Lilydale Ejays and Metrans have capped off dominant 2018 Softball Victoria Masters Championships campaigns by claiming the respective Women’s and Men’s A Grade titles on Monday.
Monday afternoon’s medal play-offs brought to an end a terrific three days of softball at Presidents Park in Wyndham Vale, in which past and present players from across Victoria in the Over 35+ and Over 40+ age brackets came together to play softball in a competitive but friendly competition.
From the outset, the Lilydale Ejays looked to be the team to beat in the Women’s A Grade competition, and so it proved as they completed an undefeated campaign on Monday afternoon.
The Ejays began Monday with a comprehensive 15-4 win against Brandon Heights to set up a tantalising gold medal play-off with Vicsens Jnr, who were aiming to defend their 2017 A Grade trophy. Despite losing their first two games on Day 1 (including a 4-3 loss to the Ejays first up), the Vicsens entered the grand final in good form with four consecutive wins.
Unfortunately for the Vicsens, they weren’t able to secure back-to-back titles as the Ejays came out on top in a hard-fought decider, 6-2.
The third and fourth placed teams in the Women’s A/B Grade played off in the Women’s B Grade final, and it was the Amigos who claimed the gold medal after a terrific spectacle against the Northwood Falcons, 8-6. In the Women’s B Grade bronze medal play-off, the Braves took out the final spot on the podium with a thrilling 5-4 victory against the Pink Diamonds.
In the remaining Women’s grades, Birralee reversed the Day 1 result against Cheetahs to win the Women’s C Grade gold medal 10-5, while GEMSA Corkers Black defeated the Red Devils 9-2 to take out the Women’s D Grade. Eastern Raiders Black proved too strong for All Stars Red (9-3) in the Women’s E Grade decider, while the Bulldogs conquered the Women’s F Grade section by defeating Craigieburn Eagles 8-5 in the gold medal play-off.
In the Men’s competitions, Melbourne Warriors 35s were always going to have their work cut out trying to stop a rampaging Metrans outfit, who leading up to the Men’s A Grade grand final had recorded a remarkable 77 runs for and just six runs against. Nevertheless, the Warriors 35s entered the gold medal play-off in good form by defeating their more experienced namesakes, Melbourne Warriors 45s, 5-4 in the final qualifying round on Monday morning.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, they were no match for the all-conquering Metrans, who put the cream on a tremendous 2018 Masters campaign with a dominant 13-0 victory. The third placed Giants won the Men’s B Grade gold medal with a 10-5 win in the final against the Laverton Bears, while the Oilers secured the Men’s B Grade bronze medal after overcoming Springvale Whitesox 11-7 in their play-off encounter.
The Men’s C Grade trophy headed the way of the Pirates, whose resounding 14-2 victory over Sons of Sunbury in the final capped off an undefeated tournament.
For the full results and final ladders from the 2018 Softball Victoria Masters Championships, head to the dedicated Masters Championships page (http://vic.softball.org.au/masters/).
Main Image – Women’s C Grade champions, Birralee.