Baseball Australia Diamond Awards


WBC win the 2014 Gough / Brentnall Trophy

Ronnie Bunker’s WBC Cricketers returned the Gough / Brentnall Trophy to Westgarth yesterday afternoon (Sun march 2, 2014) In a 36 Over “one dayer” with a noisy Preston Cricket Club providing entertainment in the stands WBC defended 174 to win by a narrow 9 runs at the “BULLANTS oval. Final Score WBC   5/ 174 cc def Centurions 9/165 Westgarth’s player of the match Bernard Kelly made 39 retired and took 1/14 from 6 overs when not keeping. The Centurions  player of the match was former WBC baseballer Shaun Brentnall who took 2/ 25 off 5 overs and made 22. As part of the post match presentations and formalities Ron Brentnall revived a number of fond memories of Don Gough’s role in establishing this annual game which is now in it’s 21st year .   Your WBC cricketers were ably represented by a blend of current & former players and ably lead by WBC Life Member Ron Bunker. Notable inclusions in the WBC 12 were WBC’s auditor Phil ... More

Major Award Winners 2013

Association MVP ‘s Dick Legge Rising Star Award Bernard Kelly Gough Family Best Clubman Award Cameron Deeble Brownley Medal   Liz Butterfield 4ths Award winners Most improved Award  Yeo Choong 4ths Batting Average Gary McKeown                           .550 3rds Award winners 3rds Batting Average       1st – David Medlin                     .485 2nd – Giddeon Van Twest           .333 3rd – Jeremy Drake                    .324 3rds MVP Gary Pawley Trophy 1st – Aaron Brownley 2nd – David Medlin                    3rd – Abbey Kelly 2nds Award winners 2nds Batting Average 1st – Luke Brownley                   .439 2nd – Toby Garafillis                      .382 3rd – Jye ... More

Westgarth come up short in Semi-Final

The Westgarth Fourths have come up short in their 3 - 18 Semi-Final Loss against Research. After the Westgarth and Research juniors teamed up in their Grand Final in the morning, it was the respective senior sides doing battle down the road in the afternoon. The experienced Research team proved too strong with their hitting as Westgarth only managed to put some runs on the board late in the game. Congratulations to the Fourths for representing Westgarth in the final series and for a successful season. Team Opposition Result Score Fourths( D Reserves) Research  Loss  3 - 18   More

Westgarth Junior Grand Final

After an entertaining game our under 17's came up just short with a 5 -7 loss to Greensborough/ Diamond Creek. The Westgarth/Research combination team got out to an early lead but were unfortunately unable to maintain it, with the opposition making a strong attack late in the game. On behalf of the Westgarth Baseball Club we would like congratulate the entire team for placing runner up in the 2013 season and for their outstanding efforts throughout the year. You can view some of the photos taken at the game here: Junior Grand Final Gallery If you would like any high quality copies of any of the photos or would like to see some others taken on the day then please contact Ryan Bartlett at More

Westgarth Junior to Represent Australia

Congratulations to Abbey Kelly from Westgarth who has been chosen to represent Australia at the 2014 Phoenix Cup Women's Baseball Tournament next year. Please follow the link for further information - More

Message from the President

Dear Westgarth Members Over the course of this season, the Committee and I have observed and had reported to us a worrying trend at Westgarth Baseball Club games. There has been in increase in aggressive and abusive behaviour in our games involving the throwing of equipment, use of bad language and culminating two weeks ago in the abuse of a Merri Park user. This particular incident led to two separate complaints being made to the club and occurred in the presence of junior players and their parents. In response to these events the Committee will be taking the following actions: 1) Before each game this weekend a Committee member will address each team and reinforce our commitment to removing unacceptable behaviour from our games 2) Team managers will be encouraged to support umpires - particularly club umpires - to act when unacceptable behaviour occurs. This includes benching players and, if deemed necessary, reporting the behaviour to the Committee for further action 3) ... More

Westgarth and Research in a heritage thriller

Westgarth BC Mark Le Grew, Monday, 8 July 2013 A return to A grade has shown that Westgarth BC have talent at their disposal playing out a classic draw against Research BC on Sunday Westgarth and Research can't be separated in both grades By SALLY HEPPLESTON IT WAS a close day of baseball for the Westgarth and Research baseball clubs on Sunday with both the A grade and A reserve teams drawing in round 11 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League. Played at Westgarth on the club’s annual heritage day, the A grade match finished with 2-2 draw, with both sides having opportunities to win. The A reserve match was four all. The A grade game was the main attraction on an important day for the Westgarth Baseball Club, with a curtain raiser played by past legends of the Westgarth and Melbourne University baseball clubs. Westgarth, with only three wins for the season, went in to the game as underdogs against last year’s runners-up Research, who before the match ... More

Westgarth to represent in Championships

DIAMOND VALLEY TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT We wish to notify the Westgarth Baseball Club of the following members who have been selected to represent the Diamond Valley Under 16’s at the 2013 State Winter Championships. Derek Medlin Angus Vear Abbey Kelly Gideon Van-Twest These players will form part of two 15 member teams selected from players in the Diamond Valley Junior Baseball Association (DVJBA). Team members successfully participated in an arduous selection process over a number of try-out sessions. Players in the Under 16 team represent all clubs that currently play in the DVJBA. The Under 16 State Winter Championships are being held in Wangaratta on 27th and 28th July 2013. I’d like to encourage you and your members to attend the tournament and support your club members and the Diamond Valley team. The Championships will see representative teams from each league and association across Victoria compete over the two days. We wish to congratulate these players ... More

Westgarth stalwart Eddie Illingworth enters MCC Hall of Fame

Long time Westgarth BC member Eddie Illingworth has proven his status as an all round sport star with his entry into the Melbourne Baseball Club Hall of Fame along with a cricket honour. WHEN it comes to picking between cricket and baseball, don’t make Eddie Illingworth choose. The 74-year-old Glen Iris resident was recently inducted in to the Melbourne Cricket Club Baseball Section Hall of Fame, and on the same night was inducted in to the Fitzroy Doncaster Cricket Club Hall of Fame. When it came to deciding which event he’d attend, it simply came down to which invitation he received first, with cricket getting the nod in the end, only just. Eddie has a long and colourful history with both sports. As a young cricketer, he was looking for a way to keep his eye in, his arm turning over and his fitness up during the winter, so someone suggested baseball. In those times, cricketers who weren’t interested in playing the more popular winter sport, football, baseball was the ... More