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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.
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Juniors preseason training commences Sunday 13th September!

Surfers Paradise Baseball Club welcomes all returning and new junior members to our first preseason catch up and training this Sunday 13 September at 10am.

BBQ & PRESENTATION
After some general information for all, we will aim to get underway at 10:30am and finish with a BBQ around 12, where we look forward to catching up with everyone and presenting the awards from last season which thanks to covid we weren’t able to do at the time as planned.

COVID SAFETY
Regarding covid safety, the club has a covid safe plan which requires all attendees to register their attendance. This can be done via downloading the “1breadcrumb” contact tracing app: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/1breadcrumb/id1510271269

 

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https://go.1bc.app/get

 

 or scanning the QR code on site with your smartphone. Registering your attendance is an absolute must for all. Our plan also requires all attendees to practice social distancing and exercise all the precautions that have become the norm. In this regard if you or your child is unwell please stay at home and we will catch up later. Our season is riding on everyone remaining extra vigilant to do the right thing. So please do not attend if you’ve got a cold.

This also includes BYO chairs, and players bringing their own gear (where possible).

REGISTER TO PLAY TODAY!
In the meantime if you have not already done so please REGISTER to play here: https://reg.sportlomo.com/…/baseb…/goldcoast/surfersparadise

For any juniors considering baseball for the first time new players are very welcome. Come on down and give it a try.

All players to be in full club uniform. If you don’t have full uniform yet that’s ok, sports wear is fine. Caps must be worn by all players. Please remember sunscreen and water.

See you on Sunday!

Enquiries: juniors@surfersbaseball.com

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Surfers Member awarded Order of Australia

Surfers Paradise Baseball Club is very proud to acknowledge Mark Peters, one of our Masters players, who was recently awarded the Order of Australia in the 2020 Queens birthday awards.

Mark (pictured seated at the front) is acknowledged for his service to sports administration as the CEO of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation

Mark started playing with the club in 2012 after a highly decorated sporting career including being captain of the Australian Baseball team.

You won’t meet a better person than Mark and we are so grateful he plays with this club.

Your new 2020/21 Committee

The Annual General Meeting for Surfers Paradise Baseball Club was held today Sunday 12th July to elect the Club’s management committee for season 2020/21. Your new committee is:

President: Tony McPhail
Vice-President: Steve Horrigan
Secretary: Hamish Kiddle
Treasurer: Caroline Scott
Junior Co-ordinator: Rebecca Jones
Senior Co-ordinator: Vacant
Head Groundsman: Dave Counter
Sponsorship/Grants: Ben Calver

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Team dinner at our new sponsor Mr Sushi Ashmore

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
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