Presidents Park in Wyndham Vale was a hive of activity on Saturday as the 22nd edition of the Softball Victoria Masters Championships kicked off.
Proudly supported in 2018 by the Wyndham City Council, the Softball Victoria Masters Championships is an opportunity for past and present players from across Victoria in the Over 35+ and Over 40+ age brackets to come together and play softball in a competitive but friendly competition.
On a perfect day for softball, 49 teams took to the diamonds to complete 56 games for the opening day of the 2018 Masters Championships.
In the Women’s competitions, the A/B Women’s Grade was tightly contested all day, but it was the Lilydale Ejays who emerged undefeated from Day 1’s play. Other sides to impress on the opening day were the Amigos and the Braves, who each topped the initial pools they were placed in earlier in the day.
The C Grade Women’s competition is also fairly evenly matched, with the two teams from the Apple Isle in the Tasmanian Recycled Relics (second) and Tassie Spirit (third) pressing for top spot. While the Relics won both of their games on Day 1, they still sit below the Cheetahs who were also undefeated and have a slightly superior percentage at this point of the tournament.
In the remaining Women’s competitions, GEMSA Corkers Black have jumped to an early lead ahead of Red Devils in D Grade, Eastern Raiders and MVP Falcons are undefeated in E Grade and Craigieburn Eagles are tied for first place with new team Bulldogs in F Grade.
In the Men’s competition, Metrans stamped their authority on the competition with 43 runs and just the three runs conceded on Day 1 of the competition in the A/B Men’s, including seven home runs in their last game for the day against the Phantoms. They weren’t the only undefeated side in the section however, with the Giants registering a record of two wins and a draw against Springvale Whitesox to sit right behind the Metrons in second place.
Sons of Sunbury began their 2018 Masters Championships campaign with two convincing wins on Day 1 to sit atop the C Grade Men’s section; scoring a total of 43 runs in their two outings. Pirates, Geelong Cougars, Casey 2 Cans and Bandits are among the chasing pack who also recorded victories on the opening day.
Play on Day 2 of the 2018 Victorian Masters Championships begins at 8:30am at Presidents Park in Wyndham Vale, with teams across all grades looking to shore up their positions on the ladder ahead of Monday’s finals.
For the full results and ladders from the opening day, head to Softball Victoria’s dedicated Masters page (http://vic.softball.org.au/masters/) and keep track of the weekend’s updates on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.