19 October 2018: The 2018 Pan Pacs Masters Baseball organisers today are proud to announce that the Program and Draws have now been released for the tournament commencing on Saturday 3rd November.
To celebrate the start of the new 2018/19 GBL season, about 25 players and coaches of the Senior squad got together for a team dinner at one of the club’s new sponsors, Mr Sushi in Ashmore. Owned by long-time Surfers Paradise Baseball members, the Ueda family, Kentaro (who is beavering away at the back of the first photo) and his team put on a wonderful spread of Japanese cuisine. The happy faces say it all:
We’re looking forward to many more celebratory dinners over the season.
If you’re keen for a some great Japanese food, please drop in to:
Mr Sushi Ashmore – Shop 5, The Pit Stop, 406 Southport Nerang Road Ashmore 4214
Ph: (07) 5564 7878
Over the long weekend the Gold Coast Little League Development side travelled to Sydney to participate in the popular “Greenies” Tournament held at Greenway Giants Baseball Club. Going up against some strong Sydney clubs, the Pirates performed very well finishing a credible fifth place. Surfers players in the team included: Hamish Shields, Kobi Wise and We Wilford and featured Kevin Fenn and Daniel Grant on the coaching staff.
The Gold Coast have emerged as U18 Queensland State champions again in a rain-marred tournament held in Narangba recently. Day 3 of the tournament was completely rained out but the lack of rain in recent months did us a favour with the grounds at Narangba holding up extremely well. The rain meant that the finals were washed out and the tournament became a first past the post result.
After a loss to Far North Coast on the first day, Gold Coast were sweating on the result in the game between Brisbane North and Far North Coast. Brisbane North beat Far North Coast 2-1 in a very tight game which propelled Gold Coast into first place.
Eleven players from Surfers Paradise Baseball Club featured in the Gold Coast side including: Angus Ashcroft, Ethan Clarke, Scott Fitzgibbon, Ky Griffiths, Hunter Hasegawa, Matthew Hughes, Luke Nicholson, Deegan Powell, Jakob Rawlings, Sam Shannon and Harrison White.
The coaching staff and officials also included Surfers own: Scott Hillier (Field Manager), Connar O’Gorman (Assistant Coach), Ross Vance (Pitching Coach), Michael Fitzgibbon (EO), Steve Horrigan (Umpire) and Kim Rawlings (Scorer).
One highlight from the tournament was a no-hitter pitched by Scott Fitzgibbon against Brisbane West on the last day of the tournament. In a dominant outing, young Fitzy was on a perfect game through 5.1 innings and unfortunately walked a batter to lose the perfect game opportunity. This runner was doubled up on a line out by the next batter to the first baseman so that he faced the minimum number of batters over a 6-innings outing including 9 strike-outs. Gold Coast closed out the game with a 10-0 mercy victory in the bottom of the 6th innings.
The U18 Queensland State squad was recently announced with Surfers players selected including Deegan Powell, Scott Fitzgibbon, Jakob Rawlings, Sam Shannon and Josh McDonald.
Recently Surfers Paradise Baseball Club hosted the annual UniSports Games (baseball) at our grounds in Benowa. Nine teams from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland converged for the annual tournament with great games of baseball played over 4 days. In the end, the two undefeated sides University of Sydney and Gold Coast’s own Griffith University (featuring Surfers players Ben Grant and Tom Rees), played it out for the gold medal with University of Sydney prevailing in the final.
New Club Sponsor Jersey Mikes Benowa was in attendance at the tournament to ensure the participants were well-fed.
A big thanks to Steve Chambers, Jerry Lacayo and Steve Horrigan for running this fundraising event for us.
The Gold Coast region put on a dominant display at the 2018 U16 Queensland State Titles, going through undefeated in the pool games and semi finals. Unfortunately in the gold medal game they came up against a red hot Brisbane Metro side and went down in the final 14-1.
A number of Gold Coast region players were announced in the U16 Queensland State squad including Surfer’s own Lachlan Maurer.
Today – Saturday 15th September saw the close out of the 2018 Winter Season with the completion of the Winter Grand Finals in all grades. After the scheduled Grand Final games were washed out the week before, the day opened up to glorious sunshine on the Goldy. Surfers had grand final teams in two grades, the Division 3 Dodgers were up against Twin Cities and the Division 4 Sharks were up against Runaway Bay and we came away with championships in both grades!!
Division 3 – Surfers Dodgers 11 defeated Twin Cities 3
Winter 2018 Champions – Division 3 Dodgers
The Div 3 boys went back to back closing out another championship in a clinical display against Twin Cities at Nerang Baseball Complex. Rob “Big Dog” Cunningham threw a complete game on the mound and kept the Twin Cities batters guessing through his accuracy and changes of speed that didn’t allow the Twin Cities batters to really get hold of him. Doggy was ably supported by the offence who cashed in with the bat, hitting the holes and keeping the line moving to continue tacking on runs each innings. The Dodgers were on the verge of a mercy rule victory but closed it out to get the chocolates 11-3.
Frank “Razor” O’Rourke shares some inspirational words in another of his traditional post-game huddles – this time as champions!!
Division 4 – Surfers Sharks 18 defeated Runaway Bay 11
Surfers Division 4 Sharks – winners are grinners!!
It was the battle of the ocean at Paradise Point, with the Surfers Sharks taking on the Runaway Bay Dolphins and the Sharks bared their teeth to add another championship in a high scoring affair. Runaway Bay got out of the blocks early tacking on 6 runs in the first inning against starting pitcher James Shields after some defensive slip ups by the Sharks, but the boys kept on chipping away at their lead. The cause was helped with home runs to Jason Grimmond and Ron Hanson to tack on some much needed runs. Darren “The Machine” Ashcroft came onto the mound to complete the game and was also the winner of the GCBA Division 4 pitching award for the season. The Sharks finally took the lead in the bottom of the third innings after a 5 run, 2-out rally and then added on more to run out the eventual winners 18-11.
Andrew “Mud” McDonald shows off the winner’s plaque.
Sunday 9 September 2018 9am to 12pm – the Club will be open to assist you with on-line registrations and your uniform orders this Sunday.
Juniors training will start next week on Wednesday 12/9/2018 at 4.30pm with our competition commencing on Saturday 13/10/2018.
TBall and Rookie Ball will commence Friday 12/10/2018 at 4.30pm.
The Surfers Paradise summer Senior pre-season training schedule has been announced. These sessions have an open invitation for any player who is seeking to play in the Surfers Paradise Division 1, 2, 3 or U20’s for the 2018/19 Summer season.
Players are also encouraged to sign on early and pay their compulsory capitation and insurance fees by going to our Registration page.
|At Surfers||At Beenleigh on Tuesdays nights||At Surfers on Thursdays|
|Sunday 19/8 9am-12pm|
|Sunday 26/8 9am-12pm|
|Sunday 2/9 9am-12pm||6/9 4.30 to 6.30|
|Sunday 9/9 9am-12pm||session cancelled due to field unavailability||FRIDAY 14/9 from 5-7pm for training and then BBQ and Fundraising event at Cocktails nightclub|
|Sunday 16/9 9am-12pm||18/9 6 to 8||20/9 4.30 to 6.30|
|Sunday 23/9 9am-12pm||25/9 6 to 8||27/9 4.30 to 6.30 Then Team Dinner|
|Sunday 30/9 9am-12pm||2/10 6 to 8||4/10 4.30 to 6.30|
The club is pleased to announce that Matt Corbitt will come back as the Division 1 Manager. Kevin Fenn will remain in charge of Division 2 and Michael Fitzgibbon will take on the Division 3 Manager’s role.
Junior coaching appointments to be announced soon
Good luck gents