Allies finish second at Championship (Mildura, 21 and 22 July)
After enjoying a brilliant Day One, winning all three of its games - the Allies posted a win and a loss on Sunday morning before coming up against a tough Ringwood side in the afternoon final. Great effort by team organisers and players for acquitting themselves so very well!
"The Allies had to settle for runners-up in the Under 14 Carnival," Head Coach Chris Rickard reported.
"It was a great effort by the Allies to reach the Grand Final today, winning the last of our pool games in a tight battle with City-West after Sunraysia defeated us in the morning game," he said. "In the end Ringwood was just too strong, but I am really happy to say that the GBA players all did a great job. Most of them have come out of our Under 12 club games and were playing in their first winter championship."
"It was a different experience managing kids from different leagues in the same time, but the players and their supporters all came together really well. It was a fun weekend, and to win four games from six was a credit to everyone."
Harrison Fitzgerald, from Bendigo, was selected as All-Star for the Allies team.
Scroll down for images taken of the Allies squad and the GBA playing group.
DAY TWO RESULTS
CITY WEST 11 defeated LATROBE VALLEY 2
RINGWOOD 12 defeated DIAMOND VALLEY 2
ALLIES 6 lost to SUNRAYSIA 15
ALLIES 7 defeated CITY WEST 5
RINGWOOD 15 defeated LATROBE VALLEY 1
DIAMOND VALLEY versus SUNRAYSIA
FIRST versus SECOND: RINGWOOD 16 defeated ALLIES 0
THIRD versus FOURTH: SUNRAYSIA versus DIAMOND VALLEY
FIFTH versus SIXTH: CITY WEST versus LATROBE VALLEY
Comprised of players from Bendigo, Ringwood and Geelong, the “Allies” team combined wonderfully well on the first day of the tournament, posting a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Ringwood before overpowering Latrobe Valley 15-2 and prevailing 5-1 against a squad representing the ever-competitive Diamond Valley.
Taking on the role of Head Coach after the late withdrawal of Lee Harty with pressing work commitments, Chris Rickard and Assistant Brian Fitzgerald from the Bendigo Baseball Association were delighted with how the composite team had come together for the tournament.
“Our pitching was terrific today,” Chris Rickard said. “Our defence was really good in backing up our pitchers and all of our hitters did a great job of putting the ball in play and placing pressure on the opposition.”
“Playing conditions up here were just great for the first day,” he said. “A bit chilly in the morning, but it turned into a beautiful day. And the facilities - as always up here - were first class.”
The Allies will face Sunraysia and City West on Sunday morning, with a win in either of those games guaranteeing first or second placing for playoffs in the afternoon.
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DAY ONE RESULTS
LATROBE VALLEY 0 lost to DIAMOND VALLEY 15
SUNRAYSIA 16 defeated CITY WEST 0
ALLIES 5 defeated RINGWOOD 4
SUNRAYSIA 0 lost to RINGWOOD 7
ALLIES 15 defeated LATROBE VALLEY 2
CITY WEST 2 lost to DIAMOND VALLEY 13
ALLIES 5 defeated DIAMOND VALLEY 1
CITY WEST 2 lost to RINGWOOD 17
LATROBE VALLEY 8 lost to SUNRAYSIA 14
Geelong Baseball Association Board and affiliate clubs congratulate the players who will be representing the league as part of the “Allies” team at the Under 14 Winter Championship in Mildura this coming weekend. Lee Harty will be Head Coach of the Allies team, which comprises eight players from the GBA, three from Ringwood and four from Bendigo, who will together compete against other squads representing Latrobe Valley, Diamond Valley, Sunraysia, Ringwood and City West.
Our best wishes for a successful, fun tournament in Mildura over 21 and 22 July.
Cameron BO'SHER (Ringwood)
Kodi CZUCZUMAN (Bendigo Falcons)
LILY CZUCZUMAN (Bendigo Falcons)
Jorden DOHERTY (Bendigo Falcons)
Samuel ELSWORTH (Deakin, GBA) late withdrawal
Harrison FITZGERALD (Bendigo Falcons)
Bailey KILBY (Heathmont, Ringwood)
Tyler KILBY (Heathmont, Ringwood)
Hugh MILNE (Deakin, GBA)
Harper RICKARD (Saints, GBA)
Liam SMITH (Saints, GBA)
Christian SOLLBERGER (Deakin, GBA)
Tanner STOTT ( Deakin, GBA)
Cooper TIPPING (Saints, GBA)
Kenneth WALLACE (Lara, GBA)
Chris RICKARD (Head Coach, Geelong)
Brian FITZGERALD (Assistant Coach, Bendigo)
Natalie KILBY (Executive Officer, Ringwood)
Julie RICKARD (Scorer, Geelong)
The Geelong Baseball Association would like to invite current registered players to attend the U14 Carnival Tryout Days.
Next session: Sunday 8 July
Venue: GBC 1
Time: 10:00am start
If it is raining, the training will still be held, indoors.
Head Coach: Lee Harty (email@example.com)
The U14 Carnival competition will be held in Mildura over 21 and 22 July 2018.
The Geelong Baseball Association encourages all age appropriate juniors to attend.
For further enquiries please contact: Kylie O’Brien
Junior Carnival Co-ordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org