Westgarth Club Trophies 2011
Major Club Trophies
Eddie Illingworth Trophy
This Perpetual Trophy was struck to recognize the Club’s Most Valuable Player. After playing baseball as a Pitcher & Shortstop at Preston Technical School, Eddie’s first seasons were played in the 2’s at Westgarth in the early 1950’s. Following successful Claxton Shield campaigns representing Victoria in 1960, 61, 62, 63 & 65, Eddie returned to his roots at W.B.C in the 1975 season & started a remarkable run of club success playing in a Premiership in his first season back. Eddie Illingworth is a 5 – time Westgarth Baseball Club Premiership Player in the 1’s, a two time 1st nine Batting Trophy winner and one of only 4 W.B.C. players to have polled Association MVP votes in the 1sts over 3 decades. In 2002 Eddie was named in the V.B.A. “Team of the Century” to match his “all Australian” selection of 1962. As Westgarth’s most decorated baseballer the Club MVP trophy for the 1st nine is named the Eddie Illingworth Trophy.
In 2011 the Club MVP award was won by Errol Whinnen.
Richard Legge Rising Star Award
This Perpetual Trophy was struck to recognize an emerging talent playing in any of the Club’s senior sides Dick debuted in 1949 for the Epiphany Baseball Club “playing as Westgarth”. He played in the early seasons as an outfielder before becoming a steady 2nd baseman & a placement hitter who regularly batted clean-up. He went onto play over 400 games including winning 4 premierships from 5 attempts as a player in the ’50 & ‘60’s. Dick developed many juniors during a seven year stint (1968-’75) coaching WBC’s U13’s, U15’s & U17’s . He also managed the WBC 3rds during the late 70’s and ‘80’s introducing many players to their 1st games of senior “ball”. After retiring as a player Dick added another 5 premierships as the clubs 3rd base coach. Dick Legge is remembered as a Junior Coach and Senior 3rd base coach always willing to provide balanced coaching guidance to players of any age or level. As one of Westgarth’s most devoted clubmen he has been a contributor to growing the talent base of the club and the trophy for the most talented emerging Junior is the Richard Legge Rising Star award.
The 2011 Rising Star Award winner was Darby Brown.
Roy Bartlett Batting Trophy
This Perpetual Trophy has been struck to recognize the most prolific hitter in the club – the 1st 9 batting average winner. Roy Bartlett was a right handed “punch hitter” capable of swatting home runs. He played in WBC’s 1st ever Premiership and he is remembered for delivering the match winning home run in the premiership of the late 40’s. Whilst playing stats are no longer available for the clubs 1st 20 seasons and individual trophies were not awarded Roy Bartlett was the Left Fielder who batted at 2 or 3 in Westgarth’s premiership teams in 1940’s and 1950’s. One of Westgarth’s most visible and active statesman (including oversight on the Club finances as Treasurer for 57 years); the trophy for the 1st 9 batting average winner is the Roy Bartlett Batting Trophy.
The 2011 Roy Bartlett batting Trophy winner was Cam Deeble.
Gough Family Trophy
This Perpetual Award was struck to recognize the Most Valuable Club Person. This trophy was struck to recognise the unparalleled contribution made by the entire Gough family to the W.B.C. It recognizes the combined passion, energy, commitment and drive of Joyce, Rodney, Leanne, Meree & Don. They have jointly provided over 225 years of combined service and that they to continue willingly do so for the benefit of all members is nothing short of outstanding!
Former winners of the Gough Family Most Valuable Club Person award for 2011 was shared by Gary Pawley & Richelle Pawley.
Graeme Bartlett Trophy
This Perpetual Trophy was struck to recognize the Most Valuable Player in the 2nds. A former W.B.C. Junior and Junior Coach, “Barty’s” first Victorian Baseball Association Representative Selection honors go way back to 1982 and he has won numerous Association MVP awards across five decades playing for Westgarth. (‘70’s- ‘11’s). He was the first Westgarth Player of the modern era to win the Association MVP in the “ones” and fittingly he did it in the 1985 Premiership year. Graham has won Premierships as a player in every senior W.B.C. team he has represented (including 5 in the 1sts !). Graham holds the Club Record (10) for the most premierships played and holds the club pitching record for striking out 21 hitters in a 2nds game against Northcote in the ‘70’s. This included the 1st 10 batters in the game!
The 2011 winner was Premiership winning pitcher Steve Hunter.
Gary Pawley Trophy
This Perpetual Trophy was struck to recognize the Most Valuable Player in the 3rds. GP’s W.B.C. career included 6 years in the juniors; Under 13’s, Under 15’s & Under 17’s progressing through “D” grade in the zone north team through the seconds before ultimately playing in multiple WBC 1st “9” premierships as starting catcher. Gary has won multiple batting trophies with over 675 games played holds the Club’s “Games played” record.
The 2011 winner was WBC 2nds Premiership Player Gary McKeown.
This Perpetual Award has been struck to recognize the club member or supporter making the most significant & substantial contribution to WBC’s junior program during the year. Dianne, Aaron, Luke & Doug Brownley have collectively had the most significant impact on the club’s Junior program in Westgarth’s history. Their contribution to both the WBC Juniors and the Association Juniors has played out now over 20 seasons. Doug has been WBC’s Junior delegate to the Association, a Junior Association President and the Junior co-ordinator at WBC including; the co-ordination of; recruitment, practice, coaching, diamond marking, umpiring and parents liaison. Diane has been a long term junior & more recently senior scorer and following Doug & Dianne’s footsteps, both Aaron and have Luke managed WBC Junior teams over multiple seasons. In 2010, Doug lead the introduction of WBC’s T-Ball program with the Hocking Stuart sponsored WBC “come ‘n’ try days”. The substantial and sustained contribution of the Brownley family to the continuation and development of Junior baseball at WBC, the Diamond Valley Baseball Association, the Melbourne Winter Baseball League, and the Victorian Baseball League is recognised via Westgarth Baseball Clubs’s Brownley Medal.
The 2011 Brownley Medal winner was jointly won by Kym & David Medlin.