Westgarth Baseball Club has a prestigious history in the Victorian Baseball Association. Since its formation as the Epiphany Baseball Club in 1932 it went on to become the Westgarth Baseball Club in 1945. The club joined the Ringwood Diamond Valley Competition (Now the Melbourne Winter Baseball League) in 1985. The Club has a long history of providing an economical and social game of Baseball.
This winter season (2014) the club will be fielding three senior teams including A and A Reserves sides. The lower division side caters for the older experienced players and also those who are new to the sport.
Westgarth also runs several junior teams which participate within the Diamond Valley Junior League and greatly encourages any youngsters who are interested in giving baseball a try to get involved.
2014 Heritage Game
Heritage Day 2014 – the final day of baseball at Ross Straw Field
Yesterday (Sunday 25 August) a terrific crowd watched unparalleled athleticism from iconic sportsmen…and then they turned off Fox Sports and came out to watch the 2014 Heritage Game at Ross Straw Field!
Ross Straw Field (RSF) was given an appropriately grand send off. The final score was 4-2 Uni’s way and the tally of Heritage Game wins is now five to two in favour of MUBC – and the BITMEAD / ILLINGWORTH Trophy remains with Uni for another year . WBC playing highlights of the day included; Dave Medlin’s near bomb to the Left /Centre alley, Rodney Gough’s Double play with an assist from Eddie Illingworth and a sensational 6 – 4 play masterminded by Gary “Pele” McKeown with some help from Goughy. Post Match Uni hosted a fitting tribute to the memories of RSF with the Straw family being represented by Ross’s daughter and grand daughter . The speakers also gave us all a chance to reflect on the place that Ross Straw Field has played in Victorian Baseball History and to remember those players and managers who played so often at RSF but are no longer with us. It was a fitting way to say goodbye to a Field that holds so many favourable Finals series memories for past WBC players and a fitting farewell for Uni to send off their traditional home.
A great day was had by all ; the WBC line-up in batting order was:
1. David Medlin playing 3rd
2. Gary McKeown shortstop
3. Gary Pawley Catching
4. Martin Legge Pitcher
5. Ron Bunker Left Field
6. Rodney Gough 2nd Base
7. Eddie Illingworth 1st Base
8. Ross Pringle Right Field
9. Greg Fisher Centre Field
10. Graeme Bartlett Relief Pitcher
11. Cam Gleeson Centre Field
12. Dennis Cross Right & Left Field
13. Mario Epifiano Left & Centre Field.
A huge thank you to all who attended RSF in support and in particular to the many people behind the scenes who made the event a success; in particular the MUBC committee, and the two co-ordinators Graeme Bartlett and Richard King.
Special thanks go to those who travelled or varied their normal Sunday plan to be with us – we hope it was worth it. If you have any pics from Sunday that you’d like to share please send them through and we’ll find a way to distribute – there are already a few classics on the MUBC Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/groups/umbaseball/ and we have 2 attached here.
Until next year, when Westgarth get to host Heritage Day 2015.
Junior Team Photo Gallery
Check out some photos from the under 13′s last game of the season here
Westgarth Christmas Raffle
The winners in Westgarth Baseball’s Christmas in Winter draw were randomly picked from the “box” on Saturday afternoon at Merri Park.
This was the 2014 Players raffle and our thanks go to all senior & junior players who sold or bought tickets. Also, special thanks to the “Guest drawers”; which included visiting North Balwyn Players , the Umpire and WBC coach Mike Deeble.
|1st||Christmas Hamper||Ethan (WBC Junior) & Nonno|
|2nd||Giant Kris Kringle pack||Kelly family|
|3rd||Christmas Drinks “pack”||Pawley Family|
|4th||Christmas Nibbles Box||Ken Smith||Baden Smith|
|5th||Picnic Pack||David Drentin||Bernard Kelly|
|6th||Christmas Turkey & Bus Cards||Helen Lekkas||Zoe – WBC junior|
2015 Big League Baseball Camp
To all WBC Juniors at Westgarth Baseball Club,
I’m David Green from Australian Diamonds Sports, and following the successful MLB Opening Sydney Series and the evident growth of our Sport in Australia, I’m thrilled to be announcing our 2015 Big League Baseball Camp. This camp, being held January 9th – 15th on the Gold Coast is the only one of its kind in Australia. It is a full residential camp designed specifically for 12-15 year olds that want to improve their game.
For more details click here: 2015 Big League Baseball Camp
Wentworth Hair Body and Beauty
Here is a special offer from one of our club sponsors, Wentworth Hair, Body and Beauty. Westgarth Baseball Club would like to thank Wentworth for supporting our Ladies Day event this year. Their contribution to the club is much appreciated.
Order either Membership type before March 31, and you’ll receive
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Thank you for your support.
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