8th Annual Heritage Game recap

A summary of the successful 8th iteration of the Heritage Game is succinctly put by Richard King:

A quick match report to round off the 2015 edition of the UMBC v Westgarth Heritage Game.

First the important stuff:

  • It didn’t rain or snow and it wasn’t even that cold!
  • Westgarth were consummate hosts and I’ve sent a separate email thanking them for their hospitality
  • Nobody died (that I know of)
Heritage Game 2015
Back Row: Joe Keiper, Gary Mills, Geoff Freeman (HIDDEN), Richard Everingham, Michael Gregory, Richard King, Ron Steiner Front: Katrina Balzat, Glenn Matthews, Kirby Siemering, Garry Bitmead, Doug Reynolds, Rod McLellan

The less important stuff:

  • Lurch pitched and Bitty caught – by my estimate that makes the battery a combined 125 years old or so!
  • The young rookie (Joe Keiper – 43 years old) hit a bomb over the second set of classrooms and helped turn a double play that had the oldies scratching their heads wondering when they’d seen a better one!
  • Glenn Matthews took two catches and had two safe hits – both unheard of when he was a full time ball player!
  • Doug Reynolds again made the trek from Queensland to play – outstanding effort Doug
  • We have a team photo that transposes Geoffrey’s hair on to Kirby’s head
  • UMBC won

Sincere thanks to everyone who played or attended – it was a great day.

True to form, Ron Steiner has asked for the last word..and here it is…

Dear Kingy,

 Thank you so much for making sure that many of us have reduced egos and sore limbs. It was another fantastic day; it was a joy to catch up with so many familiar faces, on both sides, and to enjoy a good win. 

I’m embarrassed at how much I look forward to the legends game and I just wanted to say thanks, Kingy, for all the efforts that you make to ensure that we all remain connected.

 Looking forward to getting into my usual rigorous training regime in preparation for next year.

 Love to everybody.


2015 Heritage Game

Photo supplied by T. Andronas.
Heritage Game 2014. Photo supplied by T. Andronas.

A message from Richard King (Chief Heritage Co-ordinator and UMBC hero) to those old enough to play in the Heritage Game:

I’m pleased to let you know that the 8th Annual Heritage Game – UMBC v Westgarth – will be held at Westgarth’s ground at around noon (time TBC) on Sunday 28 June. With UMBC and Westgarth now in the same Division (B Grade) the Heritage Game will be followed by a ‘proper’ game between the two clubs.

The attached flyer contains much of the information you will require, but please feel free to contact me with any questions. In particular, please let me know if you would like to play – already a couple of our stalwarts have flagged that they will be overseas and therefore unavailable. Also, if you are playing please make sure that you dig out your cap and t-shirt from last year – we don’t have many/any spares!

Heritage Game 2015 – Invitation

First Winter Training Session

Hi All,

I hope your summer season or holidays went well.
The first training session has been announced as 5pm Wednesday 5th March at the cricket nets next to the football oval on campus. If this is your first time just bring along runners, a water bottle, and a glove (if you have one).

Hitting session times will be announced soon

See you there, Jimmy

2013 Award Winners

Congratulations are in order for 2013 award winners listed below and to all teams for very successful seasons.

MVP – First IX
E. T. Austen Award
Steven Lehmann

MVP – Second IX
Ryan Sauer

MVP – Third IX
Peter Martinich

MVP – Fourth IX
Davy Wang

MVP – Fifth IX
Masatake Hirono

MVP – Women’s
Ursula Howard
Jess Johnson

Coach’s Award
Roy Gross Memorial Award
Nadine Leonie Harber

Best Rookie
President’s Award
Alan Mai

Stop the East West Tunnel and Save Ross Straw Field Rally

Join the community in rallying against the East West tunnel on August 10.

If the East West tunnel proceeds, we will lose Manningham Reserve and Ross Straw field. The park is home to two baseball fields, a soccer field, and two cricket pitches.

Numerous homes will be demolished along Manningham street and the remaining buildings will be surrounded by on ramps. The wetlands will also be destroyed leaving native flora and fauna in the area at risk.

10:30AM – 11:30AM Rally: Various people from the community to speak.

11:30AM onwards – Free BBQ. Additional food & drinks inside pavilion.

12:15PM onwards – Watch four of our Melbourne University baseball teams play.

RSVP on Facebook


Map Reference - Melway 43 C1


Questions, Comments, Want to speak at the rally?
Email talk@noroadtunnel.com or call Neil @ 0407 539 947