on to record a magnificent 9-5 victory - in what was a game high in intensity and standard .

Sunday saw a dead rubber effectively, with Tassies playing a re-match against the Dragons. Earlier, Rams earned the right to play Sandy in the final with a comfortable 9-2 win over Bees, so neither Tassie or Dragons would be able to reach the final. With the injury toll rising, Tassie limped to a 8-9 loss, and were a chance to claim victory in the very last inning, but could not drive in the runners who were in scoring positions.