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Queensland State Classic Masters Tournament held at Surfers Baseball

By Rodney Gaunt – Baseball Queensland Board Member

For four brilliant Autumn days at the Surfers Paradise Baseball Club, eight Masters baseball teams played each other in the inaugural Qld Masters Games.

The venue was in pristine condition and many thanks to the Surfers Paradise ground crew for their brilliant preparation.

The following teams played:-

35+ Age Division

Good Bunts

Surfers Paradise

Redlands

Riptides Sunshine Coast

 

45+ Age Division

Surfers Paradise 45+

Surfers Paradise 55+

Robina

Western Districts

 

The first two days; Friday and Saturday saw teams play a single and double header day – often a bit of a stretch for Masters players.

Day three saw the semi-finals games played on Sunday – with games shortened to one and a half hours due to the Anzac Day moratorium for sport being played before 1.00pm.

Day four of the tournament saw the medal games being played with the following results:-

In the 35+ Age Division – Surfers played Good Bunts. In a tight match where the lead changed at least four times, Surfers came away with the win with some strong hitting, driving in the winning run late in the game. Riptides came away with the Bronze medal in another tight game winning by a single run.

In the 45+ Age Division, Surfers 55+ led all game only to see Robina score two runs in the last innings to win the game. Great pitching duel in this game – Geoff Wade vs Vogler & Callihan Wests came away with a win in the other game taking the Bronze medal.

35+ Age Division

  1. Surfers Paradise                      Gold medal
  2. Good Bunts                              Silver medal
  3. Riptides Sunshine Coast          Bronze medal
  4. Redlands

45+ Age Division

  1. Robina                                     Gold medal
  2. Surfers Paradise 55+               Silver medal
  3. Western Districts                    Bronze medal
  4. Surfers Paradise 45+

We were very fortunate to have Surfers State MP – Rob Molhoek and Surfers local Councillor – Brooke Patterson – come along and watch the 35+ Gold medal game and subsequently hand out the Gold and Silver medals for both age groups. Thanks too to BQ CEQ – Gareth Jones for his support and attendance on the medals day together with BQ Director Andrea Marshall and her support across the event.

More importantly the days were spent with good friends, fantastic food from the happy and friendly Surfers Paradise canteen and bar staff watching some wonderful baseball and having great yarns about the “good old days”.

Congratulations to Surfers President – Tony McPhail – for his indefatigable work – both leading up to the event with regard to creating the draw and finalising tournament rules and spearheading his Surfers volunteers in getting the venue in first class playing conditions – as well as his work throughout the tournament ensuring teams played by the rules, the games stayed on time and the grounds were repaired ready to go for the next game.

This tournament is now on the baseball calendar and we do hope that many more teams come along next year to participate.

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Senior Presentation Night 2020/21

Our Senior Presentation Night was held on Saturday 10th April to celebrate the accomplishments of our senior squad over season 2020/21. With one premiership (GCBA Div 1) and a runner-up (GBL Div 2) it was an accomplished season for Surfers Baseball as we usher in a significant change across our senior playing ranks over the past year with 75% of the senior playing group under the age of 24. Some exciting times are ahead for Surfers Baseball!

During the night we were able to award long-serving Club President Tony McPhail with a prestigious award, officially unveiling the Tony McPhail Club House… it was meant to be awarded last year but COVID lockdowns prevented us from sharing this award.

On the night, we also acknowledged the long standing service of our GBL scorers Connie Stoyakovich and Bette Holland who have served our GBL teams for the past 19 years and we are certainly expecting to see them again as we celebrate our 20 year anniversary of participation in the Greater Brisbane League in season 2021/22.

Our key award winners on the night included:

  • GBL Div 1 MVP: Ben Grant
  • GBL Div 2 MVP: Brad Wise
  • GCBA Div 1 MVP: Owen Drinkwater
  • GCBA Div 2 MVP: Rob Carlson
  • U20’s MVP: Ethan Clarke
  • Coach of the year: Ben Morris
  • Trent Durrington Award for junior player of the year: Hannah Marshall
  • President’s Award: Andrew McDonald
  • Club Person of the Year: Kim & Mark Rawlings

 

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Junior Presentation Day 2021

Sunshine a plenty at Surfers this morning as we hosted our junior presentation day for season 2020/21. With 5 of our 6 junior Surfers teams very well represented in grand finals next week it certainly has been a great year for our junior teams. Massive thanks to all our volunteer coaches, scorers, umpires, grounds and canteen crews and organisers behind the scenes. Without your contribution the season would not have been the success that it was.
 
Congratulations to the following special award recipients:
Junior Coach of the Year: Ben Morris
Junior coordinator’s award for his outstanding contribution: Deegan Powell 
Junior club person of the year: Bec Jones 
Holders of the Wayne Dyer Memorial Cup: Surfers Little League Majors. This is a trophy provided by the Gold Coast Baseball Umpires Association in honour of the late great Runaway Bay and Surfers club man and umpire Wayne Dyer, which the little league sides of Runaway Bay and Surfers vie for when they play each other through the season.
 
 

 

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Life Member Day 2021

The annual Life Member Day at Surfers Paradise was celebrated on Sunday 19th February during the local derby round against the Coomera Cubs and our club turned out in force to celebrate a wonderful occasion for the club. Along with acknowledging the service and dedication of our Life Members, the club also celebrated five families who have played with Surfers Paradise Baseball across 3 generations of their family including:

  • The Durrington family
  • The Scott family
  • The McPhail family
  • The Wardrop family
  • The Wise family

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Vale Ashley Anderson

Our hearts are broken with the news that Ashley Anderson tragically passed away in a car accident on the weekend.
 
Moving into this season as our GBL Div 1 starting catcher, Ash was 17 and had the world at his feet. Ash had recently been selected in the Australian U18 World Cup training squad. Ash joined Surfers Paradise for his first Junior League season in 2015/16 having played at Beenleigh Baseball Club in his earlier days, where he would return during the winter.
 
As we come to terms with this very sad loss we extend our sincere condolences to Amber, Cliff, Leah and Jade.
 
 
 
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Surfers own Hannah Marshall to compete in Australian Women’s Baseball showcase

By Connor O’Brien
 
Hannah Marshall’s big break will come this weekend when she takes part in the Australian Women’s Baseball Showcase in Melbourne. The 18-year-old will represent the Brisbane Bandits, who are slated to play a pair of exhibition matches against the Victoria Aces.

Both fixtures will start at 11am AEDT, one Saturday and the other Sunday – with the latter acting as the curtain-raiser to the Australian Baseball League championship game.

All up, 11 members of Australia’s 2018 Women’s World Cup roster have been named for the showcase event.

“I’m a bit nervous, my first time being around the Australian squad girls but also pretty excited because it’s my first time being around the Australian squad girls,” said Marshall, whose local club is Surfers Paradise.

“It’s pretty much the pinnacle that women can play at, it’s the highest level here in Australia, so I’m really excited to get my feet wet and jump in and see how I fare against them.

“So a bit of nerves, a bit of excitement, but I’m ready so hopefully we’ll have some fun.

“I still don’t think it has really sunk in but it definitely will become real when we’re down there.”
Hannah Marshall (pictured left)
 
Above all, she can’t wait to get to work with Bandits teammate Tahnee Lovering – even if her presence could relegate Marshall to bench time.
“She’s the Australian squad catcher which is the position I play, so I will definitely want to be picking her brain and finding out some information,” Marshall said.

“Being around all the Australian squad pitchers will also be really good, just to catch them and see how they go about their work.”
Marshall’s beginnings in the sport date back to her school softball days in Sydney, before switching to baseball in her mid-teens upon moving to the Gold Coast.

An Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays fan, she’s hitting home runs away from the baseball diamond too – she’ll soon start a Bachelor of Paramedicine at Griffith University.

But for now, it’s all baseball, with representing Australia the ultimate dream.

Thank you – The City of Gold Coast

The membership of the Surfers Paradise Baseball club would like to thank and publicly acknowledge the City of Gold Coast for their tremendous support of providing funding to assist with the upgrading of the clubs batting cage facility.

Without the support of the City of GC this project would not have been completed in 2020.  The club was heavily impacted by COVID-19 with the cancellation of events and community sport in general during the summer and winter baseball seasons of 2020.

The funding enabled the club to complete the project in readiness for the summer season of 2020-21 and has assisted the members and the baseball community as whole to get back in the swing of things and play the game again.  The SPBC batting cage facility is a critical training facility for all male and female baseball enthusiasts from as young as 8 years to the masters of over 60 years.

Winter Season: Final Week Results

Final round of Winter baseball saw the following results

A Grade        Surfers 11 defeated Nerang 4    Surfers finish A Grade champions. Well done to Shane, Adam and the team.

B Grade         In the playoff for 3rd and 4th Surfers went town to Coomera 8 – 4.    This grade had some very good teams and the team performed very well. Thanks to Matt Saint for managing the team.

C Grade        C Grade team finished the year off with a win against Nerang 10 – 5. This is a very young and inexperienced team and they finished the year in 7th place. Thanks all.

Masters       Dodgers won 18 – 8 to win this grade with a win over the Robina side. Great pitching from Rod Wise but very good team effort from all players

                    Sharks played a hot Coomera side and went down 9 to 3 to finish 4th.  Thank you guys, we hope enjoyed the season.

It was fantastic to see so many old faces on Saturday in the crowd. We look forward to seeing you back soon.

#100 Club winner was number 89: Thom Lees

Finally big thank you to our umpires, scorers, the grounds crew and the canteen crew.