Four Victorian softball legends were honoured amongst 40 award winners recognised for their achievements in softball throughout the past season.
Victorian Softball legends Peta Edebone and Kerry Franklin were formally inducted into the Softball Victoria Hall of the Fame, celebrating their successful careers in the sport.
Known for her courage and determination in the face of adversity, Peta Edebone’s induction into the Hall of Fame marks an outstanding career that includes 330 capped games, three World Championships and three Olympics.
With a career spanning more than 21 years, commencing at the local Frankston grounds and reaching its pinnacle at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Kerry Franklinis a stalwart of Victorian, and Australian umpiring. Her induction into the Hall of Fame celebrates not just her illustrious career on the diamond, but Franklin’s achievements off the diamond as a mentor and coach to future generations of umpires.
Exemplary contributions to umpiring also saw John Larter and Deb Keogh formally honoured with Softball Victoria Life Membership. John and Deb have both made outstanding contributions to the Victorian Umpire Program, which saw the program go from strength to strength, making them worthy recipients of Life Memberships.
Softball Victoria also awarded a number of new Awards at the 2019 ceremony. Belinda Ainslie was awarded the inaugural Community Coach of the Year Award for her achievements atDeer Park Softball Club, with Cheetahs Softball Club awarded Club of the Year, and Casey Softball Association honoured with Association of the Year for their respective outstanding achievements at grassroots and the elite level.
Talented junior athletes, Nathan Tidey and Holly Reynolds were recognised for their breakout seasons, awarded the Male and Female Emerging Junior Athlete of the Year titles, respectively.
A number of umpires, statisticians and scorers were also among those honoured, with Carolyn Di Paolo awarded the Mary Walkinshaw Scoring Award, Trevor Murphy awarded the Margo Koslelainen Umpire of the Year Award, and Emma Brooksby awarded the John Larter Umpire Development Award for their achievements and contributions to officiating throughout the 2018/19 season.
Helen Short, Bernie Cannon, Jenny Joynson, Nigel Mackey, Ray Carter and Tania Hoare were all recognised for their outstanding service to Victorian softball with the Merle Short Service Award.
Lorraine Davies was also recognised for her ongoing contributions to softball with the inaugural Lorraine Davies Statistician of the Year Award.
In addition, the gala also celebrated the Most Valuable Player and Best Team Player across all Victorian State Teams. This included Marina Walker honoured as the Open Women’s MVP along with Sam Kassianou as Open Men’s MVP. As Bree Trim & Anthony Batrich were awarded Women & Men’s Best Team Players, respectively.
Softball Victoria would like to congratulate all the award winners from the night on their achievements.
You can view the full list of award winners below. Head over to the Softball Victoria Facebook page for the full gallery of photos from the night here.
|Open Women MVP||Marina Walker|
|Open Women Best Team Player||Bree Trim|
|Open Men MVP||Sam Kassianou|
|Open Men Best Team Player||Anthony Batrich|
|U19 Women MVP||Santara Zachan|
|U19 Women Best team Player||Moana Benjamin|
|U17 Girls MVP||Caitlin Laird|
|U17 Girls Best Team Player||Isabeau Hart|
|U17 Boys MVP||Jared Reynolds|
|U17 Boys Best Team Player||Sam Seach|
|U15 Girls MVP||Kasey Smith|
|U15 Girls Best Team Player||Karri Pritchard|
|U15 Boys MVP||Jye Robinson|
|U15 Boys Best Team Player||Hunter Kelly|
|U23 Women MVP||Laura Moorfield|
|U23 Women Best Team Player||Kate Willmott|
|U23 Men MVP||Brad Nicholson|
|U23 Men Best Team Player||Steven Garoni|
|Mary Walkinshaw Scoring Award||Carolyn Di Paolo|
|Lorraine Davies Statistician of the Year Award||Lorraine Davies|
|Margo Koskelainen Umpire of the Year Award||Trevor Murphy|
|John Larter Umpire Development Award||Emma Brooksby|
|Marj Dwyer Umpire Scholarship award||Rhys Fairweather|
|The Merle Short Service Award||Helen Short|
|The Merle Short Service Award||Bernie Cannon|
|The Merle Short Service Award||Jenny Joynson|
|The Merle Short Service Award||Nigel Mackey|
|The Merle Short Service Award||Ray Carter|
|The Merle Short Service Award||Tania Hoare|
|Life Member||John Larter|
|Life Member||Deb Keogh|
|Hall of Fame||Kerry Franklin|
|Hall of Fame||Peta Edebone|
|Community Coach of the Year||Belinda Ainslie|
|Emerging Junior Athlete – Male||Nathan Tidey|
|Emerging Junior Athlete – Female||Holly Reynolds|
|Association of the Year||Casey Softball Association|
|Club of the Year||Cheetahs Softball Club|