NEWS ARCHIVES

ROCKINGHAM SEEKING COACHING STAFF  [17 May] 
Rockingham Rams Baseball Club is currently seeking coaches for all four senior grades (AA, BB, CC, DD) for the upcoming 05/06 summer season. We are hoping that we can field teams again in all these Senior Grades.

Any person wishing to apply must do so in writing addressed to Senior Committee, Rockingham Senior Baseball Club Inc. PO Box 6, Rockingham WA 6168.

Please attach any playing or coaching experience you may have relevant to the job. Exerience not essential, playing coaches are also welcome.  Any further queries please contact Mark on 0404 474 490.
 
BALCATTA  COACHING STAFF REQUIRED   [16 May] 
The Balcatta Baseball Club is seeking applicants for the role of Coach in our AA, BB, CC and DD teams for the upcoming 2005/06 season. We are looking for a suitably qualified senior coach for our AA side, who will be required to coach the AA squad and provide assistance to, and develop the BB team. Additionally coaching staff are required for BB, CC and DD teams.

The Balcatta Baseball Club provides facilities that are second to none and have been very successful over the years. Expressions of interest for all coaching positions are requested in writing to the Balcatta Baseball Club, C/- 21 Filbert Street, Greenwood, WA, 6024.
Any queries can be made to Paul Stephenson on 0403 346 441.
 
2005 "DrugFree" WINTER LEAGUE UPDATE    [10 May] 
The
2005 "DrugFree" Winter Instructional League is close to starting. A letter to all parents will be sent out before the end of the week. However, if you want to download an information sheet please Click Here.
If you would like anymore details on the Winter League, please do not hesitate to contact BWA "DrugFree" Development Officer, Stuart Johnson on 0403 878 338.
 
HEAD STATE COACHING APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED 
Assistant Coaches Required
[10 May] 
The Board has endorsed the following Head Coach appointments for the forthcoming National Championships.
Western Heelers Kevin Hooker, AAA (Under 18) Greg Jelks, AA (Under 16) Don Kyle, A (Under 14) Rod Drew.
In accordance with protocols established by the High Performance Committee applications are now invited from interested persons to fulfill the roles of Assistant and Pitching Coaches for these teams.
 Details of the Role, Responsibilities, and Selection Criteria are available from your Club President.
Written applications should be submitted to Operations Manager, Baseball WA either by post to PO Box 57, Claremont 6910 or email:
admin@baseballwa.asn.au by 30 May 2005.
 
BRAVES COACHING STAFF 2005/06   [10 May] 
Melville Braves Baseball Club is proud to announce that the coaching staff for the season 2005/06 will be Shane Spry and Greg Jelks. Both Shane and Greg will bring pro ball experience to the club and are enthusiastic with the talented mix of young and experienced players.
 
FUNERAL   [10 May] 
Rod Byrne’s funeral service will be held at Karrakatta Cemetery, Railway Road, Karrakatta at
2:30 p.m. on Thursday, 12th May.

The family has requested that
rather than sending flowers, a donation in lieu be made to the Cancer Council of Western Australia.
 
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST   [6 May] 
Baseball WA is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons to undertake coaching positions in the 2005 DrugFree Winter Instructional League.
 
Applicants should contact BWA DrugFree Development Officer, Stuart Johnson on 0403 878 338 or email him at dev@baseballwa.asn.au. Remuneration is offered to the right people. An information night for perspective coaches will be held at 6:00pm on Monday 9th May at Baseball Park.
 
WOMEN'S WINTER INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE  [3 May]
Baseball WA is pleased to announce a Women's Winter Instructional League for 2005. The aim of the league is to get as many women playing baseball as possible throughout the Winter.

Whilst a registration day has taken place, there are still few vacancies left in a couple of teams. Registrations Close Friday 13th May 2005. To download an information pack and registration form Click Here. For more information, please contact BWA "DrugFree" Development Officer, Stuart Johnson on
0403 878 338 or Email Stuart.

 
KELMSCOTT BASEBALL CLUB: Coaching Vacancies    [27 Apr]
Applications for 2005/06 senior coaching position are being sought. All interested parties should address their written application to; Senior Coaching Position,  Executive Committee Kelmscott Baseball Club Inc., 23 Thornbill Loop, Beeliar 6164.  We are a young baseball club with the best club facilities within the Metro Area seeking applicants for a Playing Coach or just Coach. Competing in AA, BB and CC grades last year.
With the likelihood of Juniors starting at our Club this season we also looking for expressions of interest (EOI) in coaching Juniors sides. Please address EOI's to;Junior Coaching EOI, Executive Committee, Kelmscott Baseball Club Inc. 23 Thornbill Loop, Beeliar 6164.
For any further information contact Club President Adam Stevenson via e-mail; Adam.Stevenson@dpi.wa.gov.au or kelmscott_bulldogs@iprimus.com.au or telephone 0414 377 815
 
COACHING VACANCY - CARINE BASEBALL CLUB   [15 Apr]
Carine Baseball Club is seeking applications from suitably qualified people for the position of Senior Coach for the 2005/06 season. Carine fields teams in the minor grades, last season competing in AA, BB, CC and DD. The role may also suit someone interested in a player/coach role. Terms will be negotiated. Applications will be sent to Carine Baseball Club, PO Box 148, Greenwood 6024. Please clearly mark the envelope "Baseball Coach Application". Applications close 15th May
 
WA Schoolboys Training Times: [14 Apr)
The Training Times have been finalised and are listed below. At this point all training will be at South Fremantle SHS. Please Note for the Weekday training, coaches will be at the ground at 4pm. When schools commences players are asked to get to training as soon as possible after finishing school.
Saturday 16th April 10am
Tuesday 19th April 4pm
Thursday 21st April 4pm
Saturday 23rd April 10am
Tuesday 26th April 4pm
Thursday 28th April 4pm
Saturday 30th April 10am
Tuesday 3rd May 4pm
Thursday 5th May 4pm (To be followed by the Presentation Night)
If you are unable to attend training please contact one of the team officials prior to training please.
Kevin Hooker 0418 923 692; Mark Pettit 0408 931 285; Graham Johnson 0423 165 990
 
BRENDON WINS TOP AWARD    [7 Apr]
Perth pitcher Matthew "Max" Brendon took out Western Australian baseball's top individual award when he won the Neville Pratt Medal for the Best and Fairest Player in the 2004/05 State League competition at last night's annual BWA Awards Dinner.

Brendon won the award with 34 votes from
Morley Eagle Brendon Thomas (25), Perth's Stephen Tope (22) and West Stirling's Dion Sappelli (22).  He also won the Pitching Award with a 12 win / 4 Loss record and was named in the All Star team.

The other major winner on the night was Tope who took out the Fred & Norma Rae Slugging Average Award (849), the Peter Solomon Runs Batted In Award (34) and the Bill Sinclair Home Runs Award (11).  Tope was also named in the All Star team.  Full Senior Awards List.
 
CHELSEA FORKIN SELECTED IN AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S TEAM    [5 Apr]
Following the recently completed 2005 Astarra Australian Women’s Baseball Championships, the ABF has announced a 19 member 2005 National Women’s team. An additional five shadow players have also been selected.

Congratulations to Melville Braves Chelsea Forkin who was selected as an infielder and Kerron Lehane as a shadow pitcher.

The team will participate in a training camp followed by an international friendship series against Japan (and possibly other nations) later this year. Exact dates and locations of the camp and series have yet to be confirmed, but an early November timeframe has been targeted.
 
COACHING VACANCIES - WEST STIRLING BASEBALL CLUB   [31 Mar]
The West Stirling Baseball club is seeking applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the positions of State League Coach and AAA Coach.

Applications should be forwarded to West Stirling Baseball Club 16 Mckinlay Avenue Padbury 6025.

For further information please contact John Bristow on 0409 089 079.
 
ANNUAL DINNER AND AWARDS NIGHT  [29 Mar]
This year's Annual Dinner and Awards presentation night will be held at 7:00pm on Wed 6 April 2005 at Tompkins on Swan, Cnr Dunkley Ave and Canning Hwy, Alfred Cove.

Ticket prices have been kept to only $55 per head inclusive of dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks and can be obtained through your club.
 
STATE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL SERIES GOES TO SOUTH PERTH    [29 Mar]

GAME 2

South Perth     0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0   -  1
Perth                 0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1   -  2
Safe Hits: South Perth 3 - Walters, Clayton Barnes, Edwards. Perth 9 - Brian Tope (double), Leigh Moyle 2, Stephen Tope, Dean Moyle 2, Pragnell, 

Perth win game 2
Unwin, Lindbergh.  Errors: South Perth 1. Perth 0.  Winning Pitcher: Blackbee 9 innings, 6 strike outs, 2 walks, 0 earned runs. Losing Pitcher: Eissens 8.3 innings, 6 strike outs, 9 hits, 2 walks, 2 earned runs.

GAME 3

Twilight start to Game 3
Perth                 0  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  -  2
South Perth     0  0  0  0  5  0  0  0  x    - 5
Safe Hits: Perth 11 Leigh Moyle 3 (double), Robertson 3, Dean Moyle, Pragnell 3, Lindbergh. South Perth 6 - Kyle 2 (double), Hewitt, Walters, Edwards, Lawrence. Errors: Perth 4. South Perth 1. Winning Pitcher Hodge  4.3 innings,

South Perth takes series
5 strike outs, 6 hits, 0 walks, 0 earned runs. Losing Pitcher: Mount-Bryson 8 innings, 5 strike outs, 6 hits, 6 walks, 2 earned runs.

South Perth wins series by 2 games to 1. Congratulations to the club, players, coaching staff and supporters.

South Perth -
2004/05 Premiers

 

WA PLAYERS AWARDED MLB ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIPS    [29 Mar]
The following players have been announced as recipients of scholarships to attend this year's off-season MLB Academy on the Gold Coast:
  • Daniel Schmidt (Mel); Matthew Sibley (Per); Liam Baron (Gos); Adam Courcha (Gos); Chris House (Mor); Matthew Kennelly (Mel); Jason Smit (Wan); Liam Hendriks (Wan); Brendan Wise (Mel).

Congratulations and best of luck to all players.
 

COACHING VACANCIES - WANNEROO GIANTS BASEBALL CLUB   [24 Mar]
The Wanneroo Giants Baseball Club is now seeking applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the key position of State League Coach for the 2005/06 season.

At the same time the Club is seeking to fill the vacant senior coaching positions for the following teams:  AAA, u18’s, A-grade & C-grade.

Applicants for all positions should have attained or be willing to attain Level 1 coaching accreditation.

Written applications for all positions are to include a resume of relevant experience, a training program and a covering letter stating which position you are applying for and outlining relative objectives. Applications for all positions close on Friday 29th April and should be posted to :- The Secretary, Wanneroo Giants Baseball Club, PO box 1338, Wangara WA 6947.
 
COACHING VACANCIES - MORLEY EAGLES BASEBALL CLUB   [24 Mar]
The Morley Eagles Baseball Club is seeking applications for a suitably qualified individual to fill the key position of Head Coach & AAA Coach for the 2005/2006 season.

All applications should be in writing and include a resume outlining relevant experience and training and a covering letter detailing your goals and objectives. Remuneration to be discussed at interview stage. Applications Close 15 April 2005 AND will be treated as confidential

All applications should be directed to: Morley Eagles Baseball Club , C/o The Secretary Senior Section, PO Box 151 Morley WA 6943 or phone Andrew Todd on 0412 362 808.
 
STATE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL SERIES GAME 1   [24 Mar]

Perth                 1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 -  1
South Perth      0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  x  -  3

Safe Hits: Perth 5 - Moyle 2, Robertson 2 (double), Pragnell. South Perth 8 - Kyle 2, Hewitt, Clayton Barnes, Clinton Barnes (Home run), Johanesson, Edwards (double), Lawrence.  Errors: South Perth 1. Perth 2.  Winning Pitcher Hodge 8.3 innings - 7 strike outs, 5 hits, 6 walks, 1 earned run.  Losing Pitcher Brendon 8 innings - 1 strike out, 8 hits, 2 walks, 2 earned runs.

Game 2 will hit-off at 2:30pm next Saturday 26 March.  Game 3 (if required) will commence 30 minutes after the completion of Game
 
STATE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL SERIES STARTS TONIGHT    [23 Mar]
The culmination of the 2004/05 season gets underway tonight at Baseball Park when reigning premiers South Perth defend their State League title against Perth.

Hit-off is at 7:30pm with Game 2 commencing at 2:30pm next Saturday 26 March.  Game 3 (if required) will commence 30 minutes after the completion of Game 2. 

Tickets are available at the gate and have been kept at the same price as for regular season games i.e. $4 adults, $2 children 13 to 17 with kids 12 and under free.

Just a reminder that the City of Gosnells has directed that overflow parking is no longer available on the northern reserve adjacent to Baseball Park. Spectators are requested to instead use a designated area behind the playground.  Entry is off Nicholson Rd, approx 100m past the traffic lights at Nicholson and Wilfred Rds (i.e look for the gate next to the old Tom Bateman cottage).

Good luck to both clubs!!!!
 
COACHING VACANCIES - MELVILLE BRAVES     [21 Mar]
The Melville Braves Baseball Club is seeking applications from a suitably qualified person to fill the key position of State League Coach for the 2005/06 season. They are also seeking to fill the newly created positions of Pitching Coach and Specialised Assistant Coaches.
 
All other coaching positions in the Club (e.g. AAAs, U/18s etc) are vacant and the Club is also seeking suitable applicants for these positions.
 
Written applications for all positions are to include a resume outlining relevant experience, training program and a covering letter detailing your goals and objectives.  Applications should be directed to the Club by 22 April 2005 and addressed to The Melville Braves Baseball Club, 40 Glen Iris Drive, Jandakot 6164.
2005 GRAND FINAL RESULTS   [21 Mar]
SENIORS
 
AAA Grade South Perth 4 Victoria Park 2
AA Grade:
Curtin 7 Balcatta 3
A Grade:
Victoria Park/Belmont 6 South Perth 1
Under 18: Wanneroo 11 South Perth 4
BB Grade: Balcatta 10 UWA 6
B Grade: Morley Eagles 6 Greenwood 3
CC Grade: Kelmscott 9 Rockingham 8
C Grade: Victoria Park/Belmont 23 Swan Districts 6
DD Grade: Carine (2) 8 UWA 7
D Grade: Gosnells 10 South Perth 4
Women: Morley Eagles 22 Victoria Park/Belmont 3


AAA Premiers - South Perth

A Premiers - Vic Park

JUNIORS

Under 16:
Division 1
Melville Braves d South Perth
Division 2
: Swan Districts 11 Carine 7;
Division 3 North: Perth 15 West Stirling 2;
Division 3 South: Mandurah 17 Kalamunda 2;
Division 4: Rockingham 16 Cockburn 15.

 
U/16.3 Premiers - Perth


U/16.1 Premiers- Melville

Under 14:

 
Division 1: West Stirling 8 Morley 5;
Division 2 Perth 7 Willetton 4
Division 3 North: West Stirling 15 Wembley 9;
Division 3 South: Cockburn 7 South Perth 6;
Division 4 North: North Coast 13 West Stirling 6

 

Division 4 Gold: Eastern Hills 3 Melville 2.

U/14.4 Premiers -
North Coast
 U/14.2 Premiers -Perth

Congratulations to all teams!!!!!!!
 

STATE LEAGUE SEMI FINAL - SERIES 2, GAME 2   [19 Mar]
Played at Baseball Park on Sat 19 March 2005:

West Stirling       0  5  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  -    6
Perth                    0  0  5  2  0  0  4  1  x   -  12

Safe Hits: Perth 14 - Brian Tope (two singles), Stephen Tope (two home runs), Robinson (two singles, home run), Unwin, Pragnell, Abbott (single, double),. Buhner (two singles), Dean Mole.   West Stirling10 Willox, Edmondson, Dale (double, home run),  Sappelli (single, double), Langdon (two singles), Thame, Merritt.  Errors: Perth 0; West Stirling 3.  Winning Pitcher: Blackbee 5 innings, 1 strike out, 7 hits, 3 walks, 5 earned runs.  Losing Pitcher: Travis Murphy 3.3 innings, 2 strike outs, 9 hits, 2 walks, 3 earneds runs.

Perth win series 2-0 and proceed to next Wednesday's Grand Final.
 
STATE LEAGUE SEMI FINAL - SERIES 1, GAME 2   [18 Mar]
Played at Baseball Park on Fri 18 March 2005:

South Perth       2  1  0  0  8  1  0  – 12
Melville Braves   0  0  0  0  0  0  1  – 1

Safe Hits: South Perth 12 - Hewitt, Clayton Barnes 4 (double), Edward (double), Lawrence, Walters 3 (double, home run), Scott, Johanesson.  Melville Braves 5 - Braine, Davis 2, Scorer, Fredericks (home run).  Errors: South Perth 1, Melville Braves 2.  Winning Pitcher: Eissens 7 innings, 8 strike outs, 5 hits, 0 walks, 1 earned runs.  Losing Pitcher: Fredericks 4-1/3 innings, 3 strike outs, 8 hits, 2 walks, 6 earned runs.

South Perth win series 2-0 and proceed to next Wednesday's Grand Final.
 
BASEBALL PARK SPECTATOR PARKING   [18 Mar]
The City of Gosnells has directed that overflow parking will no longer be available on the northern reserve adjacent to Baseball Park.

Spectators are requested to instead use a designated area behind the playground.  Entry is off Nicholson Rd, approx 100m past the traffic lights at Nicholson and Wilfred Rds.
 
STATE LEAGUE COACH REQUIRED: Gosnells Baseball Club   [18 Mar]
The Gosnells Hawks Baseball Club is seeking applications for a suitably qualified individual to fill the key position of Head Coach for the 2005/06 season.

Written applications including a resume outlining relevant experience, training and a covering letter detailing your goals and objectives should be directed to the following by 22 April 2005:

Gosnells Hawks Baseball Club,
C/o The Club Secretary,
PO Box 362,
Gosnells WA 6990

STATE LEAGUE SEMI FINAL - SERIES 2, GAME 1   [18 Mar]
Played at Baseball Park on Thurs 17 March 2005:

Perth                1 0 0 1 4 1 0 3 0  -  10
West Stirling   0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0  -  4

Safe hits: Perth 12: L. Moyle (single, home run), B Tope, S Tope, Robertson (single, two doubles), Unwin (2), Pragnell, Abbot, Buhner.  West Stirling: Herbert (double), Edmondson (three singles), Mason (double), Thame, Merritt, Dale (two singles, double), Preston.  Errors: Perth 1, West Stirling 4. Winning Pitcher: Brendon - 9 innings, 9 strike outs, 11 hits, 4 walks, 4 earned runs. Losing pitcher: Sappelli - 9 innings, 9 strike outs, 12 hits, 2 walks, 4 earned runs.
 
STATE LEAGUE SEMI FINAL - SERIES 1, GAME 1   [17 Mar]
Played at Baseball Park on Wed 16 March 2005:

Melville Braves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 1
South Perth 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 x – 5
Safe Hits: Melville Braves 6, Scorer 2 (double), Lawton 2, Fredericks.  South Perth 11, Clinton Barnes, Johanssen, Edwards 2, Lawrence, Kyle 2, Hewitt, Clayton Barnes 2, Walters.  Errors: Melville Braves 1, South Perth 2.  Winning Pitcher, Hodge, 9 innings, 8 strike outs, 6 hits, 2 walks, 1 earned run.  Losing Pitcher, Schmidt 6 innings, 3 strike outs, 11 hits, 3 walks, 4 earned runs.

The other series will commence at 7:30pm tonight at Baseball Park when West Stirling take on Perth.  
 
ANNUAL DINNER AND AWARDS NIGHT [14 Mar]
This year's Annual Dinner and Awards presentation night will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday 6 April 2005 at Tompkins on Swan, Cnr Dunkley Ave and Canning Hwy, Alfred Cove.

Ticket prices have been kept to only $55 per head inclusive of dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks and can be obtained through your club.
 
2005 FINALS [14 Mar]
The 2004/05 season is coming to a close. This Wednesday will see the State League Semi Finals get underway at Baseball Park with the Grand Finals for all other grades being held at various grounds around the metropolitan area on Saturday and Sunday.

Good Luck to all teams involved.
 
COACHING POSITIONS VACANT [14 Mar]
Baseball WA is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons to undertake Executive Positions in the State Teams, which will participate in the National Youth Tournaments, scheduled for January 2006 and the opportunity of extending to 2007 Championships.

Positions Vacant: Head Coach and Executive Officer for Under 14, 16 and 18's

People seeking appointment to any of the above positions are requested to submit a written application to Operations Manager, Baseball WA either PO Box 57, Claremont 6910 or email admin@baseballwa.asn.au by 30 March 2005 outlining their relevant experience and knowledge they will bring to the position. Copies of responsibilities and selection criteria are available from the BWA Office upon request. It should be noted that following the appointment of Head Coaches applications will then be called for additional support staff.

The Under 16 Championship has been allocated to South Australia, the Under 18 to Victoria and Under 14 to Queensland.  Venues will be advised at a later date.
 
STATE SCHOOLBOY TEAM ANNOUNCED [9 Mar]
Congratulations to the following players on being selected in the 2005 State Schoolboys team that will defend their national title in QLD in May. The team is as follows;

Tyler Anderson, Tim Brendan, Jason Smit, Toby Redman, Ben Floyd, Liam Hendricks, Matt Winfield, Jeremy Blab, Adam Courcha, Alex McDonald, Ian Bradstreet, Matthew Kennelly, Travis McGarry, Liam Baron, Kirk Peacock, Kane Silvi, Chris House.

There is a compulsory meeting to be held at 7pm this Monday, 14th March 2005 at the South Perth Baseball Club for all members and parents.
2005 DRUGFREE STATE PEEWEE CHAMPIONSHIPS [8 Mar]
Congratulations to all the clubs that competed so well at the Championships over the weekend.  Final results were:
  •        Development Shield - South Perth 8 West Stirling 6

  •        Championship Cup - Melville 4 Carine 2

 

STATE SCHOOLBOY TRYOUTS [6 Mar]
The State Schoolboys Selection Trial is on this Monday 7th March 2005 (public holiday) from 2 to 5pm at South Fremantle High School, Lefroy Rd, Beaconsfield.

All registered members of Baseball WA who are currently enrolled in high school are invited to attend.  The team will travel to Caboolture, QLD between May 7th and May 13th, 2005. 

Please contact Mark Pettit on 9336 1611 for more details or to download a registration form, click here.
CUP RESULTS [3 Mar]
Last Night at Baseball Park saw the conclusion to the Tommy Smith and Jan Thurley Cup's.
Morley Eagles beat West Stirling 2-0 to win the Jan Thurley Cup (Under 14) and Wanneroo beat South Perth 8-6 in the Tommy Smith Cup (Under 16) to walk away with the Silverware. Congratulations.
EAGLES AND CUBS THROUGH TO FINALS[3 Mar]
A stunning conclusion to the 2005 Masters season is planned with Eagles and Cubs winning their way to the Grand Final to be played at Baseball Park Tuesday March 8. The game hits off at 7pm

Come along and watch what will be great game of baseball.
WINTER LEAGUE DETAILS RELEASED [22 Feb]
With the summer season coming to a close, it is time for the details of the 2005 "DrugFree" Winter League to be released. Having been run for the past 4 years, the Winter League keeps expanding. This year games will be played at both day and night on Saturdays at Baseball Park.

The first week of the Winter League will start on Saturday 28th May, with a training session and introduction to coaches and team members. The league will continue until Saturday 20th August.

There will be 2 registration days held, both at Fielders Choice. Saturday 19th March from 9am to 5pm and Thursday 24th March from 9am to 9pm.
 
To download a registration form .
Contact Stuart Johnson for more details on 0403 878 338 or dev@baseballwa.asn.au
TIGER ACADEMY REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN  [21 Feb]
The 2005 Tiger Academy is now taking registrations. The Academy is open to all children with 1992 and 1993 birth dates. As per previous years, the academy will be run in the April school holidays at Pickering Brook.

Head Coach this year is Daniel Floyd. Daniel is an former Professional Baseballer with the Seattle Mariners and will provide excellent coaching to everyone attending.

The first selection trial date is Wednesday 9th March at Tom Bateman Reserve, opposite Baseball Park! To download an information sheet and registration form Click Here.
 
BASEBALL PARK OFFICIAL OPENING   [15 Feb]
Nearly 1,000 people attended Baseball Park on Saturday night to witness Minister for Sport and Recreation Bob Kucera MLA declare baseball’s new home officially open.

Particularly well received was the Minister's announcement that Baseball WA had been awarded an additional $145,000 towards additional facility enhancements including fixed seating and shade sails.

The evening's main game saw an exciting game between two evenly matched State League All Star teams drawn from each side of the Swan River. Box scores were as follows:

Northern All Stars 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 - 3
Southern All Stars 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 2

Photo: Chris Lee


Safe Hits: North 9 Dale 2 (double), White, Whitesides, Hastie, hughes, Smith, Kissock, Allpike.  South 9, Needle 4, Graham, Overton, Kennelly, Lawler, Scorer.  Errors North 1, South 0.  Winning Pitcher, Wishart, 2 innings, 1 strike outs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 0 earned runs.  Losing Pitcher; McLeod 2 innings, 3 strike outs, 3 hits, 0 walks, 1 earned run.  Save Brandon Dale

In the curtain raiser, the State Under 18 team had a comfortable victory over a “AA” Sub District All Star team.

For more pics, click on the "Gallery" link top, right.
 
ALL STAR TEAMS FOR BASEBALL PARK OPENING   [11 Feb]
The following players have been selected to play in tomorrow night's historic Official Opening of Baseball Park:

MAIN GAME: 6:45pm

SOUTH ALL STARS

Gosnells: Robbie Adamson; Allan de San Miguel; Dustin London; John Macleod. Victoria Park / Belmont: JR Overton;Peter Torpy; Sam Winfield;Travis Ottey. Swan Districts: Dylan Peacock; Lance Lawler; Clint Balgera; Ben Needle. South Perth: Bjorn Johannessen; Mark Kelly; Clinton Barnes; Damien Lawrence. Melville Braves: Daniel Schmidt; Mitch Graham; Tim Kennelly;  Graeme Scorer.Head Coach:  Jason Hewitt (South Perth). Asst Coaches: Geoff Dyer (Melville Braves); Arnie Noel (Gosnells); Shane Tonkin (Swan Districts); Kevin Driscoll (Victoria Park).

NORTH ALL STARS
Morley Eagles:  Brad Allpike; Luke Hughes; Jason Geike; Shane Smith.
Wembley: Jordan Kissock; Jeff Wishart; Drew Harris; Jake Whitesides. Wanneroo: Daniel Floyd; Ryan Hastie; Aaron Merhoff; Àdam Shafer; Brad Thomas. Perth: Paul Pragnell; Matt Sibley; Brian Tope; Steven Tope. West Stirling: Lachlan Dale; Dean White; Brandon Dale.
Head coach:            Kevin Hooker (Wanneroo). Asst coaches: Rod Drew (Morley Eagles); Leigh Moyle (Perth); Larry Home (Wanneroo).

 
CURTAIN RAISER: 4:00pm

AA ALL STARS
Balcatta: Adrian Humble; Clint Free; Elliot Clarke. Carine: Daniel Merritt; Leigh Hancock; Stuart Johnson. Curtin: Dean Swan; Jason Buckley; Michael Treasure. Kelmscott            : Jarrod Pastor; Ryan Prosser; Troy Keep. Mandurah: Wade Felton. UWA:  Adam Barrell; Anthony Clack; Clint Johnson.
Head coach: Lance Barrell (UWA).  Asst coach: Evan Stewart (Carine)

STATE U/18's:
Gosnells: Liam Baron; Adam Courcha; Allan De San Miguel; Nathan Richardson. Melville Braves: Daniel Schmidt. Morley Eagles: Aaron Bonomi; Sam Jew. Perth: Matt Sibley. South Perth: Tim Brendon; Tyler Anderson. Swan Districts:            Kirk Peacock. Wanneroo: Ian Bradstreet; Ben Floyd; Jason Ryan; Robert Sorensen; Brett Thomas. West Stirling:            Alex McDonald; Todd Murphy


Don't forget, as a special offer for this one off historic event, entry will be $2 for everybody over the age of 12. Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.
 
WA SCHOOL SPORT REGISTRATIONS   [8 Feb]
Registrations for the 2005 WA State Schoolboys team that will travel to Caboolture, QLD between May 7 and 13, will be held on Saturday 19 February at Fielders Choice, 341 Orrong Road, Belmont.
To download a registration form, click here.
Please contact Mark Pettit on 9336 1611 or Email Mark.
 
KYLE BYRNE SELECTED TO ATTEND ELITE U.S. UMPIRING COURSE   [7 Feb]
The ABF has today advised  that local umpire Kyle Byrne has been selected to attend the elite umpire training course operated by the Professional Baseball Umpires Corporation in the USA. This follows an intensive five weeks of training at the “Jim Evans Academy of Professional Baseball Umpiring” in Florida.

Following this course Kyle may have the opportunity to umpire professional baseball in the USA and become only the fourth umpire from Australia to attain this honour - the other three being fellow Western Australians Brett Robson, Travis Hatch and Jon Byrne.

Kyle's selection is a continuation of the outstanding work and commitment of everyone associated with the WA Baseball Umpires Association in recent years. Great work fellas keep it up!!

 
BASEBALL PARK TO BE OFFICIALLY OPENED  [4 Feb]
Baseball WA is delighted to advise that the Minister for Sport and Recreation, the Hon Bob Kuchera MLA, will officially open Baseball Park next Saturday, 12 February. In recognition of the historic nature of this occasion, the format for the evening has been designed to include as many members of the baseball community as possible.
As a special offer for this one off historic event, entry will be $2 for everybody over the age of 12. Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.

Program for February 12th 2005
Entry Fee $2 per person
(Tickets available at the gate)
Under 12 - Free of Charge

4:00 - 6:00pm Gala Playball (Teeball) Tournament (adjoining reserve)
4:00 - 6:00pm "AA" All Stars v State Under 18's
6:10 - 6:20pm Cap presentation - State Women
6:20 - 6:25pm Presentation of National U/16 Winner's trophy
6:30 - 6:50pm In-field / outfield warm-up
6:55 - 7:10pm Opening ceremony
7:15pm North v South All Star game

Come early and secure the best viewing from one of our 500 new seats just installed.
 

THREE HEELERS MAKE AUSSIE SQUAD  [2 Feb]
West Stirling trio Dean White (Infielder), Ben Rowe (Pitcher) and Lachlan Dale (Infielder) have been selected in the Australian National Squad after excellent performances at the 2005 Astarra Claxton Shield. The three will compete in an international friendly against visiting Korean Major League team "LG Twins".

Congratulations must also go to Travis Hatch on being selected to umpire the series as one of only 3 umpires. Well Done Travis.

Australia got the series off to a great start winning the first of 3 games yesterday (1 Feb) 3-1. All three Heelers played in the game with Dean starting the game.
To keep an eye on how our boys are going, click here.
 
SHADING BASEBALL PARK  [31 Jan]  
Now that the first fixed seats have gone in at Baseball Park, BWA is looking to install a number of other features to further improve spectator comfort. One initiative will be the erection of  shade sails over the seated area and another the planting of shade trees throughout the facility.

Thanks to Bill "Spider" Sinclair, an excellent deal has been secured on some semi-mature, 4m trees that are sure to make in impact from the moment they are planted. And baseball supporters are being given an opportunity to adopt their own living, breathing ozone layer repair kit and watch it grow as future seasons come and go.

The cost is only $180 and all those who adopt a tree will have their donation recorded for posterity on an inscribed plaque. To download the adoption form click
 
OFFICIAL OPENING OF BASEBALL PARK  [31 Jan]  
The official opening of  WA baseball's new home will be held on Saturday 12 February at Baseball Park.

Details of the schedule will be released on Thursday but it is expected the main game will see the Western Heelers take on an invitational side of international imports with curtain raisers involving minor league, junior and teeball players.

More to follow.
 
BASEBALL PARK SEATING GOING IN  [21 Jan]  
Work began this morning on the installation of 532 fixed seats to Baseball Park's concrete terrace area behind home plate.  As can be seen in the photos below, the seats are going to look fantastic and will greatly increase spectator comfort and hopefully ensure we get them coming back time and again in the months and years to come.

For those with nothing better to do for a couple of hours tomorrow morning (Saturday), half a dozen volunteers are being sought to help widen 1st, 2nd and 3rd bases to accommodate junior play (yes that's right, local domestic fixtures are about to start being played at the Park, starting with the new Masters League from next Tuesday night!!).

If you can make it, pitch up at 9:00am - and bring wheel barrows if you have them.
 

 

WOMEN'S TASKFORCE [20 Jan]  
BWA Director David Hayes is putting together a taskforce to consider initiatives to grow and foster the Women's baseball competition and is inviting interested members of the baseball community to be involved.

If you would like to join David on this group, please email him at bball@ashmerefs.com.au

 
WA TAKES OUT 'AA' NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS [17 Jan]  
Western Australia are the toast of the nation with our Under 16 team defeating Victoria 6-5 in Lismore  last night to take out the National AA Championship.

Matthew Kennelly got the win with 6.1 innings pitched, giving up only 4 earned runs. Game details.
 

Head coach Don Kyle accepts the
tournament trophy

The Champs!

Also showing that our future in baseball is bright, the WA Under 14 team finished second to NSW in the DrugFree 'A' National Championship in Perth. WA were the red hot favourites to take the title, losing only 1 game in the preliminary rounds but NSW were just too strong in the pressure cooking of the big one. Game details.

Minister for Sport, the Hon Bob Kuchera MLA enjoys the 'A' Grand Final with (from left) BWA Chief Executive Damian O'Donnell, Director John Radalj and Chairman Nigel Mills 

NSW congratulate WA after winning the
2005 DrugFree Australian A Champs

In the Under 18 division in Geelong, WA finished strongly when they defeated Victoria Provincial 5-3 in the play off for 5th spot. In the final, NSW defeated Victoria 3-2 in 10 tight innings.

Congratulations to all teams.

WA support now focuses on the Western Heelers, who depart Friday for Sydney's Blacktown Olympic Stadium and their tilt at the 2005 Astarra Claxton Shield.
 

WA INTO GRAND FINAL OF 2005 DRUGFREE AUSTRALIAN A CHAMPS  [14 Jan]  
With one game in the preliminary rounds to go, WA remains undefeated in the
2005 DrugFree Australian A Championships being played at Baseball Park and are assured of a place in Saturday night's Grand Final.

WA's opponent will be the always tough New South Wales so let's get behind WA's next generation of baseball stars in numbers and get out to our new Park to support them.

Hit-off is at 7:30pm and ticket prices are an ultra reasonable $4 for Adults, $3 for children 12 - 15 kids U/12 get in for free.
 
WESTERN HEELERS TEAM ANNOUNCED [5 Jan]
Congratulations to the following players who have been selected in the team to represent the Western Heelers in this month's Claxton Shield series in Sydney:

Mark Kelly, Brandon Dale, Lachlan Dale, Clayton Fredericks, Luke Hughes, Paul Pragnell, Dean White, Matthew Brendan, Malcolm Ismail, Brett Walters, Andrew Kyle, Stuart Scott, Clayton Barnes, Shane Tonkin, Gavin Edmondson, Stephen Tope, Michael Hodge, Ben Rowe, Brendan Thomas, Simon Eissens, Brad Thomas.

Good luck to all players and we wish you all the best in the series.
 
drugfree AUSTRALIAN 'A' Championship [24 Dec]
The DrugFree Australian 'A' Championship (for Under 14s) will be held at Baseball Park, Tom Bateman Reserve, (Wilfred Rd) Thornlie from 8 to 15 January 2005. 

The official opening ceremony will commence at 6.30pm on Saturday 8 Jan and be followed by the WA v SA game.

Games will be played each day during the tournament commencing at 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm.

Admission to this smoke free venue will be $4 Adults and $3 for children.  Series Passes giving unlimited access will be available at the gate.
 
SCHOOL HOLIDAY CLINIC [22 Dec]
The 3rd annual "Drug Free" WA School of Baseball is on again this year, held in the last week of the school holidays. School founder and coordinator Andrew Henderson, will again be at the helm with some fantastic local and overseas coaches passing on their knowledge.

The "Drug Free" WA School of Baseball is offering clinics for both Teeballers and Baseballers looking to fine tune their skills before the season starts again in.

Click here to download a information sheet and registration form in a Word Document

Click here to download a information sheet and registration form in a Adobe Document

Please contact Development Officer, Stuart Johnson for any details on 0403 878 338 or by email dev@baseballwa.asn.au
 

SILVER SANDS CUP 2005 [21 Dec]
In keeping with initiatives that have been sanctioned by Baseball WA in the past few seasons, Baseball WA has once again sanctioned the running of a Regional WA baseball invitational tournament. The object of the tournament is to promote baseball in regional centers, this season being Mandurah, and to provide an additional opportunity for clubs and players to play more baseball, in an atmosphere that brings the whole baseball community closer together.

5 Clubs have registered their teams in this years Silver Sands Cup. Click here for the fixtures.

We would love to see as many spectators down in Mandurah as possible!
 
HEELERS AT IT AGAIN [20 Dec]
Baseball Park will again see the Western Heelers in action. Wednesday 22nd December will see the players fine tune their skills in a training session under lights at 7pm.

The Heelers will then suit up in a game against the Goodwill USA team that will be in Perth. This game is to be played at Forster Park, Victoria Park/Belmont Baseball Club, Abernethy Road, Belmont on Wednesday 29th December 2004 in what shapes as the last game before the 2005 Claxton Shield to be held in January at Blacktown Olympic Park.

To download the flyer regarding the game on the 29th,

 
HEELERS PRACTICE [30 Nov]
The Western Heelers have their next practice session at 9:30am at McGillvray Oval this Saturday 4th December 2004. Spectators are welcome.

The Western Heelers are gearing up for the East West Challenge series, a 3 game series against the NSW Patriots with Game 1 to serve as the first official game at the new Baseball Park on Friday December 10th. Tickets are available by downloading the Ticket Order Form

Games 2 and 3 are to be played at Merlin Oval, Mandurah with entry to the ground free of charge.
WOMEN'S STATE TEAM [26 Nov]
The 2005 State Women's team is calling on all women to attend the following try-out's for selection in the team that will compete in the National Championships in 2005:

December 4th and December 11th, 2pm at Forster Park

The team is also looking for an assistant coach.

Please contact Sandra Young on 0413 266 289 for any details.
 
HEELERS PRACTICE [25 Nov]
The Western Heelers have their next practice session at 9:30am at McGillvray Oval this Saturday 27th November 2004. Spectators are welcome.

The Western Heelers are gearing up for the East West Challenge series, a 3 game series against the NSW Patriots with Game 1 to serve as the first official game at the new Baseball Park on Friday December 10th. Tickets are available by downloading the Ticket Order Form

 
STATE TEAMS ANNOUNCED [22 Nov]
Congratulations to the following players who have been selected in their respective State Teams. Good Luck to all teams participating in the National Championships in the New Year. Go WA!

Western Heelers
35 Man Squad for the 2005 Claxton Shield in NSW and the East West Challenge Series in December

Ben Rowe, Scott Mitchinson, Brendon Thomas, Mark Kelly, Max Brendon, Clayton Fredericks, Michael Hodge, Bradley Thomas, Nick Forkin, Dion Sappelli, Brandon Dale, Shane Tonkin, Daniel Schmidt, Nathan Johnson, Dylan Peacock, Gavin Edmonson, Paul Pragnell, Allan deSanMiguel, Kent Dixon, Luke Hughes, Andrew Kyle, Dean White, Mitchell Graham, Timothy Kennelly, Lachlan Dale, Brett Walters, Stephen Tope, Stuart Scott, Clayton Barnes, Clinton Barnes, Clinton Balgera, Adam Courcha, Ryan Hastie, Malcolm Ismail and Ben Needle.
Kevin Hooker - Head Coach

Under 18 - Geelong, VIC
Tyler Anderson, Liam Baron, Aaron Bonomi, Ian Bradstreet, Tim Brendon, Adam Courcha, Alan de San Miguel, Ben Floyd, Sam Jew, Alex McDonald, Todd Murphy, Kirk Peacock, Nathan Richardson, Jason Ryan, Daniel Schmidt, Matthew Sibley, Robert Sorensen, Brett Thomas
Greg Jelks - Head Coach
Shane Tonkin - Pitching Coach
Jason Hewitt - Assistant Coach
Sue Reid - Executive Officer

Under 16 - Lismore, NSW
Ricky Belcher, Damian Bingham, Jeremy Blab, Dean Brendon, Luke Driscoll, Brendan Hall, Liam Hendriks, Chris House, Kale Innes, Matthew Kennelly, Cameron Lamb, Temaurie Lane, Anthony Needham, Luke O'Mara, Kane Silvi, Jason Smit, Andrew Walsh, Christian Wise
Don Kyle - Head Coach
Mark Kelly - Pitching Coach
Andrew Kyle - Assistant Coach
Judith Dutton - Executive Officer

Under 14 - Perth, WA
Corey Adamson, Jacob Beard, Joel Cooke, Daniel Copeland, Jordan Dyer, Andrew Johnson, Ben King, Christopher Lofthouse, Jordan McDonald, Lee Robinson, Sam Shipway, Nick Spencer, Reece Thompson, Brandon Varis, Jeffery Waldock, Mitchell Williams
Rod Drew - Head Coach
Geoff Dyer - Assistant Coach
Chris Innes - Assistant Coach
Evan Stewart - Assistant Coach
Vince Baker - Executive Officer
 
TRAIN WITH THE PRO'S [17 Nov]
Have you ever wanted to practice your baseball skills with professional from Major League Baseball clubs and members of Australia's Silver Medal winning Baseball Team? Well this is your chance!

In conjunction with the East West Challenge Series, Major League Baseball will be running two
"Train with the Pro's" coaching sessions. All the coaching will be conducted by the professionals and silver medalists.

The first session will be run before the official opening of Baseball Park in Thornlie on Friday 10th December 2004. The second session will be run at 9:30am at Merlin Oval in Mandurah. Both session will be followed by games between our Western Heelers and the national champion NSW Patriots.

For a flyer and application form
follows:

 
TICKETS GO ON SALE [17 Nov]
The first official game at "Baseball Park" is now less than a month away, with NSW Patriots and our Western Heelers ready to play in the East West Challenge Series.

Friday, 10th December 2004
Baseball Park,
Tom Bateman Reserve, Wilfred Road, Thornlie
Game Time: 7:00pm

Ticket Prices:

Adults $8
Children (6-15) $4
Children 5 and under FREE
Kids come in your uniform and get in free!

Pre-selling of the tickets is now available by downloading the Ticket Order Form filling it out and sending it back to Baseball WA, PO Box 57, Claremont WA 6910.

BASEBALL PARK IS A SMOKE FREE VENUE
Baseball's Back!
 

WESTERN HEELERS GEAR UP [11 Nov]
Tryouts for the 2005 Western Heelers begin this weekend, with players pressing for selection in the Claxton Shield to be held at Blacktown (NSW) from 22 to 29 January 2005.
The tryouts will be run this Saturday 13th November 2004 at McGillivray Oval starting at 9:15am.

Players will also be pushing for selection in the squad that will take on the National Champion NSW Patriots in the East West Challenge Series that will also showcase the official opening of our new stadium "Baseball Park" on Friday, 10 December 2004. This game will then be followed by a double header on Saturday, 11 December 2004 at Merlin Oval, Mandurah.

Ticket will be available very soon. Watch this space for updates.
 
BASEBALL PARK LIGHTS GET FINAL TESTING [5 Nov]
Last week saw the final testing and alignment of the new Baseball Park lighting system. 

Designed in accordance with Australian Lighting standards to accommodate international AAA level baseball, the lights are a key component of BWA's efforts to re-establish baseball as a major player on the WA sporting scene.

For the history buffs, the lux levels (i.e. luminance grades) at Parry Field were 750 on the infield and 500 in the outfield.  This compares to light meter readings at Baseball Park which recorded just over 1,200 on home plate and an outfield in excess of 700.

In an effort to keep ongoing costs to a minium, the system has been designed to allow both full-on game brightness and a lower setting that will be ideal for training sessions. 

Any members of the baseball community with an hour or three to spare are reminded that they would be very welcome to pitch in at any of the on-site Saturday morning busy-bees that have been going for the last three months and which will continue up until the official opening on Friday 10 December. We get into it at 8:00am and the more turning up means the better Baseball Park will look come the big game. See you there!!!!!!
 

BWA chairman Nigel Mills and Director
 John Radalj inspect the light levels
 

Radalj and chief executive Damian
O'Donnell head up to the top
 

Up close and personal with the
 head frame
 

The view from up top
 

PICK A SATURDAY, ANY SATURDAY [28 Oct]
Worried that Baseball Park might be officially opened before you or your mates get a chance to pitch in by slapping on a coat of paint, leaning on a shovel or pushing a wheel barrow?  Well, fret not. 

To ensure no one gets left out and everyone has ample time to find just a couple of hours in their diary over the next six weeks, the busy bees will continue EVERY Saturday morning from 8:00am until the official opening on Friday 10 Dec.
The three big needs right now are for:
  • A bobcat to level off the 1st and 3rd baseline embankments before the grass goes on;

  • A carpenter to frame up some sponsor boxes to go on top of the dugouts;

  • A brickie to knock a BBQ;

Grassing up the infield

The entrance concourse

Masters Claxton Shield  [28 Oct]
The ABF has announced a tournament celebrating a bygone era of Claxton Shield, the Masters Claxton Shield.

Scheduled to coincide with the Claxton Shield, Australia’s premier baseball event, the Masters Claxton Shield will be held at Blacktown Olympic Complex from January 24 – 29, 2005. Expressions of interest are now being sought from past Claxton Shield players to participate in a round robin tournament comprising teams from QLD, WA, NSW, VIC and SA.

Eligibility for participation is as follows:

 
NOTHING TO DO SATURDAY MORNING? PITCH IN AT BASEBALL PARK [21 Oct]
Here's another opportunity for all those who haven't been able to get down to Baseball Park over recent months to lend a hand with some of the manual labour side of things - nothing too strenuous but the sort of things that keeps costs - and therefore fees - down if we all pitch in together!
 

Full clay in field

Home run fence going in

When? This Sat, 23 Oct at 8:00am. If anyone has a bobcat, that would be very handy so please bring it along. Principle tasks we'll be tackling this week include:

  • Top dressing the third base viewing terrace

  • Painting what's left of the home run fence panelling;

  • Fixing finished panels to support frames

  • Welding (we can hire the gear if you know how to use it!!)

PERTH ALLSTARS TRYOUTS  [19 Oct]  
Anyone interested in trying out for the 2005 Perth Allstars are requested to attend the tryouts listed below. The tournament will be held between the 24th and the 31st March 2005 in Jakarta.
Dates: Friday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th November
Venue: Forster Park, Abernethy Road, Belmont
Time: 4:00pm
Please contact Annie Caporn on 9417 2079 or perthallstars@hotmail.com for registration forms and further information.
 
TOP LEVEL BASEBALL RETURNS TO WA  [18 Oct]  
As a result of the generous support of the State Government, Baseball WA has been able to secure the national champion NSW Patriots to play the Western Heelers in a three game East West Challenge Series this December.

Game 1 will be played on Friday 10 Dec and serve as the official opening of Baseball Park, the new state headquarters being developed at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie. Games 2 and 3 will be played the following afternoon at Merlin Reserve, Mandurah.

Although the Patriots team is yet to be finalised, as its principal warm-up event prior to its January Claxton Shield title defence, NSW is expected to field its strongest line-up with up to seven members of the recent Athens silver medal winning Australian team likely to tour.

This event has been made possible by a significant funding contribution from the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme.  Thanks to everyone at the Department of Sport And Recreation.

More to follow.
 
STATE U/18 TRYOUTS  [18 Oct]  
The tryouts for the 2005 National Under 18 Championships will be held at McGillvray Oval, Mt Claremont on 20th October at 4pm. For further details contact Sue Reid on 0428 448 844
 
YES, ANOTHER BASEBALL PARK BUSY BEE [7 Oct]
Here's another opportunity for all those who haven't been able to get down to Baseball Park for our two previous busy bees to come down this Sat, 9 Oct at 8:00am to see how far we've come and lend a bit of elbow grease. 

Principle tasks we'll be tackling this week include:
  • Clearing the field of all remaining excess dirt and turf;

  • Painting what's left of the home run fence panelling;

  • Fixing finished panels to support frames (bring your power drill if you have one!!)

  • Welding (we can hire the gear if you know how to use it!!)

  • Hand watering the turf already relocated to the terraces (retic due to be connected next week)

UWA TO GO FOR THE BRONZE [1 Oct]

UWA will play off for the Bronze Medal in the 2004 Australian University Games today after going down to Edith Cowan University 12-7 in seven innings yesterday

Click here for photos
 

BASEBALL PARK BUSY BEE & SAUSAGE SIZZLE [28 Sep]
Any members of the baseball community keen to help get Baseball Park ready for its October practical completion are invited to come out to the Park this coming Saturday 2 Oct at 8:00am to help out with a range of tasks including:
  • Turf laying;

  • Painting;

  • Spreading of top soil;

  • Welding (we can hire gear if you know how to use it!!)

Whilst a range of equipment will be on hand, if you have a wheelbarrow, shovel or paint roller please bring them along.

If we can get a good number of volunteers turning up, hopefully we can be done by mid-morning and enjoy a sausage and coke together and talk about how we can all get together to ensure that Baseball Park becomes a facility of which all of us can be justly proud. 

For those who might have been in a coma over the last year, Baseball Park is located at Tom Bateman Reserve, Wilfred Rd (near the corner of Nicholson Rd), Thornlie.

Oh, and if you're not in a position to help with any manual labour, feel free to wander down anyway to check out the progress and have a bite
.
 

AND THE STATE FACILITY WILL BE NAMED ....  [28 Sep]
... Baseball Park!

In deciding upon the name, the Board was conscious of the need to adopt a generic name that could be easily modified to accommodate a Naming Rights sponsor.  So, until then the facility will be officially known as BASEBALL PARK.  
 
Drug Free Level One Coaches course [24 Sep]
The 2004/2005 season is upon us. To make sure players have the best possible coaches, BWA is running it's first "Drug Free" Level One Coaches Course for this season. The course is open to the first 20 people only so please get your application form in quick.

When: Saturday 9th October 2004 @ Forster Park, Cloverdale - 9am to 4.30pm   and
          Monday 11th October 2004 @ Baseball WA Conference Room - 6pm

Contact Stuart Johnson, Baseball WA Development Officer on 9383 7735 or Email Stuart for more details. Or Click here to download a information and application form

 
STATE u/18 TRYOUTS [22 Sep]
To assess the players who have registered as being interested in selection for the State U/18 Team the first trials have been arranged fro 4.30pm at South Perth grounds (Thelma St, Como) on Friday 24 September 2004.

Further tryouts will be advised. If you have not registered and interested please contact Sue Reid on 0428 448 844 for further details
 
HARD WORK REWARDED [7 Sep]
Travis Hatch was simply "over the moon" when advice came through that he had been offered a contract to umpire professional baseball in US for the 2005 Season.

Also offered a contract was Jon Byrne who expressed real excitement about the prospect of umpiring in the US.

Both Travis and Jon have been rewarded for their hard work in learning the art of Baseball Umpiring including several weeks at the Professional Baseball Umpires School earlier this year. This was a culmination of the seven or so years they have been umpiring in Western Australia and National Championships.

Although their leagues have not yet been confirmed, I am sure that all WA baseball players and supporters wish them well when they take up their appointments.
 
Australian Olympic shirt goes for $1,650 [6 Sep]
BWA Director Rob O'Connell last Friday presented Steve Halbert, Director of Austral Risk Services, with a framed playing shirt from the 2000 Olympics signed by WA's three Australian representatives that year - Clayton Byrne, Mark Ettles and Michael Moyle.

An avid sports fan, Steve heard on the grapevine that BWA had secured two of the shirts to auction off as part of the Rebuilding Home Base fundraising campaign and decided that the perfect place to hang this classic piece of Australian sporting history was going to be his company's board room. 

But as a professional judge of all matters 'risky', Steve could see the potential for the price of these items skyrocketing on the open market and so lodged a pre-emptive offer of $1,650 that was accepted on the basis of the old "Bird in the hand" theory.

Thanks for the support Steve and to everyone else ... keep visiting the above link to check out the other great items that will be coming up for grabs over the next few weeks - one of which will be the other framed Olympic shirt!
 
Scott Mitchinson receives Paul Owens Award  [6 Sep]
Scott Mitchinson, a RHP from South Perth Baseball Club also playing in the US minor league system, was recently named as the recipient of the Paul Owens Award for the most outstanding minor league pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organisation. 

Mitchinson, a 19 year old WAIS scholarship holder, has just completed his first season overseas pitching for the Gulf Coast League Phillies and compiled an outstanding 7-0 win/loss record while pitching sixty and two third innings for just 40 hits, 60 strike outs and only 1 walk with an Earned Run Average of 1.75. 

Scott and his family will be flown to Philadelphia for the awards presentation to be held prior to a Phillies MLB game in mid September.  Scott will then head to Florida where he has also been extended an invite to the Florida Instructional League to further his development.


An outstanding result for Scott, WAIS and the South Perth Club.
 
Tim Kennelly Wins MVP of Major League Baseball Academy  [6 Sep]
Tim Kennelly was recently announced as the Most Valuable Player of the Major League Baseball Academy held on the Gold Coast in June and July. 

Tim, a recent signing of the Philadelphia Phillies and representative of the Melville Braves Baseball Club, won the award for his outstanding play both with the bat and in the field. He was the overall leader in hits (31), runs batted in (24), Home Runs (5), Doubles (9), Slugging % (.640) and overall batting average (.360).

While playing 3rd base and the outfield he had a fielding % of .979 with only 1 error for the entire academy.  Tim is also currently representing Australia at the Under 19 World Championships in Taiwan.

Well done Tim. Keep up the great work!
 
OFFICIATING TRAINING LAST DAYS [30 Aug]
Only a couple of sessions left for you to take advantage of the pre-season training being offered by the WA Baseball Umpires Association being held on Sat 11 and  Sun 12 Sep from 9:00am to 4:30pm at Balcatta Baseball Club, Delawney St Balcatta.

Contact Dave Gripper 9448 3126 for any further details.
 
MANDURAH TO HOST STATE LEAGUE PRE-SEASON GAMES [30 Aug] 
Mandurah Baseball Club is set to host Morley Eagles and South Perth in a pre season warm up double header.

WHERE:      Merlin Street Reserve, Merlin St, Falcon
WHEN:        Sat,
11 Sep at 1:00pm and 3:30pm

Full canteen facilities will be provided and chance to meet and talk to players after the games.
 

BIG TURN OUT FOR INAUGURAL BWA GOLF DAY [26 Aug] 
Yesterday saw 87 hardy souls take part in the first annual Baseball WA Golf Day at the Vines Resort.

After a dark and stormy night broke to provide a cool but blustery morning, it looked as though the bad weather had passed and everyone could focus on a day of good competition and even better company. Nah uh.

Five mins after the convoy of buggies set off for various holes across the course in readiness for the noon shot gun start, the Heaven's opened and down she poured. Hail, gale force winds, horizontal rain, plague of locusts, that sort of thing. At least for five mins anyway.

Once the wrath of God stuff passed, everyone settled down to what turned out to be an extremely enjoyable afternoon that will hopefully become a regular fixture on the WA baseball community calendar.

Winners on the day with an ambrose score of 55 were Tim Kennelly, Don Kyle, Kevin Hooker and Troy Elias. Don and a gentleman who wanted to be known only as Al Bundy won the two Nearest to the Pin holes with Tim Brent and Geoff Hooker taking out the Longest Drives.

BWA would like to thank the following generous sponsors, without whom the day would not have been the success it was:

Auslink Food Distributors, Captain Cook Cruises, E Newsletters Online, Fielders Choice, Healthway and the DrugFree message, Jim Kidd Sports, Major Motors - Isuzu Truck Division, NGIS Australia,  SA-KA-TA, Sports Medicine Australia, the South Perth Baseball Club, Tintagel Wines, The Vines Resort (and Rhonda!), WA Fork Trucks.     


John McGarry, Kane Parker and Jamie Cant

The calm before the storm.

O
ff they go ...

... and down she comes!!!

Laurie Kelly teeing off

The guys
from WA Fork Trucks: John Morrison, John Purves, Steve Koch and Ron Cunningham

Kevin Sorenson lines up a putt

The NGIS team - Richard Bentley, Paul Gibson, Ian Berry and Roland Lockhart

The Mills crew - Joe and father Nigel with Andy Hamilton and Mike Jones

Brendon Thomas, Adam Holt, Justin Stillitano and Bruce Holt

Just like they do it on the telly ... PGA pro Mike Kennelly checks the rub of the green

Brian Tander lets rip

Before: Pete Ferguson bunkered down and in trouble ...
 
After: ... and Pete's suddenly thinking a career on the Masters circuit may not be out of the question.
CHELSEA FORKIN PICKED IN WORLD ALL STAR TEAM [24 Aug] 
Melville Braves' 15 year old prodigy Chelsea Forkin has been selected as 3rd Base in the World All Star team following outstanding performances in the recently completed 4th Women's World Series in Japan and the World Cup in Canada.

This would be an outstanding achievement
for any adult let alone someone who turned fifteen only two days before the team left Australia.

A state U/14 and Women's representative,  Chelsea came away from a World Cup involving Chinese Taipei, Japan, USA, Canada and Australia with a  .538 batting average and 7 PO, 5 assists and 2 errors to obtain a fielding average of .857.

Congratulations Chelsea and best wishes for your baseball future!
SBS to telecast Olympic BASEBALL semi FINAL [23 Aug] 
SBS has confirmed that it will air the Olympic baseball semi-final between Australia and Japan tomorrow (Tues) night at 8.15pm EST.

It  will also screen the bronze medal round starting at 7.00pm on Wed evening.  So tune in and watch the Aussies win gold!!!
 
STATE FACILITY UPDATE  [23 Aug] 
Work at the state facility continues towards a projected 20 Oct practical completion date with last Saturday seeing:
  • The warning track along both base lines bogged out (a big thanks to Barry Rocheford for donating his time and loader to undertake this crucial task - anyone else with a machine available who can pitch in next Sat as we attack the track along the home run fence line is asked to contact Damian O'Donnell);
  • Steel framework for the public toilets (upper floor of the 1st base change rooms) erected;
  • Formwork and steel rods put in place in advance of the 3rd base dugout, tunnels and change room cavity and ceiling pour;

Other developments over the last week included:

  • Installation of a heavy duty electrical transformer capable of servicing the facility's high electricity requirements;
  • Pouring of the 1st base dugout, tunnel and change room ceiling;
  • Completion of internal brickwork for 3rd base change room areas;
  • Completion of terrace retaining wall;
  • Earthworks to create the terrace viewing areas behind home plate formed up;
  • Earthworks to backfill over the now cured 1st base access tunnel completed.

Barry Rocheford rips into what will become the 3rd base warning track

Earthworks to form up the terraces behind home plate

Rear view of 3rd base change rooms

Don't forget the Golf Day to raise funds for the Rebuilding Home Base campaign is on this Wed at the Vines Resort so if you and / or your friends have been talking about playing you need to lodge your rego form asap.  

PGA golf pro Mike Kennelly has generously agreed to be the "Driving Range Professional" for the day and will be available from 9:00am to offer FREE instruction to all participants in the lead up to the noon hit-off so if you're a good golfer, this will be an ideal opportunity to get that little bit better.  And if you're a bad one, it will be even better value because this will be your best chance to ensure you don't look quite as funny when you try to hit a ball in front of your mates (you'll still look funny, just less so).

To register either yourself or a team for what is sure to be a great day,
click 

Barry Rocheford makes a bird of bogging out the 3rd base warning track

Framework for the public toilets above the 1st base change rooms going up

3rd base dugout roof ready to be poured

There's still much to be done, so what can you do to help?

  • Make a tax deductible donation by downloading the Rebuilding Home Base fundraising prospectus;
     
  • Get your company or business to take out one of the 3m high billboard size home run fence advertising panels being offered at the special pre-commissioning price of $1,500pa (ex gst);
     
  • Support the Rebuilding Home Base Sporting Memorabilia Auction (link above);
     
  • Donate use of a bobcat;
     
  • Are you connected with the concrete game?  Because of the tight budget, the extent of concrete terracing has had to be scaled back. If we can find someone who can donate 75m3 (32mpa spec) we could take the terracing back out to the end of the 1st base dugout whilst another 75m3 would allow the same to be done on the 3rd base side;
     
  • Are you connected with the steel industry and in a position to donate two goal post height tubes that could be used as foul posts?.

Rest assured everything that can be done is being done to get the facility ready for this season so if you've been thinking about doing something to help, now's the time to put your hand up.  Keep checking back to this page for regular progress updates.
 

WA U14 State Baseball Team TRYOUTS  [20 Aug] 
Saturday Sessions:  9:30 am  Fraser Park, Hampshire Street, East Vic Park.
Sunday Sessions:  2:00 pm Crimea Reserve, Crimea Street, Morley.

  • Sat Aug 21 or Sun Aug 22 (you choose)

  • Sat Aug 28 or Sun Aug 29 (you choose)

  • Sat Sept 4

  • Sun Sept 12

  • Sat Sept 18

  • Sun Sept 26 (9:30am Fraser Park)

  • Sat Oct 2 (squad selected and advised of further training sessions)

Any questions should be directed to Baseball WA Operations Manager Vince Baker on admin@baseballwa.asn.au
 

CLAXTON SHIELD CLUB GET TOGETHER [20 Aug] 
Some forty players of yesteryear got together with former team mates to remiss about past campaigns when the Claxton Shield Club held their annual function at the Willow Room at the WACA on Tuesday night .

MC Bob Harris welcomed everyone and paid particular thanks to Basil Rigg and Rod Byrne who both managed to attend despite their current health battles.

BWA chairman Nigel Mills and chief executive provided a briefing report on the progress of the state facility development before key note speaker Dean Margetts provided an entetaining and humorous
     
  Dean Margetts (3rd from Left) with                 insight into the life of an AFL umpire.
             Claxton Shield Club members
                               
TWINS SIGN GOSNELLS SCHOOLBOY  [20 Aug] 
Sixteen year old Gosnells player Allan de San Miguel has signed a professional contract with the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club.

A veteran of the WAIS and MBAAP programs Allan attracted the attention of a number of MLB teams with the Twins making an early move to sign him whilst he was at the Academy on the Gold Coast.

Originally a pitcher and infielder he moved to catching last year and immediately attracted interest from the pros.

Well done Allan! 
 
 
THE ULTIMATE FIELD [20 Aug] 
Article from Famous Sporting Fiascos by Stephen Winkworth, Bodley Head Ltd., London 1982

"If sporting fiascos are allowed to have any heroes, one of them must undoubtedly be Commodore O.C.S. Robertson (retired) of the Canadian Navy.  Commodore Robertson was aboard the nuclear submarine USS Seadragon during its historic voyage through the northwest passage to the North Pole.

For days the submarine forged her pioneering way under the polar cap, surfacing through the ice from time to time to make observations.  Finally they reached the Pole, and Robertson emerged with a number of officers to view the frozen waters.  Before very long the idea came into his head that what everyone needed was some exercise and recreation, so he organised a baseball game.  Having located the exact position of the North Pole with some care, he decided that this spot should be designated home plate.  First base was thus in the Eastern hemisphere, third base in the Western, and the international dateline ran between home plate and first.  The delightful consequence of this was that it took a day for the ball to travel from home to first.

The game got under way and the sailors began to enjoy the experience of being the first sportsmen to play a game literally on the top of the world.  After all, until Buzz Aldrin’s record-breaking golf drive on the surface of the moon, they could lay claim to the most outlandish sports ground in history.

It was Sunday on Seadragon’s side of the dateline, so they looked forward to a full morning’s play.  Then suddenly the fun was stopped short and the game ended by an urgent signal from the submarine: Commodore Robertson was wanted at once by the communications officer.  Robertson, panting, reached the submarine and picked up the hot line.

“Hullo”, he barked anxiously.

“Oh, hullo dear”, replied his wife’s far-away voice.  “I hope I’m not interrupting anything, but it is rather vital.  What on earth happened to the spare car keys?”
 
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY   [16 Aug] 
Applications are sought from suitably qualified individuals for the position of Baseball WA Development Officer. All applicants should possess:
  • A minimum Level 1 National Coaching Accreditation certificate (baseball);
  • A thorough knowledge of development programs that specifically target increased participation;
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver and devise programs in line with BWA strategic goals.

The position is performance based with specific service and target outcomes. Applicants must be able to display planning and organisational ability as well as sound communication and interpersonal skills.

The position involves extended and irregular hrs working throughout metropolitan and regional WA and being away from home several times per year.

Applications close 4:00pm Thurs 26 August 2004 and should address the selection criteria obtainable from operations manager Vince Baker on 9383 7735.
 

Coaches required by Melville Baseball Club  [13 Aug] 
 
Melville Braves Baseball Club requires coaches for Under 18 Division 1 and Women's teams the latter of which contains three National players.  Interested applicants  are asked to contact Sue Reid on 0428 448 844or 9414 8855 (h)
 
golf day attendees to get free instruction from pga pro!  [12 Aug] 
PGA golf pro Mike Kennelly has generously agreed to be the "Driving Range Professional" at the BWA Golf Day to be held at the Vines Resort on Wed 25 August.

Mike will be available from 9:00am to offer FREE instruction to all participants in the lead up to the noon hit-off so if you're a
good golfer, this will be an ideal opportunity to get that little bit better.  And if you're a bad one, it will be even better value because this will be your best chance to ensure you don't look quite as funny when you try to hit a ball in front of your mates (you'll still look funny, just less so).

To register either yourself or a team for what is sure to be a great day of fun,
click 
 
STATE FACILITY Main GATES NAMED  [11 Aug] 
The Baseball WA Board has unanimously resolved that the main gates at the new state baseball facility will be named in perpetuity “The Rod Byrne Gates”.

In arriving at this decision the Board considered it entirely appropriate that Rod's long and outstanding service to the game both on and off the field at a local, state and national level should be remembered for as long as this facility remains the headquarters of the sport in WA.  It is also due recognition of Rod's tireless efforts in the dark days since Parry Field was lost to re-establish a home for the game here in the west.

Well done Rod and congratulations!

To read Rod's bio of accomplishments, click here.
 
Signed ADAM GILCHRIST BAT UP FOR GRABS   [11 Aug] 
Want to get your hands on a quality piece of Australian sporting memorabilia? Click on the marquee banner above to place your bid for the latest item up for grabs in the Rebuilding Home Base Memorabilia Auction - a full size Puma Classic 3000 cricket bat signed by Australian Test vice captain Adam Gilchrist himself.

All monies raised in the Rebuilding Home Base fundraising campaign go directly to the state facility drive so open that wallet (watch out for the moths) or loosen those purse strings and make your bid today (and tomorrow if someone ups the ante on the you!)
 

Baseball WA Golf Day  [10 Aug] 
Don't forget registration for the upcoming BWA Golf Day at the Vines Resort closes on Fri 20 August so make sure you get your team together and do your bit to help raise funds for the new state baseball facility.

Cost is only $100 per head (teams of 4 if possible but if you don't have anyone to play with we'll slot you into a team) and here's what you get:

  • 4 Ball Ambrose;

  • 18 holes of golf with motorised buggies;

  • Player meet and greet by the Vines staff for golf bag drop;

  • Dedicated registration desk to coordinate player arrival;

  • Prepared registration slips indicating player name, buggy number, starting hole & tee-off time;

  • On-course briefing conducted by Vines Course Controller;

  • Prepared and collated scorecards;

  • Display and erection of your corporate and sponsors banners (sponsors required!!!);

  • Shotgun start enabling coordinated start / finish times;

  • Complimentary use of locker room, with fresh towels;

  • A light pre-round gourmet sausage sizzle lunch;

  • A delicious hot meal to be served in the Winners Bar prior to post-round presentations;

  • Each player will receive a voucher for a return complimentary 18 holes of golf at The Vines Resort;

  • Lots of prizes!

Opportunities are available to corporate supporters include naming rights to the event, the chance to sponsor particular holes, the longest drive, etc.

For further information and the Official Registration Form, click 


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WELDER NEEDED [9 Aug] 
Baseball WA is seeking the assistance of any welders in the baseball community keen to play their part in developing the new state facility by welding supplied 1.6 galvanised tubing into a series of 20 x 20 frames to support the home run fence panelling.

Detailed plans have been drafted so it should be a fairly straight forward job.

As always though, the name of the game is to keep costs down so that what funds we do have go into providing the best possible facilities we can afford.

Whilst it would be great if we could find one or more people prepared to donate their services to do this very important task, if it has to be done on a commercial basis all quotes will be considered.

Anyone who can assist in this
area or who would like to submit a quote is asked to contact chief executive Damian O'Donnell as soon as possible.
 
GOT ACCESS TO A LOADER OR BOBCAT? [9 Aug] 
The fine weather over the last few days
has seen the state facility site a hive of activity including amongst other things:
  • The surveyors pegging out the playing arena and various key cut-out points;
     

  • The concrete being poured for the roof of the 1st base tunnel and dugout, the floor of the 3rd base dugout, player and umpire tunnels and terrace retaining wall;
     

  • Earthworks underway to build the disabled access path on the north eastern side of the main entrance steps;
     

  • 167 tonnes of clay being delivered. Once bogging out of the cut-out areas has been completed this will be mixed with 205 tonnes of Gin Gin Red loam to form the running paths, bases, etc.

Now comes the fun part.  As responsibility for the playing surface has now officially been transferred to the baseball community, installation of the bases, mound, tracks, etc will happen as fast or as slow as we can organise ourselves to do the necessary bogging out.

Do you have access to
a bobcat, a front end loader or backhoe that could pitch in even if it's only for an hour or two either on a week day or weekend over the next few weeks?  There's no problem doing this part of the job in piecemeal fashion as long as we get it done as soon as we can. Contact  Damian O'Donnell if you can help or have any useful leads we could follow up.
 

GET YOUR COMPANY'S NAME UP IN LIGHTS
One of the initiatives BWA is trying to incorporate in the new state facility currently under construction at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie is to commission and site a large electronic scoreboard on the homerun fence.

Unfortunately, limited resources meant that such an item could not be incorporated in the Stage 1 budget so getting a quality board manufactured and installed is going to require identifying baseball supporters with the financial wherewithal to assist.

Positive  initial discussions have been held with one prospective donor who could provide part funding but another three sponsors prepared to enter into 3 year deals @ $3,000pa to buy an illuminated advertising panel positioned prominently on top of the board need to be found.  In anyone's language, this represents exceptional value! 

All enquiries should be directed to BWA chief executive Damian O'Donnell on 9383 7735 or ceo@baseballwa.asn.au
CALLING ALL GOLFERS [29 Jul] 
The First Annual Baseball WA Golf Day will be held at the Vines Resort on Wednesday 25 August so don't forget to make a note in your diary now.

Staged as part of the Rebuilding Home Base campaign to raise funds for the new state baseball facility, the day will be run as a four ball am
brose competition with the ticket price including: 
  • 18 Holes of golf

  • Motorized buggy

  • Complimentary voucher for a return 18 holes of golf at The Vines Resort

  • Light lunch

  • Post game awards and meal

  • Prizes

Opportunities available to corporate supporters include naming rights to the event, the chance to sponsor particular holes, the longest drive, etc. 
 

WIN A 12 MONTH SEASON PASS TO THE NEW STATE BASEBALL FACILITY! [29 Jul] 
What do you think the new state baseball facility being developed at Tom Bateman Reserve should be called?  "The State Baseball Centre"?  "WA Baseball Park?" Maybe simply "The Ball Park"?

BWA is inviting suggestions from any member of the baseball or wider community to put forward suitable names for consideration.

Given finding a Naming Rights sponsor is a critical factor in plans to fund the on-going operation of the facility, any name adopted would need to be readily adaptable (eg "XYZ Field"). Any years in which the naming rights are out of contract would see the facility revert to the chosen name.

The winning entrant  will receive a twelve month season pass to the new ground (Field? Stadium? Park? etc). If more than one entry is received proposing the same name, each will be placed in a hat and the winner drawn at random.

Entries should be forwarded to info@baseballwa.asn.au with the words "Facility Name" typed in the subject line and lodged no later than Thursday 19 August 2004.
 
LET THERE BE LIGHT ! [28 Jul] 
An historic milestone in WA baseball was achieved yesterday when the first four light towers were installed at the new state baseball centre currently being developed at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie. 

A further two will be installed in five weeks time once terrace earthworks have been backfilled and compacted.

At 30m high and carrying 11 floodlights on each headframe, the towers will provide a 750 lux in-field illumination and 500 on the outfield.

Utilising the latest in lighting technology, the system will be flexible enough to allow alternation between a more cost effective "training" luminance and full-on competition brightness.  It has also been designed with an eye to ensuring no inconvenience is caused to local residents. Targeting of the lights is so precise there will be minimal spillage off the actual playing surface irrespective of which setting is being used.

The schedule for the next two weeks calls for completion of:
  • Brick work to tunnels and dugouts;

  • Tunnel roof to Bldg 2;

  • Tunnel roof formed to Bldg 1;

  • Terrace retaining wall completed and terrace site works commenced;

  • Footings to wing retaining walls poured.

BWA is still looking to receive handover of the playing surface in the next week or so to enable works to commence on the bases, mound, tracks, etc.  Anyone with a bobcat who can assist in this area is asked to contact chief executive Damian O'Donnell as soon as possible.

There will be a need late Aug for volunteers to assist with erecting cladding material for fence advertising signage and anyone who can help here please contact  Damian.

Thanks to all those listed in the column at right who have so generously reached into their pocket to make a donation to this historic project. It's certainly very much appreciated.

There's still much to be done though, so what can you do to help?

  • Make a tax deductible donation by downloading the Rebuilding Home Base fundraising prospectus;
  • Get your company or business to take out one of the 3m high billboard size home run fence advertising panels being offered at the special pre-commissioning price of $1,500pa (ex gst);
  • Support the Rebuilding Home Base Sporting Memorabilia Auction (link above);
  • Donate use of a bobcat;
  • Are you connected with the concrete game?  Because of the tight budget, the extent of concrete terracing has had to be scaled back. If we can find someone who can donate 75m3 (32mpa spec) we could take the terracing back out to the end of the 1st base dugout whilst another 75m3 would allow the same to be done on the 3rd base side;
  • Are you connected with the steel industry and in a position to donate two goal post height tubes that could be used as foul posts?
  • Volunteer for either the manual labour cut-out installation or fence cladding parties.

Rest assured everything that can be done is being done to get the facility ready for an Oct hit-off so if you've been thinking about doing something to help, now's the time to put your hand up.  Keep checking back to this page for regular progress updates.

AARON MACKENZIE SIGNS PRO CONTRACT [28 Jul] 
Ex WAIS scholarship holder Aaron MacKenzie has signed a professional contract with the Anaheim Angels.

Aaron, a 23 year old pitcher from the South Perth Baseball Club has been in the US for the past four years.  He had a two year stint at Treasure Valley Community College with his last two years spent at Washington State University.  MacKenzie goes to Mesa, Arizona this month to start his pro career with the Angels.
AUSTRALIA DOING WELL AT WOMEN'S WORLD SERIES  [20 Jul] 
Australia has won its opening two games of the 4th Women's World Series being played in Uozu City, Japan.

Countries represented at the Series are
America, Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Hong Kong and India.

On Sunday night Australia beat Chinese Taipei in a 10-9 nail-biter which they followed up with a 20-3 demolition of India yesterday.

WA representatives in the team are Kerron Lehane and Chelsea Forkin from the Melville Braves club.

To keep up to date with the results click on the above logo.
 
west aussies make national aaa team [20 Jul] 
Four WAIS scholarship holders have made the 18 man AAA National Team to play at the World Championships in Taiwan from 3 to 12 Sept 2004. The players are:
  • Dylan Peacock (Swan Districts and professional club Anaheim Angels) - pitcher;
  • Kent Dixon (Wanneroo / Seattle Mariners)  -  catcher;
  • Mitchell Graham (Wanneroo / Philladelphia Phillies)  - infielder;
  • Timothy Kennelly (Melville / Philladelphia Phillies)  -  outfielder.

Sixteen year old Adam Courcha (Gosnells) has also been named in the shadow squad as a reserve.

The players will meet up with the rest of the team in Hong Kong on Aug 28 and depart for Taiwan and the Championships the following dayCongratulations to Dylan, Kent, Mitch, Tim and Adam!
 

STATE FACILITY PROGRESS [15 Jul] 
Now that we're getting some consecutive days of dry weather, capital works at the new state facility are really starting to pick up pace.
 

Separate change rooms and access tunnels for umpires and players

Key recent developments include:

  • The terrace retaining wall footing behind home plate being laid in advance of brickwork scheduled to commence Friday;
     
  • The three sets of changerooms and access tunnels taking shape with much of the brickwork now waterproofed prior to the backfill of dirt;
     
  • Preliminary trenching and cabling work is under way in advance of the light tower installation (the first four of which should go in from Monday week).
  • Footing for the terrace retaining
    wall behind home plate

    1st base change room
    ablution area

    Trenching down the 3rd baseline to carry electricals for the outfield towers and future scoreboard

    We're still shooting for an early Aug handover of the playing surface to enable works to commence on the bases, mound, tracks, etc.  Brett List from the Perth club has generously agreed to donate use of his family's front end loader to make a bird of the heavy grunt work, but we need to find someone who can donate use of a truck capable of carrying it to site and back.  Barry Rocheford has volunteered use of his bobcat to do the zippy on-field work but a second one would be very handy.  If anyone can assist with either of these two items, please contact BWA chief executive Damian O'Donnell.

    The advice received from those who will be overseeing the cut-out installation is that only six manual labour volunteers will be needed as any more will tend to get in each other's way.  Most of the work will be carried out over a single weekend so anyone interested in helping with this task, please also contact Damian.


    1st base tunnel ready for the concrete pour

    Ditto for the 1st base dugout

    Light tower conduit going in

    There will be a need come mid-late Aug for volunteers to assist with erecting cladding material for fence advertising signage and anyone who can help here please contact  Damian.

    Thanks to all those listed in the column at right who have so generously reached into their pocket to make a donation to this historic project. It's certainly very much appreciated.


    Left field corner

    3rd base dugout

    Excavating the footing area for the right field tower

    There's still much to be done, so what can you do to help?

    • Make a tax deductible donation by downloading the Rebuilding Home Base fundraising prospectus;
       
    • Get your company or business to take out one of the 3m high billboard size home run fence advertising panels being offered at the special pre-commissioning price of $1,500pa (ex gst);
       
    • Support the Rebuilding Home Base Sporting Memorabilia Auction (link above);
       
    • Donate use of a truck to transport a front end loader to and from site in early Aug;
       
    • Donate use of a bobcat;
       
    • Are you connected with the concrete game?  Because of the tight budget, the extent of concrete terracing has had to be scaled back. If we can find someone who can donate 75m3 (32mpa spec) we could take the terracing back out to the end of the 1st base dugout whilst another 75m3 would allow the same to be done on the 3rd base side.
       
    • Are you connected with the steel industry and in a position to donate two goal post height tubes that could be used as foul posts?
       
    • Volunteer for either the manual labour cut-out installation or fence cladding parties.

    Rest assured everything that can be done is being done to get the facility ready for an Oct hit-off so if you've been thinking about doing something to help, now's the time to put your hand up.  Keep checking back to this page for regular progress updates.
     

    WEST STIRLING junior BASEBALL ACADEMY [8 Jul] 
    Registration forms are now available for West Stirling's 2004 Junior Baseball Academy to be held from 10:00am to 3:30pm on 7, 8 and 9 October.   

     
    Australian university games [7 Jul] 
    The Australian University Games are being held in Perth from the week beginning 27 September.

    Anyone interested in a pretty intense week of baseball prior to the start of the new local season should contact Dale Blackman on daleb@bigpond.net.au or check out
     www.unigames.com.au/aug/sports_team_baseball.html

     
    STATE FACILITY PROGRESS [2 Jul] 
    Despite the onset of winter rains in the last few weeks building works at the new state baseball facility are continuing with a view to getting the first games underway in October.

    Earthworks to excavate player and umpire tunnels through both the 1st and 3rd baseline terraces have been completed as has the concrete pour for the tunnels and change rooms.  As can be seen in the photos below, brickworks are really starting to give the site the feel of the baseball facility to come.

    Once the terrace retaining wall behind home plate has been built (which should be within the week) and the concrete slabs placed on top of the tunnel walls, more earthworks will follow to push the dirt back into place. Next step will come compaction and then erection of the light towers.

    Once the lights are in, the playing arena fence will be installed to section off the field from the building works.  This will allow the baseball community to set about installing the bases, mound and track cut outs.
     

    Sewerage works 

       1st Base change rooms

    1st Base access tunnel and dugout

    Playing surface - a lot of work
     still to be done

    3rd Base change room works 

    1st Base dugout and tunnel

    A comprehensive turf preparation program has been in place since early May and this will continue through to the start of the new season.  Thanks to John Riseborough of Turf Management Services for his great work in this area.

    Now that things are really starting to move, donations are starting to flow and to everyone who's made a contribution to date, please accept our sincere appreciation.
     
    Despite this positive news, the "Rebuilding Home Base" campaign is however still a long way short of its fundraising goal so all players, coaches, umpires and supporters of baseball are strongly urged to download the prospectus and make a tax deductible contribution to help secure the future of the game here in the west. Don't put it off --- baseball needs your support today!

    Alternatively, if you are a business proprietor, demonstrate your commitment to the sport and promote your business at the same time by taking out a 5m x 3m high home run fence SUPER SIGN at the special pre-commissioning rate of only $1,500 (+gst) inclusive of all material and sign writing costs!

    And if you're a junior or lower senior grade player don't think you won't get to play on the premier diamond in the state.  The Business Plan drafted by a committee representative of all clubs has as a guiding philosophy the principle that this will be a facility for ALL members of the local baseball community.

    All donations, no matter how small, will be gratefully accepted --- so please, dip into your pocket now!
     

    GOODWILL SERIES - Interested in billeting? [25 Jun] 
    Expressions of interest are invited from families prepared to open their homes to visiting American baseball players. This is a wonderful opportunity to offer an Australian family environment to visiting American boys over the Christmas - New Year period (19 Dec 2004 - 1 Jan 2005).

    The Australian Goodwill Baseball Series provides an opportunity for our own State U/14, U/16 and U/18 teams to experience match practice against quality overseas players immediately prior to competing in their respective Australian National Championships.

    This is a unique opportunity for local families to not only experience different cultures and establish life-long friendships but to offer tangible support to the game in WA.

    Each year State teams players are required to take a US billet but unfortunately, as the American interest in coming to Perth to play baseball increases, so does the number of players needing billeting. If you are interested in becoming a host family, please forward the following information to Michael or Trish Ryan at
    mikeryan@iinet.net.au or PO Box 524 Joondalup WA 6919:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Contact telephone number/s
    • Email address
    • How many visiting players would you be prepared to accommodate (ONE - TWO - MORE?)
    • Do you have your own Children? (YES / N)O
    • How old are your own children (this allows matching of similar aged players)
    • Do your children play baseball? (YES / NO)

    For further information please contact 9402 4728

    DISCLAIMER: The Goodwill Series is an event sanctioned by Baseball WA but organised and operated by persons fully independent of that entity. Responsibility for all matters relating to the organisation and subsequent conduct of the event rests with the Tournament Event Committee.

    2004 Cal Ripken Team [21 Jun] 
    The Australian Baseball Federation has today announced the 2004 Cal Ripken A Roo Baseball team. 

     
    After an extensive scouting and trialing program, the 15 member team has been selected and includes members from most of the member states    
     
    The team will go onto represent Australia at the 2004 Cal Ripken World Series. The 2004 tournament is being staged in Aberdeen, Maryland from the 14th - 22nd of August. The team will gather in Sydney on the 6th of August for a five (5) day training camp, before departing for the USA on the 11th of August.
     
    The entire Australian baseball community wishes these 15 talented young baseballers the very best of luck. We know they will represent themselves and their country with pride. All the very best boys.  For further information, keep on eye on the Cal Ripken web page on the ABF website www.baseball.com.au 
     
    VALE ROB DERKSEN [18 Jun] 
    It is with sadness and regret that the ABF has advised that Rob Derksen passed away in New York about 24 hours ago.  It is understood the cause was a massive heart attack.

    Rob was a former Australian Olympic Coach (Atlanta 1996) and was spearheading the Greek Olympic Team program for Baltimore Orioles owner and employer Peter Angelos.

    Rob has made a huge contribution to international baseball and will be greatly missed.
     
    KELLY SIGNS Pro contract [17 Jun]   
    South Perth pitcher Mark Kelly has signed a 5 year professional contract with the Philadelphia Phillies following a recommendation from Wanneroo head coach and local scout Kevin Hooker.

    Mark (20) is currently at  the
    Major League Baseball AAP Camp on the Gold Coast and should then head to spring training camp in Clearwater, Florida.

    "From there it's a six step ladder to the top, starting with a place on a rookie ball team." said Hooker

    Mark has played for South Perth for the last nine years and intends being back to play for the club again next season. 

    His new commitments however means that it's likely he'll have to miss the March 2005 finals.


    Well done Mark and good luck!

    SA BASEBALL SEEKING DEVELOPMENT MANAGER  [17 Jun]   
    A great opportunity exists for a highly motivated, sports minded individual who will be responsible for increasing participation, improving existing programs and providing leadership to the sport of Baseball in South Australia.

    Reporting to the General Manager, the Development Manager will have a broad range of responsibilities, including:-

    • Developing and improving new strategies to increase participation in the sport of Baseball throughout the State.

    • Maintaining and improving the quality and delivery of development programs / events.

    • Maintaining and strengthening the League’s relationships with regional centres.

    • The preparation of reports to Government Departments.

    • Preparing and managing Development budgets.

    The successful applicant will have:-

    • Proven experience in providing leadership and direction.

    • Proven experience in the delivery of programs.

    • Excellent communication skills.

    A Level 1 Coaching Accreditation will be a distinct advantage. To obtain a Position Description phone 8234 8488 or visit www.baseballsa.org.au. Applications should be marked  ATTENTION - General Manager, South Australian Baseball League Inc,PO Box 64 Torrensville SA  5031.   Applications close, Wednesday 30 June 2004.
     

    BWA Drug Free Winter Baseball Program  [3 June]  
    Limited places are still available for players aged 11 to 18 years to join the "Drug Free" Winter Baseball Program to be conducted each Saturday from 12 June to 14 August at South Fremantle Senior High School

    To increase player participation this year a third game time slot has been added to the schedule that will comprise:

    Game 1:   9:30am to 11:30am
    Game 2:   12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Game 3:   2:30pm to 4:30pm

    Cost is $95 (inc gst).

    At the first attendance players will be allocated to a team, assigned coaches and presented with a full schedule for the 10-week program.  Rules of the league and participation philosophies will also be outlined.  Parents are encouraged to attend to answer any questions or queries that may arise.

    Players are required to wear long baseball pants and bring their glove, cap and drink bottle. Any enquiries may be directed to Stu at Fielders Choice on 9361 6117.
     

    MURDOCH SEEKING CLUB COACH  [19 May]  
    The Murdoch Mavericks are seeking a club coach for the 2004/05 season.

    Anyone interested in taking up this exciting position with Perth's newest baseball club should contact the club at 9 Sassoon Pl, North Lake WA 6163 and outline their previous baseball / coaching experience. All expressions of interest received will be treated with the strictest confidence.

    All queries should be directed to Chris Burgess on 040 222 7307

    ROCKINGHAM LOOKING FOR COACHES  [19 May]  
    The Rockingham Baseball Club is seeking applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the following roles for the 2004/05 season:

    • AA grade coach (playing or non-playing)
       

    • B grade coach (playing or non-playing)

    All applications should be in writing and addressed to club president Jack Scherbarth at wroxton@southwest.com.au.  Any enquiries should also be directed to Jack on 041 892 3378.

    The club is also seeking p
    layers for the new season.

     

    STATE FACILITY PROGRESS [17 May ] 
    Baseball WA is delighted to advise that practical building works at the new state baseball facility are well underway with practical completion due in time for the new season.

    Earthworks to excavate player and umpire tunnels through both the 1st and 3rd baseline terraces should be completed by later today.  Next step will be the concrete pour for the dugouts, tunnels, change rooms and retaining wall footings prior to brickwork commencing.

    Manufacture of the six light towers has been completed and the lighting lamps (ex US) have arrived at port. Erection of the towers is scheduled for the last week in May.

    Trenching and laying of electrical conduits from Wilfred Rd has been completed.

                                         
         1st base change room pad                                       Excavating the umpires tunnel                                    3rd base change room pad
            and access tunnel                                                                                                                                  and player and umpire
                                                                                                                                                                            access tunnels

    Despite this positive news, the "Rebuilding Home Base" campaign is still a long way short of its fundraising goal so all players, coaches, umpires and supporters of baseball are strongly urged to download the prospectus and make a tax deductible contribution to help secure the future of the game here in the west. Don't put it off --- baseball needs your support today!

    Alternatively, if you are a business proprietor, demonstrate your commitment to the sport and promote your business at the same time by taking out a 5m x 3m high home run fence SUPER SIGN at the special pre-commissioning rate of only $1,500 (+gst) inclusive of all material and sign writing costs.

    And if you're a junior or lower senior grade player don't think you won't get to play on the premier diamond in the state.  The Business Plan drafted by a committee representative of all clubs has as a guiding philosophy the principle that this will be a facility for ALL members of the local baseball community.

    All donations, no matter how small, will be gratefully accepted --- so please, dip into your pocket now!
     

    WA WINS NATIONAL SCHOOLBOYS TITLE [17 May ] 
    After some eighteen years Western Australia has broken through to win its first ever National Schoolboys Championship. 

    Under the guidance of coaches Kevin Hooker, Rod Drew and Mark Pettit the WA team survived fluctuating fortunes to defeat NSW 1-nil in the grand final .

    Sam Jew pitched a flawless game and was adjudged MVP in the decider.

    Veteran WA Executive Officer Jack Beattie said that the skill and determination shown by the team to defeat a strong NSW in both the semi and grand final proved WA a worthy champion and was a testament to the quality of the of the South Fremantle Senior High School Baseball Program.

    Congratulations to Melville Braves for hosting an outstanding tournament and to head groundsman Greg Harrison who maintained the fields in tip top condition despite the challenges presented by inclement weather.

     

    BALCATTA LOOKING FOR COACHES  [17 May]  
    The Balcatta Baseball Club is seeking applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the following key roles for the upcoming 2004/05 season:

    • AA grade coach (03/04 Premiers)
    • B grade coach
    • C grade coach
    • D grade coach
    • E grade coach

    All applications should be in writing and addressed to Paul Stephenson at paul@projectneon.com.au

    Alternatively, Paul can be reached on
     0403 346 441 to answer any queries.
     

    WA GIRLS MAKE AUSTRALIAN TEAM [30 Apr ]
    Melville Braves’ Christina Kreppold and Chelsea Forkin have been selected in the national team that will compete in the Women’s World Series to be staged in Japan from 18 - 22 July and the inaugural IBAF Women's World Cup to be staged in Edmonton, Canada from 30 July to 9 August.   
     

    WEMBLEY LOOKING FOR COACHES  [23 Apr]  
    The Wembley Baseball Club is seeking applications from suitably qualified individuals to fill the following key positions for the 2004/2005 season: 

    • State League Coach.

    • AAA Coach / State League Assistant.

    • A Coach.

    • U18 Coach.

    All applications should be in writing and include a resume outlining relevant experience and training and a covering letter detailing your goals and objectives.

    All applications or enquiries should be directed to club president Tim Cooper on mob 0402 141 436 or tim.cooper@iinet.net.au
     

    WA PLAYERS MAKE NATIONAL WOMEN'S SQUAD  [20 Apr]  
    Four WA players have been named in an Australian women’s squad following the recent National Championships held in Tamworth, NSW.

    Chelsea Forkin (infield), Christina Kreppold (infield), Kerron Lehane (pitcher) and Erin Fox (outfield) will be flying the WA flag over coming weeks as the squad is trimmed to a final 18 member team that will travel later this year to the World Cup in Canada and World Series in Japan.


    Congratulations Chelsea, Chris, Kerron and Erin!!

    OFFICIALS AND COACHES BREAKFAST [16 Apr]  
    The Dept of Sport and Recreation has extended an invitation to all baseball umpires and coaches to attend an upcoming breakfast focusing on a key theme of mental toughness - what is it and how do we develop it?

    The address by prominent sport psychologist Sandy Gordon will also look at the issue of abuse and dealing with conflict.

    WHEN:         7:00 - 8.30am, Friday 4 June 2004
    WHERE:       Bill Walker Room at Subiaco Oval
    COST:           $10
    RSVP:          By Friday 28 May   

    NOTE:  You need to have Adobe Reader to view the attached document it.  Software can be downloaded free from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

    2005 State Team Executive Vacancies [5 Apr]

    • Under 18:            Head, Asst and Pitching Coaches, Exec Officer

    • Under 16:            Head, Asst and Pitching Coaches, Exec Officer

    • Under 14:            Asst and Pitching Coaches, Exec Officer

    Interested people seeking appointment to any of the above positions are requested to submit a written application to The Operations Manager, Baseball WA via either PO Box 57, Claremont 6910 or email admin@baseballwa.asn.au by 30 April 2004.  Applications should outline the relevant experience and knowledge the candidate will bring to the position.

    Click here for position descriptions and selection criteria

    2004 State SCHOOLBOYS TEAM [5 Apr]  
    Selectors this afternoon announced the following team to represent WA at the Australian Schools Baseball Championships to be hosted by the Melville Braves Baseball Club from 9-14 May 2004:

    Liam Barron, Aaron Bonomi, Ian Bradstreet, Adam Courcha, Allan De San Miguel, Liam Hendricks, Ben Floyd, Sam Jew, Matt Kennelly, Kirk Peacock, Jason Ryan, Jason Smit, Daniel Schmidt, Brett Thomas, Matt Sibley, Damien Paterniti, Rory Ainslie.

    ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER [4 Apr]  
    The 2003/04 season officially concluded last Tues night with the annual BWA Awards Dinner at Tompkins-On-Swan, Melville.

    Highlight of the evening was the special visit to Perth by Australian Baseball
    Federation chairman Ron Finlay to present a rare ABF Life Membership award to former BWA and ABL chairman Rod Byrne. 

    Unquestionably one of the best players, coaches or administrators to ever be produced in Western Australia, the award is due recognition of Rod's enormous contribution to the game at a club, state and national level over more than 40 years.

    Unfortunately due to poor health Rod was not able to receive his award in person and so former Perth Heat player Clayton Byrne accepted the award on his father's behalf.  

    Well done Rod, the thoughts and best wishes of the entire baseball fraternity are with you, Eleanor and family at this very difficult time.

    To read Rod's bio of accomplishments, click here.
    STATE FACILITY SITE BRIEFING [29  Mar] 
    An on-site briefing was held at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie on Friday to brief clubs, supporters, life members
    and representatives of the local council and business community on the status of the state facility project.
     
    Master of Ceremonies John Radalj thanked the members of the respective Facility Development and Operation Committees for their invaluable assistance on the project during the past year before handing over to BWA chairman Nigel Mills and project manager Trevor Dunn to elaborate on specifics with respect to development details and timetable.

    BWA Chairman Nigel Mills
    at the briefing

    Key points to come out of the briefing included:
    • Practical completion of Stage 1 is scheduled for August 2004;
       
    • Due to the specialist nature of baseball fields, it has been agreed with Presidents that the most qualified exponents of field construction and maintenance are baseball people themselves. BWA and the wider baseball community will therefore work together to construct the field surface. Start scheduled for April;
       
    • The project needs to source:
             - An additional 150m2 of concrete (spec 32) if the terracing of the 1st and 3rd baselines is to be brought forward to Stage 1.

             -
      At least 360m3 of suitable clay material (eg reconstituted brick fines) to construct the warning and running tracks, mound and bases.

             - Volunteers (skilled or unskilled) prepared to donate their time, labour, materials or equipment to the challenge of producing one of the best playing surfaces in Australia.
       
    • Anyone who can assist in regard to any of the above items is requested to contact BWA chief executive Damian O'Donnell.

     
     

    MC John Radalj

      Nice afternoon for a briefing

    Project Manager Trevor Dunn briefs attendees

    Shane Tonkin with Jess and Shanea and Neville Pratt

    BASEBALL INCLUDED IN 2004 UNIVERSITY GAMES  [26  Mar]
    Australia's largest annual multi-sport event is looming on the University Sport Calendar. Over 4,000 university athletes from across Australia will descend on Perth in late September. The combination of high calibre competition and a highly interactive social program have proven almost irresistible to the university sporting fraternity.
     
    NEW STATE FACILITY: ON-SITE BRIEFING FRIDAY  [25  Mar]
    All interested members of the baseball community
    are cordially invited to attend an on-site briefing and inspection of the new State Baseball facility currently under construction at Tom Bateman Reserve (corner Wilfred and Nicholson Road, Thornlie) at 5:00pm, Friday 26th March 2004.

    The project manager will be on hand to provide an overview of both stages of the development, outline particular areas of responsibility that have been transferred to the baseball community and answer any technical questions anyone may have.  

    Given this development is so important to the future of the game here in WA, this is very much a time when all players, coaches, officials and supporters need to pool our collective efforts to ensure that by the time next season gets underway we have a facility of which we can all be justly proud.

    This event should not take any more than an hour and light refreshments of beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided.  Once again, all welcome.
     
    STATE LEAGUE GRAND FINAL SERIES [22  Mar]
    (Best of Thee Series)
    Charlie Hodder Field, Swan Regional Park, Patterson Rd, Midland
    • Saturday 27 March

    Game 1 (2:00pm)  Melville Braves v South Perth

    • Sunday 28 March

    Game 2 (10:00am), South Perth v Melville Braves

    Game 3 (if required) 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 2
    Melville Braves v South Perth

    STATE LEAGUE SEMI FINAL SERIES [15  Mar]
    Group A Semi Final
    (Best of Thee Series)
    • Saturday 20 March: Winnacott Reserve

    Game 1 (2:00pm) -  Melville Braves v Perth

    • Sunday 21 March: Winnacott Reserve

    Game 2 (10:00am) - Perth v Melville Braves

    Game 3 (if required) 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 2 -  Melville Braves v Perth

    Group B Semi Final (Best of Three Series)

    • Saturday 20 March: Grayden Reserve

    Game 1 (2:00pm) - South Perth v Wanneroo

    • Sunday 21 March: Grayden Reserve

    Game 2 (10:00am) - Wanneroo v South Perth

    Game 3 (if required) 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 2 - South Perth v Wanneroo

    Grand Final (Best of Three Series)
    Charlie Hodder Field, Swan Regional Park, Patterson Rd, Midland

    • Saturday 27 March

    Game 1 (2:00pm)  Winner Group A v Winner Group B

    • Sunday 28 March

    Game 2 (10:00am), Winner Group B v Winner Group A

    Game 3 (if required) 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 2
    Winner Group A v Winner Group B

     

    ABANDONED / INCOMPLETE FINALS [5 Mar]  
    For the information of players, coaches and supporters, the following summarises BWA policy with respect to abandoned or incomplete games that may occur during the various upcoming Final Series:

    • State League Finals (Best of three series)
      Results of games will be determined in accordance with the Official Rules of Baseball. The definition of what constitutes a "regulation game" is specified at Rule 4.10. 

    In the event only one game is completed
    The winner of that game will be declared the winner of the series;

    In the event only two games are completed  (i.e. one win for each team)
    The winner of the series will be determined by runs for and against scored in both games.

    In the event the teams are still tied, then the highest placed team at the conclusion of the home and away competition will be declared winner of the series.

    In the event all games are abandoned
    The highest placed team at the conclusion of the home and away series will be declared the winner.

    Pitching Restrictions
    If a team includes a non-resident in the pitching rotation and the game in which he pitches is not finished and declared an abandoned game, he will not be able to pitch in the next game  (e.g. If the player starts game one of the semi final series and the game is abandoned for whatever reason, he cannot pitch in the next game.  If the whole series is abandoned, he would be eligible to pitch in game 2 of the Grand Final series, provided game 1 is played.)

    • ALL  OTHER GRADES  (Seniors and Juniors)
      If the game is abandoned, the highest placed team after the home and away series will be declared the winner and proceed to the next round in the final series (either Preliminary or Grand Final)

      If the Grand Final is abandoned the highest placed team after the home and away series will be declared the winner.

      Under current BWA Regulations pertaining to timed games, one completed innings constitutes a game and a result can be declared.

     

    APPLICATIONS Called for National POSITIONS [3 Mar
    The Australian Baseball Federation is calling for applications for the Head Coach position of the AAA National Team. It should be made clear that the position is of a ‘caretaker’ nature for the remainder of the original term. The position, along with those of the assistant coach roles, will again be advertised when the various terms have expired at the end of 2004 

    The ABF is also calling for applications for the Head Coach and Executive Officer positions of the National Women’s Team that will compete at international events in Japan and Canada in July and August respectively.

     
    DYLAN PEACOCK SIGNS FOR THE ANGELS [2 Mar]
    The Anaheim Angels have signed 17yr old Swan Districts pitcher Dylan Peacock following his outstanding performances at this year's U18 Australian Championships.  
    2004 DRUGFREE STATE PEEWEE CHAMPS [28 Feb
    The 2004 DrugFree State Peewee Championships got underway in perfect conditions at Forster park, Cloverdale this morning.

    In officially
    opening the event in front of approx 400 players, coaches and supporters, BWA Chairman Nigel Mills paid special tribute to founding event organiser Alf Dyer who, along with current BWA Operations Manager Vince Baker, had the foresight and dedication to make the tournament a reality way back in 1983/84.  Since then the Championship has gone from strength to strength and become a breeding ground for the stars of tomorrow with many participants going on to represent state and country.  A select few have even made it all the way to a U.S. pro contract.

    Continuing throughout the long weekend, the Final of the Development Shield will hit off at 11:15am Monday with the Championship Cup
    Final commencing at 1:45pm.

    BWA would like to take this opportunity to thank the following sponsors who made this wonderful event possible:

    DrugFree, Healthway, Sports Medicine Australia, the  Department of Sport and Recreation, the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia, Fielders Choice, JY Signs, Spartan Press and Victoria Park Belmont Baseball Club major sponsor The Goodguys.

     
    BWA also extends its sincere appreciation to host club Victoria Park Belmont and in particular president Keith Kennedy and his organising committee for all the behind the scenes work that typically goes unseen and unheralded. Thanks for all your efforts.

    Good luck to all teams over the next three days!!! 

    To see for more opening day photos, click
    .
     
    VIEW FROM THE TOP [27 Feb]  
    For those yet to venture out to Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie to sneak a peak at progress on the state baseball facility, this recent aerial shot provides a good perspective of the viewing
    terrace and construction earthworks and partially completed perimeter fencing.

    Cutting across the top corner is the rail line that will hopefully one day soon be upgraded to become a commuter spur on the Perth-Albany line.  Nicholson can be seen in the lower right corner.

    The fields to the left and bottom will accommodate the Gosnells Baseball club.

    Alongside the car park is an excellent children's playground and picnic barbeques.

     
    finals schedule [25 Feb]  
    Baseball WA  today released the playing schedule for 84 junior and senior final series to be played at 17 venues during March.   

    BWA  takes this opportunity to remind all clubs, players and coaches
    that the pressure and excitement of finals baseball will not be considered justification for anti-social behaviour of any kind irrespective of whether it may occur on or off the field. Anyone found guilty of infractions during the finals will be subject to penalty.

    Clubs are also reminded that in accordance with Regulation 103.5, all players and coaches should be correctly attired in official licensed uniforms during all games.

    Good luck to all teams!
     

    State Facility Building Contract Awarded [20 Feb]
    Following months of negotiations, Baseball WA yesterday signed off on the Stage 1 building contract for the new state baseball facility being developed at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie.

    Coming hot on the heels of the recently awarded light tower and irrigation contracts, the Stage 1 building works will include construction of change rooms, dug outs, access tunnels, public toilets, kiosk, ticket box and concrete terracing.

    Construction will begin next week and run for 22 weeks with practical completion slated for late July.

    BWA chairman Nigel Mills said this was a watershed event in the history of WA baseball.

    "Years of work have gone into getting us to this point and whilst escalating prices associated with last year's construction boom presented some very real budgetary challenges, we're now at the point where we can put shovels in the ground.  Stage 1 is going to give us a wonderful base from which we can start regrowing our sport".

    The building work will run in tandem with other development components including the installation of new sewerage lines, a water storage tank and the manufacture of six 30m light towers.

    The baseball community will take exclusive possession of the playing area in late April for the purpose of developing the turf, mounds, bases and running and warning track surfaces in advance of the new season.

    Club presidents, life members and representatives of the local business community will be invited to inspect the development at an on-site briefing planned for 26 March 2004.

    Despite this positive news, the "Rebuilding Home Base" campaign is still a long way short of its fundraising goal so all players, coaches, umpires and

    supporters of baseball are strongly urged to download the prospectus and make a tax deductible contribution to help secure the future of the game here in the wesDon't put it off --- baseball needs your support today!

    Alternatively, if you are a business proprietor, demonstrate your commitment to the sport and promote your business at the same time by taking out a 3m high home run fence SUPER SIGN at special pre-commissioning rates.

    And if you're a junior or lower senior grade player don't think you won't get to play on the premier diamond in the state.  The Business Plan drafted by a committee representative of all clubs has as a guiding philosophy the principle that this will be a facility for ALL members of the local baseball community.

    All donations, no matter how small, will be gratefully accepted --- so dip into your pocket now!
     

    WA Youth Awards 2004-closing soon  [20 Feb]  
    The WA Youth Awards recognise and reward outstanding young Western Australians.  Entering a young person for an award is quick and easy and could win the nominee $2,000.

    If you know someone aged between 13 and 25 years who deserves recognition for an achievement, make sure you submit an entry by the closing date of Friday 27 Feb.

    This year there are five award categories: environment, leadership, citizenship, inspiration and active achievement.  For an entry form and further information visit www.youngpeople.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au and click on the awards link.
     
    WA UMPS IMPRESSING IN U.S. [16 Feb]
    Each year under the ABF’s Umpire Development Fast Track Program selected umpires are offered the opportunity to attend the Professional Umpire School in the USA.  Selected students who graduate with honours can be offered the next step – an invitation to attend an intensive evaluation course conducted by the Professional Umpire Corporation which can lead to an offer of employment to umpire professional baseball.
    In 2003 WA ump Brett Robson graduated with honours from the Program and was Australia’s first umpire to be employed in professional baseball.  Brett completed his first pro season last year and will return to the US following the local State League
    season.

    In recent weeks three more umpires have trodden a  similar path with WA’s Jon Byrne and Travis Hatch and Blake Halligan (SA) graduating with honours from the  Umpire School and being offered the opportunity to attend the PBUC course. lthough Jon and Travis have accepted, Blake has had to decline due to personal commitments back home.

    BWA congratulates all three on their outstanding achievement and wishes Jon and Travis the best of luck over the coming weeks as they seek to join Brett in the pro umpire ranks.
     
    Nominations open for national Ausport Awards  [5 Feb]
    Nominations are now being sought for the 2004 national Ausport Awards which recognise, reward and showcase excellence and good practice by individuals and sporting groups in the Australian sports system.


    Individuals and sporting groups are invited to nominate for the 2004 Ausport Awards, including sporting clubs and their members, community organisations, schools, local government agencies, and national and state sporting organisations that have made a significant contribution to strengthen and develop the Australian sports system.

    ASC CEO, Mark Peters, said the 2004 Ausport Awards will showcase individuals and organisations that have demonstrated a commitment and service to good practice in sport, greater grass-roots participation, innovative and inclusive programs, quality sports business management and excellence in sports performance.

    "There are many examples of wonderful initiatives and programs that strengthen and develop the grass-roots elements of our national sports system and high performance areas which need to be showcased and acknowledged," Peters said.

    "I encourage people to nominate themselves, their organisations or to encourage others to nominate for one of the award categories in the 2004 Ausport Awards."

    The Ausport Awards will be pre
    sented in 10 categories, with the Ausport Prize awarded to the best of the 10 category winners. The Ausport Awards are part of the ASC's wider commitment to the on-going development of sport at all levels in Australia and are a key element of the Australian Government's sports policy, Backing Australia's Sporting Ability - A More Active Australia.

    The Ausport Awards will take place at the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation's National Conference - Keeping the Dream Alive - to be held in Wollongong, New South Wales on July 8.

    Nominations for the Ausport Awards close on March 31.

    For more information go to www.ausport.gov.au/events/ausportawards2004 or call 1800 000 685.
     
    2004 ABF Level 2 Coaching Course [3 Feb]
    The ABF is seeking expressions of interest from coaches wishing to undertake Level 2 accreditation on the Gold Coast from 28 June to 3 July.

    Following on from the outstanding success of last year's course, the Level 2 program will again be run in conjunction with the MLB Australian Academy Program.

    Running the course at this time and location provides a range of benefits to participants including ... READ MORE:
     

    STATE FACILITY FENCING GOES IN [21 Jan] 
    Contractors have begun installing perimeter fencing around the new State baseball facility being developed at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie.

    Once the site is secured, Stage 1 building work to construct change rooms, dug outs, access tunnels, public toilets, kiosk and concrete terracing will get underway with completion slated for June.

    This work will run in tandem with other development  works such as digging new sewerage lines and the manufacture of six 30m light towers.

    Late April should see the playing surface fenced off from the rest of the project at which time the baseball community will assume responsibility for readying the field in advance of the new season.


    The "Rebuilding Home Base" Campaign is still a long way short of its Fundraising goal so if you're a player, coach, umpire or general supporter of baseball, download the prospectus and make a tax deductible contribution to help secure the future of the game here in the west.

    Don't think just because you might be a junior player or play in a lower senior grade that you won't get to play on the premier diamond in the state.  The Business Plan drafted by a committee representative of all clubs has as a guiding philosophy the principle that this will be a facility for ALL members of the local baseball community.
     
    All donations, no matter how small, will be gratefully accepted -- so dip into your pocket now!  
     

    HEELERS KNOCK OFF VICS [20 Jan] 
    The Western Heelers today defeated Victoria 4-3 in the Claxton Shield tournament being played at Sydney's Blacktown Olympic Stadium.

    Speaking shortly after the game finished, coach Kevin Hooker said "The team did some very, very good things today."

    The win gives the Heelers a 2-1 record after defeating Australia Provincial 5-1 yesterday and going down 4-1 to South Australia in Sunday's opening game.

    For all the ball by ball analysis, box scores, pics, etc click HERE.

     


    Heelers catcher Toby Barnett makes the play against Australia Provincial

    HEELERS CAPPED [16 Jan]
    The Claxton Shield Club hosted a formal presentation of caps to this year's Western Heelers team following its final training session at South Perth tonight.

    Following a short speech from former Claxton Shield player and coach Rod Byrne, MC Bob Harris called upon Shield stars of yesteryear to make individual presentations to the players that will represent WA at the 2004 Tournament commencing at Sydney's Blacktown Olympic Centre this weekend.

    The Heelers first opponents
    will be South Australia in a game hitting off at 3:00pm Sunday  (EST).

    Stay up to date throughout the tournament with all the scores, stats, photos, etc by clicking on the link in the top right corner of this page.
     

    Coach Kevin Hooker addresses those present
     

    WA PLAYERS MAKE NATIONAL AAA TEAM [14 Jan]
    Tim Kennelly (Melville), Mitch Graham (Wanneroo), Kent Dixon (Wanneroo) and Dylan Peacock  (Swan Districts) were selected in the National AAA team following yesterday's 3-13 defeat against Victoria in the National Under 18 Championship Grand Final in Geelong.  WA coach Greg Jelks was selected Head Coach.

    The AAA team will fly to the
    the Republic of Palau (an island country due east of the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao) later this week to compete in a qualifying series that will decide which country advances to the AAA World Series to be held in Taiwan next September.

    Congratulations and best of luck to the WA contingent!  Congratulations also to the rest of the WA team on an all-round outstanding tournament.  The tenacity to come back after some early round setbacks was a credit to the players and staff.

    In the other just concluded Championships, WA finished 5th and 4th in the Under 14 (Mt Gambier) and Under 16 (Brisbane) tournaments respectively. 

    The U/14's fought out some tight games before going down in 2 games by a single run and in another by 2 but had very good wins against Country NSW, Territories and Vic Provincial.

    The U/16's won 6 of their opening 7 games and looked the team to beat but unfortunately couldn't reproduce that early round form in the latter stages of the tournament.

    Congratulations to all players, staff and travelling supporters for the manner in which they conducted themselves as ambassadors of the WA baseball community.
     
    WA INTO NATIONAL U/18 GRAND FINAL [12 Jan]
    WA tonight defeated NSW Country 12-9 to move into tomorrow's National U/18 Championship Grand Final against Victoria at the Geelong Baseball Centre.

    Leading 9 - 2 at the top of the 7th inning, the Greg Jelks coached team had to withstand a barnstorming finish from NSW Country which racked up 7 runs in the bottom of the 7th to tie up the game.

    WA scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th and held their opponents scoreless to seal a tremendous win.

    Tonight's win came after WA knocked off Queensland 11-1 yesterday to progress to the Semi Final series.

    Tomorrow's Grand Final gets under way at 1:00pm WA  time. GO THE BLACK & GOLDS!!!!
     
    2004 WESTERN HEELERS CAP PRESENTATION [12 Jan]
    Just a reminder that the Claxton Shield Club has generously invited all supporters of WA baseball to attend the official Western Heelers Cap Presentation to be held immediately following  the team's last training session before flying to Sydney to compete in the 2004 Claxton Shield Tournament.

    Details are as follows:

    Date:           Friday 16 January 2004
    Time:           6:00pm
    Venue:       South Perth Clubrooms, Thelma St, Como

    Light refreshments will be supplied courtesy of The Claxton Shield ClubAll welcome
     

    2004 WESTERN HEELERS TEAM ANNOUNCED [3 Jan]  
    The travelling party announced today to represent WA at this year's Claxton Shield tournament at Sydney's Blacktown Olympic Stadium is as follows:

    Clint Balgera; Clayton Barnes; Toby Barnett; Max Brendon; Lachlan Dale; Simon Eissens; Nick Forkin; Daniel Floyd; Clayton Fredericks; Ryan Hastie; Michael Hodge; Luke Hughes; Jason Hewitt; Ryan Kelly; John Moore; Scott Mitchinson; Paul Pragnell; Brad Thomas; Brendan Thomas; Shane Tonkin; Stephen Tope; Dean White.

    Coach: Kevin Hooker; Asst Coaches: Steve Kirkham, Don Kyle.

    The team will depart Perth on Jan 17 with their first game scheduled to be against South Australia starting the following day at 3:00pm  (EST).

    Stay up to date throughout the tournament with all the scores, stats, photos, etc by clicking on the "National Championships" link in the top right corner of this page.
     

    2004 WESTERN HEELERS CAP PRESENTATION [22 Dec]
    The Claxton Shield Club has much pleasure in inviting all supporters of WA baseball to be present when the Western Heelers are presented with their playing caps immediately following  the team's last training session before flying to Sydney to compete in the 2004 Claxton Shield Tournament.

    Details are as follows:

    Date:           Friday 16 January 2004
    Time:           6:00pm
    Venue:       South Perth Clubrooms, Thelma St, Como

    Light refreshments will be supplied courtesy of The Claxton Shield ClubAll welcome
     

    Level One DrugFree Coaching Accreditation Courses

    Thursday, January 22
    Merlin Oval, Mandurah
    3:00pm until 8pm

    Saturday January 24
    10:00am until 4:00pm
    Sutherland Park, Gosnells.

    Cost: $69

    For information or to register;
    contact Andy Henderson
    Phone: 0403 456 049

    BWA DRUGFREE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM - SCHOOL OF BASEBALL  [22 Dec]  
    Calling all juniors and teeball players - Show off your baseball and teeball skills at the 2004 DrugFree School of Baseball.  

    Andrew Henderson (School coordinator) with assistance from Dean White (Atlanta Braves), Lachlan Dale (San Diego Padres), Larry Home (Toronto Blue Jays scout) and others will be on hand to help develop your skills.  All aspects of the game will be covered so this is a camp you don't want to miss!

    WHEN:    Jan 27, 28, 29 and 30
                   Juniors:    9:00am - 12:30pm
                   Teeball:   1:30 - 4:30pm

    WHERE:    Carine Open Space, Corner Oakley St and Beach Rd, Carine

    COST:       Juniors - $85
                    Teeball -  $75

    FEATURES:    Free school t-shirts given to the first 100 players registered. Live instructed games. 10:1 player / coach ratio.  Personal "one on one" coaching.  Western Heelers Autograph Day;  Daily contests;  Over 100 daily prizes and much, much more!!!

    2003 Goodwill Friendship Series UnderWay [22 Dec]  
    This year's Goodwill Friendship Series opened at Forster Park, Cloverdale today with games between the travelling Expos International teams from the US and the State Under 16 and 18 teams and a Perth Invitational U/23 side.  The State Under 14's will have their first hit out on Dec 28.

    Other US teams involved are the Brewers International and the California Rookies. 

    Game Times:
    Dec 23:  09:00 Clinic; 12:00 16's v 18's; U/23's v Expos; 15:00 18's v Expos; 16's v U/23's
    Dec 24:  09:00 Clinic; 12:00  s1 v s2; s3 v s4 
    Dec 28:  09:00 Clinic; 12:00 18's v Brewers; 16's v Expos; 15:00 14's v Rookies; Brewers v 18's
    Dec 29:  09:00  Clinic; 09:30  14's v Rookies; 12:00  Rookies v 14's;  16's v Expos; 15:00  18's v Expos; U/23's v Brewers
    Dec 30:  09:00 Clinic; 09:30  Expos v 16's; 12:00  16's v Expos;  18's v Brewers; 15:00  14's v Rookies;  Brewers v U/23's
    Dec 31:  08:30  14's v  Rookies; 11:00  16's v Expos; 14:00  18's v Brewers



     


    State U/18 rep Joe Mills at the plate before hitting a double against the International Expos 

    Lease finalised on land for state facility [17 Dec]
    Baseball WA's efforts to re-establish a home for the game in Western Australia moved a step closer to reality today with the signing of a long-term lease over the south west corner of Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie.

    Letters of award for successful fencing, lighting and irrigation tenders are due to be signed tomorrow with work on each expected to commence immediately.

    An open day will be held on site in the New Year to give club officials and Life Members a sneak preview of the development as the project takes shape.
     
    Practical completion of all works bar the playing surface is expected to occur in June 2004 with responsibility for preparing  the playing arena  transferred to the baseball community two months earlier in April 2004.

    It's no secret that the current construction boom has had an adverse effect on the cost of all building projects trying to get off the ground over the last few months and the state baseball facility has been no different.

    To keep the project on budget,  the sport still needs to identify anyone  who can assist with the supply of materials such as concrete, reinforcing mesh, paving, steel (for trusses), toilet and bathroom fittings and clay (for the mound, bases, warning and running tracks, etc).

    If you or your company can help, now is the time we need it.  Attractive sponsorship packages can be tailored to meet the marketing objectives of any business in a position to help.  All offers of assistance can be made by contacting BWA chief executive Damian O'Donnell.

     


    BWA chairman Nigel Mills signs the lease
    that will secure baseball's future.

     

    CAP PRESENTATION EVENING [11 Dec) 
    Players selected to represent WA at January's National U/14, U/16 and U/18 Championships were presented with their state caps at a special function at Tompkins on Swan last night.

    Master of Ceremonies John Radalj presided over the evening and introduced the teams to gathered friends, family and general supporters of WA baseball.   The caps were presented by Life Member and long-serving state team Exec Officer Thalia Monro, Perth and Minnesota Twins contract player Stephen Tope  and ABF Director Murray Westphal.

    Murray also provided an inspiring key note address on how baseball "gets in your blood"  and various "Yogi-isms"  - a series of weird and wonderful quotes from the famous New York Yankees manager Yogi Berra.


     

    STATE PITCH, HIT AND RUN FINAL [11 Dec) 
    The culmination of this year's principal school development program, the Major League Baseball sponsored Pitch! Hit & Run program was played out at Fraser Park, Victoria Park this week.

    With 100 Year 6 and 7 children representing the 14 finalist schools, participants were tested and measured as they went through each station designed to simulate the core baseball skills of throwing, hitting and running.

    Congratulations to BWA DrugFree Development Co-ordinator Kevin Hooker and his assistant Andy Henderson for pulling off what MLB's Warren King and SImon Gray agreed was the best organised PHR event in the country.

    Also taking the children through their paces were Dean White (West Stirling and Atlanta Braves), Lachlan Dale (West Stirling and San Diego Padres), Mitch Graham (Wanneroo and Philadelphia Phillies) and students from the South Fremantle High School Baseball Program.

    Marri Grove Primary School were declared ultimate 2003 Pitch! Hit & Run Champions and will represent WA at the national final to be conducted in Sydney in conjunction with the 2004 Claxton Shield Tournament.  Well done Marri Grove!

     

    WESTERN HEELERS 30 MAN SQUAD [9 Dec]
    Congratulations to the following players who have been selected in the initial squad for the 2004 Claxton Shield series:

    Clint Balgera, Clayton Barnes, Toby Barnett, Max Brendon, Lachlan Dale, Kent Dixon, Simon Eissens, Nick Forkin, Daniel Floyd, Clayton Fredericks, Mitch Graham, Ryan Hastie, Michael Hodge, Luke Hughes, Jason Hewitt, Daniel Johnston, Mark Kelly, Tim Kennelly, Andrew Kyle, John Moore, Neil Major, Scott Mitchinson. Paul Pragnell, Trevor Smales, Brad Thomas, Brendan Thomas, Shane Tonkin, Stephen Tope, Dean White, Brendan Wise.

    Next training session will be held at 5:00pm, Monday 15 December 2003.
    Venue: McGillvray Oval.

     

    2004 State Youth Teams [3 Dec]
    Congratulations to the following players who have been selected to represent WA at next month's National Youth Championships:

    Under 14 (Mt Gambier, SA)
    Trent Baron, Ricky Belcher, Dean Brendon, Jarrod Cavanagh, Jacob Courcha, Michael Dempsey, Jason Fisch, Brendan Hall, Cameron. Holmes, Kale Innes, Te Mauri Lane, Michael Mansillas, Benn Moore, Anthony Needham, Kane Silvi, Christian Wise.

    Under 16 (Redlands, Qld)
    Jeremy Blab, Ian Bradhstreet, Tim Brendon, Adam Courcha, Ben Floyd, Liam Hendriks, Jason Holloway, Chris House, Alex McDonald, Stephen Murray, Nathan Richardson, Matthew Sibley, Jason Smit, Jamie White, Clinton Archer, Allan de San Miguel, Daniel Schmidt, Matthew Kennelly.
     
    Under 18 (Geelong, Vic)
    Aaron Bonomi, Anthony Daniele, Kent Dixon, Mitchell Graham, Adam Hammond, Samuel Jew, Timothy Kennelly, Joseph Mills, Damien Paterniti, Dylan Peacock, Jason Ryan, Robert Sorensen, Benjamin Stanbury, Matthew Thame, Brett Thomas, James Vicarey, Sam Winfield, Brendan Wise.

    Family and friends are invited to join the players and coaching staff at the formal Cap Presentation evening, details of which are as follows:

    Date:         Wed 10 December 2003
    Venue:       Tompkins-on-Swan (Melville Cricket Club), Cnr Dunkley Ave &
                     Canning Hwy, Alfred Cove
    Time:        7.30pm
    Cost:         $10 per head, payable at the door

    Light refreshments will be served during the evening with drinks available for purchase. RSVP's should be directed to the BWA office on 9383 7735 by close of business on Monday 8 December.
     

    JAN THURLEY / TOMMY SMITH CUPS - RD 2 DRAW [3 Dec]

    Jan Thurley Cup (u/14)

    5pm, Wed 3 Dec 2003 at Grayden Reserve, South Perth Baseball Club
    Melville Braves v South Perth
    Victoria Park v Gosnells

    5pm, Wed 3 Dec 2003 at Crimea Reserve, Morley Baseball Club
    Kalamunda v West Stirling
    Wembley v Morley Eagles

    Tommy Smith Cup (u/16)

    5pm Wed 10 Dec 2003 at Forster Park, Vic Park / Belmont Baseball Club
    Perth v Gosnells
    Vic Park / Belmont v Carine

    5pm, Wed 10 Dec 2003 at Mateljan Park, Wanneroo Baseball Club
    Wanneroo v Melville Braves
    Wembley v West Stirling

     

    OPEN TRY-OUTS FOR WESTERN HEELERS THIS SATURDAY [2 Dec]
    T
    ry-outs for the Western Heelers team that will compete in next month's 2004 Claxton Shield tournament at Sydney's Blacktown Olympic Centre  will be held at the UWA Baseball Club's McGillivray Oval diamond this Saturday, 6th December between 9:45am and 12 noon.

    The try-out is open to all registered WA players and anyone who would like to participate is strongly encouraged to attend. 

    A 30 man squad will be chosen immediately following the try-out.
    ROD BYRNE AWARDED ABF LIFE MEMBERSHIP [2 Dec]
    Former BWA and ABL chairman Rod Byrne was last weekend awarded Life Membership of the Australian Baseball Federation. 

    Unquestionably one of the best players to ever be produced in Western Australia, the award is due recognition for Rod's enormous contribution to the game at a club, state and national level over more than 40 years.

    Well done Rod and happy retirement!

    To read Rod's bio of accomplishments, click here.
    LUKE HUGHES ADDED TO OLYMPIC SHADOW SQUAD  [25 Nov]
    Congratulations to Morley Eagles short stop Luke Hughes  who was this morning added to  the official 43 man Olympic Shadow Squad that is preparing for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

    Hughes joins Daniel Floyd (Wanneroo), Stephen Tope (Perth) and Dean White (West Stirling) in the squad that was originally announced last month.

    Luke signed with the Minnesota Twins in July last year while  attending the MLB/AAP Camp at Palm Meadows on the Gold Coast and during the Australian winter played for the Twins' minor league affiliate in the Gulf Coast League where he finished 10th in batting (.305) and earned post-season All-Star Team honors.

    Well done Luke!


    Luke Hughes signing his first pro-contract last year
    HI, I'M NICOLE [25 Nov]
    For those who may have missed it, the following article was in Kim Hagdorn's Sunday Times column last weekend:

    "Local baseball legend Neville Pratt got more than he bargained for on his recent life-long dream visit to Yankee Stadium in New York.

    The long-serving Australian and WA baseball administrator got to meet and share VIP seats with big-screen
    queen Nicole Kidman during the world series play-off.
     
     Neville's enviable encounter with one of Australia's finest ambassadors was initiated when Nicole recognised his Australian baseball blazer.
     
    Camped a row in front of Neville, the film goddess apparently commented: "Two Australian's in the crowd tonight, hey?"


    "I'm from Perth," said Neville.

    "Me, Sydney," Nicole retorted.

    "I know," said Neville, understandably. After all, what else could you say?

    Nicole obligingly signed Neville's ticket stub for posterity and authenticity to his enchanting fairytale.

    The multi-award winning star then settled a potential issue with her herculean bodyguard as he enquired as to Neville's imposition."

    "I'm OK," she said as the bodyguard dutifully resumed his seat some six rows behind her children, Isabella (10) and Conor (8)."
     
    Goodwill Series Coaching Clinics [17 Nov]
    In conjunction with the Goodwill Series a number of skills clinics are being arranged for nine year old upwards at no cost to participants.  Details are as follows:

    Series 1:    Dec 22 to 24 from  9-11:00am
    Series 2:    Dec 28 to 30 from 9-11:00am

    Where : Victoria Park/Belmont Baseball Club, Forster Park, Abernathy Road, Cloverdale

    Those attending should bring their glove, hat, sunscreen and drink bottle and be dressed in baseball attire.  Please ensure that all personal equipment is clearly marked as no responsibility can be accepted for any items that may be lost.

    To Register contact The Goodwill Committee c/- 1 Januk Close, South Guildford WA 6055. RSVP by 28 Nov 2003General enquiries can be directed to (08) 9279 5811or visit  www.dyolfbaseballservices.com.au

     

    BWA DrugFree Coaching Accreditation Program [17 Nov]
    In an effort to provide current and prospective coaches with a convenient opportunity to gain their Level One Coaching Accreditation, BWA invites any club interested in hosting a one day course at their ground to contact either:

    Andy Henderson at andy@fielders.net    or on  0403 456 049
    Geoff Hooker at  geoff@fielders.net    or   on 0417 952 936

    kevin Hooker re-appointed heelers coach [9 Nov]
    Wanneroo's premiership winning coach Kevin Hooker has been re-appointed head coach of the Western Heelers team that will contest the 2004 Claxton Shield tournament at Sydney's Blacktown Olympic Centre from January 18.

    The only coach the Heelers have had in their four year history, Hooker's appointment covers the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons with an option on 2005/06.  In three campaigns, the team has made two Grand Finals, winning in their inaugural 1999/00 season.
    THUMBS UP FOR NEW GROUND FROM KNAPP [9 Nov]
    Legendary WA baseball identity Don Knapp took time out during a whistle stop trip to Perth this week  to inspect the new state baseball facility currently under development at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie. And the verdict? He likes what he sees.

    Standing on top of the 4m high baseline terracing he said "The siting of the field is far better than we had at Parry Field and that should mean no more of those late afternoon stoppages we had to put up with because of the setting sun.  And location shouldn't be a problem as the Roe Highway extension next door is going to provide great access from the northern suburbs."

    Knapp then ventured down to the field and took a few imaginary swings at the home plate datum point.  "Put two thousand fans on those terraces and the atmosphere out here is going to be sensational."

    WEST AUSSIES MAKE OLYMPIC SHADOW SQUAD  [30 Oct]
    Congratulations to Daniel Floyd (Wanneroo), Stephen Tope (Perth) and Dean White (West Stirling)  who have each been named in a 43 man Olympic Shadow Squad - the first step on the team’s path to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

    All baseball playing States have been represented in the squad with the largest contingent coming from New South Wales (16).  Queensland is heavily represented with 10 players, followed by Victoria with seven, South Australia six, Western Australia three and the ACT one.

    The squad is immensely talented with over 75% being current professional players, with the remaining 25% being ex professionals.  Team Head Coach Jon Deeble is extremely excited about the strength and depth of the squad and as such is very confident of obtaining a great result at the Olympics.

    To check out the full team, click on
    MORE

    Stephen Tope

    Vacancy: Western Heelers, Head Coach [24 Oct]
    The BWA Board intends to appoint a Head Coach for the Western Heelers on a two year contract with an option of a further one year extension. A small remuneration is available to the successful applicant, with costs (meals, accommodation, travel) associated with the Claxton Shield competition being met by the ABF and BWA.

    Persons with the relevant skills and experience wishing to be considered for the position are required to submit their resume to the BWA Operations Manager by 4:30pm on Wed 5 Nov 2003.  Included with the resume should be a covering letter outlining the skills that will be brought to the position together with supporting evidence of these claims.

    Details may be submitted by:
    Post: PO Box 57, Claremont 6910
    Fax: 9383 7737
    Email:
    sec@baseballwa.asn.au

    The next the Claxton Shield competition will be held at Sydney's Blacktown Olympic Park from 18 to 24 Jan 2004.  The selection of Assistant Coaches will be made in conjunction with the Head Coach for BWA Board approval.

    Any further details required may be obtained from John Radalj on 0417 977 922
     
    STATE UNDER 18 TRYOUTS [13 Oct]
    Tryouts for eligible Under 18 players have commenced. The next session is Friday 4p to 6p at South Perth Baseball Club Followed by games on Saturday 18 Oct at Winnacott Reserve.

    Contact Greg Jelks for full details 0438 160 844
    NEW BOARD ELECTED [25 Sep]
    The following were elected to the BWA Board at last night's Annual General Meeting:
    • Two Year Term: Nigel Mills (returning); Samantha (Sam) Noall, Les Warner
    • One Year Term: Robert Weir, Allan Blair

    The successful candidates join continuing directors John Radalj and Jo Hobbs-Brown and are expected to bring a wealth of experience to their respective roles.

    As Assistant Commissioner for State Revenue Nigel is one of the state's leading public servants, Sam is manager of the Healthway Sponsorship Advisory Service, Les is a former president of the Perth Baseball Club, Robert is a former chief executive of the Energy Credit Union and former president of the Carine Baseball Club while Allan is a former marketing director of the Perth Heat and current manager of Access 31 Television.  Congratulations to eac
    h.

    BWA would like to take this opportunity to extend its sincere appreciation to the retiring Peter Allpike who has been a director of the former WA Baseball League and now Baseball WA for the past seven years.  Peter has been a tireless worker for the sport in this state and has carried responsibility for a range of unglamorous, downright hard yakka portfolios such as Competitions, Rule Interpretation, P&D Tribunal, State Teams and High Performance.  He was also co-chair of the State Facility Operation Committee and his efforts will be sorely missed. Thanks for all your hard work and good luck for the future, Peter.
     

    west aussie gets win for Australia [27 Aug] 
    Melville Braves' pitcher Kerron Lehane picked up her first international win when Australia beat Japan 10-9 in the Women's World Series being played at the Gold Coast's Palm Meadows.

    Kerron started the game and threw 5 of the 7 innings (2 x strikeouts, 1 x walk).  Apart from it being her first game for Australia
    , it was also her first playing under lights and first with TV cameras (the games are telecast live to Japanese TV).

    Australia
    also beat the USA on Day 1 (both by 1 run in extra innings) and are currently undefeated with a 3-0 record. If they beat the US tonight - they will qualify for the gold medal game with 2 days still to go.

    Well done Kerron!
    Tim KenNElly Signs Pro contract [25 Aug] 
    Melville Braves outfielder and WAIS scholarship holder Tim Kennelly has signed a professional contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Local scout Kevin Hooker in conjunction with the Phillies National Cross Checker Jim Fregosi, offered Tim the contract following the recent MLB/AAP Camp on the Gold Coast where Tim was selected in the Australian U/19 team which played a touring American side, the Queensland Academy and a local team.  Tim won the Batting title with a 0.429 average and team leading 6 RBI's for the tournament.  He will stay on in Perth for the local 2003/04 season and then head back for next year’s MLB/AAP Camp before leaving for the States.

    Well done Tim!
     
    DOES YOUR CLUB WANT ADDITIONAL INSURANCE COVER? [16 Aug] 

    Given the proximity of the new season, it’s probably a good time to give all players, officials and supporters of WA baseball a brief history lesson on the contentious issue of insurance and “What do I get for my money?”.

    In the face of skyrocketing insurance premiums, several years back clubs directed that benefits covered under the National Insurance policy should be restricted to bare bones only   (To read the background to this decision click here)   i.e.:  

    • Public Liability  -               $30 Million

    • Products Liability              $30 Million

    • Professional Indemnity     $2 Million

    • Personal Accident         $100,000 Capital Benefits only (Death, loss of limbs, partial disablement, etc).

    For those not too familiar with the insurance area and what is covered under each of these policies, here’s a brief outline:

     

    Public Liability            -                 Covers the club if they are found to be negligent in their actions that results in either bodily injury or property damage to a third party.  This policy does not cover the third party who was injured or had their property damaged, it covers the club and its members (players & officials) if the third party decides to take legal action against it.

     

    Products Liability        -              Covers the club for legal liability arising from the manufacture, distribution and/or sale of products. This includes bar and canteen sales and merchandise. Again, the cover is for the club, not the third party who has suffered damages.

     

    Professional Indemnity-                 Covers the coaches, trainers, officials and umpires of the club / league if they are found to be negligent by way of the professional advice they offer.  If the advice given results in bodily injury to a third party the person who has given that advice can be held legally liable and ordered to pay damages. This policy protects them from such an event.

     

    Personal Accident      -                  Self explanatory.

      

    Unfortunately for sports generally, not taking out coverage at least to the extent listed above is not an option as councils would immediately ban clubs from using grounds.  So whilst club members will rightly feel aggrieved about the rise in premiums despite the apparent absence of “value”,  without that $34 (approx $1.90 / game) or $16.55 (approx 70c / game) insurance charge for seniors and juniors respectively, baseball would not be allowed to be played at all.

    It is stressed that the national Insurance Scheme DOES NOT INCLUDE benefits such as out-of-pocket non-Medicare expenses or lost wages arising from baseball-related injuries,  Any club wanting to take out additional cover for their members in these areas should contact their own broker or Jardine’s Senior Account Executive Tania O'Day to discuss specifics.  Tania can be reached on e
    mail   odayt@jlta.com.au phone 03 9613 1443 or 1300 655 931
     

    Australian Goodwill Series UNDER WAY [13 Aug] 
    Beijing's misfortune became Perth's good luck when the recent SARS epidemic led to  promoter Area Code Baseball USA relocating a planned junior tour to Morley Eagles' Crimea Park grounds. 

    Having successfully hosted similar events in recent years that helped WA's underage state teams prepare for National Championships, local organiser
    Mandy Floyd of Rosewood Travel and a dedicated committee including Morley Junior president Lou Bonomi stepped into the breach to secure the event for Perth. Well done!!!

    Teams traveling from the USA, Gold Coast and South Australia will compete against local teams from South Fremantle High, Perth Allstars (SEAYBT) and Perth City (selected from participants attending a range of different BWA development programs).

    Games will be played at Crimea Park, Morley throughout the week with finals to be played on Sat 16 and Sun 17 August.
    TWENTY TWO AND A HALF THOUSAND TONNES OF DIRT LATER ... [11 Aug] 
    Development of the new state baseball facility at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie is continuing at a brisk pace.  Over the last fortnight more than 22,500 tonnes of dirt have been trucked on to the site to form 4m high baseline viewing terraces and the Stage 2 construction pad behind home plate.

    The construction tender for Stage 1 buildings (fencing, change rooms, canteen, public toilets, tunnels, dug outs and ticket box) was advertised last week and will be awarded by the end of Aug with works to commence immediately.

    A reminder to those players, umpires, officials and supporters of Western Australian baseball who haven't as yet downloaded the
    fundraising prospectus, please do so as soon as possible in order to make your personal contribution towards baseball's efforts to get our sport back to the levels enjoyed in the early to mid 90's.

    Baseball needs to raise $208,000 as its share of Stage 1 development costs so EVERY DOLLAR MATTERS.  There's never been a better time to stand up and be counted for your sport - and remember, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.
     

    THEN

    NOW

    Looking southeast towards the future home run fence.  The grey dirt to the left of the right hand photo will be the base for the future ticket box and entrance steps
     

    Looking north east through the future home plate
     

    Left: Preparing the ground for the future 1st base terrace. Right: Getting higher - the terrace today
     

    Left: Removing the grass to re-use once the earthworks have finished. Right: The view from the top - looking over the home plate datum point to the outfield

     
    $2,000 SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE [11 Aug] 
    Healthway has announced that Healthy Club Sponsorships for the 2003/04 summer season are available for incorporated sporting clubs competing in recognised competition.

    Guidelines and application forms are available from  www.healthway.wa.gov.au.

    Applications close on 12 September so make sure your club’s submission is prepared and lodged in time to get a slice of the funding pie.  For further information, contact  Claire Chant at Healthway on 9476 7000 oremail her on cchant@healthway.wa.gov.au

     
    TIMELY REMINDER RE DRUGS IN SPORT [11 Aug] 
    The July newsletter of the Australian Sports Drug Agency has disclosed that three eastern states baseball players (two of them just grade players) recorded positive test results for the presence of a banned substance during the quarter ended 31 March 2003.  Two of the results were for use of the steroid stanozolol and resulted in bans of 2 years (1st offence) and Life (2nd offence) respectively.  Details of the third case are yet to be released.

    This is a timely warning for all clubs and players to be aware that Australian sport is now subject to the World Anti-Doping Code which was adopted earlier this year by all major sporting federations and the governments of 73 countries.  This means that all players participating in local grade competitions are subject to Australian baseball's
    Anti-Doping Policy.  The policy clearly spells out those who liable to submit to a test and the range of penalties that subsequently apply.  Persons to whom  the Policy applies include:

     (1)         athletes, whether in or out of competition; 
     (2)         members;  and 
     (3)         all persons involved in trafficking. 

    For the sake of clarity, an athlete is defined as: 

    (1)         any person:
     (a)         competing; or
     (b)         who in the previous twelve months has competed in any competition under the control or auspices of the ABF; or

    (2)         any person:
     (a)        using; or
     (b)        who in the previous twelve months has used the facilities of the ABF.

    In short, the Policy allows for ANY athlete of ANY age, grade of competition or ability level to be tested and penalised accordingly, and the penalties are severe.

    For
    some very useful information on the basic facts associated with the issue - facts about which every athlete should be aware - CLICK HERETo assist with the education of local players, the ABF is negotiating with ASDA for the provision of face to face drug education seminars to be held at club or association level.  More news on this as it becomes available.
     

     West Aussies make Australian teams [1 Aug]
    Congratulations to Adam Courcha, Allan De San Miguel (Gosnells) and Daniel Schmidt (Melville) who have been selected in the Australian AA (U/17)  team that will compete in the XI World Youth Baseball Championship  in Kaoshiung, Chinese Taipei from 8 to 17 Aug.  WAIS Baseball Program head coach Don Kyle has also been selected and will accompany the team as assistant coach.

    In a big week of achievements by WA players,
     Mitch Graham, Ryan Hastie (Wanneroo), Tim Kennelly, Brendan WIse (Melville) and Dylan Peacock (Swan Districts) were also selected to represent Australia, this time in a series of AAA  (U/19) games against USA to be played in association  with the MLB Academy program currently being conducted on the Gold Coast.

    All players selected are WAIS scholarship holders . Best wishes to everyone for their respective games.
     
    Looking for a loan? earn money for your club [29 Jul]
    Ashmere Financial Solutions have approached BWA with an offer to pay a minimum of $200 to every club that refers someone who purchases a vehicle using the company's locator service or takes out a $100,000 home loan.

    BWA will receive no commission or have any formal involvement in this arrangement but passes it on as an opportunity for all clubs to generate some much needed funds.

    To find out more, click HERE.
    EARTHWORKS underway at new STATE baseball FACILITY [28 Jul]
    A major step forward in the development of the new state baseball facility occurred last Friday when heavy haulage trucks began rolling on to Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie to drop the first loads of what will eventually amount to 20,000 tonnes of earth.

    Over the next fortnight 800 truck loads of soil from Readymix's Gosnells and Jandakot sites will be compacted and shaped to form
    baseline viewing  terraces and the Stage 2 clubhouse building pad.

    Once the earthworks are completed perimeter fencing will be installed before construction of Stage 1 buildings (change rooms, canteen, public toilets, tunnels, dug outs and ticket box) commences.

    Development of the playing field, including installation of six light towers will run concurrently to the other building works.

    Handover is slated for November.

    Those players, umpires, officials and supporters of Western Australian baseball who haven't as yet downloaded the fundraising prospectus are strongly encouraged to do so now in order to make their personal contribution towards baseball's efforts to get our sport back to the levels enjoyed in the early to mid 90's.

    Baseball needs to raise $208,000 as its share of Stage 1 development costs so EVERY DOLLAR MATTERS.  There's never been a better time to stand up and be counted for your sport - and remember, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.
    is your club looking for capital funding assistance? [3 Jul]
    Applications for the next round of Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF)  grants will be advertised in The West Australian on Sat 5 July 2003 and in the first edition of regional papers thereafter.

    The CSRFF is the vehicle the State Govt uses to provide financial assistance to clubs for the development of basic infrastructure and the total amount available for distribution this round is $9m!   Funding is typically made on a 1/3: 1/3: 1/3 basis i.e. one third of the capital cost of the relevant  project  is contributed by the club, local govt and CSRFF respectively.

    Application forms and information regarding the current round of funding can be downloaded from www.dsr.wa.gov.au.  Prospective applicants should contact DSR to discuss their eligibility for funding and for advice and assistance in preparing their submission.

     

    LEVEL 1 COACHING PRINCIPLES COURSE [3 Jul]
    Level 1 Coaching Principles Courses are designed to provide existing and prospective coaches with theoretical and practical knowledge for:
    • Planning dynamic and effective training sessions;
    • Strategies to keep players motivated;
    • Communication skills to ensure your message gets across;
    • Player management;
    • The latest in injury prevention and management.

    The courses are generic in nature and therefore the knowledge gained can be applied to all sports.  The Dept of Sport and Recreation will be conducting the next Level 1 General Coaching Principles Courses on:

    Date:     Sun 27 July 2003
    Venue:  Trinity College, Perth
    Time:     8:30am - 4:30pm
    Cost:     $33 (incl GST)
    Bring:   Food, drinks, appropriate clothes for physical activity, hat and sun block.

    To download an application form, click on  HERE
     

    WORKS COMMENCE ON STATE BASEBALL FACILITY [20 Jun]
    Work on the new state baseball facility  at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie got underway yesterday when reticulation contractors moved in to re-route irrigation lines in readiness for major earthworks scheduled to commence next week.

    Over the coming month  a total of 14,000 cubic metres of sand will be trucked to the site to form a 4m high construction pad behind home base and viewing terraces along both baselines.

    Construction of change rooms, dugouts, canteen, public toilets and entrance forecourt will commence late July as will installation of irrigation tanking, pumps and substantial  fencing.

    Any member of the baseball community in a position to donate construction materials or services is asked to contact BWA chief executive Damian O'Donnell urgently.  Remember, every dollar we save is another dollar we have  to put towards installing another feature or raising the quality of those already planned.

    A particular priority at present is the need to source approx 1,250sqm of brick pavers to establish a formal entrance statement and pathways.  
     
    EISSENS AND CLOSE SELECTED FOR GREAT BRITAIN [18 Jun]
    English born WA players Simon Eissens (Morley Eagles) and Michael Close (Gosnells) have been selected to represent Great Britain in the Euro 2003 Championships which will be held in Holland from 11-19 July. 

    Close is currently playing in England with the Brighton Buccaneers.

    The top teams from Euro 2003 will then play off in an Olympic Qualifying tournament from 20-27 July  The top two teams there will earn the right to head to Athens in 2004.

    Congratulations and best of luck to both Simon and Michael.
    FUNDRAISING PROSPECTUS FOR NEW STADIUM  BEING DISTRIBUTED [13 Jun]
    Baseball WA has this week begun distributing a prospectus seeking to raise funds to develop a state playing and administration headquarters at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie.  The document is being sent to all current and recent players listed on the BWA database.

    Thanks to the generous support of the Western Australian government, Stage 1 earthworks are in the process of commencing and baseball will have a purpose-built, floodlit playing field operational by November of this year.  This is an enormous step forward for the game here in the west and is central to BWA’s efforts to increase playing numbers, expand existing development programs and to bring top-level national and international series back to Perth.

    Stage 2 of the development will incorporate a two-level clubhouse, fixed seating and additional change room facilities.

    In the final analysis however, the scale of this development is going to be a direct reflection of the level of financial support that can be generated by the WA baseball community.   All players, coaches, umpires, officials and supporters are urged to not only consider making a tax-deductible donation themselves but to encourage their immediate network of family, friends and colleagues to do the same.

    A lot of people have been screaming for the sport to get a facility to replace the former Parry Field.  Well, this is the chance for all of us to put our money where our mouths are and get baseball back to the high-profile position it enjoyed up until the mid 90’s. 

    Click here to download a PROSPECTUS.

    Click here to download information on SIGNAGE OPPORTUNITIES.
    BEN ROWE DRAFTED BY TEXAS RANGERS [6 Jun]
    West Stirling player and former WAIS scholarship holder (1998 - 2001) Ben Rowe has just been drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 24th Round.  Ben is currently in his 3rd year at Oregon State University.  Congratulations to Ben, WAIS and West Stirling.

    To read more
    CLICK HERE
    TOBY BARNETT SIGNS WITH PHILLIES [6 Jun]
    Former Wanneroo Baseball Club and WAIS/WABA scholarship holder (1996 to 1998) Toby Barnett has signed a free agency agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies and will be reporting to spring training in Clearwater Florida next Monday, 9th June.

    Phillies' Australian scout Kevin Hooker said of the deal "Toby has had an outstanding local and international career and has excelled in the US college system.  He's thoroughly deserving of his chance to play pro ball."

    Toby leaves his 4 year College - Southern Illinois University a year short of finishing to play professionally.  Congratulations to Toby, WAIS and Wanneroo.

    To read more
    CLICK HERE
    WA PLAYERS SELECTED IN AUST WOMEN'S SQUAD [29 May]
    Following the recent
    DrugFree  National Women's Championships conducted  at Winnacott Reserve, the following players from WA have been officially named in the 2003 Australian Women's squad:
    • Christina Kreppold (Melville);
    • Amanda O'Hehir (Vic Park);
    • Julianne Langley (Morley);
    • Kerron Lehane (Melville);
    • Jodie Thompson (Morley).

    Whilst Kreppold, O'Hehir, Langley and Lehane have made Australian squads in the past, Thompson has been included for the first time after an outstanding national series.

    The Australian team will tour Japan for an International Women's tournament in Aug 2003 with WA's Denise Griffiths and Jodie Lister (who has just moved to Perth) selected as Executive Officers.

    During the
    Nationals Head Coach Warwick Marcakis also compiled a list of 15-17 year old "developmental players".  Selected from WA were Erin Fox (Curtin) and Zoe Tierney (South Perth).

    Congratulations to each player, Denise
    and Jodie.

    A MESSAGE FROM ABF CHIEF EXECUTIVE CHRIS WHITE [29 May]
    I write in regard to the issue of educating our athletes about the use of banned or performance enhancing substances in sport.  The ABF’s Anti-Doping Policy clearly spells out those who may be liable to submit to a test and the range of penalties that subsequently apply.  Persons to which the Policy applies include:

     (1)         athletes, whether in or out of competition; 

    (2)         members;  and 

    (3)         all persons involved in trafficking. 

    For the sake of clarity, an athlete is defined as: 

    (1)         any person:

                  (a)         competing; or

                  (b)         who in the previous twelve months has competed in any competition under the control or auspices of the ABF; or

     (2)         any person:

                  (a)         using; or

                  (b)         who in the previous twelve months has used the facilities of the ABF.

    In short, the Policy allows for ANY athlete of ANY age, grade of competition or ability level to be tested and penalised accordingly, and the penalties are severe.

    With this in mind, I have attached information on drug education, prepared by the Australian Sports Drug Agency.  It contains some very useful information on the basic facts associated with the issue, facts about which every athlete should be aware.

    Additionally, the ABF is negotiating with ASDA the provision of more face to face drug education seminars to be held at club or association level.  This is being done to assist with the education of grass-roots athletes where applicable.

    I ask that you now distribute this memo AND the attached ASDA fact sheet (CLICK HERE) to all of your member clubs and affiliated bodies (preferably Club Presidents) and request that they publicise this information to all of their club members.

    I ask that this matter be given top priority.


    Yours sincerely

    CHRIS WHITE

     

    BRETT ROBSON OFFERED CONTRACT TO UMPIRE PRO BASEBALL [20 May]
    Young WA umpire Brett Robson
    has been offered a contract to umpire professional baseball in the USA.  Brett has accepted a contract to umpire in the Gulf Coast League in Florida.

    This is a culmination of a lot of hard work over many years and Brett is to be congratulated upon his success.  Many umpires from Australia have attended Professional Umpire Schools in the USA mainly to hone their skills and bring the experience back into baseball umpiring in Australia. 

    To read more,
    click here

     

    UMPIRE'S PRE-SEASON TRAINING [19 May]

    Click on Umpire Icon at left of screen to check out full details on Pre-season Training Schedule which commences on 26 July at Balcatta Baseball Club, Delawney St Balcatta
     

    drugfree national WOMEN's championship commence Saturday [17 Apr]
    The 2003 DrugFree National Women's Championship gets underway this Saturday at WInnacott Reserve, Willagee with six  teams competing for the title of Australian champion.  WA will open their campaign when they take on Vic Provincial at 1:30pm whilst Victoria, SA, NSW and NSW Country will battle it out in the other games on Day 1 ( 9:30am and 1:30pm start times).

    The official Opening Ceremony commences at 12:30pm.

    Further information including the full draw, results and ladders can be found by clicking on the above link.
    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - STAFF FOR STATE UNDERAGE TEAMS [17 Apr]
    Applications are now called from suitably qualified persons for the following positions:

    Under 14, Under 16, Under 18 teams:
    • Head Coach
    • Assistant Coach
    • Pitching Coach
    • Executive Officer

    Written applications should be addressed to The Operations Manager, Baseball WA, either PO Box 57, Claremont 6910, fax 9383 7737 or email admin@baseballwa.asn.au by Wednesday 7 May 2003.

    Applicants should note that it is intended to appoint Head Coaches in the first instance who will then be invited to have direct input to the selection of their support staff.

    The U/14 Championship has been allocated to the South Australian Baseball League for hosting during the period 4-11 Jan 2004.  The locations for the U/16 and U/18 tournaments are yet to be determined but will be conducted from 4-13 Jan 2004.

     

    DrugFree Winter Baseball School – Registrations open [14 Apr]
    All players aged 11 to 18 years are invited to register for the Drug Free Winter Baseball School to be conducted each Saturday from Jun 7 to Aug 16 [excluding a mid season day off on Jul 12]. Although all games are currently scheduled to be played at South Fremantle High School, a secondary northern venue will be rostered if necessary.

    Games will be played at 9:30am and 12 noon and are an ideal opportunity for players of all talent levels to learn from the best coaches and players in WA including WAIS and State team coaches, ex-professionals and college players.

    The 10 week DrugFree Winter Baseball School is an integral component of the DrugFree Baseball WA Development program.
     
    Registration is $95 (inc GST).  To download a registration form,
    CLICK HERE
    UNIVERSITY GAMES [10 Apr]
    The University Games are essentially the Olympics for university students. All the major Universities from around the country compete against each other in all sports from track and field to table tennis.  This year the Games will be held in Newcastle from  28 September to 3 October.

    In order for a player to be eligible to play baseball at the games, they must be a STUDENT AT UWA.  The current club they play for, or the level of baseball they play is not important, it is simply a number of people who want to get together to have some fun, play baseball and represent their University.  At the closure of the games, players will return back to their home clubs in time for the commencement of the season.

    The University Games is a unique forum for students to get together and have a memorable experience.

    Anyone enrolled at UWA and who is interested in playing in Newcastle, should  contact Justin Stillitano on 0403 301 509 or email him at JustinStillitano@ArgusBiomedical.com.

    NEED TO ADVERTISE FOR COACHES? [10 Apr]
    To assist clubs' efforts to secure coaching staff each season, we have instituted a new "Club Positions Vacant" section (see link above).

    If your club would to take advantage of this opportunity, just email the specific details to admin@baseballwa.asn.au.
    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - STATE U/14 & U/16 TEAMS [13 Mar]
    Nominations are now called for players intending to try out for the State Under 14 and Under 16 teams that will compete at the 2004 National Championships.

    Click here for the official nomination form.

    SKIPPER TRUCKS CUP GRAND FINAL [4 Mar] 
    The Grand Final of the 2002 / 03 Skipper Trucks Cup competition will be contested by the Rockingham Rams and UWA Whips at 3:00pm this coming Saturday, 8 March at the Curtin University South Oval. The Game Day Schedule will be:

    • 12 noon - Teeball Super Squad takes the field for a Little League action display;
    • 1:15pm - The best sluggers from each Skipper Trucks Cup team will battle it out in a home run derby;
    • 3:00pm - Grand Final: Rockingham Rams v UWA Whips.

     

    2003 DRUGFREE STATE PEEWEE CHAMPIONSHIPS [1 Mar] 
    BWA Director Nigel Mills opened the 2003 DrugFree State Peewee Championships this morning in front of nearly 400 players and coaches and an equal number of friends, relatives and interested spectators. 


    Returning to inaugural venue Foster Park, Cloverdale to mark the 20th anniversary of the first ever Championships, the event got underway in perfect Autumn weather.

    Special guest at the opening was founding organiser Alf Dyer who, along with current BWA Operations Manager Vince Baker, had the foresight and dedication to make the original event a reality way back in 1983/84.  Since then the tournament has gone from strength to strength and become a breeding ground for the stars of tomorrow with many participants going on to represent their state and country with a select few making it all the way to a pro contract in the U.S. 

    Continuing throughout the long weekend, the Grand Final of the Development Shield will hit off at 11:15am Monday, 3 March with the Grand Final of the Championship Cup commencing at 1:45pm.

    BWA would like to take this opportunity to thank those sponsors who made this wonderful event possible including:

    DrugFree, Healthway, Sports Medicine Australia, the  Department of Sport and Recreation, the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia, Fielders Choice, Bunnings Warehouse, JY Signs and Spartan Press.

     
    BWA also extends its sincere appreciation to host club Victoria Park Belmont and in particular President Keith Kennedy and his organising committee for all the behind the scenes work that typically goes unseen and unrewarded. Thanks for all your efforts.

     Good luck to all teams over the next three days!!!  To see for more photos, click
    here.
     
    GET YOUR TEAM PHOTOS UP ON THE NET! [14 Feb]
    Has your club taken formal team photos this year?  Those clubs that have are invited to forward them to BWA to be uploaded for all the world to see.  Ongoing, access will be via the "Photo Gallery - Team Shots" link in the "SEASON 2002/03" box located at the top of the right hand menu (check out the first team to be uploaded - the mighty Eastern Hills U/14'!!!) .

    Team shots may be emailed to bwa@baseballwa.asn.au but don't forget to include info re Club name and grade.  If you don't have an electronic version, BWA will be happy to create one for you by scanning the original. 
    TIGER ACADEMY - 2003 CUBS PROGRAM REGISTRATION [14 Feb]
    Registrations for the Tiger Academy's 2003 Cub program are now open.  This outstandingly successful live-in camp for 12 to 13 year olds will be held from  27 April to 3 May at the Darling Range Camp, Pickering Brook.  

    Click here for further information including official registration form.
     
    STATE SCHOOL BASEBALL TEAM REGISTRATION [14 Feb]
    Registration day:  Sat 22 Feb from 10-11:00am @ Crimea Park, Morley

    This year the tournament will be held in Canberra from 3-9 May.  Further details can be obtained from the School Sport WA website:  www.schoolsport.eddept.wa.edu.au.
    LOCAL UMP ACCEPTED TO U.S. PBUC [10 Feb]
    It is BWA’s pleasure to announce that local umpire Brett Robson has graduated with Honors from the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring in the United States. Brett has now been offered a place at the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation – and thus a chance of a career in professional baseball umpiring.

    Brett was one of 25 students out of a class of 137 afforded this honor and only the 3rd from Australia. He has been umpiring in Perth since he was 13 and has shown a dedication towards his umpiring above and beyond the call of duty by attending all available seminars (including last Sept when he spent some thirty-six hours each way on a bus to attend the ABF’s National School in Adelaide). Good luck, Brett!
    WORLD CHILDREN'S BASEBALL FAIR - CALL FOR CHAPERONE -  [3 Feb]
    Applications are invited for the position of chaperone for the Australian contingent to the World Children's Baseball Fair to be held 11-19 Aug in Japan. Full details are available from BWA Operations Manager Vince Baker  on 9383 7735.

    Please note, applications close Fri, 28 Feb.
     
     STATE FACILITY - CAN YOU ASSIST?  [14 Jan]
    As is often the way with such things, funding for the new State facility is very tight and every dollar we save in one area is a dollar we can put toward say, a synthetic in-field or other item that will make the stadium a whole lot better than we might otherwise be able to afford. As such we are desperately in need of sourcing people within the baseball community who can assist with any of the following services:

    PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANTS

    1.   Land surveyor;
       2.  Civil engineering consultant;
            - Sewer main extension
       3.  Hydraulics / plumbing consultant
            -  Fire services
            -  On-site drainage
       4.  Electrical consultant:
            -  Lighting
       5.  Structural engineer.

    Contractors

      1.  Lighting suppliers;
      2.  Sewerage contractor;
      3.  Civil works contractor;
      4.  Fencing contractors / material suppliers;
      5.  Electrical contractors (flood lighting);
      6.  Building suppliers / tradesmen.

    The immediate requirement over the coming weeks is:

    1.  A land surveyor and other professional consultants;
    2.  Earthworks contractors and associated equipment
    (especially a scraper and / or compactor).

    If you know anyone who works in any of the above fields, please contact BWA chief executive Damian O’Donnell on 9383 7735 urgently

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS [17 Jan]
    The WA Under 14 team narrowly missed out on bringing home the national title when they went down 11-8 in a
    cliffhanger against NSW in Alice Springs last night.

    Meanwhile, the Under 16's finished 5th and the Under 18’s 7th in their respective competitions.

    BWA extends its sincere appreciation to all players, parents and team managements for the enormous effort contributed over the last few months to get their teams prepared and ready for this standard of competition.

     

    WA YOUTH AWARDS [17 Jan]
    The Department of Sport and Recreation is calling for nominations for two categories of award targeting our sporting youngsters. Each carries prize money of $2,000. The categories are:

    Youth Active Achievement Award:
    - Acknowledges an individual who has demonstrated significant achievement in any field of sport, whose life-path has been altered through sport, or who has made a personal contribution to the community through any sporting activity,

    Youth Inspiration Award:
    - Acknowledges an individual who, by overcoming personal difficulties or achieving success in the face of adversity, is an inspiration to others.

    Nominees must be aged between 13 and 25 and entries close : 28 Feb 03. Forms can be obtained from natalila@dcd.wa.gov.au

     

    BREAKING NEWS - NATIONAL U/14 SERIES (Alice Springs) [15 Jan]
    1st Semi Final Result:  WA has today defeated Queensland 12 – 2 and will play off in the Grand Final at 4:3pm on Thurs 16 Jan (WA time). Their opponents will be the winner of the 2nd Semi now under way between NSW and Victoria.

    Congratulations to all players and coaching staff.
    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS UPDATE [14 Jan]
    Congratulations to the WA Under 14 team for finishing No 1 after their 2nd round game today. They move on to the Semi Finals tomorrow playing the team seeded 4th.

    Unfortunately the Under 16 and Under 18 teams are not having the same degree of success but are playing some very hard fought and close games nonetheless.

    For more information go to the links located on the right hand menu.
    WESTERN HEELERS - FINAL 20 MAN SQUAD [10 Jan]
    The team selected to represent WA at the upcoming Claxton Shield tournament in Sydney is:

    Clint Balgera; Clayton Barnes; Clinton Barnes; Chris Braine; Gavin Edmondson; Simon Eissons; Michael Hodge; Luke Hughes; Andy Kyle; Scott Mitchinson; Troy Moore; Duane Rochford; Stuart Scott; Brad Thomas; Brendon Thomas; Shane Tonkin; Stephen Tope; Adrian Versaico; Brett Walters; Dean White.

    Congratulations to all players who tried out.
     

    WEMBLEY BASEBALL CAMP 2003 [23 Dec]
    Wed 8 and Thur 9 Jan 2003. 9:00am - 4:00pm, Henderson Park, Wembley.  Cost only $80, including lunch, t-shirt and expert coaching.

    Contact Tony Bacci on 0403 189 999 or 9385 7738 to register or make any further enquiries.
    JAN THURLEY / TOMMY SMITH CUP RESULTS [20 Dec]

    JAN THURLEY (U/14's) - Round 2:
    Per 7 Mor 6; Gos 6 Kal 5; Mel 7 WS 0.

    VP v Wan to be played 29 Jan 2003.
    Semi Finals to be played at South Perth on Wed 5 Feb 2003 at 5:00pm.

    TOMMY SMITH (U/16'S) - Round 2:
    Car 13 Wem 4; Per 6 WS 0; Mel 10 SP 1; Wan 6 Mor 4.  Semi Finals to be played at South Perth on Wed 29 Jan 2003 at 5:00pm.
    DRUGFREE PITCH, HIT & RUN FINAL [20 Dec]
    More than 120 school children representing 18 schools throughout metro and regional WA competed in the DrugFree Pitch Hit & Run State Championships at Raffael Park on Tues Dec 3.

    Serpentine Primary were eventually declared Champion School and won the right to send two students on an all-expenses paid trip to the national 3 day event to be held in Sydney during January's Claxton Shield week.

    BWA offers their sincere thanks to Major League Baseball and Sizzler Restaurants for making this invaluable development program a reality.


    Some of the excited children before competition began.

    NATIONAL COACHING STAFF APPOINTMENTS [19 Dec]
    The ABF has ratified the following National Coaching Staff appointments for 2003/2004 Programs. Congratulations to Western Australians Don Kyle and Denise Griffiths on their appointment to the national AA and Women's  teams respectively.


    National Senior Program:
    Head Coach Jon Deeble
    Pitching Coach Phil Dale
    On Field Coordinator Tony Harris
    Executive Officer David Nagy
    Physiotherapist Bruce Rawson
    Sports Psychology Dr. Phil Jauncey
    Strength and Conditioning Tony Wilson (not included in AOC medical staff formula)

    NB: These appointees will/have been recommended to the AOC as 2004 Athens Olympic Team Staff, subject to qualification. A fourth coach is yet to be named to the senior staff.

    National Youth Team (2003 AA and 2004 AAA World Champs):
    Head Coach David Nilsson
    Pitching Coach Tim Ballard
    On Field Coordinator Damian Shanahan
    Assistant Coach Don Kyle
    Executive Officer Neil Barrowcliff
    Physiotherapist TBC

    National Youth BCO Championships team (Sydney – Jan 2003)
    Head Coach Peter Gahan
    Pitching Coach Bob Nilsson
    Assistant Coach Stuart Hanrahan
    Executive Officer Neil Barrowcliff
    Physiotherapist TBC

    National Women’s Team (Geelong Invitational - Dec 2004, World Series – Japan - 2003, World Champs – Edmonton 2004)

    Head Coach Warwick Marcakis
    Pitching Coach Shaun Smith
    On Field Coordinator Kane Longstaff
    Executive Officer Denise Griffiths

    National Women’s Development Team (Geelong Invitational – Dec 2003)
    Head Coach Mattie Sheldon-Collins
    Pitching Coach Grant Weir
    Assistant Coach Dom Ruggiero
    Executive Officer Jodie Lister

    MURRAY WESTPHAL APPOINTED TO ABF BOARD [18 Dec]
    For those who haven't been forwarded a copy of the ABF E-News by their club, BWA Director Murray Westphal's appointment to the ABF Board was ratified at the recent ABF Annual General Meeting.

    Whilst anyone taking on such a position naturally represents all states, it's nonetheless a wonderful opportunity for WA to have someone familiar with our issues and concerns to be given a voice at the highest level of the game. The ABF’s gain will be BWA’s loss.  Good luck Murray.

    Former BWA Director Peter Allpike has been co-opted onto the Board to assume Murray's High Performance portfolio until the next BWA AGM.  Peter brings a wealth of experience to the role and our elite programs will be in good hands.

    Given his significant experience in both baseball and senior facility management, John Radalj has also been co-opted onto the Board to assume the portfolios of  State Facility (development) and Game Control (Umpires and Tribunal).  John and Peter will co-chair a State Facility (operations) sub-committee to be established in the New Year which will be responsible for drafting the operation / management plan for the new facility.

    NB: If you haven't heard of the E-News, get your club to give its  approval to be included on the ABF's primary communication tool - the national club database.  The E-News is circulated monthly to clubs throughout Australia (and the vast majority in WA) and contains a national perspective on all the latest news and information affecting baseball.

    WESTERN HEELERS 30 MAN SQUAD [10 Dec]
    Clint Balgera; Clayton Barnes; Clinton Barnes; Chris Braine; Matthew Brendon (R); Dan Calverley (R); Gavin Edmondson; Simon Eissens; Ryan Hastie; Michael Hodge; Luke Hughes; Andrew Kyle; Lance Lawler (R); Neil Major (R); Scott Mitchinson; Troy Moore (R); Michael Moyle; Ben Needle; Lennard Ostaszewskyj (R); Duane Rochford; Dion Sappelli; Stuart Scott (R); Brad Thomas (R); Brendon Thomas; Shane Tonkin; Stephen Tope; Adrian Versaico; Brett Walters; Dean White R); Brendan Wise (R).

    * (R) Signifies rookie at senior rep level.

    DECEMBER PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
    Wed 11th @ South Perth  (Grayden Reserve)   5:00 pm
    Wed 18th @ South Perth  (Grayden Reserve)   5:00 pm
    Mon 23rd @ South Perth  (Grayden Reserve)   5:00 pm
     

    CAP NIGHT [9 Dec]
    Players selected to represent WA at January's National U/14, U/16 and U/18 Championships were tonight presented with their state caps at a highly successful, standing room only event at Tompkins on Swan (NB In the picture below, the empty row of chairs belongs to the U/14 team which at that time was being presented at the front of the room).

    Master of Ceremonies John Radalj presided over the evening and introduced the teams to gathered friends, family and general supporters of WA baseball.   The caps were presented by former Perth Heat, Western Heelers and Australian player Greg Jelks, Life Member and long-serving state team Exec Officer Thalia Monro and former Australian player and newly elected ABF Director Murray Westphal.

    Murray also provided an inspiring key note address in which he recounted his first tour in the seventies as a member of the State U/16 team which took 5 days to travel by train to Brisbane for an 8 day tournament and then another 5 days to travel back to Perth via Sydney and Melbourne.  In closing, he focused on the need for all  players to have the right attitude and use the upcoming series to see just how good they could be.  
    WESTERN HEELERS HOLD FIRST TRY-OUT  [30 Nov]
    44 State League  players have nominated for selection in the 2003 Western Heelers team that will
    contest the Claxton Shield at Sydney's Aquilina Stadium from 26 Jan - 1 Feb.  Players sweated out the first of two scheduled try-out sessions this morning at McGillvray Oval under the watchful gaze of head coach Kevin Hooker and assistants Don Kyle, Steve Kirkham and Jason Hewit.

    The squad will be whittled down to a 30-man list following the second session to be held at the same venue next Saturday (9:00-11:am for those interested in attending).  The final 20-man travelling party will be announced on 10 Jan.
    WESTERN HEELERS HEAD COACH ANNOUNCED  [25 Nov]
    Wanneroo State League Coach Kevin Hooker has been re-appointed head coach of the Western
    Heelers team that will contest the Claxton Shield at Aquilina Stadium, Blacktown from 26 Jan - 1 Feb 2003.

    Kevin has an outstanding record of coaching success and took the team to a national championship (2000) and runners-up (2002) in his
    two previous terms at the helm.  The process of assembling support staff has commenced and advice on who’ll fill those positions should be available in the next week or so. Details re try-outs will be posted as soon as confirmed.
    STATE UNDER 18 SQUAD [11 Nov]
    Kent Dixon (Wan), Ryan Driscoll (SP), Dylan Eiffler (Wan), Mitch Graham (Wan), Adam Hammond (MB), Ryan Hastie (Wan), Raef Hobbs-Brown (MB), Aaron Home (Wan), Nick Irwin (Wan), Tim Kennelly (MB), Matt Morrison (Wem), Matt Nixon (WS), Dylan Peacock (SD), Matt Thame (WS), Darren Thorne (Wan), Sam Winfield (MB), Brendon Wise (MB), Hugh Yelland (Go)
    Reserves: Steven Wrigglesworth (Per), Corey Fitzpatrick (Gos).
    Head Coach: Greg Jelks
    STATE UNDER 16 SQUAD [11 Nov]
    Rory Ainslie (Wan), Bradley Bedford (Gos), Clinton Bedford (Gos), Aaron Bonomi (Mor), Julian Cosentino (Per), Adam Courcha (Gos), Daniel Cragg (Gos), Allan De san Miguel (Gos), Matt Don (Wan), Ben Floyd (Wan), Matt Hoffman (SP), Sam Jew (Mor), Shane Mackenzie (Wan), Damien Paterniti (VP), Kirk Peacock (SD), Daniel Schmidt (MB), Matthew Sibley (Per), Brett Thomas (Wan),
    Head Coach: Mark Pettit
    STATE UNDER 14 SQUAD [18 Oct]
    Congratulations to the following players who have been selected by Rod Drew (Head Coach) and staff for the Under 14 team to participate in the National Championships at Alice Springs in January 2003.
    Nicholas Balgera, Ricky Belcher, Damian Bingham, Nathan Bishop, Jeremy Blab, Dean Brendon, Chelsea Forkin, Reece Foster, Liam Hendriks, Jason Holloway, Scott Horsburgh, Chris House, Matthew Kennelly, Robert Miller, Stephen Murray, Rhys Palmer, Jason Smit, Andrew Walsh, Reserves: Kale Innes, Cameron Lamb, Michael Scarterfield.

    2002 BOARD ELECTIONS [26 Sep]
    Congratulations to Rod Byrne (returned), John Claxton (returned) and Jo Hobbs-Brown who were elected BWA directors at last night's Annual General Meeting.

    Peter Allpike steps down after giving three years of outstanding service to WA baseball, particularly in the crucial portfolio areas of Competitions and State Teams. 

    LEVEL 1 COACHING ACCRED COURSE [20 Aug]  

    PRACTICAL SESSIONS

    Sun 8th Sept 2002
    Sun 15th Sept 2002
    Raphael Park, Vic Park.
    10am - 1pm


    THEORY SESSION

    Tues 10th Sept 2002
    Sports Lottery House Claremont
    7p – 9.30pm

    COST:
    $79 per person (inc. GST)

    ACCREDITATION REQUIRES COMPLETION OF ALL 3 SESSIONS
    Please call or email BWA DrugFree Development Officer Kevin Hooker on 9361 6117(w) or 9362 5414(h) or  kevin@fielders.net to request a Registration form.
     
    STATE TEAM STAFF VACANCIES [20 Aug] 
    BWA is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons to undertake the following State Team roles:

    U/14 Team:     Exec officer

    U/18 Team:     Head coach
                           Asst coach
                           Pitching coach
                           Exec officer

    Women:          Head coach
                           Asst coaches
                           Exec Officer

    The U/14 and U/18 Champs will run from 4-16 Jan 2003 at Alice Springs and Canberra respectively.    Those interested should apply in writing to BWA Operations Manager, PO Box 57, Claremont 6910 or via fax to 9383 7737 or email to admin@baseballwa.asn.au by 6 Sep 2002.

    As the Women's team will not be competing in Perth until April 2003 the closing date for these applications is 27 September 2002.

    U/18 STATE TEAM REGO DETAILS [20 Aug]
    All players (DOB no later than 1985) are invited to register their interest in participating in selection trials for 2003 U/18 State Team.

    When: In person or by mail no later than 20 Sept 2002
    Where: Suite 5, Sports House, Stephenson Ave, Claremont or BWA, PO Box 57 Claremont 6910
    Cost: $5 per registration
    Trials: 9am to 12noon: McGillivray Oval 5 and 12 Oct 2002

    Further training schedules to be advised

    Registration forms available from your Club or BWA office

    OFFICIATING TRAINING [6 Aug]
    WABUA is looking for additional people to umpire games this season.  Why not attend their training sessions at Balcatta for a few hours over the next few weekends to gain sufficient knowledge to make a contribution  in this area of our sport?

    Contact: Colin Johnston 9333 6328

    DOES YOUR CLUB NEED TO SPREAD THE WORD? [9 Jul 02]
    Is your club looking to recruit new coaches or circulate news or information to the wider WA baseball community? If so, then why not try BWA's "NEWS - LATEST" homepage? Not only is it free, but everyone on our email listing will receive regular updates of new messages that have bee[Hit Counter]n uploaded and that are only a click of a mouse away. To have your notice displayed, simply send the relevant details to: BWA operations manager Vince Baker at:

    E-mail: admin@baseballwa.asn.au; or
    Post: PO Box 57, Claremont WA 6910; or
    Fax: (08) 9383 7737.

    SOUTH PERTH SEEKING COACHES [9 Jul 02]
    The South Perth Baseball Club is seeking coaches for all grades except State League. They are especially looking for a qualified coach to look after their U/18's. Remuneration is negotiable. Written applications should be marked to the attention of:

    The Secretary,
    South Perth Baseball Club,
    PO Box 801, South Perth 6951
    or email to:
    at annekyle@bigpond.com

    UWA SEEKING AA and C-grade COACHES [2 Jul 02]
    UWA Baseball Club is seeking the services of AA and C-grade coaches for the upcoming 2002/03 season. Suitably qualified persons are asked to submit an expression of interest and resume to:-

    The Club President,
    UWA Baseball Club,
    22 Vaucluse Street,
    Claremont WA 6010
    or email: areid@ccsmgt.com

    Remuneration and general requirements for each position will be discussed at the interview stage. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Enquiries may be directed to Al Reid on phone 0403 496 545.

    U/14 and U/16 STATE TEAMS - 2003 REGO [8 May 02]
    All players (DOB 1987 - 1990) are invited to register their interest in participating in selection trials for 2003 State Teams as follows:

    By when:  No later than 7 June 2002.
    How:  In person: Suite 5, Sports House, Stephenson Ave, Claremont
    By mail: BWA, PO Box 57 Claremont WA 6910
    Cost: $5 per registration

    Trials and training schedules will be advised by return mail. This year the U/14 Champs will be held in Alice Springs whilst the U/16 Champs will be held in NSW. Register your interest now!!  

    HEELERS INTO GRAND FINAL! [8 Feb 02]
    The Western Heelers have progressed to tomorrow's Claxton Shield Grand Final with an 8-1 demolition of Queensland. Their opposition will be the winner of the second semi-final currently underway between the undefeated Victoria and South Australia. Young WAIS scholarship holder Luke Hughes was voted team MVP with 2 clutch hits, 3 RBI's and turned 3 double plays defensively.

    Click on the link at the top of the page for a full report on the game as soon as it's complied by Heelers' Asst Coach Don Kyle. The Grand Final starts at 4:05pm WA time and all effort will be made to have progress scores uploaded on this page as and when they are received. GO YOU HEELERS!!!!!!!!

    HEELERS IN 8-ALL DRAW [7 Feb 02]
    Word has just come through that the Western Heelers' young pups have dragged themselves from a 1-4 6th innings deficit to snatch a dramatic 8-all draw in their Claxton Shield game against Queensland at Altona Park in Melbourne. The game was called on account of rain.

    According to reports, young Dion Sappelli was the hero of the day when he took the mound with the bases loaded in the 7th innings and pitched a series of strikes in driving rain.

    Click on the above link for a full report on the game as soon as it's complied by Heelers' Asst Coach Don Kyle.
    PROGRESS SCORE: HEELERS BEHIND IN GAME FIVE [7 Feb 02]
    At the top of the 6th innings, the Western Heelers are trailing Queensland 1-4. Having already qualified for tomorrow's semi-finals, Head Coach Kevin Hooker has brought the younger, less experienced squad members into this game. By all reports Ryan Hastie, Rhys Wheldon, Scott Mitchison and Clinton Barnes are performing very well.

    Full report at game's end.
    HEELERS TAKE OUT NSW [6 Feb 02]
    The Western Heelers this afternoon stretched their winning sequence to 3 games with a nail-biting 1-0 victory over NSW. The win comes hot on the heels of yesterday's 10-4 demolition of the previously undefeated SA. Scott Horrigan drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th on a fielders choice ground ball to the short stop and beat out the double play attempt at first base. Shane Tonkin pitched a shut-out from the mound and it's understood the win now guarantees the Heelers of a berth in the semi finals.

    Tomorrow, Rhys Wheldon and Scott Mitchison are scheduled to pitch against QLD in what will be their first outing at this level and an invaluable learning experience.

    Click on the above link for a full report on the game as soon as it's complied by Heelers' Asst Coach Don Kyle.
    FINAL WESTERN HEELERS TRAINING SESSION [24 Jan 02]
    The Western Heelers' final training session before embarking for Melbourne and their Claxton Shield defence will be held at Collins Reserve, Como on Wed 30 Jan 2002 commencing at 5.30pm.

    Murray Westphal, the BWA director with responsibility for the High Performance portfolio will present the touring party with their official caps at approx 7.30pm.

    All supporters of Western Australian baseball are cordially invited to attend the session and wish the team well before they depart. Players will be available for autograph signing, the South Perth club will be running a sausage sizzle and drinks will be available in the club house. Sounds like a great outing for the entire family - bring your's along!
    MELVILLE & SOUTH PERTH TO PLAY U.S. SAILORS [23 Jan 02] South Perth and Melville Braves will join forces next week to stage a twilight Friendship game against visiting U.S. sailors. The game will hit-off at 5:00pm at Winnacott Reserve, Willagee on Thurs 31 Jan. As the strength of the Americans cannot be determined with any great certainty (but is estimated to approximate that of College baseball level), the home team will comprise players from both clubs' 18/1's, AAA and State League. Anyone looking for a mid-week baseball fix is more than welcome to attend. There will a sausage sizzle post game and the bar will be open for refreshments.

    WESTERN HEELERS TEAM ANNOUNCED [21 Jan 02]
    Western Heelers head coach Kevin Hooker has today announced the final 20 man team that will defend it's national Claxton Shield title in Melbourne from 2-9 February. The team is:
    Catcher: Ben Risinger (Wem)
    1st Base: Lachlan Dale (WS)
    2nd Base: Luke Hughes (Mor)
    3rd Base: Stephen Tope (P)
    SS: Leigh Moyle (P)
    RF: Daniel Floyd (W)
    CF: Gavin Edmondson (WS)
    LF: Jason Hewitt (SP)
    DH: Clint Balgera (P)
    Utilities: Scott Horrigan (Wan); Clinton Barnes (SP); Dion Sappelli (WS); Ryan Hastie (Wan)
    Pitchers: Shane Tonkin (P); Duane Rochford (Gos); Chad Needle (WS); Simon Eissons (Mor); Brendan Thomas (Mor); Michael Hodge (SP); Brett Walters (SP)
    Coaching Staff:
    Manager: Kevin Hooker
    Asst coaches: Don Kyle; Steve Kirkham; Greg Jelks

    WA will be well represented in this year's competition with the 2002 Heelers being a good mix of experience and young talent. With only a 5 game schedule and finals to contend with, astute judges believe we have both the pitching and batting strength to make an impact. Nonetheless, the competition will be tight and dropping even a single game will hurt. The team's last training session is scheduled for the evening of Wed 30 Jan at South Perth. BWA would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank president Steve Cocliff and the South Perth Club for their generosity in allowing the team to use their facilities in preparing for the championship.

    The Heelers' first game hits off at Altone Park at 7:00pm on Sun 3 Feb.

    FRIENDS OF WA BASEBALL [11 Jan 02]
    Baseball WA is keen to establish an informal group of baseball-loving volunteers to become an integral part of the operation of the new state headquarters at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie.

    It is hoped that such a group could assist in a range of critical areas including front office support, canteen and turnstile operation. Very high on our wish list is to find some people blessed with green thumbs who could donate some time each week to help maintain the grounds (which could turn out to be a fun gig as we’re naturally going to have to procure a ride-on lawn mower – anyone in the turf equipment game?).

    As a non-profit community-oriented organisation, it’s critical that we investigate every opportunity to keep maintenance and operating costs of the new facility to an absolute minimum as this will allow us to keep player fees down and target what limited resources we do have at grass roots development.

    If anyone out there is interested in becoming involved in, or assisting BWA to form a "Friends of WA Baseball" group please contact BWA chief executive Damian O’Donnell on 9383 7735.

    A NEW HOME FOR WA BASEBALL! [4 Jan 02]
    WA baseball’s six long years in the wilderness finally ended on Friday 14 December when Sport and Recreation Minister Alan Carpenter officially announced a state government commitment of $1.5m towards the development of a new playing and administrative headquarters for the game at Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie.

    Coupled with the estimated $2.5m value of the proposed 17.5h lease area and capital improvements already undertaken by the City of Gosnells in the form of earthworks, reticulation, seeding, change rooms and maintenance building, this gives us a $4m launching pad from which to build a viable future for the current generation of baseballers and all those who follow.

    Although engagement of architects was not a viable option until after the government’s support for any development was formally confirmed, preliminary planning configurations indicate that the total cost of capital works including floodlighting, diamond setup, perimeter walling, ticket boxes, seating, canteen, change room facilities and a suitable administrative / hospitality structure is likely to cost in the vicinity of $2.6m. In other words, baseball will need to raise approx $1.1m in cash, goods and services or contra if we are to build a facility capable of attracting the all-important corporate and wider-community support back to our game.

    Before anyone has a heart attack (and to discount any rumours that may or may not have already sprouted), rest assured there is at this stage no intention to levy clubs or players to contribute towards the capital cost of developing the facility. All efforts will be directed towards raising the funds from corporate and private sources. The success or otherwise of that marketing drive will be the primary determinant of whether we go straight off the bat for a facility "with all the fruit" or go with a more patient, staged approach. Either way, it is BWA’s intention to be able to fixture night games on the primary diamond as from the start of next season.

    If we’re to make that deadline however, it’s going to require a team effort and the committed support of everyone associated with baseball. If you, or anyone in your family or club has any contacts with people or companies that can provide goods, equipment or services at a reduced rate (or better still, donated) please get them to contact BWA chief executive Damian O’Donnell at BWA on 9383 7735 as soon as possible. Alternatively, please forward any details or leads via e-mail to ceo@baseballwa.asn.au or fax on 9383 7737 to allow a formal approach to be made.

    Over the Xmas / New Year period a submission to the Australian Sports Foundation seeking tax deductibility status for all donations was drafted and work is well-advanced on designing a marketing package that will be credible in the market place.

    Baseball WA would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge three "behind the scenes" people in particular who’s input to this stage has been much appreciated. Firstly, to Kim Harris who has donated his architectural drafting skills to produce various draft configurations and concept plans dating back to the original consideration of Millington Reserve as a possible development site. Secondly, to former Gosnells Baseball Club president Adam Ottoway who’s good humour and spirit of cooperation has been a major factor in our success to date. Thanks also go to Kevin Parry for his invaluable support.