Geelong Baseball Association is a community sporting league in Victoria Australia. The GBA offers senior and junior winter baseball competitions that are conducted from April to September each year. Contact details for association officials and affiliated clubs are available under the “GBA” tab. For information on summer baseball in the Geelong region, contact Geelong Baycats or Baseball Victoria – the state governing body.

A Grade MVP 2021

8 September 2021

Today the A Grade MVP is announced:

MVP VOTES

SAINTS            BRETT ALLEN                          17 VOTES       

LARA                DAN ANSON                             16 VOTES       

ROYALS           JORDAN ISBISTER                   15 VOTES       

DEAKIN           ANDREW MEDEW                  10 VOTES       

ROYALS           CONNOR YOUNG                     9 VOTES         

GUILD              BRAD EGAN                               9 VOTES         

GUILD              HAYDEN PEOPLES                   8 VOTES         

LARA                ROSS WILSON                          8 VOTES         

SAINTS            MITCH COLLINS                      8 VOTES         

SAINTS            SAM REALE                               8 VOTES

Congratulations to Brett and Dan. This is the last award to be announced for the 2021 season.

The GBA Board wishes all players, committee members and officials all the best for the coming summer season. Please stay safe and healthy we hope to see everyone next winter season.

Tony McPherson

EO GBA

 

A Grade Minor Premiers, All Star Side and the GBA Champion Club

7 September 2021

Today the A Grade Minor Premiers, All Star Side and the GBA Champion Club are announced:

This year there were two sides in a position to be declared Minor Premiers. Both finished with the same winning percentage, head to head they were equal, next was the games played against the third best A grade side each had one win and one loss, finally it came down to runs for and against here there was a clear advantage to one side. It is our pleasure to announce that the Ballarat Royals are the A Grade Minor Premiers for 2021.

The 2021 A Grade All Star side has be decided by votes from the majority of the A Grade Managers. The Managers could not vote for their own players. The side is below:

GBA ALL-STAR TEAM 2021      
POSITION             PLAYER                        CLUB
Pitcher                  Tobi Yamamoto          Saints
Catcher                 Ryan Stewart              Guild
First Base             Ross Wilson                Lara
Second Base        Tyler  Comben            Guild
Third Base           Andrew Medew          Deakin
Shortstop             Dan Anson                  Lara
Outfield                Scott Kerr                   Royals
Outfield               Brett Allen                   Saints
Outfield               Dion Kirchner            Saints
Designated Hitter  Sam Reale              Saints
Manager            Matt Jones                   Royals

 

The 2021 Champion Club is decided by the number of wins associated with each of its team over the season. This year the Champion Club is the East Belmont Saints.

 

Congratulations to the Royals and Saints and the players in the 2021 All Star side

Tony McPherson

EO GBA

A Grade Batting Average, ERA & Best Under 18 Playing A Grade

6 September 2021

 Today the A Grade batting Average, ERA and best junior playing A Grade are announced:

A GRADE BATTING AVERAGE

MINIMUM 27 PLATE APPEARANCES TO QUALIFY

SAM REALE              SAINTS  AVE 0.500     

ETHAN HOSKING   DEAKIN AVE 0.459

BRETT ALLEN          SAINTS AVE 0.459

MATHEW JONES     ROYALS AVE 0.444

SCOTT KERR             ROYALS AVE 0.438

MATHEW BELFRAGE DEAKIN AVE  0.429

ROSS WILSON          LARA AVE 0.421

LEE HARTY               GUILD AVE 0.406

JEDD MILLER           ROYALS AVE 0.406

A GRADE ERA

MINIMUM OF 24 INNINGS PITCHED TO QUALIFY     

TOBI YAMAMOTO     SAINTS 1.421 ERA

BRETT ALLEN         SAINTS 1.731 ERA

BRAD EGAN             GUILD 4.091 ERA

JORDAN ISBISTER  ROYALS 4.091 ERA

ANDREW MEDEW    DEAKIN 4.929 ERA

TYSON O'KEEFE      BELLARINE 6.3 ERA

CONNOR YOUNG     ROYALS 7.768 ERA

DAN ANSON            LARA 8.047 ERA

THE BEST JUNIOR PLAYING A GRADE

HAYDEN PEOPLES GUILD         8 SENIOR VOTES

COOPER TIPPING BELLARINE 6 SENIOR VOTES

JORDAN BAUMANN LARA        3 SENIOR VOTES

HARPER RICKARD SAINTS       3 SENIOR VOTES

ADAM JIRIK ROYALS                  1 SENIOR VOTE

MAXTON SHERRY GUILD         1 SENIOR VOTES

Congratulations to Sam, Tobi and Hayden

Tony McPherson

EO GBA

A Reserve MVP, Runners Up and Minor Premiers

5 September 2021

Happy Farthers Day to all the Dads out there.

Today I have the pleasure to announce the MVP for A Reserve together with the minor Premiers in that grade:

MVP VOTES 

GUILD              TRAVIS    DUXSON        10    VOTES    (MVP 2021 A RESERVE )

ROYALS           WARREN ATTARD         8      VOTES    (RUNNER UP MVP)
 SAINTS           COOPER RICKARD         8      VOTES    (RUNNER UP MVP)
 SAINTS           EMERSON RICKARD     8      VOTES    (RUNNER UP MVP)
DEAKIN          AYDEN HAM                    8       VOTES    (RUNNER UP MVP)
BELLARINE    WAYNE VISSER              7       VOTES  
BELLARINE    MICK ALLDIS                  7       
VOTES   
ROYALS           JESSE SHERMAN          6       
VOTES    
SAINTS           LUCAS ASH                     6        
VOTES 
LARA               DAN WILSON                 6       VOTES   
 

The Minor Premiers in the A Reserve for the 2021 season are the East Belmont Saints

Congratulations to Travis, Warren, Cooper, Emerson and Ayden and the Saints side

Tony McPherson

EO GBA

B Grade MVP, Runners Up and Minor Premiers

4 September 2021

Today we announce the MVP for B  grade together with the minor Premiers in that grade:

MVP VOTES    
ALFREDTON    DAN HAMILTON                         21 VOTES    (MVP 2021 B GRADE )
WERRIBEE    TRENT PANTALLERESCO            15 VOTES    (RUNNER UP MVP)
TITANS    CAMERON WILSON                            14  VOTES     
COLAC    MICHAEL REID    MICHAEL                14 VOTES    
GUILD    DUANE DAVENPORT                             14 VOTES      
COLAC    BRENDAN DELORENZO                       13  VOTES    
CORIO    JOEL HUGHES                                          12  VOTES   

The Minor Premiers in the B  grade for the 2021 season are the Werribee Giants

Congratulations to Dan, Trent and the Werribee side

Tony McPherson

EO GBA

B Reserve MVP, Runners Up and Minor Premiers

3 September 2021

Today we announce the MVP for B Reserve grade together with the minor Premiers in that grade:

MVP VOTES
GUILD                               SCOTT BAUMANN            15 VOTES (MVP 2021 B RES)   
BACCHUS MARSH                  ADRAIN TERRY        13  VOTES (RUNNER UP MVP)  
ROYALS                                  JAMES DOHERTY        12 VOTES   
CORIO                                       DANIEL DOBBIE        12 VOTES 
BELLARINE                                 ISACC O'BRIEN       11 VOTES
BELLARINE                          PHOEBE JAKUBZIC       11 VOTES
BELLARINE                                     CHRIS DUNN       10 VOTES   
BACCHUS MARSH   SHANNON  HORNSTRA        9  VOTES  
GUILD                                       SHANE COMBEN       9
   VOTES

 

The minor Premiers in the B reserve grade for the 2021 season are the Guild All Stars side

Congratulations to Scott, Adrain and the Guild side

Tony McPherson

EO GBA

C1 MVP, Runners Up and Minor Premiers

2 September 2021

Today it is my pleasure to announce the MVP for C2 grade together with the minor Premiers in that grade:

 

MVP VOTES:
DEAKIN GOLD     TIM KURGANOVS                     13 
VOTES (MVP 2021 C1 GRADE)
CORIO                    RICHARD  FARRINGTON         11 VOTES (RUNNER UP MVP)
DEAKIN BLUE     PAUL HASSAN                            11 VOTES (RUNNER UP MVP)
CORIO                    NATHAN KRIG                            9 VOTES
DEAKIN BLUE     JOSH McINNES                           8 VOTES
LARA                     JIM SZABO                                    8 VOTES
CORIO                   LILY KEVELHAM                        6 VOTES
DEAKIN GOLD   HAMISH SUTHERLAND           6 VOTES

The minor Premiers in the C2 grade for the 2021 season are the Corio Tigers side

Congratulations to Tim, Richard and Paul and the Corio side

Tony McPherson

EO GBA

Season 2021 Trophy Winners

1 September 2021

With the current lock down because of Co-Vid 19 the 2021 season has finished at round 16 of the home and away season. The award winners have been decided on the games played. The winners will be presented with their trophies during the opening round of the 2022 season. The GBA Board will organise a special function to award and recognise all trophy winners at that function.

Over the next couple of days the award winners in the various grades will be announced. Today it will be the C2 MVP and minor premiers in that grade:

 MVP VOTES:
SAINTS RED              JORDAN  COSTA       17 VOTES (MVP 2021 C2 GRADE)   
BELLARINE BLUE    STEPHEN PRICE       9 VOTES   (RUNNER UP MVP)
SAINTS BLACK         SOPHIA  LAW            8  VOTES  
TITANS BLACK        DANNY HAYMES      8 VOTES   
BELLARINE BLUE   BRAD HOCKEY          5  VOTES  
GUILD WHITE         AARON  PAGELS       5    VOTES

The minor Premiers in the C2 grade for the 2021 season are the North West Titans Balck side

Congratulations to Jordan, Stephen and the Titans Black

 

Tony McPherson

EO GBA
 

 

 

 

Season 2021

18 August 2021

Following the decision on Monday to extend the Melbourne lockdown, the GBA Board met last night to discuss the future of the 2021 season.

 

 The Board determined that the 2021 season will cease after this weekend's home and away games.

 

This decision has not been taken lightly. The Board members felt that to run a finals series when a number of clubs and individual players could not participate because of the current Co-vid restrictions was not appropriate. As we have seen in the past, these lockdowns could be extended further into September then there is no guarantee they will be lifted. 

 

The final ladder positions will determine the minor premiers in each grade. Also, the awards associated with the home and away competition will remain in play and presentations made at a later date. 

 

The Board understands that a lot of people associated with our clubs will be disappointed by this decision. However, in all fairness and equity it was decided there were no other options available. 

 

The Board would like to thank you all for the competition we have been able to play this season and we look forward to a much healthier 2022 season.

Tony McPherson

EO GBA

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Co -Vid 19 Update
27 July 2021
Following the State Government announcement today it has been confirmed that all baseball activities can resume from midnight tonight. This  includes games and training. Senior games for this weekend will be the published round 15 games. 
Baseball Victoria posted the following this afternoon:

"The resumption of community sport includes a return to training and competition for all ages,  limited to the minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity (i.e.  players, coaches).  

Spectators are not allowed, excluding people necessary for events such as coaches, umpires, carers,  parents and guardians.  

Baseball Victoria confirms that winter associations can return to training and play and the Baseball  Victoria Aces Academy will return to on-field training.

Mask wearing remains mandatory for indoors and outdoors, except for those on the field who have  a reasonable expectation they will need to exert themselves. Scorers, committee members, and  anyone else 12 years and older must wear a mask inside any facility and outdoors at all times.  

The Service Victoria QR Code app must be used for check-in at all baseball venues, and all attendees  need to check-in regardless of how long they are there"


Tony McPherson
EO GBA


Co -Vid 19 Update

21 July 2021
Following the State Government announcement yesterday it has been confirmed that all baseball activities will need to be cancelled for the next 7 days. This restriction includes games and training
Also it now has been confirmed that the under 14 winter carnival scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled.
Please all be safe and hopefully we will be back in action shortly
Tony McPherson
EO GBA



Co -Vid 19 Update

15 July 2021
Following the State Government announcement earlier today it has been confirmed that all baseball activities will need to be cancelled for the next 5 days. This restriction includes games and training
Also it now has been confirmed that the under 12 winter carnival scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled.
Please all be safe and hopefully we will be back in action next weekend
Tony McPherson
EO GBA

Senior Winter Carnival Update



Due to ongoing Covid restrictions, BV has made the tough decision to cancel the 2021 Senior Winter Carnival.

The GBA would like to thank Saints skipper Charles Thompson for taking over the reins this year and assembling a youthful squad that promised to provide headaches in all facets of the game for their opponents.

Our thanks also go to the players for making themselves available.  The full squad is Brett Allen (Saints), Jordan Baumann (Lara), Will Brennan (Saints), Mitch Collins (Saints), Harry Garrett (Werribee), Ethan Hosking (Deakin), Jordan Jones (Saints), Dion Kirchner (Saints), Anthony Taylor Monoroa (Saints), Ryan Morrison (Saints), Trent Pantalaresco (Werribee), Sam Reale (Saints), Cooper Rickard (Saints), Harper Rickard (Saints), Connor Wilson (Titans), Cameron Wilson (Titans), Tobi Yamamoto (Saints) and Connor Young (Ballarat).

Junior Competition 5 June 2021 Postponed

 4 June 2021

Good afternoon 

As you would be aware the State Government Co-Vid restrictions allow for the resumption of Junior sport this weekend. However the clubs that are controlled by the City of Greater Geelong need permission from the Council  to open their facilities. After numerous requests and e-mails to the Council contacts, that permission has not been given at this stage. So the GBA Board has made the decision that unfortunately the junior baseball proposed for this weekend will not be played. Hopefully once permission from the Council is given we will get back to regular participation.

The GBA Board and Junior Committee  will be reviewing what needs to happen next early next week. 

Thank you for understanding.

Tony McPherson

EO GBA

Covid Updates

2 June 2021

Following the Victorian Government’s announcements today, Baseball Victoria & the GBA confirm from 11:59pm on Thursday, regional Victoria can return to junior competition (training and play) and senior training in groups of 10 people.

 

There will be no Senior competitions played this weekend and further information regarding the draw will be posted in the coming days.

With the extended lockdown and expectation that some form of regional and metropolitan travel and general restrictions may continue in the coming weeks, Baseball Victoria has also made the decision to cancel the 2021 Senior State Winter Championship, scheduled for 12-14 June 2021.

Finally, Clubs with members living in the Melbourne Metropolitan area should note that no one from Greater Metropolitan Melbourne can travel to regional Victoria to participate in community sport and/or training, this applies to Juniors and Seniors.  

Thank you for understanding, please take care and be safe.

Glenn Talbot

President

27 May 2021

 

As you would be aware there has been a Co-Vid 19 outbreak within the Melbourne Metropolitan area. As this outbreak is growing the State Government has announced a 7-day Victoria wide lockdown from Midnight tonight.

 

Baseball Victoria and the GBA can now confirm that all baseball activity will cease from midnight tonight for the next seven days.

 

This means there will not be any games this weekend for both junior and senior competitions. Also, no training is to take place while the lockdown remains effective.

 

As further information becomes available, we will pass that information on.

 

Any questions should be passed through myself or Tony McPherson.

 

Keep safe.

 

Glenn Talbot 

President

Alteration to draw

There have been a number of alterations to the draw. Round 14 and 17 for B and B reserve have swapped around. Also there are a number of changes to C1 with alterations to Rounds 7, 8, 9, 14, and 15.

Further Changes to C Grade

With an already crowded schedule and the addition of several new teams over the past week, it has been decided to split the existing C Grade into 2 separate divisions, to be identified as C1 & C2.  All teams in both divisions will start with a clean slate and a new draw has been finalised and will be posted here tomorrow.

Changes to draw B Res and C Grades

There have been alterations to the current draw as an extra side has come into C grade. The B res ame between Royals and Werribee will now be a late game commencing at 2.25pm. In C grade the Royals v Corio is now an early game. While the game between Guild Blue (existing team) and Deakin Blue will be an early game on GBC2 and the game between Guild White (new team) and Bellarine Red will be a late game on GBC2. 

Winter baseball is back in 2021

A total of 39 teams has entered for the GBA senior winter season, up from 37 in 2019.  All grades commence this Saturday and will play a 17-week season.  A Women’s competition is gaining momentum and support and at this stage an abbreviated season is being planned.

 

The senior draw as it stands provides for five grades, with six teams each in A & A Reserve, eight each in B & B Reserve with a further 11 in C Grade. 

 

With no senior baseball being played last winter, the increase in team nominations is encouraging and it will be interesting to see where the various Clubs are positioned once the season is underway and player numbers have settled.

 

Saints top the senior team listing with six, while Bellarine and Guild will field five, Deakin four, Alfredton, Corio, Lara, and Royals three, Colac, Melton, and Werribee two apiece followed by Bacchus Marsh with a single entry.

 

Proceedings kick off with the A Grade 2019 Grand Final replay between Bellarine and Saints.  This will be a fascinating matchup and a great way to usher in what we hope will be a full season of winter ball.  There are a couple of intriguing questions leading into this game, have the reigning premiers Bellarine managed to hold the core of their triumphant team together for another tilt at finals glory and will Saints continue with their youth policy that yielded positive results when meaningful winter baseball was last played?

 

In other A Grade games Guild takes on Deakin in what should be a closely fought tussle between the 2019 finalists who always put competitive sides on the field.  Guild will be looking to ride a combination of youth and experience back to the top of the tree, while a re-energised student outfit have their eyes on a major step forward under a new regime. 

 

Out at the cattery Lara and Royals do battle with a view to establishing a place at the pointy end of the competition.  Lara with a tried and true core of veterans capable of surprising anyone on their day, while the whisper is the Royals have recruited wisely and will be capable of keeping their opponents on their toes throughout the season.

 

Best wishes from the Association to all players and Clubs for a complete and enjoyable season.

WINTER SEASON 2021:   Senior Draw

The GBA winter season will commence on Saturday 17 April 2021. Senior fixtures are posted in Excel format HERE.

Please note: while the draw is not expected to fundamentally change, clubs should remain aware of possible adjustments that will be notified through their administration. If there is any confusion, club officials should be consulted.

VICTORIAN MASTERS BASEBALL CARNIVAL 2021

As members and affiliates may be aware, Geelong Baseball Association, in conjunction with host clubs Guild and Saints, has this year taken on organisation and delivery of the Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival, which is scheduled at Geelong Baseball Centre over three days - Friday 9 April to Sunday 11 April (inclusive).

Competitions will be offered in three age groupings - 35 Plus, 45 Plus and 50 Plus.

Team Entry Forms are available HERE. For more detail on this time-honoured event - including rules - please visit the Victorian Masters WEBSITE or consult one of the principal office bearers listed under "GBA" on this site.

GBA WINTER COMPETITION 2021 (update 13 December 2020)

With COVID19 currently contained in Victoria and with community sport emerging from its virus-enforced hiatus of 2020, Geelong Baseball Association Board and member clubs are preparing for a return to full winter competition - senior and junior - in April 2021.

 

The GBA recently held its Annual General Meeting, which resulted in nomination of a group of re-enthused officials already planning for the new season. Congratulations and best wishes to those persons, a full list of whom (with contact details) is posted on our association details page HERE.

 

The Board extends its warm regards to all officials, members, families and supporters of GBA clubs for a healthy and happy holiday season!

CANCELLATION OF GBA SENIOR WINTER SEASON (update 2 July 2020)

To all Geelong Baseball Association members and friends.

It is with much regret that I announce on behalf of the GBA Board that the 2020 senior baseball season will be cancelled. The junior season will continue but is being evaluated.

I would like to thank all members of the baseball community for their patience in these trying times.

The GBA board have made every endeavour to try and run some form of a season, but time has run out on us. For us to get a season in, we would need to get to a “Return to Play” situation, then the state government would need to ease restrictions by two levels. If anything, restrictions seem likely to be increased.

Our concerns about the health of members of the baseball community outweigh any desire to get a game played.

I hope everyone stays healthy as we look forward to a bigger and better season in 2021.

Yours sincerely.

Don Stephens (GBA President)

Boost for winter league prospects (update 14 June 2020)

With further easing of COVID19 social restrictions announced today – along with a proactive response from Baseball Victoria - it has become increasingly likely that Victorian winter leagues will be able to deliver a shortened season starting from as early as mid-July and extending into early October. The GBA board continues to urge input from member clubs, and a delegates’ meeting scheduled for Wednesday 17 June should provide a clearer picture of what the season will look like should we be able to get back on the field.  

2019: It's the year of the Bear!
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Bellarine has snapped a twenty-four year drought in A Grade competition with a stunning 15-7 win over East Belmont Saints in a spirited and at times fiery Grand Final at Geelong Baseball Centre this afternoon.

 

Bursting to a substantial early lead, the Bears withstood a mid-game challenge from Saints before again scooting away – compliments in large part of a belligerent Bears offence led by Wayne Visser and Daniel Stott and steady pitching in the forms of starter Lachlan Hockey and evergreen Simon Murry.

 

Capping a memorable day for the club, the Bears had earlier dispensed with Guild 6-2 to snare back-to-back A Reserve titles, while Sunshine went back-to-back in B Grade with a 13-11 extra-innings classic over Colac, North West Titans nailed the B Reserve pennant in its first season in the league and Deakin edged out Royals in a C Grade thriller.

 

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Grand Final Preview 2019
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With the weather looking favourable and the grounds presented in their customarily pristine condition, there is serious anticipation building for Geelong Baseball Association Grand Final Day on Saturday 14 September.

 

Eight clubs will be represented across five grades, with the action starting at 11.00 AM and running through until completion of the A Grade feature - which will start at 2.00 PM on the main diamond.

 

The Geelong Baseball Association Board extends its congratulations to all teams on progressing to the final week of winter competition. The Board extends its very best wishes to teams, their supporters, to club volunteers and to our intrepid umpiring personnel for a day of entertaining and hard-fought contests that exemplify the very best in playing skill, competitiveness and sportsmanship.

 

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