GOLDDIGGERS AND TOMATOES TAKE SPOILS: Masters baseball the winner
Another great weekend of Masters baseball culminated in the Golddiggers taking the 40 plus title 15 -13 over a gallant Ormond/Glenhuntly.
The Hunters were a surprise packet of the series in upsetting the Coburg juggernaut twice and serving it up to the eventual winner in a thrilling contest that saw the lead change several times.
The game produced heaps of power hitting and some seriously brilliant defence - especially on the part of the Ormond boys - whilst the Diggers drew upon their wealth of Masters experience and never-say-die attitude to keep slugging it out in difficult situations.
Big Cat Tomatoes went through undefeated in 35 plus, beating last year's winner Brownsox 8-4 in a Round 6 match-up that the Sox needed to win by a six-run margin coming in. Bacchus Marsh and Colac were the other worthy contenders in the "junior" division, which hopefully will attract more teams in future years.
The Victorian Masters Carnival is a unique, tremendously popular and inspiring event that has just kept developing over a twelve year history. Its capacity to produce tough but fair competition, to generate a "feel good" social factor and to nurture friendships has surely become a model for mature-aged sport.
The Carnival has come to encapsulate so many positive things about relationships, about endeavour and about the worth of team sport in our lives. To an extent it's about a refusal to grow old. Maybe a determination to maintain a "younger" quality of life. To celebrate living, with friends, family and with the overwhelmingly decent people of the baseball fraternity.
In the words of one Golddiggers stalwart, "Plenty of the guys playing Masters are 55 or 60, or older. They just don't seem to BE that age." Despite the receding or non-existent hairlines!
The Geelong Baseball Association thanks all teams - and supporters - for their assistance in delivering another terrific series. We extend our sincere appreciation to the Guild and Saints clubs, to umpires, organisers and all volunteers for their wonderful support.