W. A. Baseball Umpires Association (Inc.)

Australian University Games - Perth 2004


 Some pictures of the 2004 University Games Baseball at McGilvray Reserve

Approximately 4500 university students from all around Australia descended on Perth for the 2004 University Games. Baseball was one of 22 sports included in the program of events for the games. 14 teams from around Australia first Qualified and then arrived to play off for Gold. Western Australia was represented by Edith Cowan University, the University of Western Australia and Notre Dame University received a wild card.

The games were umpired by our Association members David Gripper, Travis Hatch, Doug Oliphant, Vince Lominaco, Peter Bowie, Chris Rapley, Jon Byrne, Michael Cox, Barry Dickinson, Ron Mills, Alex Ironside and Colin Best.
 


David Gripper with a called strike three mechanic - getting into the swing of things. (click here or on the photo to see a larger version - 110kB)

Travis Hatch behind the plate with the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. (click here or on the photo to see a larger version - 100kB  Doug Oliphant calling a strike on a batter from Melbourne Uni with Matthew Morrison from Notre Dame (and Wembley) behind the plate. (click here or on the photo to see a larger version - 91kB
Travis with a called strike mechanic. On Diamond 2 at McGilivray Reserve. (click here or on the photo to see a larger version - 96kB) Doug set and prepared for the pitch.   (click here or on the photo to see a larger version - 98kB)
David Gripper tracking the pitch on Diamond 1 in a game between Monash Uni (green) and Q Tech (blue).  (click here or on the photo to see a larger version - 97kB) Ron Mills running the base for David Gripper.  (click here or on the photo to see a larger version - 51kB)
David with an emphatic 'punch out' mechanic on a tag play at the plate.   (click here or on the photo to see a larger version - 73kB) Ron relaxing in between pitches in the Monash v Q Tech game. Chris Rapley in the background on Diamond 2. click here or on the photo to see a larger version - 56kB)
Chris Rapley calls an out at first in a game between Notre Dame and Melbourne Univeristy.  (click here or on the photo to see a larger version - 67kB) David Gripper signals a routine out at 1st base. (click here or on the photo to see a larger version - 59kB)
Photos - Travis Hatch      

Congratulations to ECU for winning the Gold medal with a victory over Monash University. UWA finished 4th behind Woolongong University who won Bronze.
The other teams interstate teams were University of Sydney, University of Ballarat, University of Western Sydney, RMIT University, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, Queensland Tech, Melbourne University and Monansh University.

Another note was the winning pitcher in the Gold medal Game was our own Jon Byrne for ECU. He threw 7 innings for 3 earned runs.
                                                                                                              


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