Players representing their state

UMBC congratulates their players who have been selected to represent their state at the upcoming Australian Women’s National Baseball Championships.
The tournament will be held over the Easter break.

Victoria Blue
Ursula Howard
Vic Brown
Bronwyn Gell

Victoria White
Mel Gregory (Assistant Coach, former UMBC women’s coach)
Jess Johnson and Ellen Goodrope were appointed captains of the team

Players in finals
There are a number of current UMBC members who are representing their summer clubs in the finals:
Steve Lehmann (Assistant Coach of UMBC) – Essendon
Richard King (Due to make his return to playing at UMBC again this year) – Essendon Coach
Casey Jones and Paul Jones – Essendon

In other news;
Robbie Higginson will be missed from the club this winter as his work has taken him to Perth.
Nicole Smith is getting married in April, congrats Nic!


Congratulations are in order for last night’s award winners for the 2012 season. They were:

MVP – First IX (E. T. Austen Award) – Jake Breen

MVP – Second IX – Piers Gillett

MVP – Third IX – Deepak Kumar

MVP – Fourth IX – Xavier Saunder

MVP – Fifth IX – Davy Wang

MVP – Women’s – Ursula Howard and Vibeke Pedersen

Coach’s Award (Roy Gross Memorial Award) – Ryan Sauer

Best Rookie (President’s Award) – Karl Whatham

Best Clubperson (Jim Sawyer Memorial Award) – Judy Nash


And a big Thank You to everyone who contributed to the planning and running of the night!


Presentation Night 2012

Presentation Night has been announced for Saturday the 15th of September from 6:30pm!

This year we return to the University of Melbourne Boat House, and its set to be a big one! There is a rumour that the pricing may include all you can eat AND drink.

Make sure to keep the date free and look out for emails regarding details, or see the facebook group.



Last Home Game Dinner

Hi All,

This weekend is the last home game at Ross Straw Field for the Firsts to the Fours.

To mark the occasion, there will be a BBQ after the game, and should be $5 per head and will include a drink (Carlton or Soft Drink).

So come down and get a cheap feed, and enjoy watching the end of the late game and the company.

The BBQ will start from around 4pm.


Hope to see you there,


Trivia Night 2012!

Hi All,

Don’t forget, the Trivia Night is on Saturday July 21st! Also known as Tomorrow!
As usual, it is at The Clyde (385 Cardigan St, Carlton).

Bring friends, family, and/or any trivia lovers you know.

This is one of the biggest social nights of the year for the club, so don’t miss out on the fun!

Meals from 6:30, Trivia starts at 7:30. Entry is $10, and there are lots of random prizes to be won.

Hope to see you there,



Heritage Game – 1st July 2012

Hey Guys,

Don’t forget the annual Heritage Game between the UMBC and Westgarth Veterans kicks off at 12:30pm on Sunday the 1st of July. The Firsts will also play their game on the Sunday instead of Saturday this weekend. All other games at normal scheduled times.

There is a Heritage Game dinner the night before, at The Clyde Hotel, corner of Elgin and Cardigan Street in Carlton from 6:30 pm.

Hope you can all make it!




Vale Dave Schlenker

UMBC recently heard about the passing of Dave Schlenker, one of the club’s most well respected coaches and members. Dave will be farewelled on on Thursday 7th June at Abbey Funerals (238 Settlement Road, Thomastown). Viewing from 2pm with the main service and blessing at 3pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits served following the main service. UMBC sends our condolences for Dave, a man widely loved and respected among the baseball fraternity.

Play of the Week – Round 6

This weeks Play of the Week goes to Nick Bertelli and Jason McDonald in the Firsts. Nick Bertelli caught a fly ball in Centre Field and made a great throw back to first where Jason made the tag to turn it into a double play!
I would have liked to see that!

Congratulations to Nick and Jason. This must have been a stand out play in what I’ve heard was a below average day for the Firsts, losing 18-2.

The final results of the vote was:

  1. Nick and Jasons 8-2 double play in the 1’s (4 votes)
  2. Mick Fullers infield single in the 2’s that lead to 2 runners scoring (Zach Breen and Matt Donoghue) (2 votes)
  3. A double play in the 4’s where Bailsey held on to the ball long enough to make the second out very close (1 vote)
  4. A runner steals home on a PB in the 3’s and Ned does a flip while making the tag (and got cleated!) (0 votes)
Congratulations to all the nominees, keep up the good work!

The vote was taken on the Facebook group, so if you are interested in being involved, contact James Dann, Sid Paleri or Alan Yang so you can be added to the group.

Player of the Week – Round 6

This weeks Player of the Week goes to Christian De Petro, for contributing both with the bat and in the field in the 4’s victory against Ringwood. He had 3 hits with 2 RBI’s, as well as scoring twice himself, and initiated a double play.

So congratulations to Christian!

The final results for the nominations were:

  1. Christian (5 votes)
  2. Tom Andronas for his batting in the 3’s (0 votes)

The vote was taken on the Facebook group, so if you are interested in being involved, contact James Dann, Sid Paleri or Alan Yang so you can be added to the group.

Player of the Week – Round 5

This rounds Player of the Week goes to Noah Bender Bennet for his pitching effort in the 4’s.

He came on while the 4’s were 7 runs down, and shutdown the oppositions offensive completely, as they didn’t score for the remainder of the game!

The 4th’s came back to win 10-7, so it was a great effort by the whole team.

The final nominations and results were:

  1. Noah (5 votes)
  2. Gary Mills, for not giving up an earned run while in relief in the 1’s (2 votes)

The vote was taken on the Facebook group, so if you are interested in being involved, contact James Dann, Sid Paleri or Alan Yang so you can be added to the group.