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WAVERLEY BASEBALL CLUB – Where EVERYONE comes to play – SENIORS

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SUMMER DETAILS

https://www.waverleybaseball.com.au/come-and-play-at-waverley/

COME AND PLAY AT WAVERLEY BASEBALL CLUB

Come and be a part of one of the most successful baseball clubs in Australia

SENIOR DETAILS

At Waverley we have a culture of success, but not at the expense of enjoying ourselves also. After-game events and meals after some training sessions allow players and supporters to bond together and feel part of a club, not just an individual.

We provide opportunities for players to compete at their own level. Details of our Summer and Winter programmes are detailed below.

Our Summer and Winter coaches (Adam Bright and Luke Hughes respectively) have both played baseball for Australia and professionally in the US. They bring with them a wealth of experience.

Our grounds are well maintained and we have batting tunnel and weight room facilities to help you build your strength and skills.

SUMMER DETAILS

Waverley fields seven senior teams in the Victorian Summer Baseball League. We have four teams in Division 1 and field an additional three teams in Division 4 East. We also have a Masters team which plays on Monday evenings.

We field these teams in the Baseball Victoria inter-club junior competitions:

U/18 State teamU/16 State team Eastern Athletics Charter – Intermediate League Eastern Athletics Charter – Junior League Eastern Athletics Charter – Little League Majors Eastern Athletics Charter – Little League Minors (A) Eastern Athletics Charter – Little League Minors (B) – three teams

We also run internal games for t-ballers and rookie ball for our less-experienced players..

WHEN ARE GAMES PLAYED?

The Baseball Victoria Summer Season starts in October and continues until March, with a four week Christmas Holiday break in the season.

Tee-ball (U8) play Saturday mornings. 9am to 10:30am.

Rookie Ball (U10), Little League Minors (U12) play Friday night 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Little League (U12), Junior League (U14), U16 & U18 State & Metro Representative teams play Sunday mornings. 8am to 11am.

Mens Seniors play Sunday afternoons, the Firsts also play some midweek games.

Womens Seniors play Saturday afternoons.

Masters is played on Monday night.

WHERE IS HOME: Napier Park, 998 High Street Rd, Glen Waverley

WINTER DETAILS

WINTER DETAILS

Waverley fields 3 senior and 4 junior teams in the Melbourne Winter Baseball League. Our winter coach is Luke Hughes, a former Major League player with the Minnesota Twins and Oakland A’s.

The senior teams play in A, A Reserve and EE grades.

In juniors we field 2 x U15, 1 x U13 and 1 x Rookie Ball teams.

WHEN ARE GAMES PLAYED?

The Melbourne Winter Baseball League, http://www.mwbl.com.au/ starts in April and continues until September.

U13 Minors, U13 Majors, U15 Minors, U15 Majors and U17 teams play Saturday mornings. 8am to 11am

Seniors play Saturday afternoon.

To participate in our baseball programs you will need to be registered. (Refer FEES & REGISTRATION below)

FEES, REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE

FEES, REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE

Insurance is compulsory and must be paid directly to Baseball Victoria.

Details of the insurance cover provided via the Baseball Victoria registration fees are specified on the Baseball Victoria website.

It should be noted that: Waverley Baseball Club Inc. does not provide any insurance of any nature for members and/or players at any time. It is recommended that players and members establish their own insurance covers for personal accident, non-Medical, salary benefits and loss of earnings etc.

A link to the Baseball Victoria payment portal for insurance is available from our Fees page.

DIV 1 - SUMMER

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DIV 4 EAST - SUMMER

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WINTER TEAM

Team 1 List:

WINTER UPCOMING GAMES - A GRADE

Round 1 - 17-Apr-2021 02:40PM Knox v Waverley @ Knox Diam 1

Round 2 - 24-Apr-2021 02:40PM Waverley v North Balwyn @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 3 - 01-May-2021 02:40PM Forest Hill v Waverley @ For Hill Diam 1

Round 4 - 08-May-2021 02:40PM Waverley v GMBC @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 5 - 15-May-2021 02:40PM Melbourne Uni v Waverley @ Melb. Uni. Diam 1

Round 6 - 22-May-2021 02:40PM Waverley v Greensborough @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 7 - 29-May-2021 02:40PM Heathmont v Waverley @ Heathmont Diam 1

Round 8 - 05-Jun-2021 02:40PM Waverley v Ringwood @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 9 - 19-Jun-2021 02:40PM Watsonia v Waverley @ Watsonia

Round 10 - 26-Jun-2021 02:40PM Waverley v Knox @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 11 - 03-Jul-2021 02:40PM North Balwyn v Waverley @ Nth Balwyn Diam 1

Round 12 - 10-Jul-2021 02:40PM Waverley v Forest Hill @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 13 - 17-Jul-2021 02:40PM GMBC v Waverley @ GMBC Diam

Round 14 - 24-Jul-2021 02:40PM Waverley v Melbourne Uni @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 15 - 31-Jul-2021 02:40PM Greensborough v Waverley @ Greens

Round 16 - 07-Aug-2021 02:40PM Waverley v Heathmont @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 17 - 14-Aug-2021 02:40PM Ringwood v Waverley @ Ringwood Diam 1

Round 18 - 22-Aug-2021 01:30PM Waverley v Watsonia @ Waverley Diam 1

WINTER UPCOMING GAMES - A RESERVES

Round 1 - 17-Apr-2021 12:15PM Knox v Waverley @ Knox Diam 1

Round 2 - 24-Apr-2021 12:15PM Waverley v North Balwyn @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 3 - 01-May-2021 12:15PM Forest Hill v Waverley @ For Hill Diam 1

Round 4 - 08-May-2021 12:15PM Waverley v Greenhills Montmorency @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 5 - 15-May-2021 12:15PM Melbourne University v Waverley @ Melb. Uni Diam 1

Round 6 - 22-May-2021 12:15PM Waverley v Greensborough @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 7 - 29-May-2021 12:15PM Heathmont v Waverley @ Heathmont Diam 1

Round 8 - 05-Jun-2021 12:15PM Waverley v Ringwood @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 9 - 19-Jun-2021 12:15PM Watsonia v Waverley @ Watsonia

Round 10 - 26-Jun-2021 12:15PM Waverley v Knox @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 11 - 03-Jul-2021 12:15PM North Balwyn v Waverley @ Nth Balwyn Diam 1

Round 12 - 10-Jul-2021 12:15PM Waverley v Forest Hill @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 13 - 17-Jul-2021 12:15PM Greenhills Montmorency v Waverley @ GMBC Diam

Round 14 - 24-Jul-2021 12:15PM Waverley v Melbourne University @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 15 - 31-Jul-2021 12:15PM Greensborough v Waverley @ Greens

Round 16 - 07-Aug-2021 12:15PM Waverley v Heathmont @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 17 - 14-Aug-2021 12:15PM Ringwood v Waverley @ Ringwood Diam 1

WINTER UPCOMING GAMES - EE GRADE

Round 1 - 17-Apr-2021 12:15PM South East Warriors v Waverley @ Warriors Ground (1 Sections)

Round 2 - 24-Apr-2021 01:00PM Waverley v Monash UniversityBlue @ Waverley Diam 2

Round 3 - 01-May-2021 12:15PM Ringwood Angels v Waverley @ Ringwood Diam 2

Round 4 - 08-May-2021 01:00PM Waverley v Diamond Creek @ Waverley Diam 2

Round 5 - 15-May-2021 01:00PM Waverley v Ringwood Redsox @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 6 - 22-May-2021 01:00PM Croydon v Waverley @ Croydon Diam 2

Round 7 - 29-May-2021 12:15PM Heathmont v Waverley @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 8 - 05-Jun-2021 01:00PM Essendon v Waverley @ Essendon Diam 1

Round 9 - 19-Jun-2021 01:00PM Waverley v Melbourne University @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 10 - 26-Jun-2021 12:15PM Waverley v Footscray @ Waverley Diam 2

Round 11 - 03-Jul-2021 12:15PM Waverley v South East Warriors @ Waverley Diam 2

Round 12 - 10-Jul-2021 12:15PM Waverley v Melbourne University @ Waverley Diam 2

Round 13 - 17-Jul-2021 12:15PM North Balwyn v Waverley @ Wadsworth

Round 14 - 24-Jul-2021 01:00PM Waverley v Croydon @ Waverley Diam 1

Round 15 - 31-Jul-2021 12:15PM Waverley v Greensborough @ Waverley Diam 2

Round 16 - 07-Aug-2021 12:15PM Waverley v Ringwood Angels @ Waverley Diam 2

Round 17 - 14-Aug-2021 12:15PM Waverley v Essendon @ Waverley Diam 2

CLUB AND GROUND LOCATIONS

Croydon Baseball Club, 36 Bambra St, Croydon - Google Maps

Diamond Creek Baseball Club, Challenger St, Diamond Creek - Google Maps

Essendon Baseball Club, Boeing Reserve, Boeing Rd, Strathmore Heights - Google Maps

Footscray Baseball Club, 339B Francis St, Yarraville (end of Benbow St) - Google Maps

Forest Hill Baseball Club, Billabong Park Weeden Dr, Vermont South - Google Maps

Greenhills Montmorency Baseball Club, Malcolm Blair Reserve, Greensborough - Google Maps

Greensborough Baseball Club, 4 Manfred St, Watsonia - Google Maps

Heathmont Baseball Club, Heathmont Reserve, Waterloo St, Heathmont - Google Maps

Knox Baseball Club, 3 Forbes Close, Knoxfield - Google Maps

Melbourne University Baseball Club, Parkville - Google Maps

Monash University Baseball Club - Not known where new clubhouse is.

North Balwyn Baseball Club, Myrtle Park (end of Gildan St) - Google Maps

Ringwood Saints Baseball Club, 11-33 Sylvia Grove, Ringwood - Google Maps

Watsonia Baseball Club, 88 Gleeson Dr, Bundoora - Google Maps

Waverley Baseball Club, 998 High St Rd, Glen Waverley - Google Maps

South East Warriors Baseball Club, 250 Brady Rd, Endeavour Hills - Google Maps

WINTER SEASONS CANCELLED DUE TO LOCKDOWN - 17th August, 2021

Unfortunately the MWBL has made the very difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the season. We have published the full statement below.

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It is with a large pang of regret, that we write all players, officials, volunteers and clubs to announce the cancellation of the remainder of the 2021 MWBL Winter Season.

The MWBL Board has met to discuss the future of the season for 2021, and determined that the only real option is to cancel the remainder of the 2021 season.

Following the announcement of the extended lockdown for a further 2 weeks, the completion of the season, to get finals in across all grades, while maintaining player safety and health concerns was too large a risk to undertake.

With the lockdowns running until a Thursday night, and following a 5 week lockdown with no training or games, it would not be prudent to play games on the Saturday straight from lockdown, with no training sessions. This would mean the season could not resume until September 11th, assuming no further restrictions coming out of lockdown, such as we have seen in the past.

As I’m sure you can appreciate, we only have a limited window for the MWBL Season, based around Local Government’s requirements for grounds, and the allotted slots to play prior to the transfer back to summer baseball.

As such, the MWBL Board’s view is that we cannot move forward any further with the 2021 season.

We understand this will hit deeply for a lot of people, and we wish that there was other options. If you are struggling, please reach out to someone for assistance. If you want to talk, we are always here.

We will now work to a bigger and better 2022 season, and also enjoy watching the 21/22 summer season coming up soon.

Thank you for your efforts in 2021

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The MWBL Board

NEWS

2021 WAVERLEY BLACKCATS AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The 2021 Waverley Blackcats award winners were announced last night. 30 people attended our virtual awards night last night, tuning in via a Zoom session to hear from the coaches of the various teams.

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Luke Hughes tuned in from Perth to present the awards for the Firsts and Seconds. Reece Longstaff was a clear winner of the Geoff Paice MVP, with Mohi Kahui and Ben Firenzi tied in second place. Of course, Reece, Mohi and Ben are allcurrently in collegeover in the US and we send our best wishes.

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Our thanks to coaches/captains of all the teams for their efforts, and of course to all the players for representing Waverley in difficult circumstances.And the 2021 Waverley Blackcats award winners are …

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SENIORS

FIRSTS

GEOFF PAICE MVP –REECE LONGSTAFF

VOTES AWARDED ON A 3,2,1 basis by coach Luke Hughes.

Reece Longstaff (20 votes)

Mohi Kahui (10)

Ben Fierenzi (10)

Brad Harman (7)

Darcy Longstaff (7)

Finn Weichard (5)

Ossie Wong (3)

Tyler Evans (3)

Mitch Homfray (1)

COACH’S AWARD – FINN WEICHARD

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SECONDS

MVP –DANIEL PAGE

COACH’S AWARD – ALEK SIDDANS

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THIRDS

MVP – PAUL DAVISON

COACH’S AWARD – DANIEL HASTINGS

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JUNIORS

ROOKIE BALL

MVP – LIZZIE VENUS

COACH’S AWARD – THEO FOX

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U13

MVP – NOAH TRAPLIN

COACH’S AWARD – JONATHON PARK

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U15 BLACKCATS

MVP – RASHAN GUNTILAKE

COACH’S AWARD – GEORGE PAPADOPOLOUS

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U15 WILDCATS

MVP – EZRA FERGUSON

COACH’S AWARD – JACK GARBUTT DAVISON

OUR COACHES

HEAD COACH - SUMMER

ADAM BRIGHT

ADAM Bright, a former Australian, Claxton Shied and professional player in the United States Of America as well as a Baseball Victoria Coach of The Year, is the coach of the Waverley Baseball Club during the Baseball Victoria Summer League.

Adam, who represented Australia for nine years, including three World Baseball Classics, and played in the Colorado Rockies farm system, is in his second year as Summer coach of the Wildcats.

In just his second season at Waverley, Adam led the Firsts to top spot on the Baseball Victoria ladder.

The season also saw the Club win the BV Club Champions award – based on a points system for the Firsts, Seconds, Thirds & Fourths.

It is the first time the Club has won the Club Championships in more than a decade.

After representing his Country and State in multiple Junior teams, Adam was signed by Colorado Rockies where he spent seven years in their farm system. He reached ‘AA’ level and pitched in four Major League spring training games.

Adam then spent one season playing for Tokyo Giants in the Japan League and another season playing professionally in Italy.

When he wasn’t playing overseas, Adam pitched for Victoria in the Claxton Shield as well as the Melbourne Aces as well as representing Australia in three World Baseball Classics.

After his playing days finished, Adam made a successful transition to coaching. Adam spent four seasons as head coach of Blackburn Baseball Club and in the 2013-14 season was named the Baseball Victoria Coach of The Year. He was also the Victorian U16 pitching coach for three years.

It’s an outstanding playing and coaching resume, one that has been forged on not only talent, but respect, a great work ethic and an ability to relate and communicate with the playing group of all ages.

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HEAD COACH - WINTER

LUKE HUGHES

WAVERLEY Baseball Club is proud, delighted and excited to have former Major League player Luke Hughes as its Winter Club coach.

Luke, who played with Minnesota Twins and Oakland As, brings to the Blackcats a skillset few, if any, can match in the country.

After an aborted season last year due to the Coronavirus, Luke returns for what in essence is his third season as coach of the Blackcats.

Apart from playing the game at the Major League Baseball level, Luke represented Australia in four World Baseball Classics, represented his country in Baseball World Cups and for more than a decade was a pivotal player in Perth winning six Claxton Shields.

Luke was a headline act for more than a decade in the Australian Baseball League season with Perth Heat and then the Melbourne Aces. During the 2018-19 season he hit .309 with team-leading 10 home runs and 34 RBIs for the Aces.

He was named MVP in Blackburn’s 2019 premiership during the Baseball Victoria Summer League.

Quite apart from his exceptional playing resume, Luke has been fortunate to play in teams managed by extremely gifted people and recently he’s transitioned into coach in various roles.

He has coached on Junior and the Australian Women’s team as well as being the High Performance Manager of Baseball WA.