Congratulations to the next inductee into the 2019 Softball Victoria Hall of Fame – Paul Maisey.
Paul Maisey has been a significant player for the state where he has represented Victoria a total of 18-times throughout his junior and senior career. He was instrumental in the development of the team that won four John Reid Shields, where he led by example with his professionalism both on and off the diamond.
Known for his batting prowess, Paul won the Open Men’s Nationals Batting Award in 1997 and 2000. Paul’s passion and commitment to the game of softball could not be questioned and he has always represented Victoria with the highest integrity.
Paul was the first Victorian male player to be inducted into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame, he debuted with the Aussie Steelers in New Zealand in 1995. Throughout his career, he played in three World Championships in 1996, 2000, 2004 and played a total of 23-tournaments for Australia. The highlight of Paul’s playing career is a Bronze medal at the 2004 World Championships.
Paul retired from international softball after the 2006 Commonwealth Men’s Championships in Melbourne. At that time, he had accumulated 136 games for Australia – second only to then Aussie Steelers’ captain, Mike Harrow.
Following his retirement from the international scene, Paul continued to play at state level, representing Victoria until 2008. Paul currently continues his softball career within Victoria playing in the Men’s State League competition for Metrans as a founding member of the club. He is a noted mentor amongst the up-and-coming state representatives and can be seen regularly on the diamond passing on knowledge to the younger generations.
In 2011 Paul was inducted into the World Baseball and Softball Confederation Hall of Fame, recognising Paul’s outstanding achievements within the sport.
Find out more about Paul’s HOF story here: