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This 75th Anniversary Booklet is dedicated to Pat Dalling, a friend I knew well, and who was an inspiration to many. Glenn Letts
Sunshine Baseball Club - Inaugural Team of 1938
STANDING: J. Storey, J. McPherson, J. Steadman, J. Paisley, J. Crook, T. Young, P Dalling, I. McPherson, J. Scott, L. McGrath, J.Kiely, J. Thorpe SITTING: N.G. Green, W. McPherson, R. Perry, George Kirby Esq (Pres.), J. Scobie, E. Douglas, H. Blakey (Vice Pres.) FRONT: T. Laffan, P. Scott
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SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB SNAPSHOT In the period between 1938 to 1944 the Sunshine Baseball Club was based at the rear of the old picture theatre in Hampshire Road Sunshine, owned by George Kirby. With the club recruiting players from Spaldings Baseball Club and some local cricketers, this inaugural team went on to win three premierships in a row:1938-1939-1940. In their first two seasons, the team went through undefeated. George Kirby was the first life member, being elected in 1941.
1938 - 1944 : Rear of the old Sunshine picture theatre The Club had a welcome move from playing behind the picture theatre to Gardens Reserve, which is now known commonly as the George Cross Soccer Club. Things were going well for the club, membership had increased to 75 and there were now two teams entered in the competition. In 1944, Norman Green was elected as a life member. Norman Green was the founding member who in 1937, called a meeting of people interested in forming a baseball club. The rest, as they say, is history.
1944 - 1945 : Gardens Reserve After only one season at Gardens Reserve, the Club had a change of ground, this time to Sunshine Park, better known now as Parsons Reserve. There were three teams entered into the competition and also, for the first time, junior teams were playing at Sunshine Park in the late 1940s. The four junior teams were: Bandits, Saints, Tigers and St. Johns. The clubrooms at this stage were still located behind the picture theatre.
1945 - 1948 : Sunshine Park In 1948 the Club was to have a new headquarters at Selwyn Park. At that stage there was just a grandstand and no clubrooms to speak of. It would take another ten years before the clubrooms were built and it was all done with volunteer labour. In 1952 Don Deeble was well on his way to proving to be one of the best baseballers of all time. He also won our own Edward King Cup for the third time in a row. Sadly, in 1962, our longest serving President of 25 years Mr. George Kirby, passed away.
1948 - 1966 : Selwyn Park In 1966 the Club moved to its present location at Barclay Reserve and in 1970, after many years of trying, the Club obtained their liquor licence. In 1982 the Club appointed John Galloway as head coach and was successful in winning the Club's first Division One Premiership in the same year. Currently, the Sunshine Baseball Club is fielding 5 senior and 8 junior teams and is carrying on the fine traditions set by the previous committed members and players of years gone by.
1966 - 2014 : Barclay Reserve
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CHRONOLOGY OF MAJOR EVENTS 1938 - Club foundation meeting. George Kirby elected President, Clubrooms and playing field at rear of Sunshine Picture Theatre . 1943 - Playing field relocated to Gardens Reserve (George Cross Soccer Ground). 1944 - Playing field relocated to Sunshine Park (Parsons Reserve). 1949 - Junior teams commence under Ray Henry assisted by Norm McArthur. 1952 - Don Deeble cleared to St Kilda 1956 - Minor A Premiership for the Firsts 1958 - Clubrooms proposed for Selwyn Park. 1959 - Old clubrooms behind theatre are burnt down. New clubrooms commence at Selwyn park. 1962 - Premiers North Section 1sts and 2nds. 1963 - Firsts and Seconds win premiership, batting helmets introduced in Juniors. 1964 - Barclay Reserve proposed for new venue. 1966 - Wedge Tail Eagle adopted as club emblem, clubrooms open at Barclay Reserve on November 20th. 1967 - Batting helmets introduced for seniors. 1969 - Clubs application for a liquor licence is approved. 1971 - Don Deeble cleared to Preston. 1977 - VBA moves the main season from Winter to Summer. 1981 - New store room and dugout constructed for home team, discussion on a move to Bon Thomas Reserve. 1982 - Bon Thomas move rejected. 1983 - South Australian Captain and Australian catcher, John Galloway appointed coach. Club wins 1st Division Premiership in 1sts and 2nds, New hitting tunnels built. 1984 - Scorers shed donated to club, two light towers erected on the ground 1985 - Premiers in 1st Division 1sts. 1987 - Gazebo and BBQ area built at rear of clubrooms, Plans for the redevelopment of Barclay Reserve submitted to Council. 1988 - Club celebrates 50th Anniversary, 1st Division premiers in 1sts and 2nds. Sunshine provides a Civic Reception for club to honour our success. Albion Cricket club relocated to Deer Park. Baseball exclusive on Barclay Reserve. 1989 - Barclay Reserve re developed to State and international standard. Club rejects an approach to field a team in the new National League. 1990 - New VBA stadium opens at Altona, club rejects VBA offer to relocate to Altona. 1993 - Gaming machines introduced to club. 1997 - Premiers in 3rd Division 2001 - Sunshine Masters win 3rd successive Premiership. 2003 - Premiers in 2nd Division 2005 - Gaming machines relocated to Deer Park Club on financial agreement. 2008 - Home run fence moved in by 5 metres. 2009 - New Eagles emblem introduced 2011 - Minor Premiership for the 1sts 2012 - New synthetic infield installed 2013 - Club celebrates 75th Anniversary.
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S.B.C. SNAPSHOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page - 3 S.B.C. CHRONICAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page - 4 CONTENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page - 5 INTRODUCTION , THE PRESIDENTS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page - 6 THE FOUNDATION OF THE S.B.C. KIRBY FAMILY HISTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page - 7
BASEBALL IN SUNSHINE - SPALDINGS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page - 8
1938 S.B.C. INCEPTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page - 9 to 10
1940s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages - 11 to 17
1950s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1960s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages - 22 to 25
1970s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages - 26 to 31
1980s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pages - 31 to 38
1990s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pages - 39 to 43
2000s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages - 44 to 49
2010s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages - 50 to 53
Pages - 17 to 21
INTERVIEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pages - 53 to 62 PLAYER PORTRAIT PHOTOS FROM THE 80s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Page - 63
CLUB PERFORMANCES, LIFE MEMBERS, EDWARD KING CUP WINNERS . . . .
Page - 64
STATE AND NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page - 65 DON DEEBLE PROFILE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page - 66 75tH ANNIVERSARY AWARDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page - 67 CLUB SONG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page - 68
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Introduction Founded in 1938, the Sunshine Baseball Club is one of the oldest sporting clubs in the Sunshine area. Over the past 75 years of winter and summer baseball, there are many milestones that we will reflect on, as well as sharing the wonderful history that is ours, as we celebrate the last 75 years of baseball. The fact that our club is the oldest sporting club in Sunshine is a testament to the many dedicated and committed people that have been involved over the years. There have been many local legends, not all necessarily baseballers, who have put their heart and soul into our club and have done so for many years. Due to that commitment, we are fortunate to bear the fruits today. The history of the Sunshine Baseball Club is a very romantic one as well and one that you can't help but get wrapped up in.
THE TEN PRESIDENTS OF SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB The fact that Sunshine Baseball Club has had only 10 Presidents over its 76 year history is a true testament to the commitment and passion that each and every one of them had. The longevity of many of these presidencies was also due to the many committee members who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and were the backbone of the club. These traditions and fine club values are still carried on today by the current board and will be passed on to any future committee members and volunteers that come on board to be part of a wonderful club and its history.
George Kirby 1938 - 1962
David Richardson 1994 - 1999
Pat Dalling 1962 - 1979
Ron May 1979 - 1984
Andy Kyle 1984 - 1986
John Mahoney 1986 - 1994
Ron Sutherland 1999 - 2003
Phil Beckwith 2003 - 2007
Robert Blackmore 2007 - 2014
Robert Browne 2014 - current
JOHN MAHONEY Of all the many people that have assisted with providing photos, stories and memorabilia that have contributed to our 75th year celebrations, there is one person above all that needs to be mentioned, and that is past President, John Mahoney. John has been committed to the club for the past 40 years and has been instrumental in previous milestones over the years. We are fortunate to have such a source of knowledge, passion and information of our club and its history for our 75th year celebrations.
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THE KIRBY FAMILY Mr. George Kirby, from Leongatha, and his wife Mrs. Rosa June Kirby, from Bairnsdale, came to Sunshine in the early 1930s. Before long, the Kirby's were very well known to Sunshine people through their association with the Sunshine Picture Theatre and for the many charitable causes they were involved in throughout Sunshine. They had two sons, Kingsley and Roscoe. George Kirby was a member of many sporting clubs in the local area and was President of many - bar the Mother's Club. No one in the town was held in such high esteem by all sporting bodies as Mr. Kirby. George was President of the local cricket club, football club, Sunshine District Band and was the longest serving President of the Sunshine Baseball Club. George Kirby was involved in our club from its inception up until his death in 1962.
Mr. George Kirby . . . . - 1962
The Kirby Dynasty, started back in 1942 when Kirby's Theatres partially built the Roxy Theatre on Ballarat Road, Maidstone. The Roxy Theatre was officially opened in 1945 with a showing of Yankee Doodle Dandy. By 1951, the Kirby business had expanded to Altona, Bacchus Marsh and Sorrento. Mr. Kingsley Kirby was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby. He was educated at Geelong College and was known to be a capable and logical speaker. Kingsley enlisted in the 2nd A.I.F. and after 12 months service was discharged due to an injury. His brother, Mr. Roc Kirby, entered the cinema business at the bottom end, selling ice creams and sweeping floors at his father's cinema in Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, then graduating to managing a small chain of Kirby Cinemas. In 1954 Roc Kirby took the financially risky step of constructing a drive-in-theatre called the Village Drive In, in Croydon. Soon afterwards the company owned another 4 drive-in theatres. With cinema attendances dropping due to the introduction of television, Village made a move into the metropolitan hard-top cinemas, and then into twin cinemas multiplexes. Roc was well on his way to becoming the millionaire head of the Village Roadshow film and entertainment empire. In 1989 Village Roadshow went public, making an aggressive move into other markets, such as film production, theme parks and radio. After the public float, the Kirby family remained the majority shareholders, owning 51% the shares in Village Roadshow. Roc Kirby retired as CEO in 1988, leaving the running of Village Roadshow to his sons, Robert and John, as Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively and surrogate son, Graham Bourke, in the role of Managing Director.
Mr. Roc Kirby 1918 - 2008
WITH THANKS The Kirby Family continue to be wonderful financial benefactors and the Club will always be indebted to their goodwill and generosity as they continue to be the backbone of our support.
MAJOR SPONSOR OF THE SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB
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1888 SPALDINGS COMES TO AUSTRALIA In 1888 the American firm "Spaldings" brought to Australia, two of the most noted "nines" of the season, with the sole purpose of establishing the game of baseball in Australia. The Spaldings teams of baseball players arrived by the steamer Alameda, and received a cordial welcome from large number of American residents as well as a large concourse of people who had assembled when the steamer arrived into the port of Sydney. Altogether, there were twenty players belonging to two separate teams, representing Chicago and All America. The men were of fine physique and of gentlemanly appearance. The American baseballers played their first match in Australia on the association ground on Saturday, in the presence of about 6000 spectators. The game resulted in a victory for the All-America team, which scored 5 runs to Chicago's 4. As an exhibition, the match was highly successful, the spectators watched the play closely, and as the main features and points of the game became better understood, displayed a lively interest in the proceedings and frequently applauded the skill of the batsmen and the fielders. The feature of play which appeared specially to commend itself to the spectators was the brilliant fielding shown by the players on both sides. It soon became apparent to all that the game was one requiring a high degree of skill, quickness of eye and generally all the qualifications of a good athlete.
1935 SPALDINGS BASEBALL CLUB IN SUNSHINE The link between the Sunshine Spaldings Baseball Club and the Sunshine Baseball Club is well documented in the archives of the National Library of Australia. From our research, Spaldings Baseball Club was playing baseball in the local area from the mid to late 1930s against other clubs at the same times as Williamstown, Newport and, in the late 1930s, against Sunshine as well. There were picnics arranged between the clubs to places like Greendale. The clubs would organise buses to leave from the post office, with games played between Spaldings and Sunshine Baseball and Hockey teams. After returning at the end of the day, there would be an after tea concert and singing. The Sunshine Baseball Club at its inception was fortunate to gain, from the Spaldings stable, the services of Harold Wright, A.(Ginty) Ellis, Tom Dalling and, at a later date, R. Martin. Ginty Ellis and Harold Wright would later be remembered for moulding one of the most successful teams in the Club's early years.
SPALDINGS BASEBALL CLUB : PREMIERS SEASON 1935 METROPOLITAN D SECTION
Back Row: T. Heffron, J.K. Preston, H. Graham, R. Quigley, T. Dalling, A. Ellis Front Row: A. McMillian, G. Watkins, E. Newell (Capt.), H. Rayner (Scorer), N. Harvey (Vice Capt), A. Farrell, R. Martin (Manager)
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1937 NOVEMBER Back in 1937, Jack Ellis and Reg Darling, representatives of the Victorian Baseball Association, were invited by Norman Green (who was Secretary of the Sunshine Cricket Association), to address the cricket club delegates at a meeting held in the old Advocate office in Sun Crescent, Sunshine. Mr. C.G. Carlton was Chairman. The delegates were asked, by the two Victorian Baseball Association representatives, to sponsor a baseball team. However, they decided to refuse the proposal.
1938 JANUARY Norman Green called a meeting of people interested in forming a baseball club. This meeting was held in a side room at the old Town Hall, Hampshire Road, Sunshine. The following people were in attendance: Norman Green, Chas Willaton, Tom Dalling, Tom Laffan, Pat Dalling, Ralph Guy, Ellis and Ron Holden. It was agreed that a baseball club should be formed and it was decided to contact the District Cricket Club with a view to recruiting players.
1938 APRIL 21st The Foundation Meeting of the Sunshine Baseball Club was called and held in the side room of the old Town Hall. There were nineteen prospective members, those in attendance: Norman Green
C.G. Carlton Jim White
Harold Blakey (Snr)
The old Town Hall, Hampshire Road Sunshine.
1938 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President
Snr Vice President
K, Cunningham, H. Blakey (Snr), J. Trahair,
Secretary / Treasurer
K. Willamson, E. Fowler, R. Hellyer, T. Baker, E. King
Coaches Property Steward
A. Ellis and Harold Wright Wal McPherson
SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE PRINTED APRIL 22nd 1938
The old Picture Theatre, Hampshire Rd Sunshine.
BASEBALL: NEW SUNSHINE CLUB STARTS AGAINST IVANHOE. Keenness and enthusiasm has resulted in the joint coaches of the newly formed Sunshine Baseball Club (Ginty Ellis and Harold Wright) moulding together what they feel sure is going to be a real good baseball side. Harold Wright will be remembered in connection with Spaldings Baseball Club, from which he has come to help the new club over the first obstacles. Of the recruits particular promise is being shown by T. Laffan, N. Hiskins, T. McIntyre, T. Fox, L. Willey, W. Martin and several others. The players, although never having played baseball before, have taken to it like ducks to water. The club is fortunate in obtaining the services of several old players in Harold Blakey, Arthur Farrant, Ron Holden and others, so it is confidently expected that the new club will experience a win in its first match. On Thursday night Mr Charlie Stuckey, Richmond cricketer and baseballer, gave a lecture on the game to about 30 members. Every one had a really pleasant time, and at the conclusion it was agreed that baseball was a good game. Players are reminded that the match tomorrow starts at 2.15, and they are particularly requested to be on the ground at 2 pm.
1938 WINTER SEASON The second meeting of the Sunshine Baseball, who was held and a letter was received from Reg Darling from the Victorian Baseball Association wishing the club every success. The club went through the first season undefeated and won the Club's first Grand Final. Members who joined during the season were: H. Bloxham
The change room at the times was the old room behind the Sunshine Picture Theatre in Hampshire Road with a cold water tap outside for washing.
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Mick Laffan and Tom Jones pose for a photo in front of the old rooms behind the picture theatre.
SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE PRINTED APRIL 29th 1938 Baseballers make a good start DECISIVE WIN IN SUNSHINE'S FIRST GAME! The new Sunshine Baseball Club played its first game last Saturday, and in a very interesting game easily defeated Ivanhoe. Praise must be given to the joint coaches, Albert (Ginty) Ellis and Harold Wright, of Spalding's, for the wonderful manner in which they have so quickly moulded together a formidable side from raw recruits. Old seasoned baseballers who were among the crowd of spectators were greatly surprised at the progress, and freely forecasted a high place for the side on the premiership list. Twelve men were played and there certainly were no passengers. It is extremely hard to give special praise, but the following did perhaps a little better than their team mates: Ginty Ellis (pitcher), Ralph Guy (first base), Norm Hiskins (left field) and Tom McIntyre (right field). The first home run of the season was hit by Tom Fox, but as he did not touch the bases in running it was disallowed, however, it was a great effort, and we look forward to many more of them from him during the season. "Final scores were: Sunshine 25; Ivanhoe 7. Tomorrow the match is against Caulfield Tech. Old Boys at Sunshine, and commences at 2.15 sharp. Players are reminded to be early so as to warm up. At a recent general meeting the following officers were elected: President, Mr G. Kirby; senior vice-president, Mr C. G. Carlton; vice-presidents, Messrs W. Williamson, G. PoIson, K. Cunningham, H. Blakey Snr, T.Baker, E. Fowler; secretary, Mr.N.Green; assistant secretary, Mr P. Dalling. The committee is planning several picnics and other social amusements in the near future. Only members will be catered for, so all who intend joining the club are requested to get in touch with the officials immediately. The joining fee is 2/6.
Sunshine's first team formed in 1938 STANDING
J. Storey J. McPherson J. Steadman J. Paisley J. Crook T. Young P Dalling I. McPherson J. Scott L. McGrath J.Kiely J. Thorpe
N.G. Green W. McPherson R. Perry George Kirby Esq (Pres.) J. Scobie E. Douglas H. Blakey (Vice Pres.)
FRONT T. Laffan P. Scott
SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE - SEPT 16th 1938 BASEBALLERS CELEBRATE WINNING OF PREMIERSHIP On Saturday evening last the Sunshine Baseball Club and supporters held a dinner at the Queen's Bridge Hotel, Melbourne, to celebrate the winning of the premiership, and to present the trophies won during the season. There were about 40 present and in the absence of the President (Mr. G. Kirby), the Vice-President, Mr. E. King, occupied the chair. A most sumptuous meal had been provided, and after the usual loyal toast had ( been honoured, Mr. King submitted the toast of "The President." He said he regretted the absence of Mr. Kirby, who found it difficult to leave his theatre on such a night as Saturday. The President was a man who had the confidence of all members of the club, and he had (done a lot in helping to mould such a fine body of fellows together. The Secretary (Mr. N. Green) responded on behalf of the President. The toast of "'The Sunshine Baseball Club, coupled with the names of Messrs. Albert Ellis and Harold Wright" was submitted by Mr. J. K. Cunningham. The speaker paid a pleasing tribute to the prowess of the club on the field, and the splendid team spirit which was conducive to success. It was a wonderful achievement to have the honour of being premiers and champions in the first year of the Club's existence. He (Mr. Cunningham) understood that such a condition was largely due to the expert coaching of Albert Ellis and Harold Wright and also their brilliant play. He trusted that the team would have success in the higher grade next season. Messrs. Ellis and Wright suitably replied. Mr. Bob. Martin, an enthusiastic baseball fan, proposed the toast of the officers. He felt that the success of any club was practically assured if it had capable men at the helm, and in the Sunshine Base ball Club that was so. Headed by an efficient secretary in Mr. Norman Green, the officers had done a splendid job and were to be congratulated on their effort. He hoped that they would long remain with the club, for they could not be easily replaced. ' The response was given by Mr. Pat. Dalling. Mr. C. G. Carlton, president of the Sunshine Cricket Association, at this stage made the following presentations on behalf of the donors-Best all-round player Mr. Harold Wright ( Edward King Cup), most capable player in semi final, Mr. W. Martin (Trahair's Trophy) most capable player in final game, Mr. Harold Wright (Ducklings' trophy), special presentation, Mr. E. King (Club gift of baseball bat, suitably inscribed). Mr. Ron Holden, whose cheery disposition fostered goodwill in the Club, was presented with a bouquet by the boys. In that characteristic happy manner of his, Ron accepted the gift in the spirit in which it was given. A specially printed souvenir program had been prepared and printed, and after they had been well autographed, a pleasant evening came to a close.
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1939 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary / Treasurer Assistant Secretary VBA Delegate Coaches Property Steward
George Kirby C. G. Carlton K. Cunningham, H. Blakey (Snr), J. Trahair, W. Dinnell Norman Green Pat Dalling Chas Willaton and R. Martin A. Ellis and Harold Wright Wal McPherson
1939 WINTER SEASON
Due to the success of the previous year, was no surprise that baseball in Sunshine had caught on as a sport to play, and subsequently, there were two teams entered into the Victorian Baseball season of 1939. With most of the players being cricketers, the coaches mentioned that players were not attending and not paying enough attention to signals. The property steward Wal McPherson was going crook about materials and uniforms not being looked after and an assistant property steward was appointed, this being Chas Willaton. All this aside, the Club still had a successful season with the 1sts team winning their second premiership still undefeated which was fantastic effort for its time. The membership of the Sunshine Baseball Club was growing all the time.
1939 MEMBERS LIST N. Green T. McKintyre R. Lucas E. Douglas
M. Haxby P. Dalling A. Farrant I. McPherson
R. Guy A. Buttimer B. Buttimer J. White
R. Williams T. Fox W. McPerhson T. Young
E. Guy J. Storey T. Dalling H. Wright
I. Bloxham G. Read A. Ellis W. Martin
M. Ryan E . Willet B. Taylor R. Holden
R. Martin T. Laffan C. Willaton B. Scott
1940 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary / Treasurer Assistant Secretary VBA Delegate Coaches Property Steward
George Kirby E. King K. Cunningham, C.G. Cartlon, E. Fowler, G. Ogolvie, W. Johnston, E. Drayton Norman Green Pat Dalling Chas Willaton, R. Martin A. Ellis, T. Dalling Wal McPherson
1940 WINTER SEASON
Two teams were once again entered into the Victorian Baseball season for 1940. The hall behind the picture theatre was officially let to the Club and the Club finally had its headquarters. In the Club's third season, they were once again successful in winning the premiership (3 in a row) .
SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE - SEPT 6th 1940 Baseballers again Premiers last Saturday, August 31st, the 1940 baseball season came to a finish, the final being played between North Balwyn and Sunshine at Royal Park. The weather was ideal and the crowd was tremendous according to the barracking. The first phases of the game was very tight, with North Balwyn bating splendidly. Sunshine found it very hard to get an upper advantage. North Balwyn continued their fine play and were steadily gaining runs every innings, mainly through the fine batting of its members, who had collared Ginty Ellis. At the end of the fifth innings North Balwyn had a very handy lead, the scores being 12 to Sunshine's 4. Pat Dalling was then brought into the box and his pitching in the last four innings speaks for itself as North Balwyn did not score. In the meantime Sunshine showed the fighting spirit they have always shown when being defeated and staged a glorious come back. Their batters (Jim Scott, Jack Crook, Tom Dalling and Billy Martin) collared the Balwyn pitcher, and the excitement grew intense as Sunshine gradually gained on their opponents. With 2 innings to go and 8 runs to get, the position looked very black, but Sunshine were there again, scoring 4 in the second last innings. Tom Dalling's home run brought two runners home and was a gem, and marked a fine batting performance by him. Sunshine started the last innings with 5 runs needed for a win. They immediately set about their job after those five runs. With excellent batting they soon had 3 runs on the board with only 1 down and 2 men on bags. The pitcher baulked, allowing Jim Scott to come home and Pat Dalling to advance to third bag. The big hitter (Tom Dalling) was up to bat and the Sunshine supporters held their breath as Rusty lay back waiting for the ball which he sent sizzling out to the outfield, allowing his brother to come home with the bacon for Sunshine. This final game was the finish of a splendid year for the Sunshine Baseball Club. The hero of the match was Tom Dalling, whose hitting was like something that is read about but seldom seen, and it is to him that Sunshine is to thank for bringing home their third consecutive premiership. Billy Martin, Jack Crook and Jim Scott were not far behind him and they are to be complimented on the splendid form they have shown this year. Although every name has not been mentioned the whole team showed how the game should be played and everyone did everything expected of them.
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1941 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary / Treasurer Assistant Secretary Social Secretary VBA Delegate Coaches Property Stewards
George Kirby E. King K.Cunningham, C.G.Cartlon, E.Fowler, G. Crook W. Johnston, E. Drayton, C. Willaton, W. Dinnell Norman Green Ian McPherson Pat Dalling T. Laffan and R. Guy A. Ellis & T. Dalling / W. Martin, R. Guy. W. Lowry Wal McPherson and J.McPherson
1941 WINTER SEASON Mr. George Kirby was elected as the Club's first life member. Two teams were entered into the V.B.A. competition once again and membership fees were raised to 5/-d. The Club membership was limited to 50 persons. Members of the Services were given free membership.
1942 Team Back Row: R. Williams, R. Holden, J. Crook, J. Scott, W. Martin, T. Dalling
1942 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary / Treasurer Assistant Secretary Social Secretaries
Front Row: C. Poe, A. Carey, D. Perry, O. Dwyer, J. McIntyre
George. Kirby E. King C.G. Cartlon, C. Willaton, J. Munro, A. Bunting, F. Heron, B. Calnan, J. Tunney Norman Green Ian McPherson S. Ross and J. Coakes
1942 WINTER SEASON Club wins Championship. Norman Green resigned as secretary to join the Armed Forces and was presented with a tray for services rendered to the Club. Ron Duxson, Ossie Dwyer and Tom Dalling were added to the General Committee. It was noted that the rooms had to be closed by 2pm on Sundays, but it seemed a lot later at times! On June 21, 1942, the first notation was placed on the books seeking legal advice on liquor for the club. In July - First American Serviceman billeted out for lunch. J. Crook in charge, all members signed a book for admittance to the clubrooms for the first time and the Social Committee opened their first bank account at the Wales. Byron Gwatkins shouted the bar (must have backed a winner). Bernie Calnan presented a fountain pen to Secretary, Stuart Ross.
1942 Premiership Team STANDING
A. Bunting W. McPherson T. Laffan J. Crook R. Williams J. Hewitt J. Scott J. McIntyre J. Finn B. Calnan
F. Heron E. King R. Holden T. Dalling George Kirby W. Martin D. Dwyer S. Ross V. Petherick
FRONT A. Carey R. Perry
1943 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary / Treasurer Social Secretaries Social Committee General Committee Coaches VBA Delegate Auditor
1943 WINTER SEASON
George. Kirby T. Laffan C.G. Cartlon, J. Munro, J. Tunney, A. Bunting, F. Heron, B. Calnan, K. Kirby, A. Beachley Stuart Rose J. Coakes and N. Booth T. Laffan, A. Bunting, V. Petherick, J. KNowles T. Dalling, O. Dwyer, R. Duxson R. Williamsons, T. Dalling, T. Laffan, W. Martin J. Scott Les Holden
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One team was entered into the V.B.A. Norm Green and Albert Carey attended the meeting and congratulated the Club on winning the 1942 Championship. There was a letter received by Private Jim Fox. All unused material was sent to the Technical school to create interest. Service members welcomed were J. Pengelly and R. Petherick.
SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE - OCT - 1943 Since the Sunshine Baseball Club was founded in 1938, four premierships and a Victorian championship have been won by our players, and it is a record of which they can be very proud. With such a genial President as George Kirby to watch their interests, it is not surprising that they have gone to the top of the ladder so often, as he does inspire them, and they seem to make a special effort to win matches just for his benefit. A lot of the success of the club must go to that great sportsman, Albert Ellis. "Ginty," as he is commonly known to all his team mates. He moulded the team to great effect, and got great results. When in the pitcher's box, Ginty was a force to be reckoned with, and many a batter has fallen to his cunning. Albert is at present with his unit somewhere in Australia, but when on leave always makes for the 'ball games, where he is welcomed in great style. Our present captain, Tom Dalling, has been "Public Enemy No. 1" to a lot of players in B grade baseball for many years. His batting and pitching has been a feature of our team and he is without doubt the best catcher in the State. Not many players would at tempt a steal when Tom was catching, as he had a beautiful throw to 2nd bag and would have a runner beaten by yards. Bill Martin, our vice-captain, is a natural baseballer. I have yet to see the player who can bunt a ball like Bill, and, apart from handling 3rd bag like a master, he is a very good general. Many times Bill has trapped a player who has considered himself safe, and he is always willing to instruct players, in the finer points of the game. Jim Scott, our 1st bagger, is another champ. Although he did drop a few this year, he more than made up for that with some real beauties, sometimes right on the carpet, with only his big-toe on the bag. Jim is also one of our best batters, and a good man to have on deck when the bases are loaded. If the score books were to be gone through, it would be found that Ossie Dwyer got more safe hits than any other player this season. Ossie is a greatly improved boy, and pitched some very good games, but he showed his best form when on a bag. 'Several times Ossie has gone right underneath his man to make the bag, and does he get into top gear when necessary! Ossie's only drawback is a wetball, which he finds very hard to 'handle, but, he gives the batters some hurry-up with a dry one. Perhaps the best known, and well liked, sportsman in this district would be Tom Laffan, and what a great player he is! At short stop, a very hard position to play, "Laffo" gave some wonderful games this year, and at time he nearly knocked Jim Scott off 1st bag with his bullet-like throws. When in the coach's box, Tom makes the players do as he wants and he certainly gets results with good, sound advice. Ron Holden, our catcher, can at times turn on a game equal to any A grade catcher, but what he gains in his catching he loses in batting. Ron is a very poor bat, and the coach is not sure who can handle him when on a bag. However, he must have a pocketful of lucky charms, as he has been trapped between bags time after time, but always gets away with it. Like Ossie Dwyer and Bill Martin, Jack Crooks is a left-hander, and he can lay the wood on to good effect. When in the outfield at No. 7, Jack has been very reliable, taking any number of flys and putting a side away on several occasions. Reece Williams is another great baseballer. Although getting a bit long in the tooth, Reece has given the club great service, and is the only player to have played the last three seasons without missing a match, something of which he can be justly proud. Although he found the bat a bit hard to handle, he took some great catches at centerfield, particularly at St. Kilda, where a man named Thomas had words with him. Joe McIntyre, another good batter. gave us some good games, and is going to be amongst the top notches next year, while Tom Young, Jack Hewitt, Jack Fraser, Albert Carey, Dick ferry and Tom Tafle all played a game or two. Every cricket fan in this district knows Leo Willey. He has broken more bowlers' hearts than anyone else, but it may surprise them all to know that Leo is also a first class baseballer. Playing his first season with us, he belted two home runs, several 3 and 2-baggers, and slid into the bases like Dick Percy at his best, which is a great compliment, as Dick is a past-master at this particular part of 'ball play. Next season we expect great things from Leo, and we feel sure he will not let us down. Wal McPherson and Stewart Ross are about the only supporters we have when playing away, and they have both been a great help to the team. Who will ever forget "Casser" giving Bill Kramer the once-over at Fleming Park last season. He threw the score book to brother Jim and went to town on the Yankee pitcher in great style, to make him as mad as a hatter, and eventually lose the game for Old Gold. Well, the 1943 season is finished and next Sunday morning, at the club's rooms, our very worthy president requests a full attendance of members for what will be the last meeting of the year, so come along at about 11 am and hear the full report of the season's doings. Before concluding this final article on baseball, I want to pay tribute, on behalf of all members, to Mr.C.Carlton, who has been most generous with the space allotted to baseball in "The Advocate." It is very doubtful if any other weekly paper does so much for sport generally as does our local paper, and we are indeed grateful for such splendid support.
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1944 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretaries Social Committee General Committee Coaches VBA Delegate Auditor
George Kirby T. Laffan C.G. Cartlon, J. Munro, J. Tunney, A. Bunting, F. Heron, B. Calnan, K. Kirby, E. King Stuart Rose I. McPherson T. Laffan J. Coakes Jnr and R. Williams T. Laffan, A. Bunting, V. Petherick, J. KNowles O. Dwyer, R. Duxson, R. Hand, N. Green R. Williamsons, T. Dalling, T. Laffan, W. Martin J. Scott P. Nunn
NEW LOCATION IN 1945 - GARDENS RESERVE
1944 WINTER SEASON
In season 1944 there was one team entered in VBA competition and Norm Green was elected as a Life Member. There was going to be a change of ground for the coming season, moving from playing behind the rear of the picture theatre to Gardens Reserve, which is now know as the George Cross Soccer Club on Anderson Road opposite Forrest Street. S.Ross resigned as secretary and I. McPherson replaced him on a temporary basis. On April 2nd the Club entered a second side into the competition. The club was notified of the death of ALBERT CAREY during active service.
1945 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS (Tom Laffan in chair) President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretaries Social Committee General Committee Coaches VBA Delegate Property Steward
George Kirby T. Laffan T. Hyett, R. Hand, J. Tunney, B. Calnan, A. Bunting, E. King N. Green (discharged from army) J. Storey D. Perry Alan Murden - Asssitant V. Petherick W. Carter, R. Duxson, B. Calnan, A. Bunting, R. Hand, J. Searle O. Dwyer, R. Duxson, R. Hand, W. McPherson W. Martin, J. Scott, T.Dalling, T. Laffan J. Crook and T. Laffan W. McPherson
A. Bunting - Wal McPherson - Tom Laffan
MEETING - March 25th
Club membership had increased to a maximum of 75 persons. Practice was always held on Sunday mornings, followed by a few drinks. Juniors were not allowed to remain in the clubrooms (located behind the picture theatre) after 11.00am. They were always supplied with soft drinks at Dicks Shop, usually paid for by Jim Paisley, Ern Clarke, Jack McCrae and others. Special efforts were held to help injured players. Sunday games were played against visiting American serviceman. On June 16th the new ground at Sunshine Park was opened. A levy of 1/-d was placed on all seniors to pay for supper at Club functions. Vandalism was a problem at Sunshine Park with a back net being stolen. Club meetings were held every 4th Sunday morning. Sixty five members attended the final dinner held at Sunshine Picture Theatre. As there were no cars, all players travelled by train to away games (with gear).
SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE - APRIL 20th 1945 BASEBALL CLUB COMMENCES THIS SATURDAY: Saturday will see the start of another baseball season, and will take old Sunshine baseballers' memories back to 1938 season when "Shine," under the expert guidance of Albert (Ginty) Ellis and Harold Wright, smashed their way into the baseball world by annexing three premierships in succession, including a State championship. Certainly, of latter war years, with so many of our early stars either in the services or reaching the age where easier recreation is preferred, the club has not been quite so dominant in the field, but our policy of encouraging youth is now bearing fruit, and some particularly fine talent, of whom much is expected, are included in this year's teams. With these youngsters, backed up by seasoned baseballers such as W. Martin, Jim Scott, Ralph Guy, Ron Holden, Ossie Dwyer, etc., we are more than hopeful of a return to' pre-war greatness. Anyway, tomorrow will start the test. Teams for Saturday are: A Team, to play Williamstown, at Williamstown (travel by noon train):-R. Holden, 0. Dwyer, J. Scott, R. Perry, R. Booth, W. Martin, J. Fraser, W. Searle, J. Crooks, T. Taafe, K. Baker. B Team, at home to Richmond, Gardens Reserve (1.15 game): E. Douglas, J. Everest, R. Guy, B. McKenzie, K. Silvey, J. Storey, P. Scott, C. James, K. Barclay, R. Meade, M. Kelly, G. Cliff, J. McPherson. Practice will take place as usual on Sunday morning next, commencing at 9.30 a.m. All members are reminded that a general meeting of the club will take place in the club rooms, commencing 11 a.m. sharp. As several interesting items are on the agenda, which include a trip away, and entertainment of service teams, a good attendance is requested. Social secretary, A. Murden, again stresses the necessity for a last-minute drive to make our opening dance in the Masonic Hall on Saturday night, April 21, a great success. Progress is being maintained with the preparation of Sunshine Park, though, through the late ness of release, it will probably be a few. weeks yet before our teams can play on it. Credit and thanks must be extended to Cr. Joe Parsons and our shire engineer, Mr. Robinson, for their' efforts to make the reserve play able for sport. The lecture held in the club rooms was a great success, two of the greatest baseballers of Victoria- being in attendance. Many were the interesting tales Jack Ellis, interstate cricketer and baseballer, was able to tell.
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1946 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretaries Social Committee General Committee Coaches Assistant Coaches VBA Delegate Property Steward Auditor Room Steward Refreshment Steward
George Kirby T. Laffan T. Hyett, R. Hand, B. Calnan, A. Bunting, E. King, K. Kirby, E.Hyde N. Green and Stuart Ross J. Storey R. Perry V. Petherick and W. Carter W. Carter, R. Duxson, B. Calnan, A. Bunting, R. Hand, J. Searle O. Dwyer, R. Duxson, R. Hand, W. McPherson H. Wright W. Martin, J. Scott, T.Dalling, T. Laffan R. Hand and T. Laffan W. McPherson and E. Douglas Jim Fox J. Coakes Snr. W. Hyett
New location in 1946 - Sunshine Park
1946 WINTER SEASON MARCH 3rd President George Kirby welcomed all servicemen to the meeting and expected that the club would progress from this point to be back at the pre war level of performance. SPECIAL MEETING April 7TH Coach H. Wright resigned and Jim Scott was appointed. Jack Leckie was invited to give a lecture on baseball at a Club Night, now held every Wednesday. The Children's Hospital Appeal raised 6/10/0d. MEETING MAY 26th Uniforms not available for all players. Teams playing away to be given preference until new uniforms are available. Thanks were extended to members who gave coupons to get material for uniforms. (Coupons for clothing, etc. were a war time measure still in operation). MEETING AUGUST 7th Assistant Secretary J. Storey resigned and Pat Dalling was elected. Junior members, J. Everest, W. Shepherd, K. Booth all playing good baseball - report by head coach, Jim Scott. JACK EVEREST selected in Victoria Junior Team. Ginty Ellis was welcomed back to the club after army service. End of season trip to Bendigo. Game played against combined Bendigo side. Tom Laffan was trip manager.
SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE - JULY 19th 1946 BASEBALL FIRSTS DEFEAT THE LEADERS In defeating Prahran, the locals showed they have regained their best form and it is very heartening to all the club's supporters. It shows that the pennant and then advancement into Victorian "A" grade baseball is quite within reach of the Sunshine Baseball Club. This advancement is truly a great achievement for the local club to come from the lowest grade of baseball to nearly the top in the short span of 8 years. Premiership points at present are: Prahran 19, Essendon 18, Sunshine 17, Caulfield 15. The four seems certain to be these teams and the interest now is which team will finish on top and thus have the right to challenge. We are hoping it will be Sunshine. Sunshine journeyed to Toorak Park last Saturday to tackle Prahran, leaders in "B" section. By excellent batting in which Bill Searle shone, Sunshine collected 6 runs before Prahran opened their account. Toward the end of play when Prahran looked like scoring runs, *Sunshine's outfield held some good flies. Once again Tom Dalling showed excellent form at the catcher's position and along with Jim Scott formed a perfect battery, which proved too good for the recognised Prahran batters. This win puts Sunshine one game behind the leaders, and as these two teams play each other, Sunshine should finish on top of its section. Final scores: Sunshine 7, Prahran l. Best players: W. Searle, T. Dalling, J. Scott and J. Everest, while all other players did well. On Sunday last the club members and friends enjoyed a picnic to Diamond Creek. Although the day was cold, everyone soon warmer up per medium of the excellent hospitality and meals, provided by the people catering for the club's needs. A game of baseball was played, everyone having a game and plenty of fun resulted. The "fungo" hitting was won by Jack Crook, with quite a good hit. The long throw was won by one of the club's promising juniors, Jack Everest, who threw the ball 330ft, quite a long throw for the best of them. In the base-running a junior again showed superiority, Kevin Booth covering the distance in 16. secs, good going for such a heavy ground. Junior handicap was won by Mac Kelly, from Jack Everest and Don Gray. Senior handicap was won by Jack Fraser, with "Kinnear" Perry and Max Howie filling the minor placing. In the ladies' event Miss Marjorie Heron showed that stepping the distance was easy. After tea the picnickers danced until 8 pm, also being entertained by members who showed their versatility. The trip was ably managed by Tom Laffan in the absence of the President, Mr. G. Kirby. All arrangements of the picnic were in the capable hands of the joint secretary, Mr. Jack Fraser, and all members extend congratulations for a job well done. Anyone who has seen a first base mit and a pair of shoes about, report the matter to property steward (Mr. Wal McPherson). He also has a pair of specs for a prominent member of the club.
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1947 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretaries Coaches Press Correspondent Auditor Room Steward Refreshment Steward
George Kirby T. Laffan R. Hand, B. Calnan, A. Bunting, E. King K. Kirby, T. Hyde, J. Coakes J. Crook, K. Hebb P. Dalling R. Perry V. Petherick and W. Carter Jim Scott Pat Dalling Jim Fox J. Coakes Snr. W. Hyett
MEETING AUGUST 7th Auditor Jim Fox spoke on the excellent way the Treasurer had maintained the books. In season 1947 three teams were entered into the VBA competition. Midweek practise was to take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights and the uniforms for the Firsts team were now available. Jim Scott resigned as coach and Marshall Johnston was appointed to take over, but not for long as he also resigned. Wal McPherson stepped in to take over the coaching position. The end of season trip to Bendigo was arranged.
SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE - MARCH 14th 1947 IMPROVEMENTS TO SUNSHINE PARK - Sunshine Park is to be graded and seeded following a request from the Sunshine Baseball Club. Admission of the Baseball Club to "A" Grade depends on whether the ground is suitable.
1948 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer General Committee Coaches Press Correspondent Property Steward Auditor Room Stewart
George Kirby T. Laffan R. Hand, B. Calnan, A. Bunting, E. King, K. Kirby, J. Coakes Snr J. Crook & K. Hebb P. Dalling R. Perry O. Dwyer, R. Duxson, R. Hand, W. McPherson Jim Scott Pat Dalling Ron Holden Jim Fox Jim Paisley
Selwyn Park was to be the Club's new ground in season 1948. There were two teams entered into the VBA competition and the coaches for the season were as follows: First team - Wal McPherson, Seconds team - Reece Williams with Ginty Ellis to be an advisor . J. Coakes Snr would prepare the diamonds each week and players were asked to help with clothing coupons for new uniforms. R. Perry resigned as Treasurer and Pat Dalling took over. Delegates attended Table Tennis Association Meeting (no action taken). There were American films shown in the clubrooms and rubber pitching mats were purchased to replace wooden ones. There was an invitation extended to Sunshine Technical School for 12 boys to attend a pie night and a lecture at the Club. Letter received from the Technical School thanking the Club for its donation of uniforms and coaching of juniors. George Kirby was back in action following a serious operation. The Club's first constitution was read and adopted at a General Meeting held July 4th, 1948. Victoria won the Claxton Shield.
SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE - SEPTEMBER 17th 1948 Baseball Club Trip to Bendigo Last Friday, September 10th, saw 28 members and friends, leave Sunshine at 5 p.m. to spend the week end at Bendigo. After a good trip the party -arrived at 9 p.m. and it didn't take long for some of the boys to re-new old acquaintances. Saturday was a free day and all seemed to enjoy themselves, even if one of the boys did finish 'up looking for himself. Sunday, was a red-letter day for the Club, as it was the first time in three visits that Sunshine were able to defeat a, Bendigo team. Shine defeated Cyclops, 3 runs to nil. The battery-Everest did an excellent Job, whilst young Barry Blackmore at first and batting, displayed great promise. Best of the others were: Ken Pearce and J. Ezar. At one stage it looked as though "Shocker" was one of the best for Cyclops. The trip home was rather long but with a little co-operation could have been much shorter. The winner of the special effort in connection with the trip fund was Mr. J. Gleeson of McKays.
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1949 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretaries Coaches Press Correspondent Auditor Room Steward Refreshment Steward
George Kirby T. Laffan R. Hand, B. Calnan, E. King, K. Kirby, T. Hyde, J. Coakes Snr, S. Ross, J. Scott, J. Fox J. Crook Keith Hebb Pat Dalling L. Fraser and J. Whitmore Harold Wright Pambo Morrison Jim Fox J. Coakes Snr. Jim Paisley
Standing: J. Pettifer, A. Slater, C. Stonehouse, K. Hebb, P. Dalling, J. Crook, G. Pearce, R. Nankervis, Front: K. Donaldson, M. Laffan, N. McCarthur
1949 FIRST MEETING AT SELWYN PARK
The first meeting for clubs using Selwyn Park was held, a request was made for the replacement of the top dressing of the playing surface. ALBERT CAREY Perpetual Trophy inaugurated. Copies of the Club's constitution were now available to all members and a master copy was on display in the clubrooms. Coaches report: Attendance of players at practice is a problem. Coach would like to drop one team to make selection more difficult. (This motion was over-ruled). Barry Blackmore and Alan Walker were selected in Victorian School Team. Sunshine Technical School wins School Baseball Premiership (defeated Preston). The end of season trip was to Shepparton and Jim Deeble was the trip manager. There were no teams entered in the Summer Competition. The junior summer competition for local juniors to be organised and played on Saturday mornings. (Ray Henry to oversee).
SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE - OCTOBER 21st 1949 Junior Summer Baseball Competition Taking Shape Under the guidance of Mr. Ray Henry and other competent baseballers of the Sunshine Baseball Club, it is pleasing to see that the Junior Baseball Association is gradually taking shape. These men have taken the juniors in hand and their untiring efforts to teach the lads at their disposal is slowly paying dividends. Thanks go to the cricket clubs and the controlling body of the Sunshine Park reserve they have helped considerably. More boys are still required and should they be forthcoming the competition will commence in three weeks hence. Baseball films, lectures by Victoria's leading baseballers, pie nights etc, will eventuate shortly. So parents send your lads down to the Sunshine Park reserve next Saturday morning at 9.30 a.m.
1950 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretaries Coaches Press Correspondent Auditor Property Steward VBA Delegate Refreshment Steward
George Kirby T. Laffan R. Hand, E. King, K. Kirby, J. Fox, J. McCrae, J. Coakes Snr, J. Paisley, W. Singleton Jack Crook Keith Hebb Pat Dalling L. Fraser, K. Booth Ray Henry Tom Taffle Jim Fox Ron Holden Wal McPherson and T. Tribe Jim Paisley
The first 4 junior teams to represent Sunshine
The coach reported on poor attendance to training and that the material supply was not good. Meetings were changed from Sunday mornings to the 2nd Tuesday of the month commencing at 7.30pm so that the juniors could attend.
NEW JUNIOR BASEBALL COMPETITION There were four teams formed in the juniors. The teams names were: Bandits, Tigers, Saints and St. Johns. T. Taffle, manager of the Bandits – Junior Premiers received the shield. A letter of thanks to the Sunshine Advocate for the good publicity. The junior players were asked to bring a mate along to the annual pie night. There were 14 junior players who attended training for the local summer competition. There was great praise for Ray Henry for his work with the junior players this season. A picnic arranged to Kilmore and a softball match against C.A.G. Picture nights, pie nights and lectures were held for juniors. Also a popular fundraiser was the bottle drive.
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SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE - OCTOBER 21st 1950 Junior Baseball Matches will be resumed at Sunshine Park on Saturday, 2nd February at 9.30 a.m. Draw for the first week is: St. Johns v. Saints; Tigers v. Bandits. Progress results up to the Christmas vacation were as follows: Bandits 11, Saints 10, St. Johns 7, Tigers 4. The best conducted team competition is a very even struggle as progress scores indicate: Leaders are Tigers with 78 pts, Saints and St. Johns are next with 75 pts; whilst the Bandits have 67 points. The great improvement in play and conduct throughout the season is gratifying to those seniors who give up their Saturday mornings in an endeavour to build up the club ranks, and to foster team spirit and good, behaviour amongst the lads. However, more assistance from the senior players would be appreciated and any public spirited citizens interested in the welfare of the boys would be welcome to attend Sunshine Paik any Saturday morning to see what is being done by the Sunshine Baseball Club.
1951 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretaries Coaches Assistant Coaches Press Correspondent Auditor Property Steward Room Steward VBA Delegate Refreshment Steward
George Kirby T. Laffan R. Hand, E. King, J. Fox, J. McCrae, J. Deeble J. Coakes Snr, J. Paisley, W. Singleton, A. Beachley Wal McPherson Keith Hebb Pat Dalling L. Fraser , Assistant Tom Tribe Ray Henry Wal McPherson and Tom Tribe Tom Taffle Jim Fox Ron Holden Jack Coakes Snr Wal McPherson and T. Tribe Jim Paisley
EDWARD KING In 1951 the Sporting Clubs of Sunshine made a presentation to Mr. Edward King for services rendered to all sports. E. King was a life member and co-founder in 1924 of the St. Mark's Harriers (track and field running) as well as being the Vice President of Sunshine Baseball Club for 22 years. Edward King was inducted as a life member in 1944 and our Most Valuable Player award is named in his honour. The Captain of the victorious Bandits team received the Junior Premiership Shield and the parents of the juniors were invited to dinner and to a picture night.
Don Deeble selected for Victorian team 1951. A lecture was held at Norm McArthur's home prior to the first game. There were new uniforms for the players and Jack McCrae learned how to score and become manager of the 2nds team. Jim Deeble elected as end of season trip manager.
1952 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretaries Coaches Trip Secretary Press Correspondent Auditor Property Steward Room Steward VBA Delegate Refreshment Steward
George Kirby T. Laffan R. Hand, E. King, J. Deeble, J. Coakes, J. Paisley, W. Singleton, J. McCrae Tom Tribe Keith Hebb Pat Dalling L. Fraser, I. Carland Norm McCarthur I. Carland Tom Taffle Jim Fox Des Mitchell and E. Fowler Jack Coakes Snr Wal McPherson and Tom Tribe Jim Paisley
The first meeting for the season mentioned building our own clubrooms at Selwyn Park. Other clubs in Sunshine were to be approached regarding a joint venture in a sporting club complex. Sunshine Council, were to be asked about land availability. President outlined all expenses that would be incurred. A special meeting was called August 31st and the election of extra committee members were to form a management committee. Appointed were: N. McArthur, B. Barkla, L. Doubleday, D. Mitchell, K. Hebb, B. Blackmore, I. Carland, J. Crook. Don Deeble wins the Edward King Cup for the third time. This season, Don Deeble was also cleared to St. Kilda after much debate!
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1953 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretaries Coach Assistant Coaches Trip Secretary Press Correspondent Property Steward Room Steward VBA Delegate Refreshment Steward Additional Committee
George Kirby Jack McCrae R. Hand, E. King, J. Deeble J. Coakes Snr, C. Hill, D. Rowan Jack Crook Keith Hebb Tom Tribe L. Fraser Assistant, K. Booth Norm McArthur Wal McPherson and Tom Tribe Jack McCrae K. McGuire Des Mitchell and Kerry McGuire Jack Coakes Snr N. McArthur and T. Tribe Jim Paisley C. Hill, G. Patterson, D. Mitchell, B. Barkla Standing: D. Mitchell, W. Shepherd, J. McCrae, W. Baker, L. Doubleday Sitting: L. Barnes, K. Booth, H. Majewski, B. Blackmore, W. Goldsworthy
1953 SEASON EVENTS
During the season break, Pat Dalling resigned as Treasurer and Lindsay Doubleday took over. Tom Tribe took on the role of Treasurer at the AGM. Tom Laffan also resigned as Snr. Vice President and a letter of appreciation was given to I. Carland for services to the club. Wal Baker and Barry Blackmore were selected in the Victorian Team to play Tasmania. Kerry McGuire was appointed Junior Coach and a letter was sent to all local schools regarding junior baseball competition. The Ladies Committee was formed September 17, 1953. They organised a social dance in season 1953. 1953 LADIES COMMITTEE President Snr Vice President Vice President
Mrs. Barnes Miss. E. Nankervis Miss. B. Nankervis
1954 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretaries Coach Assistant Coaches Trip Secretary Press Correspondent Property Steward VBA Delegate Refreshment Steward
George Kirby Jack McCrae E. King, J. Deeble, R. Hand, J. Paisley, J. Coakes Snr, C. Hill, D. Rowan Jack Crook Keith Hebb J. Patterson D. Gray, Assistant, K. Booth Reece William's Wal McPherson and Tom Tribe Jack McCrae K. McGuire Des Mitchell and Kerry McGuire K. McGuire and T. Tribe Jim Paisley
Barry Blackmore pitched 15 strike outs for one game (Club Record)
John Viney was voted the most outstanding Junior player of the year.
VBA Insurance now covers practice matches. Reece Williams, Coach, satisfied with player's attitude. Ladies Committee organise a picnic to Warrandyte and a dance at the Masonic Hall. Spaldings offered club use of baseball films. Wal Baker, Barry Backmore, Ron Nankervis and Bill Shepherd selected to play for Victoria. Caravans at Selwyn Park causing trouble for the Club and attendances at meetings were down for the season. Firsts team doing well with 13 straight wins and Barry Blackmore was pitching very well.
1955 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Coach Social Secretary
George Kirby Jack McCrae E. King, J. Paisley, R. Williams J. Coakes Snr, C. Hill Barry Blackmore Jack Crook Dennis Fischer Harry Majewski Wal Mitchell
Health inspectors returned a bad report on Clubrooms behind theatre. The end of season picnic to Bacchus Marsh was arranged. The clubrooms were hired to Cricket Association Druids Lodge, Sunshine Old Boys Association and Waratah Cricket Club. The Social Committee was to operate during the summer months. The 3rds team were successful in winning the premiership.
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1955 - 3rds Premiership Team Standing: C. McKenner, R. Cailes, K. Moffat, A. Cathcart Sitting: B. Day, E. Jones, K. McGuire, J. Dawson, M. Klavins
1956 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretaries Coach Press Correspondent Room Steward VBA Delegate
George Kirby Jack McCrae E. King, J. Deeble, R. Williams J. Coakes Snr, C. Hill, J. Fox Barry Blackmore Jack Crook Dennis Fischer Wal Mitchell Harry Majewski K. McGuire Phill Young and Jack McCrae B. Blackmore and D. Mitchell
1956 SEASON EVENTS Mike Laffan connected water to the clubrooms and the VBA was invited to the annual dinner. Bill Goldsworthy Snr was thanked for the help he gave to players with injuries. VBA proposes night baseball competition.
1956 Minor A Premiership Team Back: W. Shepherd, W. Baker, D. Mitchell, K. Willey, J. McCare, W. Goldsworthy, J. McGowan, L. Doubleday Front: W. Goldsworthy, R. Blackmore, B. Blackmore, H. Majewski, L. Barnes, J. Viney, P. Longson, J. Viney
1957 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Coaches Property Steward Room Steward VBA Delegate
George Kirby Jack McCrae E. King and C. Hill Barry Blackmore Jack Crook D. Mitchell 1sts and 2nds, J. Crook - 3rds, K. McGuire D. MItchell Phill Young, J. Paisley, T. Dwyer B. Blackmore, D. Mitchell, J. McCrae
THREE TEAMS ENTERED INTO COMPETITION Three teams were entered into the competition for season 1957. Another highlight for the Club, apart from the 2nds winning the premiership, was the selection of Don Deeble in the All-Australian Baseball Team. Barry Blackmore wins the Edward King Cup.
1957 - 2nds Premiership Team Back: M. Laffan, T. Jones, L. Barnes, P. Longson Front: F. Noble, T. Vague, J. Viney, D. Fischer, M. Klavins
1958 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretary Coach Property Steward
George Kirby Jack McCrae E. King, J. Paisley, P. Dalling, J. Deeble R. Blackmore Snr, K. Booth Barry Blackmore Jack Crook Des Mitchell Ivan Carland Don Deeble Des Mitchell
DON DEEBLE APPOINTED COACH The Firsts team won their first 5 games for the season. Don Deeble was appointed coach, a past players game was held and teams were entered into the Sunshine Table Tennis Association. Jack Crook and Pat Dalling gave lectures to St. Albans Boy Scouts and Sunshine Technical School. The clubrooms at Selwyn Park were to be started - estimated cost 2200 pounds, with volunteer labour suggested to cut costs. Mr. Kirby started a fund with a 100 pound donation. A committee was appointed to handle the building of the clubrooms: D. Mitchell, D. Deeble, P. Dalling. B. Blackmore produced the plans and drawings of the clubrooms.
1958 - 3rds Premiership Team Back: G.Dawson, E. Jones, K. Cashmore, D. Stanway, G. Fischer, N. MacArthur Front: Richard Blackmore, Robert Blackmore, L. Fenner, G. Murden, R. Fischer, D. Fischer
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1959 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretary Social Committee Coach Auditor Property Steward VBA Delegates Press Correspondence
George Kirby Jack McCrae E. King, J. Paisley, P. Dalling, J. Deeble, R. Blackmore Snr, K. Booth Kerry McGuire Jack Crook Des Mitchell Pat Dalling B. Blackmore, J. Viney, W. Shepherd Don Deeble Jim Fox Des Mitchell K. McGuire and I. Goldsworthy Dennis Fischer
1959 SEASON EVENTS The Annual meeting was held on Feb 1st, in the Druids Clubrooms, as our old clubrooms behind the picture theatre had been burnt down. The new clubrooms at Selwyn Park were well underway with timber frames being delivered and erected with volunteer labour. Electricians also started on the works required. Donations were received and the club held a successful bottle drive that helped towards the costs of construction. There was also a barbecue and a social cricket match organised to help raise funds. There was a reunion of past players, committee and supporters organised. Barry Blackmore is elected as a Life Member.
Premiers 1959 Relegation Series Back:W. Goldsworthy, J. Viney, C. McKenner, I. McKenner, I. Kelly Front: B. Blackmore, L. Barnes, D. Deeble, W. Shepherd, N. Durston
Membership badges were first introduced in 1959
1960 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS The minutes book containing the information regarding meetings, Club activities, on field performance etc. have been misplaced for this season.
1961 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretary Social Chairman Social Committee Membership Secretary Coach Auditor Property Steward VBA Delegates Press Correspondence
George Kirby Jack McCrae E. King, J. Paisley, J. Deeble, R. Blackmore Snr, J. Carter, R. Richards John Viney Bill Goldsworthy Jnr Des Mitchell Barry Blackmore Pat Dalling J. Viney, D. Mitchell, W. Goldsworthy Tom Jones Snr Don Deeble Doug Thomas Des Mitchell Des Mitchell J. Viney
Runners-up 1961 Seconds Back: B. Haines, M. Laffan, T. Jones, I. Goldsworthy Front: F. Noble, M. Klavins, D. Mitchell, R. Mannion, N. Phillips
JOHN VINEY SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
A raffle for a motor car, a first for a Sunshine Sports Club, was conducted. The exercise was so successful that a second raffle was started on the night of the final draw of the first raffle. The clubrooms at Selwyn Park were nearing completion with sewage work soon to be completed. John Viney was nominated as Sportsman of the Year, as well as being selected to play for Victoria along with Don Deeble. The end of season trip was in Bendigo.
1962 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS Most of the minutes for season 1962 have unfortunately been misplaced. Coach Don Deeble reported a successful season on field with both the first and seconds teams winning the premierships. The new clubrooms were still not completed and players were still using the old grandstand with wood heater for showers. During the season 1962, Mr. George Kirby, our President, passed away, this was a great loss ending a wonderful association with our Club. No doubt many of his attributes rubbed off on future executive members of the club, his advice and experience showing through in many members.
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Mr. George Kirby
1963 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents
Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretary Social Chairman Social Committee Membership Secretary Coach Assistant Coach Auditor Property Steward VBA Delegate Press Correspondence
Pat Dalling Des Mitchell J. Paisley, J. Deeble, J. McCrae, R. Blackmore Snr, J. Carter, R. Richards, N. McArthur, M. Durston Barry Blackmore Norm Durston Greg Murden Ian Goldsworthy, Des Mitchell Pat Dalling J. Viney, D. Mitchell, W. Goldsworthy Tom Jones Snr Don Deeble Norm McArthur Doug Thomas Des Mitchell Barry Blackmore J. Viney
Pat Dalling New President
Jack Carter Vice President
John Viney voted the most outstanding player of the year.
FIRSTS AND SECONDS WIN PREMIERSHIP The season of 1963 was once again a good one for Sunshine with the Firsts and Seconds winning the Premierships. Four senior and two junior teams were entered into the VBA competition. Lindsay Barnes won VBA Best Player - North section and in the same year was selected in the All-Australian Team. The seating for the new clubrooms was ordered and an extension to the clubrooms was already needed. The Seconds, Thirds and Junior teams were to play at Barclay Reserve, juniors were required to wear batting helmets. Seniors with cars were rostered to take juniors to games. Material and uniforms were ordered from America (refer John Viney). The Club ran another car raffle or cash to the value of the same and an American Consulate official was a guest speaker at the drawing for the raffle. The Honour Board was brought up to date and a golf day at Queens Park in Geelong was organised. The Annual Ball was held at the Fiesta Ballroom in Footscray.
1964 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents
Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Social Secretary Coach Assistant Coach Auditor Property Steward VBA Delegates Press Correspondence
Pat Dalling Des Mitchell J. Paisley, J. Deeble, J. McCrae R. Blackmore Snr, J. Carter, R. Richards N. McArthur, M. Durston, E. Sutherland Barry Blackmore Norm Durston Greg Murden Des Mitchell Don Deeble Norm McArthur Doug Thomas Norm Durston Barry Blackmore, Don Deeble J. Viney
1964 SEASON EVENTS
Time to Celebrate Left to right: D. Mitchell, G. Murden, C. McKenner, B. Goldsworthy Jnr, R. Blackmore, N. Phillips, T. Jones, J. Weaver, M. Laffan, B. Goldsworthy Snr, R. Mannion, M. Durston
A special presentation was made to Bob Richards for services rendered. An additional U14s team was entered into the competition. John Viney was nominated for VBA Council and Kevin Moffat was cleared to Eastern District Club. Senior players were rostered to mark the diamonds and new caps were on order for the players. The paper drive was successful, as was the raffle draw that was held at the Sunshine Town Hall. A meeting was held with Sunshine Cricket Club regarding the development of Selwyn park. The Football Club was now playing at Skinners Reserve. Annual Ball was held at Medway Golf Club.
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1965 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Public Relations Officer Social Secretary Coach Property Steward Junior Property Steward VBA Delegate Press Correspondence Rooms Committee
Pat Dalling Des Mitchell J. Paisley, J. Deeble, J. McCrae, M. Durston, R. Blackmore Snr, J. Carter, N. McArthur. Kerry McGuire Norm Durston Eddie Sutherland Barry Blackmore Des Mitchell Don Deeble Norm Durston Norm McArthur J. Viney J. Viney M. Laffan, I. Goldsworthy, T. Jones, R. Richards
SELWYN PARK CLUBROOMS
1965 SEASON EVENTS The club was wishing to lease Selwyn Park with a view to developing a sports complex. Albion Tennis Club and Sunshine Cricket and Football Clubs were all interested. The meeting was held, but Council did not give approval. An additional U16s team was entered into the competition, Mrs. Stanway made the uniforms for the team and 1 dozen new gloves were ordered for the juniors. Practise games were played against Newport and Geelong and Shorty Aarons was thanked for umpiring at Geelong. Interstate representatives were given financial support (John Viney, Lindsay Barnes, Don Deeble). It was decided that a scoreboard was needed for Sunday games. The golf day was held at Queens Park in Geelong and the destination for the end of season trip was Tatura. There were plans for future clubrooms at Barclay Reserve sent to Council. The club decided to go alone in applying for the liquor licence. The necessary building and conditions were sought from legal firm Brendan McGuiness.
1966 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Public Relations Officer Social Secretary Coach Property Steward VBA Delegates Press Correspondence
Pat Dalling Des Mitchell J. Paisley, J. Deeble, J. McCrae, M. Durston, R. Blackmore Snr, J. Carter, N. McArthur, Kerry McGuire Norm Durston Eddie Sutherland Barry Blackmore Des Mitchell Don Deeble Colin McKenner Kerry McGuire, Don Deeble J. Viney
PLANS FOR NEW CLUBROOMS AT BARCLAY RESERVE
1966 EAGLES EMBLEM ADOPTED
Ron Sutherland - U16s Rep State and Australian Team
Four senior and four junior teams were entered into the VBA competition. This year was also the year that the Club adopted the Eagles emblem and a wedge tail eagle was placed over the bar area in the clubrooms. The official opening of the clubrooms at Selwyn Park was conducted on November 20th. The executive was still working on a submission for the liquor licence with the help of Jack Carter and Alan Chivers. Ron Sutherland was selected in the VBA U16s State teams as well as the All-Australian U16s team. Sunshine Baseball Club was forced to make a switch from Selwyn Park to Barclay Reserve when Council decided that each sporting code, Football, Cricket, Baseball and Soccer should have separate headquarters. George Cross were interested in the old clubrooms at Selwyn Park.
AN ARTISTS IMPRESSION OF THE NEW CLUBROOMS AT BARCLAY RESERVE
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1967 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Public Relations Officer Social Secretary Coach Property Stewards Press Correspondence
Pat Dalling Jack Carter J. Paisley, J. McCrae, M. Durston, R. Holden, J . Deeble, R. Blackmore Snr, W. Shepherd, W. Wyatt Kerry McGuire Norm Durston Eddie Sutherland Barry Blackmore Geoff Pearce Don Deeble Colin McKenner, Greg Murden Norm Phillips
PICTURE NIGHTS AT THE CLUBROOMS
Kerry McGuire Secretary
Don Deeble Edward King Cup Winner
Four senior and three junior teams were entered in the VBA competition. Coaches appointed were: Club Coach 1sts: Don Deeble, 2nds: Barry Blackmore, 3rds: Kerry McGuire, 4ths: Bob Gliddon, U17s: Robert Blackmore, U15s: Ern Jones, U13s: Robert Fischer. Practise sessions were held under lights at Selwyn Park and Harry Beitzel was a guest speaker at a players night. There was seating purchased for the change rooms and a storeroom was a new addition. The Golf Day was held at Clifton Springs and Card Nights were started for interested players. Janette and John Weaver made and hung new curtains in the clubrooms and Joyce Richardson offered to clean the clubrooms as well. Picture nights were held at the clubrooms and were conducted by Ross Straw.
1968 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Public Relations Officer Coach Property Stewards Press Correspondence General Committee
Pat Dalling Jack Carter J. Paisley, R. Holden, J . Deeble, W. Shepherd, D. Mitchell, J. Tighe, W. Wyatt Kerry McGuire Norm Durston Eddie Sutherland Barry Blackmore Don Deeble Colin McKenner, Greg Murden Norm Phillips D. Deeble, L. Barnes, C. McKenner, J. Viney, N. Phillips, G. Murden, W. Hodge, K. Moffat
SIX OF OUR SEVEN TEAMS PLAY FINALS
Regular state players Don Deeble and John Viney welcome Maurie Klavins to the Interstate field.
In season 1968 six of our seven teams made the finals and our first nine narrowly missed relegation. Only our Pee Wee team were able to bring the premiership honours to the Club. The Club was looking to sign some potential top players for season 1970, as well as pushing our own players to work harder to hold their places in the team. Midweek training was introduced as well. The clubrooms were inspected by Liquor Commission representatives who suggested certain alterations which would help in obtaining our liquor licence. STANDING Pat Dalling (President) Jack Carter (Vice Pres) Linsday Fenner Maurice Klavins Lindsay Barnes Noel Chandler John Dunham Colin McKenner Kerry McGuire (Sec) Betty McGuire (Scorer)
SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB - TEAM OF 1968
SITTING Barry Blackmore Greg Murden Ron Mannion Don Deeble John Viney Murray Bates Norm Phillips Norm Durston Bat boy; Michael Deeble
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1969 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Coach Social Secretary General Committee
Pat Dalling Barry Blackmore J. Paisley, R. Holden, J . Deeble, D. Mitchell, J. Tighe, W. Wyatt, J. Carter Kerry McGuire Kevin Moffat Eddie Sutherland Don Deeble Tom (Chester) McIntyre D. Deeble, C. McKenner, J. Dunham M. Laffan, G. Pearce, N. Phillips, J. Viney
PEE WEE TEAM PREMIERS The first nine had a disappointing season, narrowly missing relegation, whilst every other team made the four. Only the Pee Wee team was able to bring the Premiership honours to the club. Players talking team tactics at Barclay Reserve in 1969
The clubrooms were inspected by Liquor Commission representatives were suggested certain alterations which would help in obtaining our liquor licence.
1970 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents
Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Finance Manager Coach Social Secretary Membership Secretary Licenced Club Nominee
Pat Dalling Barry Blackmore J. Paisley, R. Holden, J . Deeble, D. Mitchell, J. Tighe, W. Wyatt, J. Carter, E. Clarke, G. Pearce Kerry McGuire Kevin Moffat Eddie Sutherland Geoff Pearce Don Deeble Tom (Chester) McIntyre Bill Wyatt Kerry McGuire
CLUB OBTAINS LIQUOR LICENCE The club finally obtained their liquor licence after many years of trying and it put the Club into a new era both financially and socially. After running as a dry club for 12 months, the Club bank balance was $600 in the red. Firsts season in 1970 as reported by Don Deeble: Once again Sunshine showed their dislike for finals when all teams made the four, but not one premiership was posted. Being Club Champions was however some consolation. The past year was possibly the best performance for a long time. The Firsts finished on top of the ladder due to mainly Darryl McGregor and the wily catching of John Viney. Darryl's performance during the year was outstanding. The previous year he came from Bendigo and played on a permit for 3 games. This year in his first full season he was the clubs best player and was one of the four Sunshine players named in the State Team, the others being Ron Mannion, John Viney and Maurie Klavins.
1971 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Club Solicitor Auditor Social Secretary General Committee
Pat Dalling Barry Blackmore J. Paisley, R. Holden, J . Deeble, G. Pearce, M. Laffan, D. Mitchell, A. Kyle, W. Wyatt, J. Carter, E. Clarke Kerry McGuire Kevin Moffat Eddie Sutherland Keon Cohen C.P. Stephens Tom (Chester) McIntyre D. Deeble, G. Fischer, L. Barnes, N. Phillips, J. Viney, C. McKenner, D. Richardson
TABLE TENNIS, SQUASH, DARTS AND GOLF
The beer flows at the new bar in the clubrooms
On field, the 1sts finished 7th on the ladder and the 2nds and 3rds teams were premiers. Off field, there were lots of expenses in the setting up of the new clubrooms, but the profits were starting to show from the bar. Pat Dalling estimated that the club contributed up to $12,000 in labour and material to its Barclay Reserve premises since the original building was erected by the council in 1966. Barry Blackmore, who was a draftsman by trade, drew up modification plans for the clubrooms as well as plans for an extension at a later stage. There were various other sporting activities that were taking place off field such as table tennis, squash, darts and golf. The membership was growing in the club with 173 ordinary members, 62 Associate members and 41 Junior members.
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1971-1972 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Club Solicitor Auditor Social Secretary Players Representative General Committee
Pat Dalling Bill Wyatt R. Holden, G. Pearce, M. Laffan, E. Clarke, S. Parcell, A. Kyle, J. Carter, N. McCarthur Kerry McGuire Kevin Moffat Eddie Sutherland Keon Cohen C.P. Stephens Ron Cailes Tom Jones D. Deeble, G. Fischer, L. Barnes, N. Phillips J. Viney, C. McKenner, D. Richardson, D. Smith
SUMMER AND WINTER PREMIERSHIPS
1972 Winter 2nds Premiership Team
The summer baseball season of 1972 saw the 1sts being runners up, the 2nds and 3rds won the premierships and the 4ths finished 3rd. In the winter competition, the Club fielded 8 teams; 4 senior and 4 junior teams. At senior level there were 2 premierships, one runners up and one finalist. In the juniors there were 2 premierships and 1 runners up. It was described by Pat Dalling as probably the most exciting year that the Club had experienced in relation to playing. All teams brought honour to themselves and the club. Interstate selection went to Ron Biddell and Dennis Kennedy in the Claxton Shield teams heading off to Brisbane, Ron being chosen as the All-Australian Catcher. Steven Blackmore was selected in the U17s team to play in Melbourne and Norm Baker and Craig Spry were chosen in the U15s team to play in Sydney.
Back: T. Jones, L. McGuire (scorer) N. Phillips, W. McGuire, J. Kelly, M. Gregory, J. Lee, J. Kyle, A. Bluch, L. McIntyre, J. Viney Front: G. Mannion, P. Higginson, T. Jones (jnr), G. May
1972-1973 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Club Solicitor Auditor Social Secretary Players Representative General Committee
Pat Dalling A. Kyle R. Holden, G. Pearce, M. Laffan A. Kyle, J. Carter, N. McCarthur Kerry McGuire Kevin Moffat Eddie Sutherland Keon Cohen C.P. Stephens J. Roberts E. Norquay G. Fischer, G. Spry, G. Mathers R. May, C. McKenner, G. O'Conner, E. Jones
The first U17s Premiership for S.B.C. Back : M. Newhouse, N. Baker, D. McGuire, T. McDuff, M. Higginson, T. McIntyre (manager) P. Honan, Front: D. Gray, L. Turner, S. Blackmore, N. MacArthur (Coach), D. McGuire, T. Hommelhoff
ELEVEN TEAMS FIELDED IN ONE SEASON Eleven teams were fielded in the winter season, which was the most ever in the history of the club with 5 senior and 6 junior teams. At senior level, only one premiership was obtained and two other teams were finalists. The 1sts, after starting the season successfully, suffered several injuries and with players losing form, they failed to finish in the top five. In regards to the summer season, the Club was considering not fielding teams at all due to the long list of injuries and the fatigue of the players. However, many of the younger players asked that the decision be reconsidered and the team be entered. The senior teams struggled with many players having to play above themselves in order to win and to make up for the injury gaps. As for interstate selection, unfortunately Sunshine didn't have any senior representatives which was a rare occurrence for the club. However, the following players represented the club at the U15s series held in Perth - Kent Spry, Tom Jones and Glen Myhre. The membership was still growing in the club with 222 Ordinary members, 69 Associate members and 60 Junior members.
Junior Teams 1972-1973
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1973-1974 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Snr Vice President Vice Presidents Secretary Assistant Secretary Treasurer Club Solicitor Auditor Social Secretary Players Representative Club Coach General Committee
Pat Dalling A. Kyle R. Holden, M. Laffan, B. Blackmore, A. Kyle, J. Carter, N. McCarthur Kerry McGuire D. Richardson Eddie Sutherland Keon Cohen C.P. Stephens J. Roberts E. Norquay G. Mathers G. Fischer, G. Spry, G. Mathers R. May, C. McKenner, G. O'Conner, E. Jones
SUMMER TEAMS ON THE IMPROVE The summer season of ‘74 was made up of many young players once again and this season they were much more competitive. As for interstate representation, compared to last year when we were poorly represented, this season was a very different story with 11 players being chosen to represent Victoria. Ten teams were fielded in the winter competition; 5 senior and 5 junior teams. On the social side of things, the Club was proud to announce that Dick Laney beat Bill Wilson to be the top dart player for 1974.
Team of 1974 Back: G. May, J. Kelly, J. Fields, D. Hills, D. McGuire, L. McIntyre, K. McGuire (Sec) Front: S. Blackmore, N. Bourke, G. Mathers (Coach), B. Blackmore, L. Barnes
U15s Premiers 1974 Kent Spry
Back: B. Eccelson, G. Wilkinson, G. Ross, K. Spry, P. Anderson, Front: W. Waddell, T. Jones, E. Norquay (Coach) G. Myer, A. Darcy, D. Schmidt
1974-1975 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Membership Secretary Club Nominee Bar Manager Club Solicitor Club Coach Auditor General Committee
Junior Committee Rooms Committee Social Committee
Pat Dalling Kerry McGuire Eddie Sutherland John Mahoney Geoff Fischer Frank Sullivin Keon Cohen G. Mathers C.P. Stephens B. Blackmore, K. McGuire, R. Holden, G. Spry, L. McIntyre, R. Roberts, D. Hills, W. McGuire, R. Rowe, C. McKenner, E. Jones E. Jones (Chairman), R. Fischer, L. Riddle, F. Burke, J. Carter, G. Fischer, R. Cailes, R. Harrison J. Carter, G. Fischer, R. Cailes, R. Harrison Ron May (Chairman), J. Roberts, R. Laney, G. O'Conner, K. Longmuir, M. Jones, I. O'Conner, R. Obrien, D. Richardson
SUNSHINE AND PORT MELBOURNE JOIN FORCES
U15s Premiers 1975 Back: K. Vergos, N. Bourke, E. Norquay (Coach), N. Baker, R. Veal, Front: P. Norquay A. Blackmore, T. Jones, G. Meyer, M. Darcy
The season of ‘75 saw Sunshine struggling for players as quite a few decided to have a breather. However, as Port Melbourne were not fielding a side, five of their members came over to Sunshine and so enough players were on hand. The team, under the coaching of Lindsay Barnes, performed ably and were worthy opponents on game day. On the juniors side of things, Robert Fischer was very happy to report that the juniors fielded five teams and from those, two of them won premierships, one was runners up and another being finalists. Sunshine was well represented in State and Australian sides, with five of our boys playing. These boys were Neil Burke, Shane Howard, Michael Darcy, Paul Blackmore and Russell Stewart. Neil Burke and Shane Howard were also chosen to represent Australia in the U.S.A. on the first overseas tour by an underage side.
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1976 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Membership Secretary Club Nominee Bar Manager Club Solicitor Club Coach Summer Coaches Auditor Baseball Committee
Junior Committee Rooms Committee Social Committee
Pat Dalling Kerry McGuire Eddie Sutherland John Mahoney Geoff Fischer Frank Sullivan Keon Cohen Geoff Mathers / Assistant Coach John Viney John Viney and Lindsay Barnes C.P. Stephens K. McGuire (Sec), T. Jones, R. Holden, G. O'Conner, J. Carter, W. McGuire, G. Murden, R. Rowe, J. Fields, J. Kelly, R. Laney, R. Sutherland, K. Adams K. Adams (Chairman), R. Fischer, G. Murphy, J. Mahoney, L. Riddle, N. McArthur, C. McKenner, F. Bourke, L. Vannotti J. Carter (Chairman), G. Fischer, M. Laffan, R. Harrison Ron May (Chairman), J. Roberts, R. Laney, D. Richardson, G. O'Conner, K. Longmuir, M. Jones, I. O'Conner, R. Obrien
SUMMER SEASON: 2NDS WIN PREMIERSHIP
Ron Holden Elected Life Member
Jim Kelly Edward King Cup Winner
John Viney and Lindsay Barnes were at the helm for the 1sts in the summer season. There were practise games played against Geelong and Ballarat, but with the decline in numbers and the Club still struggling for players, the summer season saw our 1sts team relegated to B Grade. The 2nds team however won the premiership and flew the flag high for the Eagles. Other events during the season were the U13s Pee Wee Carnival held in Sunshine, the installation of the flood lighting for practise purposes, the home run fence was installed, a past player reunion was held and there was a change of uniform with 40 ordered. Col McKenner was appointed coach of the winter team and Tom McIntyre was the manager of the winter team.
1976-1977 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Membership Secretary Club Nominee Club Solicitor Club Coach Rooms Committee Auditor Baseball Committee
Pat Dalling Kerry McGuire Eddie Sutherland John Mahoney Frank Sullivan C. Keon Cohen Summer and Winter - Lindsay Barnes J. Carter (Chairman), G. Fischer, M. Laffan C.P. Stephens K. McGuire (Sec), T. Jones, R. Holden, M. Laffan, J. Carter, L. Barnes, T. McIntyre J. Kelly, R. Laney, R. Sutherland, N. Durston, D. Mitchell K. Adams (Chairman), L. Riddle, R. Laney, F. Bourke, M. Darcy, A. Darcy, , W. Goldsworthy, J. Mahoney, R. Thomas, N. McArthur, C. McKenner, G. Whitmitz, N. Bourke Ron May (Chairman), K. Waller, D. Richardson, M. Laffan, G. Best, J. Roberts, F. Burke, D. Mitchell, R. Laney, B. Barnes R. Watt, I. Anderson, J. Flahive, E. Nicholls, K. Darcy, S. Waller
Norm Durston Elected Life Member 77-78
Stephen Blackmore Edward King Cup
SUMMER SEASON: 1STS AND 2NDS WIN PREMIERSHIP Season ‘76-’77 saw the 1sts and the 2nds both winning the premierships and the return to A Division baseball. The 3rds were defeated in the finals and the 4ths finished outside the top four. Off field activities at the time included the car park being sealed, new carpet and curtains for the clubrooms, a new pitching machine was ordered and a long lease was signed with council. Roc Kirby of Village Theatre supplied new uniforms for the junior teams and Tee Ball was introduced for juniors in the Sunshine area. There were Saturday night dances that were well attended, and the Ladies Committee purchased crockery and cutlery for the kitchen and new drapes for the upstairs flat. Comparison of club assets: 1972 ‐ $23,000 / 1977 ‐ $180,000 Pat Dalling was in his 17th year as President for the Sunshine Baseball Club and it was a position that he relished. Upon speaking to many Committee members of his time, they all had only fine words for Pat. Many mentioned that he was a fine spokesman. When he was making a speech, you could almost hear a pin drop, as he had everyone's undivided attention as he addressed the members and players.
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Pat Dalling in his 17th year as Club President
1977-1978 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Membership Secretary Club Nominee Club Solicitor Club Coaches Finance Committee Trustees Rooms Committee Auditor Baseball Committee
Junior Committee Social Committee
Pat Dalling Kerry McGuire Max Jepson John Mahoney Frank Sullivan C. Keon Cohen Summer - Lindsay Barnes / Winter - L. Fenner A. Kyle, L. Fenner, B. Blackmore K. Moffat, T. Laffan, J. McCrae G. Murphy, I. Goldsworthy, M. Laffan C.P. Stephens K. McGuire (Sec), J. Mahoney (Snr Assist Sec), L. Riddle (Jnr Assist Sec) F. Burke, W. Goldsworthy, R. Thomas, B. Blackmore, K. Adams, P. McIntyre, N. Durston, M. Laffan, P. Downing, N. McArthur K. Adams (Chairman), L. Riddell, F. Burke, R. Thomas, B. Blackmore R. May (Chairman), K. Waller, J. Roberts, J. Flahive, M. Laffan, F. Burke, R. Watt, I. Anderson, E. Nicholls, P. McIntyre, G. Best, G. O'Conner, P. Beckworth
U17s Premiers 1978/9 Back: R. Stewart, J. Hilton, P. Anderson, D. Howlett, D. Jenkins, D. Mahon, A. Plant, J. Jenkins (Scorer) Front: G. Paterson, R. Laney (Coach), P. Kyle R. Anderson
This season saw a vast improvement and maturity in many young players that would certainly hold the Club in good stead for the coming years. It was a Premiership season for the Super Nine in the U17s! Nine players only from the start of the season to Grand Final day. These kids gave their heart, guts and dedication to play in the Grand Final. Off field there was once again plenty going on around the place. There were presentations to Pat Dalling and Kerry McGuire for services rendered. Both retired after many years of service on the Executive, with the Club in a very strong financial position and clubrooms in excellent condition. A new fence was erected along the first base line, there were new heaters fitted out in the clubrooms, the kitchen was modernised and the Albion Cricket Club joined the Baseball Club for its headquarters. Datsun Motors and Village were the major sponsors of the Club again and a barbecue was held at the Darcy home to raise money for State Representatives, which was a great success.
1978-1979 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Membership Secretary Club Nominee Club Solicitor Club Coaches Finance Committee Trustees Auditor Baseball Committee
Rooms and Grounds
Pat Dalling Kerry McGuire Max Jepson Gary May Frank Sullivan C. Keon Cohen Summer - Lindsay Barnes / Winter - M. Darcy A. Kyle, M. Jepson, L. Fenner, B. Blackmore K. Moffat, T. Laffan, J. McCrae C.P. Stephens K. McGuire (Sec), J. Mahoney, M. Laffan, G. Murphy, N. McArthur, P. McKintyre, B. Blackmore, L. Riddell, N. Durston, R. Thomas, K. Adams, M. Darcy, R. May (Chairman), K. Waller, J. Roberts, J. Flahive, M. Laffan, VBA Premiers 1979 Winter F. Burke, R. Watt, I. Anderson, E. Nicholls, P. McIntyre, G. Best, G. O'Conner, P. Beckworth Back P. McIntyre, S. Howard, P. Nicholls, P. Byrne, P. Higginson, Greg M. Laffan, G. Murphy, I. Goldsworthy Patterson, S. Provis, L. Provis (2nds Scorer) Sitting: C. Howard (Scorer), A. Darcy, Glen Patterson, M. Darcy (Coach), A. Johnston, D. Smith Front: C. Miller, R. Britten, K. Duggan, D. Robinson
ON THE IMPROVE IN SEASON 1979 Season 1978-79 was a most successful one for Sunshine. For the first time in the Clubs history, all coaches and managers were appointed 3 months prior to the season commencing. Also the extensive recruiting campaign resulted in many new players to the Club such as Glen Ward, Tony Johnston, Neil Phillips, Daryl Robinson, Stephen Cox and David Sweeney. In addition to these new top recruits, there were many juniors showing all the signs of being potential players of the future, some of those names were Salih Ozgul, David Hirst, Craig Hannah, Chris Mahon and Greg Martini. Players selected for the Interstate Competition were Peter Jacobsson and Peter Thomas for the Victorian U18s team and they were also selected for the Australian Team to tour America. Greg Martini was also selected to play for Victoria in the U15s team. John and Don Kyle and Don Knapp were selected in the Australian Team and Tony Darcy was selected to tour America with the U19s team.
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1979-1980 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Membership Secretary Club Nominee Club Solicitor Club Coaches Assist Club Coaches Finance Committee Auditor Baseball Committee Baseball Committee Baseball Committee Social Committee Social Committee Rooms and Grounds
Ron May David Richardson Max Jepson Gary May Frank Sullivan C. Keon Cohen / Dawson Kennedy Sunshine Summer - Jim Young / Winter - Michael Darcy Col McKenner, Ron Sutherland A. Kyle, L. Fenner, B. Blackmore, J. Mahoney C.P. Stephens B. Blackmore (Chairman), J. Mahoney (Sec), N. Durston, K. Adams, N. McArthur, J. Young, M. McGregory, K. Spry G. May, A. Lillter, E. Sutherland, G. Murphy, G. Spry K. Waller (Chairman), J. Roberts (Sec), J. Flahive, P. Beckwith L. Young, F. Burke, E. McMurray, R. Watt, B. Nills, E. Nicholls M. Laffan, G. Murphy, I. Goldsworthy
1980 WINTER AND SUMMER SEASON Unfortunately the winter team of 1980 was destined to finish on the bottom due to lack of player support. The team got away to a poor start when coach D. Laney resigned after the first game. Fortunately Peter Higginson was prepared to take on the role and he did a fine job with a team lacking in experience and talent. In regards to the summer competition, Sunshine failed to have any Senior side participate in the finals for the first time in many years. The Junior sides performed a little better, with Ron May the U13s and U17s both reaching the final, only to be New President defeated and thus resulting in the Club's poorest on field record for at least 15 years. The last season was one of consolidation and team building following the loss of six firsts players, six seconds and thirds players and the loss of five of our 1979/80 U17s who chose to pursue other interests. Interstate selection went to the following players; Neil Burke-Claxton Shield rep and selected for the Australian team. Peter Jacobsson, Victorian U18s and Australian U19s who played in the U19s World Series and Peter Thomas and Colin Miller in the Victorian U18s.
U17s Team of 1980 Back: I. Anderson, D. Barnes, D. Hirst, G. Martini, D. Hirst (Snr) Front: D. Wise, B. Goldsworthy, R. Browne, C. Durston, S. Hirst
U13s Team of 1980 Back: B. Devereaux, J. King, S. Murphy (Scorer), T. Giggins, L. Burke, A. Brian, G. Murphy (Coach), W. Night, L. Defino Front: P. Anderson, H. Miriklis, C. Young, M. Miriklis, P. Barnes
Off the field, there were many plans around the Club that were on the cards, such as a squash court, new trophy area, new dug outs, as well as new chairs and a new TV. Also the campaign being run by the Licenced Clubs Associations on the introduction of poker machines was on the agenda for Sunshine Baseball Club.
1980-1981 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Membership Secretary Club Nominee Club Solicitor Club Coaches Assist Club Coaches Finance Committee Auditor Baseball Committee
Rooms and Grounds
Ron May David Richardson Max Jepson Gary May Frank Sullivan C. Keon Cohen / Dawson Kennedy Sunshine Summer - Jim Young / Winter - Michael Darcy Col McKenner, Ron Sutherland A. Kyle, L. Fenner, B. Blackmore, J. Mahoney C.P. Stephens B. Blackmore (Chairman), J. Mahoney (Sec), N. Durston, K. Adams, N. McArthur, J. Young, M. McGregory, K. Spry G. May, A. Lillter, E. Sutherland, G. Murphy, G. Spry K. Waller (Chairman), J. Roberts (Sec/Treasurer), J. Flahive, L. Young, F. Burke, E. McMurray, R. Watt, B. Nills E. Nicholls, P. Beckwith M. Laffan, G. Murphy, I. Goldsworthy
Fourths Team of 1981 Back: V. Rand, D. Hirts (Snr) , D. Hirst (Jnr), D. Barnes, D. Pumpa, S. Hirst Middle: P. Bennet, M. Mitchell, K. Adams (Coach), D. Wise, G. Martini
The 1981 season was another disappointing one with all senior teams failing to make the finals, however the juniors had a fine season and the Club was very fortunate to have so much fine potential in the junior ranks. The 1sts, although having their best season for many years, were unable to play good consistent baseball and consequently lost many games against the weaker teams. Several newcomers to the club were welcome additions, Harry Campbell and Jeff Bolton proved to be excellent clubmen while Rob Wood, Tony Martin, Gary Mannion, Don Nichols and Ian Thorogood added depth to our senior teams. Congratulations on Interstate selection went to Harry and Michael Mirklis, George Calder and Darren Viney for the Victorian U13s team. Peter Jacobsson and Peter Thomas Victorian U18s and Neil Burke for the Victorian and Australian team. Peter Jacobsson also proudly won the Outstanding Junior Award for Victoria.
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1981-1982 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS 1982 EVENTS President Secretary Treasurer Membership Secretary Club Nominee Club Solicitor Club Trustees Club Coach Assist Club Coaches Finance Committee Auditor Baseball Committee
Social Committee Rooms and Grounds
Ron May David Richardson L. Fenner R. Watt Frank Sullivan Dawson Kennedy Sunshine T. Laffan, J. McCrae, K. Moffat Jim Young Col McKenner, Ron Sutherland A. Kyle, L. Fenner, B. Blackmore, J. Mahoney C.P. Stephens N. Durston (Chairman), J. Mahoney (Sec), G. Spry, N. McArthur, K. Adams, A. Lillter, M. Gregory, E. Sutherland., G. Murden, G. May G. O'Conner (Chairman), K. McKenner (Sec/Treas), J. Young, R. Watt, E. Nicholls, R. May B. Blackmore (Chairman), I. Goldsworthy
Coaches of season 1982
The Club had discussions in 1981 regarding a move to Bon Thomas Reserve in Deer Park, but in 1982 they were shelved. The Club was also advertising the rooms for use for functions to help with revenue and some upgrades were a new ceiling and lights added to the bar. On field, no senior teams made the finals. Our State Representatives were Harry and Michael Miriklis, George Calder and Darren Viney all in the U13s. Peter Thomas and Peter Jacobsson in the State U18s and Neil Burke in the Victorian and Australian Teams. Stephen Blackmore won his 2nd Edward King Cup and is runner up in V.B.A. Pitching Award. John Mahoney was instrumental in securing the services of John Galloway as the new club coach for season 1982-1983 and Leigh McKintyre had the role of pitching coach.
Under 17sTeam of 1982 Back: A. Bibby, B. Devereaux, T. Giggins, T. Evans, W. Knight, S. Baker Middle: T. Giggins, M. Vansantvoort, C. Young, D. Kyle, L. Burke Front: P. Barnes, A. Brian
Back: C. McKenner, D. Laney, T. McIntyre, E. Nicholls Front: K. Adams, J. Young, L. Barnes, G. Murden, R. Sutherland
Runner Up U17s Team of 1980
U13s Team of 1980 - Hawks
Back: B. Blackmore, P. Jacobs, P. Kyle, P. Thomas, D. Howlett, M. Jepson, J. Fischer Middle: D. Mahon, S. Ozgul, J. Mahoney (Coach), R. Stewart, B. Goldsworthy Front: D. Hannah, P. Blackmore, B. Jepson, C. Mahon
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Back: P. Vickers (Manager), G. Calder, P. White, S. O'Conner, Fox Nicholls. Front: / - , M. Kylie, A. Lee Tet, G. Vickers, J. Kylie (Scorer)
1982-1983 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Membership Secretary Club Licensee Club Solicitor Club Trustees Club Coach Assist Club Coaches Finance Committee Auditor Baseball Committee Social Committee Rooms and Grounds
Ron May David Richardson L. Fenner R. Watt Executive Dawson Kennedy Sunshine T. Laffan, J. McCrae, K. Moffat John Galloway Col McKenner, Ron Sutherland, L. McIntyre L. Fenner (Chairman), A. Kyle , B. Blackmore, J. Mahoney W. Burkut N. Durston (Chairman), J. Mahoney (Secretary), V. Rand, N. McArthur, K. Adams, G. Murden, R. Haxby, G. O'Conner (Chairman), K. McKenner, (Treasurer), J. Young, R. Watt, E. Nicholls, R. May, D. Mitchell B. Blackmore (Chairman), I. Goldsworthy
FIRST A GRADE PREMIERSHIP FOR SUNSHINE
Season 1982-83 was the most successful year on and off the field for the Club. Under the guidance of new club coach John Galloway the 1sts and the 2nds were victorious, winning the premierships in both categories. Bob Amity was bought out from America by the Club as a player, and the pre-season training camp was at Deakin University. John Galloway was 3rd in VBA voting and Leigh McIntyre won the VBA Pitching Award. In the junior section, the U15s, coached by Jim Young and John Viney, won the Premiership. The U13s also won the premiership coached by Peter Vickers. State Representatives were Leigh McIntyre and Peter Jacobsson with Leigh also making the Australian team. Harry and Michael Miriklis and Bryan Murphy made the State U13s Team. Off field, the new batting cages were built and the beer dispensing equipment was updated.
Back Row: N. Durston, J. Mahoney, A. Blackmore, C. Spry, M. Gregory, S. Blackmore, P. Sutherland, R. May Front Row: R. Browne, G. May, R. Sutherland, J. Galloway (Coach), L. McIntyre, N. Burke, M. Darcy, R. Amity, Bat Boy M. Fenner
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THE WESTERN TIMES ARTICLE - APRIL 20th 1983 SUNSHINE BREAK 20 YEAR DROUGHT Sunshine vindicated the decision to recruit heavily at the start of the season when it won its first Premiership since 1962 over the weekend. Recruited to the club were South Australian and Australian catcher John Galloway as coach, Australian pitcher Leigh McIntyre, from Essendon, and American Bob Amity. In the final McIntyre was in brilliant touch as the Eagles beat Coburg 2-1 in the Grand Final replay after being beaten 18-13 the week before. McIntyre conceded only five scattered hits and one walk, and made four strike outs in 88 pitches to control the match. Galloway, recognised as one of the best catchers in Australia, has proved an exceptional buy, with by the way, has moulded together a relatively young and inexperienced team. Amity a solid performer at right field was one of the club vetted before offering him a contract. He proved his team spirit by postponing hid return to America to take part in Sunday's match. Sunshine controlled the match from the top of the fourth innings. Left fielder Peter Sutherland hit safely and then stole two more bases when the Coburg catcher hesitated in throwing to third. Sunshine's third baseman, Mike Darcy, drove Sutherland home with a good hit through centerfield. Earlier Sunshine, with shortstop Neil Burke dominant, had made double plays in the second and third innings to keep Coburg at bay. Another double play in the crucial eight innings put more pressure on Coburg, which boats one of the best hitting line-ups in the VBA and four Claxton Shield Players. Fittingly McIntyre completed a magnificent finals series when he struck out the last Coburg hitter in the bottom of the ninth innings to give Sun shine the flag. It was McIntyre's second shut out of the finals. After the match, Galloway praised his side for a solid team effort. Later he said, Next year will be harder. We were the underdogs today, but next season everyone will be looking to knock us off. Club Secretary John Mahoney, said that the club had decided that they had enough of being a middle of the road club, and they set out purposely to pursue John Galloway when said, he was the best motivational coach in Australia!
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1983-1984 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Membership Secretary Club Licensee Club Solicitor Club Trustees Club Coach Assist Club Coaches Finance Committee Auditor Baseball Committee Social Committee
Rooms and Grounds
Ron May David Richardson L. Fenner R. Watt Executive Dawson Kennedy Sunshine T. Laffan, J. McCrae, K. Moffat John Galloway Col McKenner, Ron Sutherland, L. McIntyre L. Fenner (Chairman), A. Kyle , B. Blackmore, J. Mahoney W. Burkut N. Durston (Chairman), J. Mahoney (Secretary), V. Rand, N. McArthur, K. Adams, G. Murden, R. Haxby, M. Blair (Chairman), K. McKenner, (Treasurer), D. Mitchell, P. Wegner, D. Galloway, J. Richardson, J. Fischer, M. Mahoney, M. Mitchell, J. Williams P. Beckwith (Chairman), I. Goldsworthy, D. Baker
Reserves Coach Ron Sutherland
MVP Reserves Peter Thomas
1983-84 EVENTS On field, our Firsts missed out on making the finals by just one game, whereas the Seconds were victorious winning back to back Premierships. The Club welcomed Phil Allen as a player to Sunshine and pre season training was held in Geelong. John Galloway, who was appointed the Victorian Coach, in his first season, was successful in bringing back the Claxton Shield to Victoria. Peter Jacobsson was also selected and played in the Victorian team. On the juniors side of things, the U13s won the Premiership in the main competition under the guidance of P. Vickers. Off field, the Club became a corporate body, two light towers were erected for training under lights, the batting cage was restructured to provide two tunnels and a pitching pen was built, as well as a new scorers' box. The new opposition dug out was built, a new high fence was erected down the first base line and the upstairs room was converted into a flat.
1984-1985 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer
A. Kyle David Richardson G. Murden
Membership Secretary Club Licensee Club Solicitor Club Trustees Club Coach Assist Club Coaches Finance Committee Auditor Baseball Committee
R. Watt Executive Dawson Kennedy Sunshine T. Laffan, J. McCrae, K. Moffat John Galloway Col McKenner, Ron Sutherland, L. McIntyre L. Fenner (Chairman), A. Kyle , B. Blackmore, J. Mahoney W. Burkut J. Mahoney (Chairman), M. Mahoney (Secretary), V. Rand, N. McArthur, G. Murden, R. Haxby, G. Murphy G. O'Conner (Chairman), K. McKenner, (Treasurer), D. Mitchell, P. Wegner, R. May, B. Blackmore, J. Williams P. Beckwith (Chairman), I. Goldsworthy, D. Baker
Social Committee Rooms and Grounds
New President Andy Kyle
Phil Allen in action
FIRSTS WIN A GRADE PREMIERSHIP - SECOND IN 3 YEARS Season 1984-85 saw Sunshine Baseball Club win its second A Grade Premiership in 3 years which was a remarkable achievement by all parties concerned. The Firsts reached the finals by winning their last match against the second placed team, Melbourne, and the bottom team defeated the fourth placed Malvern. This allowed Sunshine into the final series by .05%. A stand out player pitching brilliantly in the finals series, was one of our recruits from the USA, Roger Bates, our other recruit from the USA was Bob Amity, who was an outfielder and hitter. Our interstate Reps for Victoria were, John Galloway (Coach), Leigh McIntyre and Michael Darcy. John Galloway was also appointed Assistant Coach to the Australian Team and Leigh McIntyre was also selected to play for Australia. Gavin Fischer and Harry Miriklis were selected in the Victorian U15s team. The achievements of the Eagles U13s team could possibly go down in the records books as the most successful U13s team the Club has produced, their record speaks for itself. Friday nights: Played 15 / won 15 including the Grand Final, Sunday All Stars: Played 11 / won 10 / drew 1 including the Grand final, Merchants Lightning Premiership: won 3 preliminary games only to miss out on the finals by a small percentage of .02%. Off field activities were the upgrade of the bar, Ray Haxby introduced Junior team sponsorships to the Club and the end of season trip was by aeroplane to Wagga Wagga. The catering for functions was extremely successful and were a major source of income for the Club. Plans for the 50th Year Anniversary were underway
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1985-1986 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Treasurer Secretary Membership Secretary Baseball Committee
Social Committee Club Coaches Finance Committee Auditor Club Licensee Club Solicitor Club Trustees Rooms and Grounds
A. Kyle G. Murden David Richardson R. Watt J. Mahoney (Chairman), M. Mahoney (Secretary), N. McArthur, R. Haxby, P. Vickers, R. Sutherland E. Nicholls, J. Galloway, P. Beckwith B. Blackmore (Chairman), K. McKenner, J. Williams, G. O'Conner, D. Mullins, G. Goldsworthy, D. McKay John Galloway, Ron Sutherland L. Fenner (Chairman), A. Kyle , B. Blackmore, J. Mahoney, G. Murden W. Burkut Executive Dawson Kennedy Sunshine T. Laffan, J. McCrae, K. Moffat M. Laffan (Chairman) (Resigned April ), P. Vickers (Chairman), I. Goldsworthy, D. Baker. D. McKay
John Galloway catching for Australia
Ross Straw Field
1985-86 EVENTS Our Firsts were hoping for back to back premierships, but that was not meant to be. Ron Sutherland led the Seconds to the Grand Final for the 3rd time running in four years, but the guys were defeated by Essendon. The Thirds, coached by Rick Bunting had a great season and reached the finals, which was a first for the Thirds in ten years. The Fourths, led by Ken Adams, with many young players, had a good season and just missed a spot in the finals. In the juniors, although there were no premierships, many teams made the finals and showed lots of promise for the future. Leigh McIntyre was cleared to Essendon, Stephen Harris was recruited from the USA. Interstate Representation went to John Galloway, who was once again selected to coach Victoria. Other Sunshine players to represent Victoria were Peter Jacobsson, Neil Burke, Michael Darcy and Stephen Blackmore.
1986-1987 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Treasurer Secretary Membership Secretary Baseball Committee Baseball Committee Social Committee Club Coaches Finance Committee Auditor Club Licensee Club Solicitor Club Trustees Rooms and Grounds Rooms and Grounds
J. Mahoney J. Lee Tet David Richardson R. Watt J. Mahoney (Chairman), M. Mahoney (Secretary), N. McArthur, R. Haxby, P. Vickers, R. Sutherland J. Galloway, P. Beckwith, G. Murden J. Mahoney, K. McKenner, G. O'Conner, G. Goldsworthy, D. McKay, D. Mullan, John Galloway, Ron Sutherland A. Kyle (Chairman), B. Blackmore, J. Mahoney, G. Murden G. Murden Executive Dawson Kennedy and McDonald T. Laffan, J. McCrae, K. Moffat G. Fischer (Chairman), P. Vickers, E. Nicholls, R.Haxby I. Goldsworthy, D. Baker, G. Murphy, A. Chinn, P. Beckwith,
New President John Mahoney
SEASON 1986-1987 On field the Firsts reached the finals only to be eliminated by Newport in the Preliminary Final. The loss of Michael Darcy, Neil Burke for 2/3rds of the season, Peter Sutherland, Neil Phillips and Stephen Harris highlighted the lack of depth in the Club. However the addition of Jeff Lynch, Brett Ward and Tim Peraino added stability to the team and the club had high hopes for their success next season.
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The Fourths also played finals baseball in the ‘87-’88 season with Paul Bennett at the helm. Paul noted that after a slow start to the season, the boys went from strength to strength and played well overall with great team commitment. On the junior side of things, there were 2 Premierships to boast about; the U13s Eagles and the U13s Falcons. Norm McArthur, coach of the Falcons, made mention of two very talented players in particular that had a great future ahead of them - he was referring to the pitcher Russell Spear and catcher Chad Galloway. Another player that caught his eye was the team's youngest player - Leigh Davis. Norm described Leigh as being a very exciting player with lots of natural talent; his little brother Matthew was the team's mascot. Off field, there was a gazebo built at the rear of the club to cater for after game affairs on Saturday morning when the clubrooms were closed. Plans for redevelopment of Barclay Reserve were put to council and a $100 ticket raffle was conducted (200 tickets). Interstate Reps were John Galloway (Victorian Coach), Stephen Blackmore, Peter Jacobsson and Brett Ward. Rick Higginson won the Home Run King VBA Award. Brett Ward in action
1987-1988 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Treasurer Secretary Membership Secretary Baseball Committee
Social Committee Club Coaches Finance Committee Auditor Club Licensee Club Solicitor Club Trustees Rooms and Grounds
J. Mahoney J. Lee Tet J. Priest J. Williams P. Beckwith (Chairman), M. Mahoney (Secretary), G. Murden J. Mahoney, E. Nicholls, N. McArthur, R. Haxby, P. Vickers, J. Galloway, S. Murphy, R. Sutherland R. Watt (Chairman), J. Mahoney, K. McKenner, G. O'Conner, G. Goldsworthy, D. McKay, D. Mullan, John Galloway, Ron Sutherland L. Fenner (Chairman), J. Mahoney, G. Murden, J. Lee Tet G. Murden Executive Dawson Kennedy and McDonald T. Laffan, J. McCrae, K. Moffat G. Fischer (Chairman), P. Vickers, E. Nicholls, R.Haxby I. Goldsworthy, D. Baker, G. Murphy, A. Chinn, P. Beckwith
Former Coburg outfielder Brett Ward joined the Sunshine Eagles in 1986. Ward was selected for the Claxton Shield games against NSW at the South Melbourne Cricket Ground in November. Ward won the Helms Award for the Most Valuable Player at the 1983-1984 series when Victoria won under first year player-coach John Galloway. The Vics lost the Claxton Shield to WA in 1984-1985 but won it back last season, it was John Galloway's fourth year as State Coach.
1987-1988 RANKED AS THE GREATEST SEASON OF ALL John Mahoney reported in season 1987-1988 that this was one of the greatest years in the Club's history, if not the greatest. In the Club's 50th year there was a resurgence of club atmosphere, unity and support. The culmination of these was the VBA 1sts Division Premiership - the ultimate aim of all baseball clubs each year. John Galloway and Ron Sutherland performed their coaching duties at the highest level, and there is no doubt that at the time, Sunshine had the best coaching panel around. The Reserves finished 5th for the season which showed potential for the coming years, and the 3rds and 4ths played out their seasons well with many new players coming on board. In the juniors, the U17s reached the finals, as did the U15s, before being eliminated. The club fielded 4 x U13s teams which was fantastic and the Eagles, coached by Col McKenner won the Premiership. Norm McArthur took the Falcons all the way to the finals, Sylvia Murphy coached the Hawks and Stuart Clayton coached the Vultures. Interstate Reps for the season were: John Galloway - State Coach, Brett Ward, Peter Jacobsson, Graeme Llyod and Neil Burke, and for the juniors, Anthony O'Conner U14s.
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1988-1989 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Treasurer Secretary Membership Secretary Baseball Committee
Social Committee Club Coaches Finance Committee Auditor Club Licensee Club Solicitor Club Trustees Rooms and Grounds
J. Mahoney J. Lee Tet T. Huges J. Williams P. Beckwith (Chairman), M. Mahoney (Secretary), Gary Murden Greg Murden, J. Mahoney, N. McArthur, R. Haxby, J. Galloway, S. Murphy, R. Sutherland, V. Fenner D. Mullen (Chairman), J. Mahoney, K. McKenner, G. Goldsworthy, D. McKay, G. O'Conner John Galloway, Ron Sutherland L. Fenner (Chairman), J. Mahoney, J. Lee Tet, G. Murden, J. Lee Tet G. Murden Executive Dawson Kennedy and McDonald T. Laffan, J. McCrae, K. Moffat G. Fischer (Chairman), P. Vickers, E. Nicholls, R. Haxby I. Goldsworthy, D. Baker, A. Chinn, P. Beckwith
Edward King Cup winner - Robert Meates
1988-1989 SEASON REPORT
On field it was reported that the 1sts and 2nds made the finals, as well as the U16s, U14s and U12s. The U14s were victorious, being Premiers in both the domestic and the All-Star Competition, a fine achievement and a credit to the coach Robert Browne. Off field, we finally had our new playing field in place, a dream became a reality to many who had waited for so long for this to happen and at that stage our ground was acknowledged as one of the best in the VBA. Baseball, at this stage, was entering a new era with the National Baseball League (which would replace the Claxton Shield) due to commence in October and the plans for the new stadium in Altona were well underway to becoming a reality. It was noted by the President at this time (John Mahoney) that these changes would affect all clubs and it was important to adjust and meet the challenges which would confront us. Interstate Selection Our club was once again well represented with John Galloway as State Coach and Robert Meates. U18s State Coaching panel was an all Sunshine affair with Brett Ward, Neil Burke (Assistant Coach), and Peter Jacobsson (Pitching Coach). Jason Allen made the U16s team and Russell Spear made the U14s Development Squad. 1988-1989 Team
Back Row: G. Fischer, B. Ward, N. Burke, R. Higginson, P. Thomas, G. Llyod, J. Galloway (Coach), R. Meates, R. Sutherland, P. Jacobsson, P. Allan Front Row: S. O'Conner, L. Burke, R. Browne, G. Thomas, S. Clayton
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1989-1990 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Treasurer Secretary Membership Secretary Baseball Committee
J. Mahoney J. Lee Tet T. Huges J. Williams P. Beckwith (Chairman), A. Vansantvoort (Secretary), E. Nicholls, J. Mahoney, N. McArthur, S. Murphy, J. Galloway, R. Sutherland, C. McKenner R. Felton (Chairman), K. McKenner, D. Deeble, J. Clamp, C. Bucholtz John Galloway, Ron Sutherland L. Fenner (Chairman), J. Mahoney, D. Richardson, T. Huges G. Murden Executive Dawson Kennedy and McDonald T. Laffan, J. McCrae, K. Moffat G. Fischer (Chairman), P. Vickers, E. Nicholls, R.Haxby I. Goldsworthy, D. Baker, A. Chinn, P. Beckwith, B. Elliot
Premiership All Star Competition1988-1989
SECONDS WIN PREMIERSHIP
On field, season 1989-1990 will be remembered as one of the most difficult seasons that our club has completed. With the advent of the National Baseball League, a lot of adjustment was needed from both players and members of the respective clubs that had players involved in it. Players had to commit to longer training hours and many more games than they were normally used to. We, as a club, had to adjust to losing the better players from our teams, which created the opportunity for some of the younger players to force their way into the big time, which is every young players objective, to play at the highest level. The 1sts just missed out on a finals berth, whereas the 2nds made the four and went all the way to winning the Premiership under the fine guidance of Ron Sutherland. 1989-1990 also was the first season that the club considered the position of Junior Coordinator and this was proudly filled by Col McKenner. As far as the juniors season were in ‘89-’90, they completed a very successful season, fielding 6 teams and the potential of many of the juniors at that stage was very encouraging.
1990-1991 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Treasurer Secretary Director of Baseball Director of Operations Director of Finance Director of Facilities Secretary/Manager Committee Membership Secretary Club Coach Social Chairperson Club Solicitor Auditor Club Licensee Baseball Committee
Social Committee Finance Rooms and Grounds
J. Mahoney Brian Smith Terry Huges Gary Murden Greg Murden L. Fenner (Chairman) Geoffrey Fischer Terry Huges Adrian Vansantvoort Jack Clamp John Galloway Bob Felton Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Keith Stringer Board of Directors G. Murden, A. Vansantvoort, G. O'Conner, C. McKenner, B. Smith, J. Galloway, E. Nicholls, J. Mahoney, S. Askew, N.McArtjur, S. Provis, R. Sutherland R. Felton (Chairman), K. McKenner, Terry Huges C. Vansantvoort, N. Bell, K. McKenner, M. Byrne L. Fenner, J. Mahoney, B. Smith, G. Fisher, T. Huges G. Fischer, I. Goldsworthy, D. Baker, A. Chinn, P. Beckwith, B. Elliot
Junior Representatives Jason Allen Jason Readon Andrew Leahy Josh Peterson Marc McKenner Marc McKenner Russell Spear Michael Vanston Kane Galloway Kieron Cronin Aaron Edwards
- Victorian U18s Team - Victorian U18s Development Team - Victorian U18s Development Team - Victorian U16s Team - Victorian U16s Development Team - Victorian U15s ColtsTeam - Victorian U14s Development Team - Victorian U14s Development Team - Western Region U12s Team - Western Region U12s Team - Western Region U12s Team
Regional and State Coach Representatives Phil Allen Ron Sutherland Col McKenner Aaron Vansantvoort
- Vic U18s Team, assist Coach - Vic U18s Development Team Coach - Vic U16s Development Team Coach - Western Region U12s Coach
U16s WIN GRAND FINAL
In season 1990-1991, Club coach John Galloway reported that due to the new format in the Division 1 competition, our club lost several key players, as well as supporters. The Firsts had to finish in the top four of Division 2 to go back to Division 1, but with the lack of depth, experience and consistency, they were unable to qualify for the top competition in the coming season of 1991-1192. All this aside, it was an encouraging season off field with many players coming together on Presentation Night, with their sight set on rebuilding next season. Under the guidance of Phil Allen, the Seconds progressed to the Grand Final only to be beaten by Malvern in the extra innings. Harvey Mitchell was in charge of the Fourths and reported that the guys won 10 of their 18 games and just missed out on a finals appearance. Junior Coordinator Col McKenner, was pleased to report on a very successful season for the juniors, and the list of representatives speaks for itself. The U18s, coached by Wayne Stephens, narrowly missed out on a finals berth, Ron Sutherland's U16s were victorious, winning the Grand Final in what started out as the Western Region Competition, and then was split into the Coca Cola Championship, where the teams played for minor honours and then went onto play for State honours.
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1991-1992 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Treasurer Secretary Director of Baseball Director of Operations Director of Finance Director of Facilities Secretary/Manager Committee Membership Secretary Club Coach Social Chairperson Club Solicitor Auditor Club Licensee Baseball Committee
Social Committee Social Committee Rooms and Grounds
J. Mahoney Brian Smith Terry Huges Col McKenner Greg Murden L. Fenner (Chairman) David Richardson Terry Huges Adrian Vansantvoort Jack Clamp John Galloway Bob Felton Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Keith Stringer Board of Directors G. Murden, A. Vansantvoort, G. O'Conner, C. McKenner, J. Galloway, E. Nicholls, J. Mahoney, S. Askew, S. Provis N. McArthur, R. Sutherland, D. Peterson, H. Mitchell R. Felton (Chairman), K. McKenner, Terry Huges, D. Galloway C. Vansantvoort, N. Bell, K. McKenner, M. Byrne G. Fischer, I. Goldsworthy, D. Baker, D. Richardson A. Chinn, P. Beckwith, B. Elliot, H. Mitchell, R. Haxby, Eric Nicholls, Ern Nicholls
Stuart Clayton Edward King Cup Firsts
Rick Higginson R-up MVP Firsts
Cain Haxby Victorian Rep SBC U18s MVP
Adrian Kelly Victorian Rep SBC U18s R-up MVP
BACK IN DIVISION 1
President John Mahoney reported that season 1991-1992 was a successful one for the Club with all of the senior teams finishing in the finals, and although there were no premierships to be had, the Club achieved its aim of to return to the top competition. Off-field, the downturn in Club membership, support and income was a major concern, and the Club was faced with an enormous challenge to get back on a sound financial basis. All members needed to work hard towards this goal. The Club was considering a proposal from Tattersalls in regards to installing 20 gaming machines. This would be subject to certain alterations that the Club would have to make and at great expense. The gaming machines were not going to bring great wealth to the Club, however if they did not proceed it was inevitable that the members would drift to other venues to play these machines and this would further reduce our income, making it difficult for the Club to continue in its current operation.
1992-1993 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS
President Treasurer Secretary Director of Baseball Director of Operations Director of Finance Director of Facilities Secretary/Manager Committee Membership Secretary Club Coach Social Chairperson Club Solicitor Auditor Club Licensee Baseball Committee
Season 1992-1993 was a difficult and trying one for Sunshine. The Club was setting up for the introduction of the gaming machines, which were due the following year. That put pressure on the purse strings, which meant that the Club had to pull together and work harder. On the social side of things, Terry Hughes indicated that the Friday night meals were going well and the raffles were a success. Profits from these helped pay for carpet for the gaming area.
Social Committee Rooms and Grounds
J. Mahoney Brian Smith Terry Huges Col McKenner Greg Murden Graham Brian David Richardson Terry Huges Adrian Vansantvoort Jack Clamp John Galloway Bob Felton Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Keith Stringer Board of Directors A. Vansantvoort, C. McKenner, J. Galloway, J. Mahoney, N. McArthur, R. Sutherland, D. Peterson, H. Mitchell, J. Kaminnyj, G. Fischer, D. Galloway (Jnr Secretary) R. Felton (Chairman), K. McKenner, Terry Huges, N. Bell, K. McKenner, C. Buchholtz G. Fischer, I. Goldsworthy, D. Baker, D. Richardson A. Chinn, P. Beckwith, B. Elliot, H. Mitchell, R. Haxby, Eric Nicholls, Ern Nicholls, J. Clamp, L. Clarke
On field the Firsts, with the young playing group, struggled to win many games in Division 1. They finished in the bottom four and were relegated to Division 2. The shining light for Sunshine in this season was the youth that were showing all the signs of being future champions. The U18s and U12s were victorious, winning the premierships and we had many National, State and local representatives.
U18s: Josh Peterson (Vic) - Marc McKenner (Vic/Aust) - Adrian Kelly (Vic) U16s: Russell Spear (Vic/Aust) U15s: Matthew Pearce (Colts) U13s: Kieron Cronin (Cubs team) U12s: Shane Ward (Japan team) U12s: Geoffrey Rowland (Western Region Team) ‐ 39 ‐
1993-1994 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Facilities Director of Baseball Baseball Committee Club Coach Baseball Secretary Membership Secretary Club Solicitor Auditor Licensee Rooms and Grounds
J. Mahoney Graham Brian David Richardson Phillip Beckwith C. McKenner C. McKenner, M. Hughes, J. Galloway, J. Kelly, G. Ward, G. Kamminyi, R. Sutherland, G. Fischer, M. Ashburn John Galloway Marie Huges Jack Clamp Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Keith Stringer Board of Directors D. Baker, A. Chinn, P. Beckwith, B. Elliot, H. Mitchell Eric Nicholls, Ern Nicholls, I. Goldsworthy, J. Clamp
The gaming machines arrive
FOURTHS WIN PREMIERSHIP / GAMING MACHINES COME TO BARCLAY RESERVE This season saw Sunshine start in Division 2 and finish in the top four, which enabled them to stay in Division 2 with a prospect of going to Division 1 if they finished in the top four, but this was not achieved. The younger players stepped up once again, but were up against it with their inexperience and the injuries to senior players also played a big part in an average season. The 2nds finished in the top four, but unfortunately lost to Melbourne in the Preliminary Final. The 3rds had an average season with a lack of pitching depth, but the Fourths were victorious winning the Premiership against Moorabbin - a fine effort considering they hadn't beaten Moorabbin for many seasons. On the junior side of things, Col McKenner was proud to report that there were two flags won, being the U12 Eagles on Friday coached by Gary Ward and the U16s team on Sunday coached by Gavin Fischer. Off field, the introduction of the gaming machines was a major change for the Sunshine Baseball Club. There were financial worries for the Club with many expenses that were associated with the machines. The gaming room was finally opened in July, with the hope of future financial rewards to come along with it. Congratulations were in order for the following players Nathan Peterson Earl Byrne Marc McKenner Russell Spear Russell Spear Adrian Kelly Marc McKenner Doug Brown Alan Jones Chad Galloway Marc McKenner Russell Spear Marc McKenner Russell Spear Daniel Sutherland Matthew Nikolic Matthew Davis
- Melbourne Monarchs - Canberra Bushrangers - Victorian U18 Team - Victorian U18 Team - Australian U19 AAA Team - Melbourne Monarchs U22 Team - Melbourne Monarchs U22 Team - Australian Provincial Team - Australian Provincial Team - Victorian Schoolboys Team - Victorian Schoolboys Team - Victorian Schoolboys Team - Australian Schoolboys All Star Team - Australian Schoolboys All Star Team - U15 Colts Team - Australian U12 Team to play in Japan - Australian U12 Team to play in Japan
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1994-1995 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Facilities Director of Baseball Club Coach Baseball Secretary Club Solicitor Auditor Accountant Licensee Baseball Committee
J. Mahoney Graham Brian David Richardson Phillip Beckwith C. McKenner John Galloway Marie Huges / Margaret Kelly Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Keith Stringer Daley & Co Phillip Beckwith C. McKenner, M. Hughes, J. Galloway, J. Kelly, G. Ward, G. Kamminyi, R. Sutherland, G. Fischer, M. Ashburn, M. Kelly, C. Vansantvoort, S. Askew, P. Byrne
Women's Premiership Team 1995-96
1994-1995 SECONDS WIN PREMIERSHIP
The Seniors started in Division 2 for season 1994 -1995 and narrowly missed out on the possible promotion to Division 1 by one run. The playing list at the time had many young players who learnt a lot on the way and were hopeful to further improve the following season. With youth and experience combined, the Seconds had a great year winning the Premiership. Coach Stuart Clayton reflected on the fine pitching from Chad Galloway. Peter Kyle hit over .500 for the season. The Thirds team coached by Matthew Clayton, had a challenging season. On the way they won many games with half of the team made up of U16 players who stepped up to the plate. The year for the juniors was another successful one both on and off the field This was the first year that the Club had a permanent T-Ball side. Peter Norquay and Margaret Mahoney took on the coaching duties doing a great job.
INAUGURAL WOMENS TEAM WINS PREMIERSHIP The season saw the VBA start a Women's Competition and Sunshine started with one team. As word got around, we managed to get another team up and running. The A Team started the season in North Division, finishing in 3rd position. They then played Division 1, performing very well to finish in the finals. They went on to be the inaugural Premiers of this competition. The Women's B team was made up of girls who had never played before, but that didn't stop their enthusiasm. They also competed in the North Division.
GAMING MACHINES 5 YEARS ON The introduction of gaming machines into many other venues, meant that SBC was on a level playing field, with no real advantage to where the Club was 5 years previously. The Club, however, improved the facilities for the members and provided a sporting facility unrivalled in Sunshine at the time. 1995-1996 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Facilities Director of Baseball Director of Social Club Coach Baseball Secretary Club Solicitor Auditor Accountant Licensee Baseball Committee
David Richardson Graham Brian Phillip Beckwith Col McKenner Ron Sutherland Margaret Kelly John Galloway Mike Ashburn Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Keith Stringer Daley & Co Phillip Beckwith M. Ashburn, G. Fischer, G. Thomas, J. Galloway, S. Askew, P. Kyle, M. Kelly, P. Byrne, G. Ward, J. Ross, C. Vansantvoort, R. Sutherland
A SEASON OF MIXED FORTUNES
New President David Richardson
New Club Secretary Mike Ashburn
Season 1995-1996 saw Sunshine start in Division 2 once again. As the VBA structure was still one of Promotion Relegation, Division 2 was only comprised of 9 teams. Sunshine was a very young team and with the advent of injury, unavailability of players and games being washed out, the team struggled to perform to its ability. Therefore, we dropped into Division 3 for the first time in the Club's history. This was a trying time for the coaches and players alike, but to their credit, they rallied together and began to play good, consistent baseball. The team finished the second part of the season undefeated and went on to beat Port Melbourne in the Grand Final. At this stage, the Club was counting on the youth to prevail in the coming years as there were many young players showing all the signs of becoming future champions. As for the Women's Team, they went on to win their second Premiership in a row by defeating Blackburn very convincingly by 30 - 6. The juniors were under the watchful eye of Jim Kelly and he reported in season 1995-1996 that the Club was proud of the way they went about their baseball and also of their sportsmanship and good hard work on and off the field. There were enough sides at all levels which was pleasing. They all performed well with the U16s team playing the Coca Cola series. Our Juniors were also well represented within the State and development teams. MAJOR DONATION TO THE CLUB After reading the Club's financial report, Roc Kirby donates a very generous sum of money to pay off over 90% of the Club's debt.
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1996-1997 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Facilities Director of Baseball Director of Social Club Coach Baseball Secretary Club Solicitor Auditor Accountant Licensee Baseball Committee
David Richardson Graham Brian Phillip Beckwith Col McKenner Ron Sutherland Margaret Kelly John Galloway Mike Ashburn Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Keith Stringer Daley & Co Phillip Beckwith M. Ashburn, J. Galloway, J. Ross, R. Whiltshire, S. Askew,
1997 Junior Team
S. Clayton, M. Kelly, P. Byrne, C. Van Santvoort, R. Sutherland, G. Ward
ALL SENIOR TEAMS IN FINALS
Even though this was a tough season for the Eagles, John Galloway reported that in his thirteenth year as club coach, he was very proud to be coaching the Sunshine Baseball Club. He mentioned that despite playing in the lower grades, the club continued to rebuild and encourage the younger players to reach their full potential. The club had all of its senior teams playing in the finals and the success of the Women's team winning back to back premierships was fantastic. Off field the club had a task on its hands! With the saturation of gaming machines in the area, this season proved to be a difficult one for the club. The board was working very hard to keep the gaming employees in a job, as well as trying to field a successful team at the same time. The word from the current president (Dave Richardson) was that the club had to pull together and to work harder to make the club more viable.
1997-1998 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS
President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Baseball Junior Baseball Club Coach Baseball Secretary Club Solicitor Auditor Accountant Licensee Baseball Committee Baseball Committee Baseball Committee
David Richardson Graham Brian Phillip Beckwith Ron Sutherland John Bayne Phil Allen Mike Ashburn Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Keith Stringer Daley & Co Board of Directors R. Sutherland (Chairman), Ross Whiltshire (Secretary) J. Ross, M. Ashburn, M. Kelly, P. Kyle, P. Byrne, C. Vansantvoort, S. White, J. Galloway
John Galloway Life Member
Phil Beckwith Life Member
SEASON 1997-1998 PHIL ALLEN APPOINTED CLUB COACH Phil Allen took on the role of club coach in season ‘97-’98 and set out on his mission to take the Club to the next level. Although the Firsts were relegated to 3rd Division due to an untimely defeat by Coburg, that didn't dampen the spirits of our lads. In Phil's words, rather than treating it as a knockout punch, it was perceived as a lightly thrown right jab and strengthened the resolve of all to salvage whatever could be salvaged from the season. What followed was a magnificent testament to the people at the Sunshine Baseball Club. Premierships in three grades, several players pressing for and gaining selection in higher teams and a Club Championship at VBA level for Sunshine. The Junior Program was well represented at several age brackets, with several of our junior players gaining regional and State honours. The most promising juniors for the season were Shaun Moore and Daniel Sutherland.
Greg Wiltshire Selected for Victoria
Shaun Moore Most Promising Junior
Daniel Sutherland Selected for Australia
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Phil Allen New Club Coach
Shane Ward Vic Representative
1998-1999 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Baseball Junior Baseball Club Coach Baseball Secretary Club Solicitor Auditor Accountant Licensee Baseball Committee
David Richardson Graham Brian Phillip Beckwith Ron Sutherland Steve White Phil Allen Mike Ashburn Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Keith Stringer Daley & Co Board of Directors R. Sutherland (Chairman), Ross Whiltshire (Secretary), J. Ross, M. Ashburn, M. Kelly, P. Kyle, P. Byrne, C. Vansantvoort, S. White, J. Galloway
1999 Junior Team
SEASON 1998-1999 / 60th ANNIVERSARY Still in the phase of rebuilding and developing, the Sunshine Baseball Club was working hard to take the next step of climbing the ladder on their way to Division One. The maturity shown by the junior players was the resolve that kept the Club positive and convinced that they were on the right path to success in the coming seasons. Off field, the Club was doing well by reducing the deficit and, in turn, showing a healthy profit. But as usual, like most sporting clubs of the time and still now, there was still a lot of hard work to do to keep the Club moving forward both off and on field. Season ‘98-’99 was also the 60th Anniversary of the club. The reception was held at Taylors Lakes Reception Centre and 150 people attended the night reflecting on 60 wonderful years of baseball for the Sunshine Baseball Club.
1999 Fourths Team
1999-2000 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Baseball Junior Baseball Club Coach Baseball Secretary Club Solicitor Auditor Accountant Licensee Baseball Committee
Ron Sutherland Graham Brian Phillip Beckwith Ron Sutherland Steve White Neil Burke Mike Ashburn Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Keith Stringer Daley & Co Board of Directors R. Sutherland (Chairman), Ross Whiltshire (Secretary) J. Ross, M. Ashburn, M. Kelly, P. Kyle, P. Byrne, C. Vansantvoort, S. White, J. Galloway
Ron Sutherland New President
Marc McKenner Edward King Cup Winner
SEASON 1999-2000 ABL FOLDS - SBC REGAINS TOP PLAYERS The commencement of the summer season saw the ABL fold and the domestic competition becoming more demanding with the release of many high quality players. This gave our Club the opportunity to regain players otherwise unavailable the previous 3 seasons. With the departure of Phil Allen as coach, the club was back in the market place and approached Neil Burke for the top job. After a period of time, he was appointed, along with his assistants Mark Doubleday and Earl Byrne. The Firsts went on to win 9 of 11 games in the initial qualifying period then 12 of 14 to finish top of Division 2. The home and away season record of 21 and 4 was one to be proud of and was a reflection of the fine pitching, improved defence and the ability to execute offensive fundamentals. Congratulations went to the trophy winners and especially to Marc McKenner who overcame tremendous personal difficulties to win the Edward King Cup.
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2000-2001 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Baseball Baseball Secretary Junior Baseball Club Coach Club Solicitor Auditor Facilities Baseball Committee
Ron Sutherland John Mahoney, Brian Smith Phillip Beckwith Steve White Ross Whiltshire Kent Spry John Galloway Dawson Kennedy and McDonald D. Acquaro Peter Kyle R. Sutherland (Chairman), J.Mahoney, P. Beckwith, J. Ross, M. Ashburn, M. Kelly, B. Smith, J. Galloway S. White, S. Wilson Marc McKenner (Chairman), J. Whiltshire, K. Galloway, B. Beckwith, C. Haxby, S. Wilson, A. Wilson, K. Lovelock, G. Whiltshire, Mrs. Miller
SEASON 2000-2001 BACK IN DIVISION ONE
Marc McKenner & Leigh Davis with Juniors in 2001
Off field the Club took on a new direction and with the momentum both on and off the field, the finances and team performance improved as the season progressed. Ron Sutherland reflected on the fine work from Peter Kyle, who took on the gaming operations side of the Club and also Village, for their continued support in the way of sponsorship, signage and marketing strategies. On field, Director of Baseball Steve White reported that, with 11 players deciding not to play in season 2000-2001, was very difficult for the Club to fill the teams, and to keep consistency with the sides. As the seniors numbers were low, the juniors stepped up to fill the spots in the Fourths, but due to fallouts and school pressure etc, the task was made even more difficult. Mike Ashburn was seconded to take charge of the Fourths and to set about making changes with the aid of the Norquay family and the Kelly gang, without this, the Club's chance of staying in Division One could have been affected. Clint Smith, an import player from the USA after a shaky start pitched extremely well, playing a large part in keeping us in Division One. Steve also commented on the outstanding contributions that Club Coach, John Galloway made throughout the season and that his thirst for baseball couldn't be quenched. The Edward King was awarded to Greg Wiltshire for a stellar season. The Seconds, coached by Stuart Clayton, missed out on the finals by just one game. Due to the fact that all of the players, apart from Stuart and Jim Kelly, were all under 25 years of age, it showed great future prospects for the Club. MVP for the Seconds went to Stuart Clayton. The Thirds, coached by Kent Spry and the Fourths, coached by Mike Ashburn, sure had their work cut out for them. That didn't deter them and some fine efforts were shown by many players. MVP for the Thirds was Graham Ashburn and for the Fourths, it was Leigh Provis. The Sunshine Masters won their 3rd successive Premiership, which was an awesome feat from the lads. Kent Spry reported that the juniors section of the Club was in need of rejuvenation, as the numbers were low and that the Club didn't field an U18s team which is what they had done for so many years prior. This meant that they had to start from the ground up, and Marc McKenner and Kane Galloway took to the schools and held clinics to help promote the game to local youngsters. Two juniors were selected in representative roles, they were Matthew Jones for the Provincial team and James Ross for the U16 State team.
2001-2002 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Baseball Baseball Secretary Junior Baseball Club Coach Club Solicitor Auditor Facilities Baseball Committee
Ron Sutherland John Mahoney Phillip Beckwith Steve White Ross Whiltshire Kent Spry John Galloway Dawson Kennedy and McDonald D. Acquaro Peter Kyle R. Sutherland (Chairman), J.Mahoney, P. Beckwith, J. Ross, M. Ashburn, M. Kelly, B. Smith, J. Galloway, S. White, S. Wilson Marc McKenner (Chairman), J. Whiltshire, K. Galloway
A CHALLENGING SEASON
Kane Galloway with his flock of Eagles
Club Coach John Galloway set about season 2001-2002 with the goals of staying in Division One and to make the finals. With 15 senior players deciding not to play, the task was made very difficult. John said that with the support of the juniors that stepped up, they were able to field all the teams each week. The Firsts had to beat Cheltenham in the final game of the relegation series to stay in Division 1 and they did by winning 9-4. The Club was fortunate to have Doug Brown back playing for the Firsts and as coach of the Seconds, he passed on his skills to many of the younger players. Off field, Ron Sutherland reflected on the past season summing it up as quite challenging. The gaming side of things held their own and provided enough income to financially manage the Club on all operations and baseball. The goal was to administer and manage the Club ourselves and to present a balanced account which was achieved. The sponsors at the time were Village Roadshow, Wattyl Paints, Nufarm Chemicals, Westrans and Westar Panels.
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2002-2003 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Baseball Baseball Secretary Junior Baseball Club Coach Club Solicitor Auditor Facilities Baseball Committee
Ron Sutherland Kent Spry Phillip Beckwith Steve White Ross Whiltshire Kent Spry Matthew Gourlay Dawson Kennedy and McDonald D. Acquaro Peter Kyle R. Sutherland (Chairman), J.Mahoney, P. Beckwith, J. Ross, M. Ashburn, M. Kelly, B. Smith, J. Galloway S. White, S. Wilson Marc McKenner (Chairman), J. Whiltshire, K. Galloway, B. Beckwith, C. Haxby, S. Wilson, A. Wilson, K. Lovelock, G. Whiltshire, Mrs. Miller
SEASON 2002-2003 STILL WORK TO BE DONE The situation with the gaming machines at the Club was causing a lot of grief due to the fact that the Club only ran baseball for 6 months of the year but had to manage the gaming side of things for 12 months of the year. Also the new smoking regulations that came into effect in September 2002 had a big impact and the gaming turnover was down 30%. This led the Club to meet with Tattersalls to discuss the viability of the gaming machines. It was decided to relocate the machines and to negotiate a deal with the recipient club. On the field, the Club went into season 2002-2003 with a new coach at the helm, that being Matthew Gourlay (ex Cheltenham). It was an important year for the Club to consolidate and to be more competitive within the VBA structure, however the first 11 games proved to be our downfall and the side dropped to Division 2. It didn't deter the players, as they set about playing for the Premiership to get back into Division 1. They did and went onto win convincingly with the 10 run mercy rule. The Thirds also were congratulated for winning the Premiership against Springvale. 2002 team
New President Phil Beckwith
Russell Spear Edward King Cup Winner
3RDS PREMIERSHIP TEAM - 2002-2003
Back: Kent Spry, Troy Maloney, Phil Spry, Peter Kyle, Daniel Sutherland, William John, Paul Spry, Tom O'Brien Front: Ross Hornstra, Patrick Lovelock, Jacob Rickards, Tan Pham
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2003-2004 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Baseball Baseball Secretary Junior Baseball Club Coach Club Solicitor Auditor Facilities Baseball Committee Social Committee Social Committee
Phil Beckwith Kent Spry Peter Kyle Steve White Ross Whiltshire Kent Spry Russell Spear Dawson Kennedy and McDonald D. Acquaro Peter Kyle R. Sutherland (Chairman), J.Mahoney, P. Beckwith, J. Ross, M. Ashburn, J. Galloway, S. Wilson, S. White Marc McKenner (Chairman), J. Whiltshire, K. Galloway, B. Beckwith, C. Haxby, S. Wilson, A. Wilson, K. Lovelock, G. Whiltshire, Mrs. Miller
2003-2004 PREMIERSHIP TEAM
RUSSELL SPEAR APPOINTED AS CLUB COACH
Ross Whiltshire noted that congratulations went to Russell Spear and to all players for re-grouping after the re-draw and for taking out the Division 2 Premiership. The Club managed to regain a couple of good players and the U18 guys were taking the next step and playing very good baseball in the 1sts, 2nds and 3rds. Stuart Clayton took over from Peter Kitchingham after Christmas and coached the 2nds to a Premiership. Peter was thanked for his efforts early in the season and for donating $500 worth of balls. Geoff Thomas took charge of the Thirds and Fourths teams and the guys had a pretty good time. Special thanks went out to all those who participated. Ross also reported that Gail was doing a great job as Junior Administrator, being assisted by Coral Wallis-Taylor and Stuart Clayton, who combined well to put some structure back into the Junior Program. Off field, the Club celebrated its 65th Anniversary which was held at Fairways Receptions and was well attended by many current and past players and committee members. On a sad note in 2003, Daniel Sutherland lost his battle with cancer. Daniel, son of Ron and Nives, husband to Christa and brother to Melinda and Kate, was certainly a fine and well respected player amongst the Sunshine fold and to his peers at other clubs.
2004-2005 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Baseball Baseball Secretary Junior Baseball Club Coach Club Solicitor Auditor Facilities Baseball Committee Social Committee
Phil Beckwith Kent Spry Peter Kyle Steve White Ross Whiltshire Kent Spry Matthew Kent Dawson Kennedy and McDonald D. Aquaro Peter Kyle R. Sutherland (Chairman), J.Mahoney, P. Beckwith, J. Ross, M. Ashburn, J. Galloway, M. Kent, S. Clayton Debbie Clayton
2004 - 2005 PREMIERSHIP TEAM
MATTHEW KENT TAKES ON TOP JOB
Due to the commitments that Russell Spear had playing overseas at the time, Matthew Kent took on the challenge of Club Coach for season 2004-2005. The coaching staff at the time was Greg Whiltshire and Marc McKenner who combined with the rest of the team to go all the way to play off in the Grand Final. Although they lost, they achieved their goal of retaining Division One status. The Seconds coached by Stuart Clayton made the finals, the Thirds did their best under the guidance of Chris Dowsett and the Fourth's coached by Matthew Davis, was a real success story with the guys playing a home Grand Final which they won coming from behind over Moorabbin. Matt said that out of the 20 players at his disposal, 16 of them were new players to the Club and that they had never played baseball before! The Junior Coordinator, Stuart Clayton, reported on the season gone by and on all the hard work that went into getting the junior teams together in order to meet the criteria set by the VBA, allowing our seniors to play in the highest level of baseball - Division 1. Debbie and Stuart did a fantastic job, with the assistance of senior players like Marc McKenner, who did the rounds of the schools. Many other contributors put their hands up to assist with the juniors which was fantastic.
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2005-2006 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Director of Finance Director of Operations Director of Baseball Baseball Secretary Club Coach Club Solicitor Auditor Facilities Baseball Committee Junior Coordinator
Gathering of Club Presidents - Past and Present
Phil Beckwith Kent Spry Phillip Beckwith Steve White Ross Whiltshire Matthew Kent Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Graham May Bradley Beckwith Mike Ashburn, Ross Whiltshire, Matthew Kent John Galloway, Stuart Clayton, Marc McKenner Stuart Clayton
John Mahoney - Ron May - David Richardson - Andy Kyle - Ron Sutherland - Pat Dalling (dec) Absent: George Kirby (dec) - Phil Beckwith
GAMING MACHINES RELOCATED TO DEER PARK
Season 2005-2006 was a great year both on and off the field. The mood around the Club had changed substantially due to the relocation of the gaming machines and that our senior players were holding their own in Division One. The seconds, coached by Stuart Clayton, were a very young crew and found it difficult to be competitive in Division One. The fact that they lost many players to the Firsts didn't help, but that is the progression of any club as you move forward. The Thirds, coached by Will John, had a battle on their hands with many of the players being inexperienced or on the young side. Stuart Clayton reported that the junior program was going well, his wife Debbie did a power of work behind the scenes. Junior coaches at the time were Shane, Ross, Kit, Patty and Tan, Stu also commented on how much work Tan put into the program and highlighted the importance of seniors to participate with the juniors. Off field there was time now to focus on the important club activities, social events, fundraising and the general running of the Club without the gaming machines to worry about. Phil Beckwith reflected on the power of work Ross and Gill Whiltshire put in with the canteen and the many hours that were spent at the Club on those long days, as well as the many other volunteers at the time putting their hands up.
2006-2007 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Auditor Club Solicitor Director of Baseball Club Coach Baseball Committee
Social Committee Facilities Uniforms and Equipment Junior Coordinator Junior Secretary Grounds Staff
Phil Beckwith Mike Ashburn Kent Spry Graham May Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Ross Whiltshire Matthew Kent Mike Ashburn, Ross Whiltshire, Matthew Kent, John Galloway, Stuart Clayton, Marc McKenner, James Ross, Robert Browne Rachel Whiltshire John Galloway Robert Browne Stuart Clayton Debbie Clayton Alan Chinn, Phil Beckwith, John Galloway
THIRDS WIN PREMIERSHIP
Nathan Wallis Victorian Rep
Greg Wiltshire Edward King Cup Winner
Matthew Kent reported that, playing in Division One (the best competition in the state), our Firsts team had a great start to the season. The guys were a finals chance, but fell away in the second half and battled on to hold our position of the top of the table. James Ross took on the role of coach for the Seconds and worked well with a young team who made the most of their opportunities. The Thirds, coached by Stuart Clayton were victorious in winning the Premiership, with the help of Leigh Davis who organised the boys each week. Also there was mention of Eric Nicholls who always had special refreshments for the boys on the bench. The Fourths were guided well by Chris Marlow and the boys enjoyed playing their baseball. Stuart Clayton reported that the Juniors were in a good position with the U16s going through the season undefeated and the U12s just missing out on the finals by percentage. Other mentions for their assistances with the juniors were Gerry O'Connor, Dave Richardson, Eric Nicholls and Alan Chinn for their continued support in marking the diamonds and setting up the fields each Friday night. Off-field there was also plenty happening with a new back net and dug outs for the juniors on the back diamond and the clubrooms were re-painted. On the financial side of things, bills were paid in advance and the social events were well attended and received by all. It was an all-round good year for the Club with many positives both on field and off field.
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2007-2008 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Auditor Club Solicitor Director of Baseball Club Coach Baseball Committee Social Committee Facilities Uniforms and Equipment Junior Coordinator Junior Secretary Grounds Staff
Robert Blackmore Mike Ashburn Kent Spry Graham May Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Ross Whiltshire Matthew Kent Mike Ashburn, Ross Whiltshire, Matthew Kent, John Galloway, Robert Browne Rachel Whiltshire John Galloway Robert Browne Coral Wallis-Taylor and Glenn Letts Coral Wallis-Taylor Alan Chinn, Phil Beckwith, John Galloway
New President Robert Blackmore
Australian Reps Greg Wiltshire and Matthew Kent
BACK TO BACK PREMIERSHIPS FOR THE THIRDS
Our top team had an average season, but managed to maintain their place in Division One. Congratulations went to Peter Stokes, Matthew Kent and Greg Wiltshire for making the Claxton Shield side. Matthew went on to represent Australia in the World Cup in November in Taiwan. Special mention also went to Greg who also, for the first time, represented his country at the World Cup. Greg was voted the Australian pitcher of the tournament and from this he received a contract to play professional baseball in Taiwan with the Uni President Lions for season 2008. Congratulations also went to Scott Moore and Mat Jones who represented the Victorian Under 23s. The Seconds, under the helm of Shaun Moore, had a tough season with many young players stepping up. They were competitive throughout the season but had a few bad innings that cost them. With the same players as the previous season, the Thirds went on to win back to back Premierships under the guidance of Stuart Clayton, and as the saying goes, ‘if it aint broke, don't fix it’ Ben White had the Fourths at his disposal and the guys had a reasonably good year, winning more games than they did in the season prior. With the help of many, Stuart Clayton managed to field the junior teams that were required to meet the criteria for our seniors players to stay in Division One. Coral Wallis-Taylor was doing a heap of work behind the scenes in regards to paperwork and registrations, as well as making phone calls and doing what she could to help get the teams sorted out. Thanks also were noted for the Moore brothers who were there helping out on training nights as well as Nathan Wallis and Chris Duggan who helped with the U14s . Off field, Robert Blackmore took on the top job of President and looked forward to carrying on the fine work of the previous President and committee members to maintain the standard and great values that the Club was famous for.
2008-2009 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Auditor Club Solicitor Director of Baseball Club Coach Baseball Committee Social Committee Facilities Uniforms and Equipment Junior Coordinator Junior Secretary Grounds Staff
Robert Blackmore Mike Ashburn Kent Spry Graham May Dawson Kennedy and McDonald John Galloway Matthew Kent Mike Ashburn, Matthew Kent, John Galloway Ben White John Galloway Robert Browne Coral Wallis-Taylor and Glenn Letts Coral Wallis-Taylor Alan Chinn, Phil Beckwith, John Galloway
SEASON 2008-2009 MOVING FORWARD Mike Ashburn reported that season 2008-2009 saw the Club was moving in the right direction. Our Firsts team finished in the top half of the ladder at seasons end with Matty Kent at the helm once again. The decision to import a player from the States paid off, as Matty's choice of Ryan Trytten was ingenious. Ryan was duly awarded with the Edward King Cup and Victorian Baseball's highest award of MVP. The Seconds had a difficult year with a mix of young and seasoned players in the team. Slade Squire noted the outstanding efforts of Rob Browne, and the many other players and clubmen chipping in when required to make up the numbers.
Baseball Victoria MVP
Claxton Shield Representative
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Bill Shepherd Award
Slade Squire Col McKenner Award
SEASON 2008-2009 CONTINUED Stuart Clayton reflected on the Thirds season, especially all the assistance he received from guys like Mike Ashburn and Eric Nicholls. Although the guys missed out on a finals appearance, the season had many highlights to boast about such as the Haxby and Davis brothers. These guys were playing some nice baseball and put in week after week. The Fourths, coached by Will John, won quite a few games and had a great group of guys that chipped in, even the veterans, such as Vic Rand and Bernie Hamilton, lent a hand and glove when required. Glenn Letts reported that the juniors were in good hands with a great group of coaches looking after the kids. Our U14s All Stars made it to the Grand Final and lost by one run. The Friday U14s team also played finals baseball. The number of kids was low and the pressure to field the teams required for our seniors to stay in Division One always hanging over the junior committee. Off field the Club was moving forward with Robert Blackmore at the helm supported by his band of committee members who did a mountain of work, as all committee members do! Also the other volunteers around the Club worked tirelessly each week to help out with the general running of the Club. The annual golf trip was a success, organised by Gerry O'Connor and Eric Nicholls. 2008-’9, also saw the home run fence moved in by 5 metres.
2009-2010 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Auditor Club Solicitor Director of Baseball Club Coach Social Committee Facilities Uniforms and Equipment Junior Coordinator Junior Secretary Grounds Staff
Robert Blackmore Mike Ashburn Ben White Graham May Dawson Kennedy and McDonald Chip Willman Jason Benson NEW EAGLES Ben White EMBLEM ADOPTED John Galloway Robert Browne Glenn Letts Coral Wallis-Taylor Alan Chinn, Phil Beckwith, John Galloway
U16s Grand Final Runners Up Back: G. Letts (Coach), R. Letts, D. Trzebinski, C. Hand-Howden, C. Wescott, D. Wescott (Assist Coach) Front: J. Hilton, D. Letts, M. Wilkie, J. Day, A. Wallis-Taylor
SEASON 2009-2010 A TOUGH SEASON FOR THE EAGLES
American import and new club coach Jason Benson summed up season 2009-2010 with 5 words; thankful, challenging, resilient, positive and progressive. The Firsts only managed about 4 wins for the season and subsequently finished in the lower end of the Division One ladder. It was a difficult season and one that tested the endeavour of many of our players, but the shining light for the club was the enthusiasm and eagerness showed by the younger players who were willing to step up. Seconds coach Ben White reported that he also had a job on his hands, but fortunately for him, many of the veterans stepped up to the plate alongside the younger players. The mix was well received as the experience passed on during the season was very valuable. Not to be left out, Mike Ashburn headed the Thirds and the guys were outgunned for most of the season, this didn't dampen the morale which showed a lot of character from the players. Glenn Letts took charge of the Fourths, mainly made up of U16s players, who gave it their all week after week focusing on the positives rather than the negatives. In the junior section, the U16s played off in the Grand Final, as did the U14s Friday night team. The numbers were good for the juniors and we were able to fill the criteria of fielding 6 teams. Most importantly, the kids were having fun and there were many who returned from the previous season - a sign that things were going well. Off-field there was plenty going on with some great social functions, such as the Casino trip and Presentation Night. The annual golf trip, organised by Gerry O'Connor and Eric Nicholls, was a great success - thanks went to Jim Kelly for driving the bus. Robert Blackmore and John Galloway submitted two quotes to the council for a synthetic infield following the Councils own proposal to put in a sprinkler system to help combat the drought conditions. .
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2010-2011 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Director of Baseball Social Committee Club Coach Club Grounds & Facilities Uniforms and Equipment Junior Coordinator Junior Secretary Grounds Staff
Robert Blackmore Mike Ashburn Ben White Mike Ashburn Ben White, Chip Willman Shaun Moore John Galloway Robert Browne Glenn Letts Coral Wallis-Taylor Alan Chinn, Phil Beckwith, John Galloway
NEW HOPES AND FORTUNES
Adam Irons - Edward King Cup Winner
Mike Ashburn, took on another role (as if he needed one!) as Director of Baseball. He reported that the season began with new hope and fortunes under new Coach Shaun Moore and in Second Division, the Firsts had a tally of 15 wins, narrowly missing out on the finals. The recruiting of many fine new players such as Rohan Brasher, Rory Meddick, Steve Kuegel and also the return of Chad Galloway, helped bolster our team's infield and hitting depth. The Seconds, coached by Ben White, had a mix of young and older players, and as a group they worked well with the more experienced guys passing on many skills and general game sense to the younger players. The Thirds team was mainly made up of U16 and U18 players and Glenn Letts reported that it was certainly a learning curve and a top effort for the guys, as they played in the afternoon against many older and more experienced players after their morning junior games. Nathan Williamson had a great group of guys in the Fourths team who just loved playing baseball. The enthusiasm and mateship was to be admired for a team that didn't win many games.
New Club Coach Shaun Moore
New recruit Rory Meddick
Back to the fold Chad Galloway
Three Generations of Mays Graham - Ron (past president) - Brenton
Off field in season 2010-2011 the vibe around the Club was building as there were many improvements and plans in place that were going to make it the envy of many clubs in the VBA. John Galloway reported on the facilities and the many improvements, such as a weights rooms for the players, shelters on the dugouts, revamping of the bar, new trophy cabinet and new painting of the rooms. The diamond area was re-cut and new ondecar was put down on the base lines, but the big news was the proposal for a new synthetic infield. The tender was out and the club was hoping to have it installed by the following season. John also thanked Alan Chinn, Eric Nicholls, Michael Paton (Doc), Phil Beckwith, Vic Rand and Ian Anderson for their continued assistance and support. On the social side, the Mouse races were re-introduced and were a big success. A Trivia night and Casino trip were also organised by Marion and Kelly. The junior section was still progressing well, with the numbers growing all the time. We successfully fielded the 6 teams required for the criteria if our seniors were to advance to First Division baseball. On field there was only one team that made the finals, but there were plenty of signs that the successes were just a season away. Socially, it was a fantastic season as well, with the Parents vs Kids game being a big hit as well as the introduction of the Dad's Games which helped foster the interest and understanding of the game in the Dads as well as hopefully serving to get them more involved with the Club and on game days with their kids.
Juniors Dads team in Season 2010-2011
Mouse Races back on in Season 2010-2011
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2011-2012 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Director of Baseball Social Committee Club Coach Marketing & Sponsorship Club Grounds & Facilities Uniforms and Equipment Junior Coordinator Junior Secretary Bar Manager Grounds Staff
Robert Blackmore Mike Ashburn Vicky Dornom Mike Ashburn Nathan Williamson Shaun Moore Chip Willman John Galloway Robert Browne Glenn Letts Marion Baartmans Coral Wallis-Taylor Alan Chin, John Galloway
With Coach Ben Anderson at the helm for the U12s Red Friday night team, it was just a matter of time before his crew of young Eagles were victorious in winning the Premiership Flag for juniors.
U12s PREMIERSHIP TEAM : 2011-2012
FIRSTS ARE MINOR PREMIERS - FRIDAY U12s RED PREMIERS
Shaun Moore achieved his goal of taking our club back to First Division by finishing on top of the Division 2 ladder in season 2010-2011. There were many other highlights for the Firsts team, Rory Meddick won the MVP of Baseball Victoria and the ERA award for Division 2. Adam Irons was also noted in the top 3 for of the league which is a fine achievement. Brad Jones led the team hitting and also finished in the top 3 for Division 2. On top of that, Shaun Moore was voted Coach of the Year by Baseball Victoria. Another welcome sight for the Club was the return of Scotty Moore who teamed up with other greats such as Rohan Brasher, Shannon Hornstra, Chad Galloway and Ben Anderson, just to name a few. The Seconds also had a great season with Stuart Clayton leading the way. The guys made the finals and narrowly missed out in the First Semi Final. The mix of seasoned veterans and youth once again proved to be a winner as the guys finished 3rd on the ladder. Stu mentioned the fine help of Rob Browne who supported him with coaching and also playing when required. Graham Ashburn started as coach of the Thirds, but due to time restrictions, he was unable to play many games as well as coach. Fortunately his dad, (Mike Ashburn) took charge and it is a role that he is more than familiar with! Mike worked well with players of all levels, and at the end of each game, the guys reflected on the positives and playing for the enjoyment of the game. The Fourths, coached by Nathan Williamson, started the season off with a win and the guys had some great head to head games, the enthusiasm shown by this team was fantastic as they backed each other up and rallied when they needed to in the tough times. The team consisted of some past players as well as a mix of new guys. They finished the season with four wins, which was a credit to them. Off field there were many items reported on by John Galloway that were very exciting. The plans for the new synthetic infield were well underway with the vision of having it installed for the coming season. The bottom diamond was graded, the kitchen was revamped and there was a new table tennis table installed which was a big hit with the juniors. Ian Anderson was recognised for his services, with the scoreboard being named in his honour. Other areas of the Club that was pleasing were the social functions, with the Trivia night, Mouse Races and Casino trip all proving very popular. Things were certainly looking positive for the coming season seeing that our seniors were back in First Division, having a new synthetic infield and that the juniors of the Club were showing lots of promise.
Ian Anderson: Scoreboard named in his honour for services rendered
FIRSTS - MINOR PREMIERS DIVISION 2
Rory Meddick BV - MVP and ERA
Back: Brent Jacobsson, Shaun Moore (Coach), Chad Galloway, Adam Irons, Rohan Brasher, Matthew Jacobsson, Rory Meddick Front: Ben Anderson, Cameron Browne, Stuart Clayton, Shannon Hornstra, Scott Moore, Alan Moore, Brad Jones, Robert Browne
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Shaun Moore BV Coach of the Year
Glenn Letts BV Volunteer of the Year
2012-2013 OFFICE BEARERS President Secretary Treasurer Auditor Director of Baseball Social Committee Club Coach Sponsorship Facilities Uniforms and Equipment Junior Coordinator Junior Secretary Bar Manager Grounds Staff
Robert Blackmore Mike Ashburn Vicky Dornom Graham May Mike Ashburn Nathan Williamson Shaun Moore Vincent Wong John Galloway Robert Browne Glenn Letts Marion Baartmans Coral Wallis-Taylor Alan Chinn, John Galloway
The big machinery moves in
New Infield opening day: President Robert Blackmore with previous Council CEO Mr Peter Lewinsky and Baseball Victoria's current President Clayton Crameri
The foundations are ready
Time to play ball
NEW SYNTHETIC INFIELD FOR SUNSHINE
Three years after the first quotations were submitted to Council, all the behind the scenes work from Robert Blackmore, John Galloway and the Committee finally paid off with the installation of the new synthetic infield. We now have one of the best playing fields in the competition. On field our seniors were back in Division One, we fielded 5 senior teams and we also fielded 8 junior teams by filling the Sunday slots with a junior team in each age group category of U12s, U14, U16s and U18s. All this combined was a sure-fire sign that the Sunshine Baseball Club was heading in the right direction. Our Firsts had a remarkable season, winning 12 games and drawing one, which in any regular season would have seen them finish in the middle of the ladder, but due to the bottom half of the ladder winning almost an equal amount of games, they had to fight to keep out of the relegation zone. All credit goes to Club Coach Shaun Moore for their efforts and commitment to the team, as well as the assistance of Alan Moore, Stuart Clayton and Mike Ashburn for their behind the scenes work. Stuart Clayton was at the helm of the Seconds team and reflected on a tough, yet positive season, back in Division One. The inconsistency of players didn't help the cause, as Stu had to contend with a shuffling of players between the Firsts and the Seconds. A positive was the U18 players that stepped up for the Seconds, was the experience of playing at a higher level as well as the knowledge gained from the more senior players on the team was invaluable. Glen Joson took the reins for the Thirds and did the Club proud as he led his team through the season, with many highlights along the way. The best would have to be the 12 run rally in the last inning snatching victory over Essendon at their home ground, and the catch at left field from Jamie Day, which was going to clear the home run fence easily in the game against Geelong. The Fourths were led by Leigh Davis, who returned to the Club this season bringing along with him his band of followers. The guys had a great season and were, for the most part, unstoppable as they smashed their way into the finals series only to lose in the Preliminary Final. The team was certainly a mix, with many famous names such as Jim Kelly, Ross Hornstra and the Davis and Haxby brothers, to name a few. There were also some new faces to the club as well, which altogether combined experience, knowledge and just a sense of having a good time with your mates. The Fifths were mainly made up of the last season Fourths and Nathan Williamson took charge of the guys once again. Nathan had to deal with many new players and a list of 16 at one stage which was not easy to juggle. The team started to click and had some great games, battling on throughout the season and notching up a nice win over Fitzroy along the way.
SENIOR COACHES FOR SEASON 2012-2013
Shaun Moore Firsts
Stuart Clayton Seconds
Glenn Joson Thirds
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Leigh Davis Fourths
Nathan Williamson Fifths
2013-2014 ELECTION OF THE OFFICE BEARERS President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Auditor Director of Baseball Social Committee Club Coach Marketing & Sponsorship Club Grounds & Facilities Uniforms and Equipment Junior Coordinator Junior Secretary Bar Manager Grounds Staff
Robert Blackmore Robert Browne Mike Ashburn Vicky Dornom Graham May Marc McKenner Leigh Davis Earl Byrne Vincent Wong John Galloway Raelene Murphy Glenn Letts Marion Baartmans Coral Wallis-Taylor Alan Chin, John Galloway
Back: C. Prokupek, M. Catania, M. Wilkie, M. Davis, A.Wallis-Taylor, L. Koski, J.Norquay, S. Clayton, Earl Byrne (Coach) Front: C. Galloway, B. Anderson, R. Brasher, A. Irons, S. Hornstra, A. Lovelock
75th ANNIVERSARY SEASON
Season 2013-2014 saw the return of Earl Byrne to Sunshine in the leading role as Club Coach. Earl was head coach at Werribee for the past 5 years and he knew in the back of his mind that he would be coming back to Sunshine one day. When the opportunity came up for a coaching role at Sunshine, he didn’t hesitate for a minute to put his hand up for the job. This season Earl has his sights firmly set on his team to finish at the upper end of the table and to match it with the best that the opposing teams can offer. With our 75th Anniversary Season now underway, we look forward to recording many more memorable occasions in our great history and we look forward to sharing them with you in the years to come.
75TH ANNIVERSARY SUB COMMITTEE
75TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE Robert Blackmore Di Galloway Sarah Darcy Nena Salkovic Marion Baartmans Glenn Letts John Mahoney
Without the time and dedication that has been put in by the members of the 75th Anniversary Committee and Sub Committee, we would not be able to share and enjoy this wonderful milestone for the Sunshine Baseball Club.
Robert Blackmore John Galloway John Viney David Richardson Phil Beckwith John Mahoney Ron Sutherland
SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB INTERVIEWS When the time came to gather the history of Sunshine Baseball Club for the past 75 years and to present it in booklet form, it was clear to see that there was a lot of work to be done. Apart from the priceless information provided by John Mahoney that covered the past 60 years, the other source of valuable information came from the members and past players that still frequent the Club. I was fortunate enough to sit down with many of them and to reminisce and to talk about the good old days. Some of the first juniors to ever play for Sunshine back in the 1950s are still at the Club and are still helping out around the place. Apart from the list of people on the following pages, there are of course many more that we could have interviewed, or written a profile on, but we can do that in the next wonderful chapter in the history of the Sunshine Baseball Club.
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JOHN GALLOWAY - (Galls) FORMER CLUB COACH AND PLAYERS FOR S.B.C. Born in 1952 and introduced to SBC in 1982 by John Mahoney and Norm Durston. Present Clubman John Galloway has a resume that is the envy of all baseball players and one that he takes in his stride. The son of Max and Gwen, both dedicated disciples of the game, Galloway Junior was no sooner out of kindergarten before he was playing ball for Unley Primary school which naturally enough was coached by Galloway Senior, a respected player within the state of South Australia. Apart from baseball, John played football for 7 minutes (before being stretchered off) and he also played badminton. But it was baseball flowing in John's veins and he followed in his fathers' footsteps, playing baseball for the Kensington Cardinals until the age of 19. He then he moved to East Torrens Red Sox in 1972 and in the same year won the flag for the first time after 24 years. Then John moved to Woodville Senators as Club Coach in 1979, and defying all the critics at the time, they won the premiership. John won the Capps Medal (SA MVP) and also the Clubs Best and Fairest trophy as well as the Batting Award. In John's early days he was a pitcher, but to gain senior selection, he focused on the short stop position. A sudden vacancy in the catching position saw him tossed head first into the role. John played Claxton Shield baseball for SA with other notable players of the time, such as Kevin Greatrex, David Mundy, Neil Page, Greg Elkson, Malcolm Loveday, Lindsay Orford, Jon Deeble, David Clarkson, Matthew Sheldon Collins and David Buckthorpe. When John first made the State team in 1972, he looked at other catchers from interstate and realised that he had the potential to go to the top. He studied other catchers closely, picked their brains, and developed a style without modelling himself on any one of them. John's break on the International scene came in 1975, when the top catcher Paul Elliot, unfortunately injured his shoulder. When it was realised that Paul's arm would not recover, John took the bull by the horns and was determined to be the best catcher in Australia. John Mahoney (SBC Club Secretary at the time) had the go ahead from the Committee to get the best coach for season 1982-1983, and he had Galloway firmly in his sights. The combined effort of John Mahoney and Norm Durston in the luring of John and his family from Adelaide to Sunshine was amazing. Even though he could, Galloway wasn't one to chase the big bucks. For him, the move to Sunshine seemed to fit in well with his plans to play at a higher level. Many Club members put their hand up to assist with the interstate move, helping with the moving, unpacking and most of all, making the Galloway family feel at home. John arrived with his wife Dianne and two sons Chad (5yo) and Kane (3yo). Both boys grew up to be excellent baseballers in their own right and currently still play. Dianne is still actively involved in the Club and is currently a member of the 75th Anniversary Committee. John Galloway had the knack of getting players to rise above their level of ability, a trait that distinguishes the best coaches from the fold. Communication was the key for John, as he says, “anyone can abuse a player, but it's best to keep explaining things, tell them what they are doing wrong, so they get the best out of themselves”. With Sunshine Baseball Club never having won an A Grade Premiership, Galloway had to weave some kind of magic and that is exactly what he did! John Galloway and assistant coach Ron Sutherland were victorious in their first season in 1982-1983 with the Eagles taking out the Premiership and then followed it up again in season 1984-1985 and the most recent A Grade Premiership in 1988-1989, which is a truly remarkable achievement. John played baseball for Sunshine for 20 years, he has won the Edward King Cup 6 times, he was State coach for 5 years, Australian representative for 6 years and has served the committee for 25 years and continues to put in the hard yards at the Club still to this day. Presently John is the facilities and groundsman manager, as well as helping out the juniors and passing on his many invaluable skills. Even though John is not one to talk about himself or his credentials, his achievements throughout his baseball career speak for themselves. He is an inspiration to all aspiring baseballers and to baseball folk in general.
John Galloway 1980 Helms Award Winner (Most Outstanding Player in the Claxton Shield Competition)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA Kensington Softball Club Kensington Baeball Club East Torrens Woodville Team State Team Helms Award Capps Medal Caltex Sportsman of the Year R. Finn Award Masters SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Coach SBC A Grade Premierships SBC Edward King Cup winner Bill Shepherd Award Masters VICTORIA Coached U18s Victorian State Coach AUSTRALIA Australian Representative Australian Captain Australian Coach Awarded Australian Sports Medal Coached AAA U19s Scouting for Toronto Blue Jays WINTER BASEBALL Werribee & Bacchus Marsh MASTERS BASEBALL Masters
3 Years MVP 7 Years 2 Years 5 Years 1980 1980 3 Years 3 Times 2 Years 3 Times 6 Years 1 Year
2 Years 5 Years 6 Years 1 Year 2 Years 2000 4 Years 9 Years 2000 4 Years
Division One Coach 1970 - 1972 Premiership in 1972 - MVP 1975-1976 Two Premierships - MVP 1979-1980-1981 Two years as Captain Highest Australian Baseball Award MVP South Australian Award Outstanding Sportsmans Award SA Claxton Shield Award Played in World Masters games in Adelaide 1982-1983 / 1984-1985 / 1988-1989 Top Award for Sunshine Baseball Club - MVP Runner Up MVP Played in 5 Premierships 1998-1999 / 1999-2000 Two State Championships Italy, Holland, Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Canada, USA
USA, Canada, Mexico Premiership Team with sons Kane and Chad Played in Geelong and Melbourne Carnival sides
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John Galloway SBC Premiership Club Coach Clubs First A Grade Premiership (Season 1982-1983)
ROBERT BLACKMORE - CURRENT PRESIDENT SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Born in 1939 and introduced to the Club in 1948 by his brother Barry, he played in the Pee Wees at Sunshine Park. Robert's first introduction to baseball was at the age of 9 by his brother Barry, who was already playing for Sunshine at the time. He played through his junior years and then found his place in the senior teams, spending time playing in the Firsts, Seconds and Thirds. Robert was a very handy pitcher for both the Seconds and Thirds team and he also played outfield in the Firsts. His coach in 1968 was the famous Don Deeble and his teammates at the time were very notable names such as Barnes, Viney, Durston, Chandler, McKenner and McGuire, just to name a few. A highlight of those times playing would have to be pitching for the 2nds when they had their grand final win in 1965. Robert also coached juniors at the Club with some big names at the time in the U18s being, Ron Sutherland, Vic and Aust rep and also Russell Spear, who went on to be an outstanding baseballer as well. Robert had two brothers, Richard and Barry being the older of the two, Richard was a catcher and Barry the pitcher who went on the play for the Victoria and Australia in his career. Robert's two sons, Shane and Jamie, also played for Sunshine. The youngest was Shane who played U14s and in the 2nds team as well as representing the U14 Intervarsity Team, traveling interstate. Jamie also proudly represented the Club and played seniors, as well for the Thirds and Fourths teams. Another feather in the cap for Robert would have to be his 34 years of umpiring at the highest level. To give you an indication of the standard of umpiring that he was at you only have to listen to some of the games he umpired and where they were. To name a few in the late 1980s the USA World AAA U19s Youth Championships, in 1988 the Sydney Women's Youth AAA Championships, in 1990 the Victorian U16s State Championships, the Claxton Shield series for more than 8 years, he also toured for 2 years with the Claxton Shield team and also umpired the South East Asian Series in the mid 1980s in Perth. A memorable moment that stands out in his time umpiring would have to be the time he threw 4 players from a Claxton Shield in Queensland, there is much more to this story but you will have to chat to Robert to find out! As for an umpiring highlight, it was when he had the opportunity to meet in the dugout and shake hands with the legendary Tom Larsorda, who was the coach for the LA Dodgers at the time. Robert is a Life Member of the Baseball Umpires Association of Victoria, as well as a Life Member of Baseball Victoria for his outstanding achievements in this field. Robert is the current President of the Sunshine Baseball Club and has been since 2007. In that time he has been instrumental in many areas of the Clubs improvement. His most recent accomplishment with the help of John Galloway, was securing the government grants to help with the cost of installing the synthetic infield, which is the envy of most
MIKE ASHBURN ( MASH) - CURRENT SECRETARY SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Born in 1952 and introduced to the Sunshine Baseball club by Colin McKenner in 1990. Mike's first introduction to baseball was playing school baseball from the age of 10. He fell in love with the game and played until the age of 17. Later in his years, Mike became the proud father of 3 children; Graham, James and Amy. It was his family and Mike’s love of baseball that drew him to the Sunshine Baseball Club in 1990. Graham being the oldest of the boys, was the first to play for the Eagles in the U14s then right through to the senior ranks. James played U12s through to U18s and occasionally fills in occasionally for the Thirds. Amy tried out once but didn’t play juniors. Mike’s involvement with juniors was as a coach, as well as being part of the junior committee, helping out where he could. Mike resumed his own playing career in 1992, playing and coaching for the Fourths team. Later on he also played Masters along with many other notable players such as Ron Sutherland, John Galloway, Kent and Craig Spry and Graham May, just to mention a few. The fondest times for Mike back then was winning the 1999/2000/2001 Premierships, as well as pitching to John Galloway one time at Werribee. Other memorable occasions were base coaching the Firsts in the Division 2 Premiership winning team in 2003/2004 when Russell Spear was coaching, as well as the trips on the bus with the boys. One particular trip that came to mind was the one to Doncaster, when they had the bus loaded with refreshments that they duly polished off after winning the game. Back then if you struck out 3 times, the drinks were on you! Mike is currently the Club Secretary and has been for the past 11 years. Prior to that he was Secretary in the years 1995/1996 to 1996/1997. Apart from the secretarial duties, Mike also base coaches, assists with coaching the juniors, umpires the odd game, helps with selections and makes sure that we field all the relevant team each week, as well as getting involved on the social side of things at the Club too.
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RON MAY (MAYSEY) - PAST PRESIDENT AND LIFE MEMBER SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Born in 1928 and introduced to the club in1962 through the connection of his son Ken, who played cricket for the Albion Cricket Club at the time. Ron May, Maysey, as he is affectionately known, is one of the many Club stalwarts that still frequents the clubrooms and proudly watches his son and grandson still playing today. Ron never played baseball himself, but in his day was a fine cricketer and proudly represented South Kingsville, later known as Yarraville. Being a father of three boys, Ken being the oldest, then Gary followed by Graham, it was just a matter of time before his boys saw the light and wanted to played baseball. Ken played juniors before joining the Air Force, Gary and Graham played seniors for the 1sts and 2nds teams and Graham stills plays to this day, alongside his own son Brenton. Having three boys playing baseball of course meant that Ron spent many hours at the Club and in so doing, started to get involved in many of the social activities and functions. Ron's wife, Keitha, was also heavily involved with the Club and was well respected by everyone who knew her. Ron, like many other comrades of his time, was involved in calling the bingo and he also found the time to play squash for the newly formed SBC squash team. He played competitively for 5 years. Ron was the Chairman of the Social Committee for 5 years and in 1979, he took on the top job from one of the longest serving presidents (Pat Dalling) he was president for the next 5 years. The first thing Ron reminisced about was the fact that he missed the first AGM while being president due to work commitments in Perth. As far as highlights from those years, it is without saying the Premiership of the 1982-1983 season that his son Graham was a part of and the celebrations that followed. Like many other counterparts from his time, Ron's memories of the days when the Club was a full house and when the atmosphere was electric, were fond indeed and ones that will stay with him for a long time to come.
JOHN MAHONEY (JOCK) - PAST PRESIDENT AND LIFE MEMBER SBC. John was born in Portland in 1941 and went on to join the Education Department where he worked for 46 years, 22 as Principal. After teaching in the country he came to Melbourne for further studies and played cricket for North Melbourne. He joined the Sunshine Heights Cricket Club in 1965 and went on to be President, Coach and Life Member of that club. He was also President of the Sunshine Cricket Association for 9 years, taking over from Pat Dalling. He also played and coached juniors at the Albion Football Club. When asked to coach the school softball team, John took on the role and his team went on to win 4 premierships in a row. He formed the Albion North Softball Club and coached 3 A Grade premierships in the Sunshine Softball Association. John also coached the Under 17 Sunshine team to 3 Premierships in the Victorian Championships. A student at Albion North Primary School, asked John to start a junior baseball team. John mentioned to Michael Laffan that he had a group of children who wanted to play baseball. At that time there was only one Under 12 team in the Club. John entered his team and that was start of something very special for the Sunshine Baseball Club. For the next 6 years, John went on to coach juniors and was very successful with a great group of children; at one stage he had 5 State representatives in the team. John’s stepsons, Peter and Geoffrey played and developed into very good players in their own right. Peter was a pitcher and played in the Reserves Premiership and Geoffrey was a right fielder and played in the 1988 1st Division Premiership Team. As time went on, John became more involved as a Committee member, starting as Assistant Secretary, then Secretary and Chairman of Baseball. In 1979, after 5 years as Secretary, John was elected President which was a position he held for the following 8 years. John’s wife Margaret took over the Secretary role, serving the Club in that role for the next 5 years. John started to play baseball himself in 1975 and coached the 3rds team. He was elected a Life Member in 1990. John served on the VBA board for 2 years and was heavily involved in the National League with the Melbourne Monarchs. John was instrumental in luring John Galloway from South Australia to Sunshine in 1982, as well as securing many other talented players from local clubs and from overseas. John’s dream for the Sunshine Baseball Club was to win a Division 1 Premiership and that dream was fulfilled in 1982/83, with John Galloway at the helm in his first season. The Club went on to win the Premiership again in the 1984/85 season and in 1987/88, making 3 Premierships in 5 years. An awesome effort. These times were certainly highlights and some of the proudest moments for the Sunshine Baseball Club.
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JERRY O’CONNOR ( WOMBAT ) - LIFE MEMBER SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Born in 1944 and introduced to the Club in the 1961 by his brother-in-law John Viney. Although Jerry has never played baseball himself, he can proudly lay claim to his two sons who played juniors at Sunshine in the late ‘80s. Steve and Anthony were very competitive players and Anthony was a representative for Victoria in the U14s. He was also a catcher to Graham Lloyd when he was pitching for Sunshine. Jerry was very involved in the social committee at the SBC, as well as running the bingo with Maysey and helping with other fundraising activities as well. Jerry was on the Executive for 12 years and Chairman for one year. He fondly reflected on the social atmosphere around the Club at the time and spoke about the buzz around the place. Being involved in the social activities brought everyone together and in so doing, made it a very tight knit club and one that everyone was proud to be a part off. In his days at the club, Jerry can remember watching the very first game played at Selwyn Park, when at the time Robert Blackmore was pitching and Don Deeble was his coach. Jerry is still active on the social side of things, organising the annual golf trip as he has done for the past 20 years. He was honoured by the SBC with a Life Membership in 2009 for his contribution over many years at the Club.
ERIC NICHOLLS ( ECKA) - LIFE MEMBER SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Born in 1947 and introduced to the Club in 1974 by Col McKenner and Alan Chinn. Eric played cricket in his younger days for Albion when their ground was situated on Barclay Reserve. He has fond memories of the times spent together with his team mates and sharing a beer or two in the tin shed. Eric's involvement in the Sunshine Baseball Club includes being part of the committee for 5 years, coaching juniors for 6 years and coaching the women's softball team for 2 years as well. Eric was also a manager of the senior teams in the early days. At the time Eric was manager, there were many famous names around the place and one was John Galloway, who was part of the Premiership winning team in 1982-1983. This was one of Eric's fondest memories of his time when involved in the playing group. Other great memories include the end of season trips when the guys would get together and have a few beers and reflect on the season gone by. Eric also spent many years helping out at the bar and only up until recently has settled into the quieter life. Eric still frequents the Club regularly with his other mates from years gone by and is a proud Club member.
ALAN CHINN ( CHINNY) - LIFE MEMBER SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Born in 1940 and introduced to the Club in the 1970s by Norm Durston. Chinny was born in Bendigo and his father was lured down to Albion by Norm Durston back in the late 1940s. Chinny played juniors as a 9 year old for the Sunshine Baseball Club at the original site, Sunshine Park (now known as Parsons Reserve). His coach at the time was Norm McArthur. Chinny can remember the meetings that were held in an old army hut behind the old picture theatre that was owned by George Kirby. Chinny’s daughter Debbie played for the SBC women's team in the early 1980s when they played at Moore Park and were coached by Tom McIntyre (Chester). Chinny has been an active member of the Sunshine Baseball Club for over 30 years and is still marking out the diamonds and setting up the bases like he has for the past ten years. He was honoured with a Life Membership in 2008-2009. Chinny’s fondest time was also being part of the 1982-1983 Premiership team.
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EDDIE SUTHERLAND - PAST VICE PRESIDENT, TREASURER AND LIFE MEMBER OF SBC. Born in 1926 Eddie was introduced to baseball by a friend who knew Norm McArthur in 1962. Prior to his baseball days, Eddie Sutherland had quite a few feathers in his cap. He was involved in the Australian Rope Quoits Association, playing at a competitive level. he was in the Division A Quoits team that won a Championship. He was also a cricketer, playing for the IOOF (Independent Ordinance of Odd Fellows). Eddie competed in the Men's Water Polo Team at the Footscray Swimming Club and was involved in the Footscray Cricket Club being Practice Captain from 1962-1974, as well as being on the committee. When Eddie joined the Sunshine baseball Club in the winter of 1962, he came along with his son,12 year old Ron Sutherland. Eddie coached juniors in 1964 and in the same year took on the role of Vice President. Eddie was very talented as he multi tasked by not only coaching, but doing the scoring at the same time. After his position as Vice President, Eddie took on the role as Treasurer and held it for the next 13 years. Eddie was instrumental in the day to day running of the club of Treasurer, he worked tirelessly to make the Club what it is today. He also worked very closely with the Sunshine Council (Town Clerk - Bill Dutchmann) through many meetings and was instrumental in the movement from Selwyn Park to Barclay Reserve. Eddies wife Violet was always very supportive, as was his daughter Karen. When asked about his fondest memories at SBC, Ed reflected on the Premierships in the 80s as fine times.
RON SUTHERLAND - PAST PRESIDENT AND LIFE MEMBER OF SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Born in 1950 Ron was introduced to baseball by his father Eddie in 1962. Before Ron took his hand to baseball, he played cricket for Footscray and played local school footy. It certainly was a great move by his father Eddie to bring Ron down to the Sunshine Baseball Club, as from this point on, the Sutherland name was one that was certainly going down proudly in the history books of the Club due to their fine achievements. Ron started his junior career in 1962, playing U14s and it wasn't long before his talent was noticed by the selectors. He was soon representing Victoria in the U16 and U18 teams, as well as making the Australian team. This was certainly the highest achievement of any junior at the time and one that the Club certainly was proud of. In his senior playing days Ron has many feathers in his cap, playing in the Firsts for 16 years between 1966-1982, the Seconds for 10 years between 1982-1992 and other grades for 3 years, Masters for 10 years between 1998-2008 and also in the World Masters in 2002. Ron's coaching resume is also one to be envious of. In 1991, Ron coached the U18 Victorian Development Team in SA and in 1992 coached the U18 Victorian team to a Championship in Brisbane. In 1994 he took on the role of coaching the Victorian U14 Team in Sydney, followed by assisting the U16 Team in WA in 1996. In 1998 Ron was the Head Coach of the U16s Victorian team. Ron Sutherland and John Galloway were joint coaches for many years and at the time were regarded as one of the most successful coaching duo of the time. As for the off-field side of things at Sunshine, Ron was never one to shy away from any duties and was always at the ready to put his hand to do anything to help the Club on its way to being one of the best in the competition. At the age of 30, Ron found his place on the Committee and he was destined to do his best for the Club on a different level. He was Vice President from 1996 to 1999 and then President from 1999 to 2003, as well as being on the VBA Board from 1999 to 2003, as a representative for the SBC. Ron was supported by his wife Nives and both were proud parents of Melinda, Kate and Daniel. Kate scored for the juniors from 1994 to 1998 and for the seniors from 1999 to 2003. Daniel went on to play baseball at the top level before his sad passing in 2003. When asked about his fondest memories and proudest times in his days at Sunshine Baseball Club, the first thing to come to mind for Ron was the time he spent being an active club member on the committee and the atmosphere that was around the Club at the time. Ron could not speak highly enough of our past President Pat Dalling, who was the 2nd longest serving President in the Club's history. Ron said that when Pat was about to say a few words or make a speech, you could just about hear a pin drop, as he had a way about him that just demanded attention. Apart from the Divisions One Premierships, and the Masters Premierships, which go without saying as being a pinnacle in Ron's coaching and playing career, the other very enjoyable occasions were when the Juniors Lightning Premierships were being played. Just one other story that Ron mentioned was when the Firsts were playing Doncaster in the mid 1990s when SBC was struggling in 3rd Division. They were down by about 26-nil and a Doncaster player decided to steal home on a pitch while Ron was on the mound. Ron's son Daniel was at Centerfield at the time and after that dig he said to his dad, ‘’let me have a pitch, I will only need one to teach them a lesson!” Sure enough, Daniel took to the mound in the next dig and did just that!.
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DANIEL SUTHERLAND (SUDSY) #27 - SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB When talking about Daniel Sutherland to his father Ron, you can see the glint in his eye as he reflects on the milestones that Daniel reached in the short time he was with our club and no one can be more proud than Ron himself and his wife Nives. Daniel started playing baseball for the U14s for Sunshine in 1994 and in the following year he was already representing Victoria, which is the ultimate aim for any junior wanting to play at the highest level. In his second year of U16s, not only did he represent the State, but he was also selected to play for Australia. Daniel continued his stellar career in the U18s to represent Victoria again and when he reached top age U18s, he once again represented Victoria and Australia. His credentials were a true testament to just how good he was. 1998 was a big year for Daniel! He won the George Kirby award for the seconds (MVP) and was the recipient of the Most Promising Junior Award alongside Shaun Moore, as well as being in the inaugural VIC-AIS Academy (now is Australian Baseball Academy). In 1998 -1999 Daniel went to America for 4 years. He spent 2 years at Iowa Central Community College and then another 2 years at North-West Missouri State. He played in, and pitched for an innings in the NCAA Division 2 Championship team that was beaten by Carolina. After his stint in the States, Daniel returned to play baseball for Sunshine up until his passing due to an illness in 2003. Daniel's own #27 Guernsey is proudly on display in the clubrooms as a reminder to us all of not only his wonderful achievements and success with the Sunshine Baseball Club, but also to remind us of how fragile life can be. . (Left) With the official opening of the new synthetic infield in season 2012-2013, and with the launch of the new Eagles uniform, the No: 27 Guernsey was once again reserved in respect for Daniel and duly presented to Nives and Ron Sutherland at the opening by President Robert Blackmore.
The opening game for season 2013-2014 was set aside to acknowledge Daniel Sutherland who tragically passed away ten years ago. Marc McKenner, with his many helpers, did a fantastic job organising the event by naming the first round SUDSY day and all senior players were proudly wearing Daniel's No:27 on the back of their playing tops.
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RAY HAXBY ( MUSHY ) - LIFE MEMBER SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Born in 1947 and introduced to the Club in 1960 at the Sunshine Technical School. Ray's first introduction to baseball was at the age of 13 while he was attending Sunshine Technical School. The senior players from the SBC organised a ‘come and try day’ and Ray remembers that there were at least 3 games going on at the one time. Ray caught the baseball bug and soon joined the SBC, playing juniors at Selwyn Park in the early 1960s. From there, he progressed to playing senior baseball at the highest level at the club. Later on in his life, Ray met and married Kay. They had two sons, Brock and Cain, who continued the Haxby tradition. The boys started playing as soon as they could hold a bat and Ray coached the junior teams with his sons right through to when they progressed to seniors. Ray's involvement in the Club didn't stop there, as he was actively involved in all the committees at the time such as the baseball, social, finance and grounds committees. Ray was also involved in helping raise monies to help the juniors who were representing the Club at State level, by organizing fundraising nights. After a few years of not playing, Ray stepped up to the plate again alongside many of his contemporaries of the time and played for the 5ths. He played for three seasons and out of those they won two Grand Finals, losing the third due to the whole team being thrown from the game due to some misconduct... Ray also mentioned the tireless work that some of the women did in the club, in the early days; they sewed uniforms for the juniors, as well as the many other social activities they helped organize. When asked about the highlights for his time at the club, it was not just one or two, but many over the years. The one thing that stands out above all is the fantastic club spirit and involvement of many people that made it a great club to be a part of.
DAVID RICHARDSON ( RICHO ) - PAST PRESIDENT AND LIFE MEMBER SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Born in 1944 and introduced to the Club in the 1950s by Pat Dalling Richo played baseball for SBC as a junior and also played senior baseball in the 3rds team, but being a policeman at the time made it very difficult for him to juggle his work and his love of baseball, and in the end one of them had to go. He was on the police force for 44 years and in that time he always put his hand up to help out where he could at the baseball club. Richo was also heavily involved in many areas of the social committee for a number of years and was never afraid to take on any task put to him. He took on the role of Club Secretary in 1985. Nine years later the he took on the top job of President from John Mahoney and was at the helm for 4 years. In 1985 he was honoured with a Life Membership to the Club. Richo was also an avid photographer who had access to the police camera and took many photos during his time at the Club. These photos have preserved part of the history of the Club and are featured within this booklet. When asked about his fondest memories of the SBC in his earlier days, the first ones that came to mind were the club spirit and the camaraderie of everyone involved. The commitment of the social committee and the effort that went into the activities and events at the time were second to none. Richo still looks forward to getting down to the Club on most Thursday nights with the guys to spin a few yarns and to have a quiet ale. PHIL BECKWITH (PUFF)- PAST PRESIDENT - LIFE MEMBER OF SBC Born in 1951 and introduced himself to the Club as a junior playing U14s. Phil was a local lad and lived not far away from Selwyn Park at the time he stumbled across the SBC in the mid 1960s. Phil was trying different sports at the time and after his first season of baseball he found himself playing cricket and footy for other local clubs. He played sub district cricket for Sunshine and local cricket for Grand United in Albion, as well as playing in the Churches competition for St. Anthony's in his 40s. Phil's involvement in cricket led to his involvement in the Sunshine Baseball Club and he became a proud member over 40 years ago. Phil was the type of guy not to sit on his hands and it wasn't long before he became heavily involved with the executive committee, and the social committee at the club. Ultimately Phil took on the role of President in 2003 and headed the Club for the next 5 years. Such was his dedication to the Club, that while his wife (Cheryl) was in labour about to give birth, he was busy doing various duties at the Club and in between visiting her and going back to the club, he missed the birth of his son Brad. His son Brad played baseball as a junior with the club and his daughter Jodie also played as a junior and in the SBC Women's team in the early 1980s. Phil's grandkids Luke and Keeley also played baseball for the Club. Luke is still currently playing in the U12s Blue Team. When asked, Phil's fondest memories of his time gone by would have to be the good times spent with many good people. Phil said that the friendly feeling around the place was unbelievable and you couldn't help but get wrapped up in the atmosphere.
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JIM KELLY (DIAMOND JIM) - SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Born in 1948 he joined the Sunshine Baseball Club in 1971. As a youngster Jim played the usual sports like most kids. He played school football and U18s football for his local team as well, but his love of baseball dominated his life as he matured. Jim started his baseball career playing in the winter U16s team for Newport, as Sunshine didn't have a winter team at the time. When the opportunity arose at a later date, Jim headed straight to Barclay Reserve to play for the Eagles in the A Grade Summer Competitor, and he has stayed a Sunshine boy through and through. Diamond Jim earned his nickname from Ian (Tubby) Goldsworthy just over 40 years ago and has lived up to it ever since. Jim was an outfielder and a relief pitcher when he arrived at Sunshine and at the time Don Deeble was Club Coach. Jim trained himself to bat left handed, as there weren't many left handed batters in the Firsts at the time. When talking to Jim about his illustrious career and considering that he is still playing today at the age of 65, the list of achievements are astounding. As a junior, Jim tried out for the U18s State Team and was cut in the final round, but then Northern Territory picked him up for the National Competition where he proudly represented them. In the winter months, Jim still coached and played winter ball for the Saints (East Belmont) and was voted the MVP for 5 consecutive seasons. For the Eagles, Jim was a solid performer in the Firsts and he earned himself the Holy Grail of the SBC being awarded the Edward King Cup in season 1975-1976. Jim was also heavily involved in the Masters in his later years as he still is today. Milestones for Masters baseball were the 3 premierships in a row for Sunshine, the World Masters, when as a 61 year old Jim picked up a Gold Medal and also the recent Pan Pacific Games when their team won the final with the mercy rule and were awarded the gold medal. In that game he pitched 5 innings for 15 batters with no runs, no walks and only 1 hit. As for Jim's other contributions to the Club, he coached the U17s in season1983-1984, and this season Jim has put his hand up to run the T-Ball program which is just fantastic, as he has many fine skills to teach these future Eagles hopefuls. Jim's wife Margret was very active as well in the Club being on the social committee and also helping out in the canteen. Margret and Jim's son Adrian also played junior baseball for Sunshine and at the time his teammates were Marc McKenner and the Haxby brothers just to name a few, his coach at the time was Col McKenner. Jim still plays golf every 2 weeks (weather permitting) with a few of the other club greats such as Ron Sutherland, Stephen Blackmore, Peter Kyle, Kent Spry, Graham May, John Mahoney, Garry Murden, John Galloway and Peter Jacobsson. When I asked Jim about his fondest memories or times at the Sunshine Baseball Club, he said that the club song said it all “a better bunch of fellas you won't find in a lifetime’’. VIC RAND ( RAMBO) - SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Born in 1951, he joined the Sunshine Baseball Club in 1973. In his early years, Vic was very active in his sport playing soccer for Maribyrnong and then later on he took up amateur wrestling . He started his baseball career at Sunshine playing winter baseball. When there was no longer a winter team, he played for Corio in 1981and then for Melbourne University and Bacchus Marsh in 1987. Over the years he had many memorable occasions, such as coaching the Melbourne University 4ths team to a Grand Final victory against Moorabbin in 1986. Vic has also played in 4 grand finals in the Fourths for Sunshine and played Masters as well for many years. He rattled off a few names from those times such as Harvey Mitchell, Rob Anderson, Paul Bennet, Jamie Blackmore and Ricky Bunting just to name a few. Vic’s wife Sandy does a power of work around the club such as helping in the canteen, scoring and is currently active on the junior committee ready to lend a hand when needed. Vic has two children, Julie and Travis who we all know well as Apprentice Rambo. Vic has coached and helped out Travis in his career right through juniors from when he was knee high, up until now where this season he is a top age U18s player. Travis also regularly umpires Friday night games. Vic helped out on the committee with uniforms in the early 1980s and has always put his hand up for various jobs that needed to be done around the club such as coaching, base coaching, umpiring, canteen, bar and working bees. MICHAEL PATFORD (DOC) - SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB Born in 1949 and joined the Sunshine Baseball Club in 2001. Doc, as we all know him, earned his nickname from being in the St. Johns Ambulance in his earlier days. As a youngster, Doc played school footy, but his passion was for cricket. He played for Grand United and Sunshine cricket clubs for many years and was better known for his skills behind the stumps as the wicket keeper. Docs stumbled across Sunshine Baseball Club when we had the pokies and he has been a fine patron since. He is regularly helping out behind the bar, cleaning, as well as offering his first aid skills that he learnt in his early days. The sight of Doc smashing an ice block to make an ice pack for an injury is a sight to behold. Docs talks fondly of the good mates he has made at the club over the years.
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COL McKENNER 1940 - 2002 Interview: MARC McKENNER Introduced to Sunshine Baseball Club by his Uncle Jack Carter back in 1955, Col McKenner felt right at home playing alongside some of the greats such as Deeble, Viney and Knapp just to name a few. Col was a handy player who could play any position when the opportunity arose, although his favoured position was 2nd base. From 1977 to 1979, Col 1955 1959 1968 took on a coaching role for Moorabbin and then returned to Sunshine where he coached both senior and junior teams. He was assistant coach for the Victorian U15 team with players such as: Jon Deeble, Phil Dale, David Clarkson and Mathew Sheldon-Collins. Col was active on the baseball committee for many years as well as representing the VBA on the tribunal. At one stage Newport was looking to secure the services of Col, but he opted for the Junior Coordinator role that was on offer from Sunshine and he never looked back. Col’s family was also very involved in the club. His wife Kaye was on the Ladies and Social Committee, as well as helping out with the books when Ron May was President. Col and Kaye had 4 children, Janine, Kim, Leanne and Marc. The 3 girls all played junior baseball and Leanne went on to play in the Women's Divison 1 Firsts Premiership Teams (Back to Back) and she always let Col and Marc know that she had that over them! Marc also excelled at baseball and went on to play at the top level representing Victoria and also playing for Australia in the U19 Development Team in 1993. Sadly in 2002, Col passed away after a long illness, but he has left behind a shining light for the Sunshine Baseball Club, as his fine values and club spirit is still carried on to this day, with his children and grandchildren still being actively involved in the club. Kaye and daughters, Janine, Kim and Leanne are making the heritage uniforms from scratch which the Firsts team will proudly wear for our 75th year celebrations. Marc has taken on the demanding role of Director of Baseball, as well as introducing his own children to the wonderful game of baseball and to Sunshine Baseball Club.
SCORERS FOR SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB There are many unsung heroes in most sporting clubs, as they do most of the work behind the scenes that is less noticed than other duties. Being a scorer for baseball is certainly a skill that needs to be commended and noted for as a fine contribution to the sport. It is one of those tasks that no one is the first to put their hand up for, but for the ones that do, it puts them right in the game and the action. Below we have listed some of the many that have taken on the role of scoring over the years that have scored in either the seniors or juniors games. Sunshine Baseball Club would like to thank you all! Lorraine Dunn Lorraine McGuire Barbara Barnes Margaret Mahoney June Fischer Danny McCarthy
Kaye McKenner Janinine McKenner Kim McKenner Leanne McKenner Kaye Haxby Jan Allen
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Nena Vinski Derek Williamson Kelly Lakat Raelene Murphy Joanne Gatt Sandy Rand
GLENN LETTS (LETTSY) JUNIOR COORDINATOR
I played baseball myself for Newport in the mid 80s before going overseas for 1 year in 1989 which was just after I met Marion while she was on a world trip and at that stage I was living in Northcote. Upon my return, at my first job interview in 1990, I met Pat Dalling (past SBC President) who did the accounts for this particular company (J.M.Gillies). During my interview with the company, Pat and I were chatting about baseball and at one stage he said to me, “Get yourself down to Sunshine, it is a great club”! As I left the job interview, I was told that I would hear by the end of the week if I had the job or not. Well, Pat put in a good word for me and by the time I got home, the phone was already ringing to say that I had the job, (the job I still have to this day). As the years went by, Marion and myself moved to Sunshine and Glenn Letts were fortunate enough to have twin boys (Russell and Daniel), and again Pat reminded us, that when the boys are old enough, get them down to the club! Then one day a Come and Try flyer turned up in the letterbox, sent by Stuart Clayton (Junior Coordinator) and that was the start of something special. Daniel started playing baseball first in 2004, then followed by Russell the next year (as he tried his hand at cricket first) and then when our youngest Jack was old enough, he also stepped up to the plate. I first started assisting Stuart with coaching, and then took on the coaching role for the juniors for the following 7 years and still now I am coaching my Jack who is in the U16s. I also coached the 3rds for a season and assisted where I could. At the moment I have the role of Junior Coordinator which is one full of challenges as well as immense satisfaction, as there is nothing better than seeing young kids take up the game of baseball and to enjoy the fine club facilities that we have to offer them. I am also very fortunate to have the assistance of my partner Marion Baartmans as junior secretary and also the support of many other assistants both on the committee and from club members in general. This booklet would not have been possible without the background work of John Mahoney and the many others who came forward with either paper clippings, photos and stories that we were able to share with you. Also a big thanks goes to Kate Sutherland for the huge task of proof reading the booklet. It feel that it has been a privilege that I was given the task to document the last 75 years of the club and I hope that you have all enjoyed reading through the many wonderful memories of the Sunshine Baseball Club.
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P L A Y E R P O R T R A I T P H O T O S F R O M 1 9 8 3 ‐ 1 9 8 9
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PERFORMANCES LIFE MEMBERS EDWARD KING CUP SECRETARIES
Norman Green x 5
Stewart Ross x 3
Jack Crook x 3
Jack Crook x 2
PREMIERS C SECTION
PREMIERS B SECTION
PREMIERS A SECTION
MINOR A PREMIERS
PREMIERS RELEGATION SERIES
RUNNER UP NORTH SECTION
RUNNER UP IN ALL GRADES - CLUB CHAMPIONS
PREMIERS FIRSTS / SECONDS
Don Deeble x 10
PREMIERS FIRSTS / SECONDS
PREMIERS SECONDS / THIRDS
PREMIERS FIRSTS / SECONDS
PREMIERS B GRADE
PREMIERS A GRADE FIRSTS / SECONDS
PREMIERS A GRADE FIRSTS
PREMIERS A GRADE FIRSTS / SECONDS
Norm McArthur Mick Laffan John Viney Lindsay Barnes
William Searle Lee Willey William Searle Kevin Booth
Max Alchin Des Mitchell Barry Blackmore Lindsay Barnes x 4 Bill Shepherd John Viney Daryl McGregor
PREMIERS FIRSTS - DIV 3
PREMIERS FIRSTS / SECONDS / THIRDS - DIV 3
Dennis Kennedy x 2
PREMIERS FIRSTS - 2nd DIV PREMIERS 3RDS
Steven Blackmore x 4
PREMIERS FIRSTS / SECONDS DIV 2
Craig Spry x 3
John Galloway x 6
MINOR PREMIERS DIV 2
PREMIERS PEE WEES RUNNER UP U17s
PREMIERS U17s / U13s /PEE WEES
PREMIERS U17s / U15s
Doug Brown x 2
RUNNERS UP U17s
PREMIERS U17s / U15s
PREMIERS U18s / U17s PREMIERS U15s / U13s
Greg Wiltshire x 5
PREMIERS U16s / U14s / U12s
RUNNER UP U14s
RUNNER UP U16s
RUNNER UP U18s
Michael Ashburn Ray Haxby
Russell Spear Matthew Kent PeterStokes Ryan Trytten Jason Benson Adam Irons x 2
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Tom Tribe Barry Blackmore x 7 John Viney Kerry McGuire x 19 John Mahoney x 4 Margaret Mahoney x 5 Adrian Vansantvoort x 3 Maree Hughes x 3 Ross Wiltshire x 6 Michael Ashburn x 13
SUNSHINE BASEBALL CLUB VICTORIA AND AUSTRALIA REPRESENTATIVES
SENIOR REPS AUSTRALIA Don Deeble Lindsay Barnes John Viney Ron Biddell John Kyle Don Kyle Don Knapp Neil Burke John Galloway Leigh McIntyre Peter Jacobsson Brett Ward Matthew Kent Greg Wiltshire Earl Byrne
JUNIOR REPS AUSTRALIA Peter Jacobsson Peter Thomas Ron Sutherland Daniel Sutherland Russell Spear Anthony Darcy Josh Peterson Marc McKenner
SENIOR REPS VICTORIA Don Deeble Barry Blackmore Wal Baker Ron Mannion Lindsay Barnes Maurie Klavins Ron Nankervis Bill Shepherd John Viney Ron Biddell Dennis Kennedy John Kyle Don Kyle Don Knapp Neil Burke Leigh McIntyre Peter Jacobsson John Galloway Michael Darcy Stephen Blackmore Brett Ward Graeme Lloyd Robert Meates Matthew Kent Greg Wiltshire Peter Stokes Mike Doubleday
U17S/U18S REPS VICTORIA Stephen Blackmore Neil Burke Shane Howard Peter Jacobsson Peter Thomas Colin Miller Donald Kyle John Kyle Ron Sutherland Daniel Sutherland Craig Spry Russell Spear Marc McKenner Adrian Kelly Anthony Darcy Allister Lovelock Shannon Hornstra Jason Allan
U18 U18 U16/U18 U18 U16 U18 U18 U18
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Sunshine Baseball Club is very proud of not only their history, but also the many fine players that have proudly represented Victoria and Australia whilst playing for the Eagles. Our club can boast in the game over the some of the biggest names years. U15S/U16S REPS U13S/U14S REPS VICTORIA VICTORIA Peter Jacobsson Scott Brown Peter Thomas Peter Jacobsson Graeme Martini Peter Thomas Colin Miller Bryan Murphy Gavin Fischer George Calder Tom Jones Michael Miriklis Glen Myhre Harry Miriklis Craig Spry Darren Viney Kent Spry Kent Spry Norm Baker Anthony Blackmore Michael Deeble Anthony O’ Connor Donald Kyle Paul Blackmore John Kyle Ron Sutherland Daniel Sutherland Josh Petersen Russell Spear James Ross Adam Irons Anthony Darcy Harry Miriklis Kayla Adams Nathan Wallis Jason Allan Shannon Hornstra Steven Kugele Jarrod Norquay
DON DEEBLE Don Deeble was arguably the best baseball player that this country has ever produced. A pioneer in his sport, Don first played baseball for Sunshine as an enthusiastic 16 year old, after playing the sport at school. A hard hitting, left-handed bat, Don quickly established himself as a fine first baseman, collecting the Club’s Best & Fairest Award in his first three seasons. He would win the award a further seven times before the end of his career. After being spotted by one of the State's top referees, Don was invited to train with A-Grade Club, St. Kilda. He immediately made his way into their side and before long, Deeble was under the eye of State Selectors. After a brief stint interstate, he returned to St. Kilda before switching to Sunshine and from then on he led the Club for 12 years before transferring to Preston to finish his career. In 1969 he captained the Australian Team against Japan in Sydney and later took part in the first Australian Tour to Manila and played against Japan and the Philippines. In December 2000, he was awarded an Australian Sports Medal for his services to Baseball. Don Deeble was in the first class of the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame, inducted in 2005. In his days at Sunshine, Don Deeble won the prestigious Edward King Cup 10 times, he was club coach for 14 years, he was also on the committee for more than 10 years as well as being elected a Life Member in 1968.
DON DEEBLE - THE BASEBALLER
Don's wife Pat, was a very good softballer and a state representative. Pat and Don had three children, sons Jon, Michael, and their daughter Susan. Michael followed in his fathers footsteps with his love for the game and is currently an assistant coach at Preston. Jon Deeble is a noted scout, Minor League manager and Australian National team manager. In 2006 (one year after his father) he joined Don in the Hall of Fame by being inducted himself.
Don first represented Victoria in 1954, at the age of 21 and was awarded the best player for the State in his first carnival. After quickly carving a name for himself at State Level, Don was selected in the Australian All-Star side that same year. This was the beginning of a 18 year association with representative baseball.
DON DEEBLE - THE CRICKETER : A BRIEF VIEW In his younger days, Don excelled on the cricket field as well, being an opening batsman for District Club, Footscray and spent many summers as Captain of Sub-District Club, Sunshine. The Sunshine Cricket Club’s best ever team boasts the name of Don Deeble. Below are a couple of articles from the archives highlighting Don's cricketing skills as a teenager.
SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE - JULY 23rd 1949 JUNIOR STARS FOR DRUIDS Don Deeble playing for Druids Juniors last Saturday compiled 123 runs, which included 25 fours' (10 successive fours were hit). Following his brilliant batting he took the bowling honours with 7/10. Don although only 15 years, is a veteran in junior cricket having already played three seasons. A lot more will be seen of this lad in the future.
SUNSHINE ADVOCATE ARTICLE - DEC 1st 1950 SUNSHINE COLTS C.C. Sunshine Colts had a meritorious win over General
Motors by 103 runs. Honours for the match went to Don Deeble, who thrashed all 'bowling; to score 164 n.o. (five 6's fourteen 4s) G.M.H, 152 (Lester 4/1) - Sunshine 4/255 (Gillard 36, Deeble 164*) Sunshine play Carlton United next, Sunday.
1951 1954 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1964 1965 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Victorian Rep Victorian Rep / Australian Rep Best Victorian Player Best Series player Australian team Victorian Rep Victorian Rep / Australian Rep Victorian Rep Victorian Rep Victorian Rep Victorian Rep Victorian Rep Victorian Rep Victorian Rep / Australian Rep Best Victorian Player Victorian Rep / Australian Rep Best Victorian Player Best Victorian Player Victorian Rep / Australian Rep Victorian Rep 1st Intl Team Manila
Don Deeble in 1959
Michael Deeble - 1968
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75th ANNIVERSARY LEGEND AWARDS These Hall of Fame members have been elevated to Legend Status - the highest possible Club award. It is based on their remarkable contributions to the Sunshine Baseball Club.
75th ANNIVERSARY HALL OF FAME AWARDS The Sunshine Baseball Club’s Hall of Fame will recognise and highlight an individual’s achievements and contributions and place him/her in an elite class. This list includes only the highest calibre individuals who have attained excellence in their contribution to the Club over many years. Halls of Fame generally recognize outstanding participants in their particular field or long term Administrators, however consideration has been given to a range of criteria, and each nominees regime will reflect diverse contributions to our club. They did not have to qualify in each criteria. The selection criteria for the Hall of Fame was the following 10 years as a senior player / 5 years in 1sts or 10 years in lower grades / Club awards - Best Player, Best Clubman / Coaching contribution - Seniors, Juniors / State and Australian Team selection. State and Australian Team awards e.g MVP, Coach, Assistant Coach, Helms Award etc / 1st Division Premierships / 10 years on Baseball or Management Committees / Positions held on Committee e.g. President, Secretary, Treasurer etc / Financial contribution. Where an individual’s achievements as a player is a deciding factor, the level of competition e.g. 1st, 2nd or 3rd Division must be considered. This applies to Premierships and Awards.
75th ANNIVERSARY TOP 21 PLAYERS AWARDS The Sunshine Baseball club has determined the team of the BEST 18 players to represent our club over the past 75 years. A minimum of 5 years playing in the Firsts is the qualification.
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C L U B S O N G No matter where you go You'll always hear of Sunshine The team that's always out to win
A better bunch of fellas You won't find in a lifetime They always come out with a grin
We've had our adverse times As well as good and we can take it Like all good sports should
So when you hear this song You know it won't be long Till were right up on the top again
Two, four, six, eight Who do we appreciate S U N S H I N E
Sunshine Baseball Club Inc, 5 Talmage Street Sunshine Vic 3020 Ph. (03) 9311 1305 Fax. (03) 9364 9712 Affiliated Victorian Baseball Association, Licensed Clubs Association Incorporation Number A0002586G ABN: 44 527 807 406 Web page - www.sunshinebaseballclub.com.au E-Mail - email@example.com To the best of our knowledge, the information that has been published in this booklet represents a brief history of the Sunshine Baseball Club and we welcome any feedback in regards to corrections or any omissions for future publications.
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