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Queensland Masters Tournament is back on the Gold Coast

Masters Baseball is back on the Gold Coast and kicks off today! 

We are proud and excited to be hosting the games from Friday 22nd to Monday the 25th of April 2022.

You can access the schedule at this link>>>

You can access the event specific rules at this link>>>

The on site First Aid provider Travis, is available to provide remedial sports massage at an additional fee to be negotiated with Travis.

Full canteen and bar facilities will be available for each day of the event. Please note the club is a licensed venue – no BYO alcohol is permitted on site.

There’s no better way to spend your long weekend so come along and watch some great baseball spread across two diamonds in a family friendly atmosphere. 

PLAY BALL!!!

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Keyperson Life Insurance partnership with Surfers Baseball

Dear Members and Associates of Surfers Paradise Baseball Club,

Keyperson Life Insurance is excited to commence a new partnership with Surfers Paradise Baseball Club by offering our services and an exclusive benefit of a 10% donation of your first years premiums.

This offer is only valid for members and associates of Surfers Paradise Baseball Club for a limited time from 17/01/2022 to 18/03/2022.

Josh Warner has played a key role in establishing this partnership. As many of you may know, Josh has been a part of the Surfers Paradise Baseball Club for over 10 years. Josh is excited by the opportunity with his position in Keyperson to create a partnership to give back to the club that has offered him invaluable growth and development over the past decade.

This partnership entitles you to a FREE, no obligation review of your life insurances (Life, TPD, Trauma and Income Protection). This review gives Josh the opportunity to ensure any insurances currently in place are in line with your current needs and market leading prices. Alternatively, if you do not have any cover in place, this will allow you to ensure you are safeguarding your family’s and/or your own financial security.

Most people are unaware of these statistics:

  • 63% of Australians have insurance inside of superannuation.
  • 39% of Australians have more than one super account and 14% of Australians have 3 or more super accounts. Therefore, potentially multiple insurances that you may be unaware of.
  • 79% of Australians do not have adequate income protection to meet their needs
  • 86% of Australians do not have adequate TPD cover.
  • 52% of Australians are underinsured.

Source:- TAL (https://www.tal.com.au/slice-of-life-blog/how-many-australians-have-life-insurance)

Benefits for the Surfers Paradise Baseball Club community:

Keyperson Life Insurance will make a 10% donation to Surfers Paradise Baseball Club for each qualifying policy. All donations to the club will be used for facility upgrades. For example, a roof on the batting cages or new lights in the bullpen.

Josh is excited to be able to extend this offer to the club and will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have.

What next?

Call or email Josh for a book a review

Email: joshua@keyperson.com.au
Call: 1300 78 55 77

Website: www.keyperson.com.au

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Surfers Baseball Membership

Club & VIP Membership Drive

 The Surfers Paradise Baseball Club Wants You!!

Since 1987 Surfers Baseball has been responsible for introducing the great game of baseball to generations of young men, women and children!

We are very proud of what we have achieved since our journey began and we know our players, friends, families and supporters number many and have indeed spread far and wide!

Surfers Paradise Baseball Club for the first time in a long time is reaching out to all who have a connection with our great club and inviting you to sign yourselves, your friends, your loved ones up to one of our Club Memberships.  Not only will this enable us to keep you up to date with the great developments and achievements going on at the club, but your contributions will also help keep the next generations of baseballers on the park!

To connect and show your support of the next generations coming through – we’re offering 2 x Membership options;

  1. The Club Membership – only $10 – where you’ll receive our Club Card with your own Member number and of course be kept up to date with Club news, information and even opportunity to enter our competitions!
  2. The VIP Membership – only $25 – on top of the club card, we’ll also include our very special “Limited Edition – Surfers Baseball since 1987” Vintage look T-Shirt – valued at $25 by itself! So represents great value and a lasting reminder of your link to Surfers Baseball Club!

If you cannot make it down to the club to sign up for one of our great memberships – please click on this link Surfers Baseball Membership” and this will take you to an online order form and payment portal so you can sign up to one of these great memberships and show your ongoing support for the club!

Thanks again for all your support & we look forward to welcoming you back to the club soon!

The Surfers Paradise Baseball Club.

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VALE COL CARRUTHERS

The members, friends and families of Surfers Paradise Baseball club received some sad news recently with the passing of a club veteran – Col Carruthers.

Col was involved with the club for many years during the nineties and beyond and was inspirational in guiding and coaching many young players over that time.  He was the coach of the Under 16s teams for years and enjoyed the experiences of all kids and their families, that came through the ranks every summer.

Col also coached and managed the senior & masters teams during the winter months and was a guiding light for the club, as it built its reputation as being successful hosts of the Pan Pacific Masters games.

Col was well known in the baseball circles and clearly “loved the game” with very much an “old school” approach to life and coaching. Col will also be remembered for his direct & gruff style that clearly hid his big heart of gold that everyone loved.

We send our condolences to the Carruthers family and thank Margaret for ensuring that Col was included in the clubs social activities even though he was not well in his later years.

Col is featured on the Club’s Life Members Honour board and his legacy will live on forever.

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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.