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Sturt Newsletter 15/10/12

Baseball is now in full swing with Divisions 3-8 having their first run for the season yesterday! The local derby saw our Division 1 side victorious! Great win by the boys! Thank you to Goodwood who supported our initiative to have a minute's silence in respect of Josh Deegan. Goodwood President Grant Clark invited me to join him on the diamond for the minutes silence and I was able to explain the Josh Deegan Award and how important Josh had been to our club as a player.

Our new import Randy Mann arrived in Australia on Wednesday and we are looking for a place he can stay. Can you please call our Division 1 Coach Peter Kitchingman on 0417 029 174 for further information.

Following the Special Council Meeting on 9th October, the Mitcham and Hills Messenger provided a good summary of the meeting. The Messenger has been very interested in this matter and their coverage has been very good!

Registration for Aussie Tee Ball (ages 5-7 years) and Rookie Ball (ages 8-10 years) closes this Wednesday, so if you have children in this age group, this is your last chance to register!

For those of you new to the club, you can get key information from our website on your mobile phone through Saints Mobile by simply typing in our website address to your phone's browser. Also this year the Club is also using Twitter, so please Follow @sturt_baseball!


The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support.

As club members please use our sponsors whenever possible and let them know you are from Sturt! Go to our Sponsors webpage for all the details about our sponsors.

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Tony Catt. on 0412 244 327 .

Major Club Sponsors:
Catapultwealth  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd   Kingspan  Last& Co Lawyers  Easton  Brooks Monumental Kitchens
Silver Sponsors:
Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   Smith Motor Company  PPI Promotion and Apparel   Dean Lynds Mt Lofty Golf Club Hattam McCarthy Reeves
Bronze Sponsors: Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman)

Another great win! The discipline in the batting box was awesome led by Zac Stokes with 15 pitch at bat. Everyone contributed. Angus Roeger 5 hits (triple, double) Paul Mildren pitched superbly for seven innings and the ever reliable Smokey closed.

Hits: Roeger 5, MacBeth, Passmore, Holmes; 2, Brebner-Russ, Fox; 1

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Goodwood 6 defeated Sturt 5

Division 2 played another solid game going down to the wire, losing to Goodwood by 1 run in the last. The team is gelling well and is playing like a team, pitchers are throwing strikes, the field is making the outs, base running has been aggressive and our hitting once again was solid. This year one of our team goals is to do the basics well. So far the boys have stood up to that test.

We jumped Goodwood with 1 run in the first with two out which was pleasing to score in the first dig for the second week in a row, we then held Goodwood for no runs in the next two innings. We gave up 2 run in both the 3rd and 4th to put us down 4-1. Unfortunately we didn't trouble the score board until the 7th dig where we packed on runs to take the lead 5-4 showing fight for the second week in a row. Young started with a walk, Crutchley singled, Mann sac bunted advancing the two runners to 2nd and 3rd, Brebner-Russ then singled to score an RBI, Frogley smashed a double picking up an RBI and Holland then singled over first base Frogers ran hard to score from second, Jarred scoring 2 RBI's. Goodwood are a good side and they came back with a run in both the 7th and 8th final score 6-5 loss.

Shaun Wright once again started on the mound for us pitching the first 4 digs with 5 strike outs and 1 earned run. Matt Franke relieved pitching 4 digs 1 strike out 4 earned runs. Both these lads are showing that they have the nerve and fight to be good pitchers, keep working hard boys and opportunities will open up.

11 hits for the day, no errors and pitching was tight, some more work on keeping the intensity and concentration from start to finish and we will be a tough side to beat.

Hits: 2 Crutchley, Brebner-Russ, Faehse ; 1 Franke, Wood, Holland, Frogley, Mann

Division 3 (Coach: Stan Warrilow)

GGCD 7 d Sturt 3

The season opener was always going to tough against a hardened experienced Dodger line up.

We had a great start keeping them scoreless in the first and scoring 2 runs,

thanks to the first hit of the year to Stu Ball Crutchley and playing team baseball.

The Dodgers hit back with 2 runs in the second dig to even up the score. Shane Horne did the job on the hill for 2 and 1/3 innings but was on a pitch count and was replaced by Matt Mulryan. Unfortunately Matt's arm was not feeling too good and he had to be replaced after 8 pitches, 1 hit, 2 hit batters and 2 runs by none other than yours truly.

I had to laugh when Stu said "is that all you've got on it?" whilst I was doing my best in the warm up.

We managed to score another run in the 4th dig and were still in the game down 5-3.

The dodgers scored another 2 runs in the top of the 5th and we didn't trouble the scorers after that. I told the boys that this year is all about developing some fantastic young talent and being competitive in every game.

All in all we did OK only getting 2 hits even though the final score was 7-3 down.

Special thanks to Haz Lightbody for playing 2nd base and filling our team sheet as we were struggling for players due to our Div. 4 team playing away and at the same time.

Next week we are at home playing Gawler at 4.00pm

Hits - Crutchley, Holland.

Division 4 (Coach: Darren French)

Northern Districts 7 defeated Sturt 1

It was the season opener and we had the equal worst road trip in sabl! (Gawler) We have Three new players to the club, cricket expats, they held their own. Brodie Syrus, George Baker and Ben Schutz welcome to the Sturt Baseball Club! Josh Tindall threw a gallant 90 pitches and controlled the game well, It was unfortunate we came unravelled in one dig that saw our opponents come over the top of us, Good effort to Josh, I allowed two late runs to come in which marred a solid pitching performance! Hits: Sam Bates 2, Turner,French,Syrus 1.

Division 6 (Coach: Wallace Long)

Div 6 Stand In Coach - Mark Burns

GGCD 9 defeated Sturt 5

With the Bear (Barry Lunnon) and Cub (Jay Lunnon) in hibernation in Perth we began our 2012-13 season hosting Golden Grove. With Rat (Rick Trembath) pitching and Shrek (Ben Colyer) catching we dusted off the cobwebs and began the 1st innings. It wasn't long before Smally (Chris Small) was signalling to the bench for a step ladder in order to field some of the errant throws coming his way and we found ourselves 5 runs down at the bottom of the 1st. The decision to go with pace at the top of the line up with Mark Williams, Smally and Daisy proved unsuccessful and we found ourselves back in the field without troubling the scorers.

Doc (Glenn young) was having limited success at Left Field blaming the sun and fatigue due to umpiring the previous Div 8 game. We scored our first run in the second and sprung into action in the third with a line drive double to Reg (David Lee) and hits from Smally and Rat scoring four runs for the innings. Our slow start in the 1st inevitably cost us the game going down 9-5. Rick Trembath had a good game for us on the mound and picked up 2 hits with the bat. A special mention to young Damon Arnold who came on at short stop mid game making some good plays and he was unlucky with a line drive straight to the 1st baseman's glove showing that he is destined for a bright future with the club.

Hits Trembath 2, Day, C Small and Lee 1 each.

Division 8 (Coach: Phil Martin )

Sturt 12 defeated Port 7

A new season, some new faces, a familiar opponent - but a very different result.

These guys were pretty hard on us a couple of times last year, beating us by double-digits both times at their place while only by using Bear as a ring-in could we hold them at home.

This time, though, it was different. We had club legend Tony 'Catty' Catt behind the plate bellowing instructions, young guns Jess 'Lemo' Lemon and Jordan 'Jordie' Wayne leading off the batting and patrolling the outfield, while Ben 'Roger' Moore made his first start since last playing at U/15 level. Jules 'Kiwi' Potiki was on the mound, with Dan 'Rowdy' Oates and Kingsley 'KWT' Turner on the infield corners with 'Filthy' Phil Martin and Jayke 'Jaykey' Wayne the middle infielders (I am trying to match Smally's penchant for nicknames, and admit I am struggling - apologies).

It was tight in the early innings until we saw off their starter and got on top of the relief pitching while Jaykey came in and finished what the big Kiwi had started to nail the victory. Everybody hit and, while there was still some rust, it was a pretty impressive performance with pressure on the basepaths, hustle in the field and some strong swings.

There were plenty of highlights:

- a textbook 6-4-3 double play (Filthy to Jaykey to Rowdy)

- a colossal belly-flop force-out by a desperate Kingsley who had us all in tears of laughter but the batter on his way

- a great tag at the plate by Catty on a carefully planned 9-3-fence-5-2 play

- a big day out for 'Roger' Moore; playing his first game in 26 years he had three hits plus a couple of nice puts outs at left field

- Glenn 'Doc' Young who umpired (brilliantly) and kept score (poorly), rushing to see whether Sturt was less than 7 runs behind and needed to bat again ... only to find out we were five runs UP and had won the game.

Thankfully Heather was on the job - again - with another sterling effort in the scorer's box while Trent 'Junior' Small base-coached and supported us all (thanks Junior).

Out to Playboy next week - and we mean to continue what we've started.

Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 7 were defeated by West Torrens 9

The team consists of the following players: Tyson Hancock, Max Guerher, Tyler Duchene, Mitchell Lightbody, Jordan McArdle, Fraser Crameri, Charlie Goldsworthy, William Hill, Daniel Ortiz, Josh Tindall and Tom Bartley

Safe hits as follows: McArdle 2, Guehrer 2, Goldsworthy 1.

I am pleased to report that, on what turned out to be another pleasant Sunday afternoon at the home of the Saints, the Sturt boys pushed the very well drilled West Torrens outfit right to the last at bat. Thanks to David Lee for preparing the diamond and Glen (Bones) McDonald for umpiring.

Mitchell Lightbody started for us on the mound and pitched well for 3 innings and then ably relieved by Jordan McArdle. Offence saw some great hitting from Max Guehrer (2 Triples), Jordan McArdle and some great at bats from Fraser Crameri and Tyson Hancock.

Well done boys, train hard and the results will come.

This week's tip: Look for signals from the coach. When on base look to see if the catcher has gloved the ball cleanly before heading back to the base and be prepared to run if it is not gloved cleanly.

Go STURT !!!

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas)

The Under 15.1's had a resounding 18-4 win over Southern District down south. Much more aggressive batting this week saw us with 11 hits and the signs are there for a positive season ahead. Brodie and Damo held South to 7 scattered hits and we had the upper hand all game. Stuart Brennan hit the field with his injured thumb and Zac Evreniadis made an impressive debut. A good all round performance but still lots to work on.

Hits; Peters, Bartlett, Adkins, Gardiner 2 Arnold, Wood, Evreniadis

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt U15/2 16 defeated Gawler 7

Week one Golden Grove, week 2 Gawler, next week we will be anticipating playing at Clare or Angaston! Still if you are going to travel then you might as well come away with a win, which is what the team managed. The boys started really well with a solid first at bat, racking up 6 runs with good hitting and pitch selection and seeing us with batting through the line-up. Conor threw our first defensive innings and had all three batters retired with K's. With his radar in Conor has the speed that makes it difficult for the opposition to get bat on ball. Second at bat had coach Chris not stealing despite many opportunities but good to show sportsmanship to the opposition and make the boys earn their runs. Hits were scattered in this at bat but erratic pitching allowed us 2 runs. Nik had his first mound appearance for the year and started a little slowly before finding his straps and getting three strikeouts to finish the innings. The third at bat was important to consolidate the lead and the batting stood up to the pressure. Good hitting and a generous number of walks saw us mercy the opposition and end the dig 15-5 up. Nik and Tyrese teamed well to finish the last pitching innings and gave up just a single run. Again Cam and Eli were solid behind the plate and we gave up no cheap bases.

Overall a 16-7 win. The boys concentrated well at bat to make the most of the strikes they saw. On occasions we were not aware of the play or state of the game and wrong plays were made - that could hurt us in close games. Lets keep the momentum going.

Result 16-7

Hits Conor 3; Brandon, Nik 2: Matan, Cameron, Jamie 1.

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach:Stuart Crutchley )

Sturt 11 defeated Kensington 10

The Sturt boys took to the road for their first away game in Little League Majors. The day was picture perfect and the main diamond at Kensington groomed to a tee for the clash against an unknown opponent. What eventuated was a high quality nailbiter in which Sturt prevailed 11-10 in a seesaw encounter that typifies what Little League baseball is all about. Great plays, the odd muff and thrills and spills abounded in the six innings of action at Kensy.

While the offense the previous week was based on wayward pitching, the boys had their hitting shoes on Sunday and banged out 12 hits that came in bunches to help rack up a winning total. Jordan set the tone by leading off the game with a single to deep second that resulted from him busting his butt down the line which set a standard for hustle that was repeated through the morning. Sam, Nick Austin and Ollie followed with solid hits as Sturt opened up a 3-0 lead that proved to be deceivingly comfortable. Kensington shook Sturt out its complacency by responding with four runs of its own in the bottom of the first and it was game on.

Mitch, Dylan and Jordan then set the table in the top of the 2nd with Sam and Austin each delivering 2 RBI hits to get Sturt back on track and open up an 8-4 lead. Nick had found his groove on the mound and after cleaning up the first inning, tossed two more scoreless innings to give the visitors the upper hand after three. An early play-of-the year candidate was turned in by Jordan who got his glove on a rocket to third by Kensington's leadoff batter in the 2nd, pounced on the deflection and fired a bullet to Austin at first to nail the hard running batter. The lift it gave to the team was massive. Dylan likewise turned in a spectacular one out play at 2nd in the third inning. With a runner at first, the batter hit a shot to 2nd base that Dylan took cleanly and tossed to first to double off the astounded baserunner. Another huge lift for the boys and provided further evidence the Sturt pitchers will enjoy great defensive support so long as they get the ball over the plate.

Kensington brought in its second pitcher who threw smoke for the better part of 2+ innings and suddenly a seemingly comfortable lead was anything but. Needing inspiration against an intimidating pitcher, Austin took advantage of a drop third strike to break the pitcher's mystique. Three hard earned walks and a sharp single to centre by Jordan followed and the Saints were back on top 11-9 heading into the bottom of the 5th. Josh went to the mound and unleashed his inner El Gasolino, fanning the first two hitters and inducing a pop up to first and Sturt thought the "W" was in their back pocket.

However, with five minutes of gametime remaining the umpire called for the start of another inning. Sturt complied and Austin led off the 6th with a shot to right centre. Steaming through the coaches' stop signs like a runaway locomotive, Austin ended up on 3rd base with nobody out and the Sturt boys' boilers were stoked. Kensington's pitcher stood strong and Sturt headed to the bottom of the 6th with its two run lead and a large crowd of.nervous onlookers.

The first two Kensington batters reached on singles and following a wild pitch Kensington had pulled to 11-10. With the tying run on 2nd and nobody out, fingernails were bitten down to the quick. Josh held his nerve and fired. A short fly to shortstop for the first out was followed by a second to first ground out that advanced the tying run to 3rd. Josh laid in a beauty and the Kensington batter hit a first pitch two hopper to Sam at shortstop who coolly fired to first and it was game over.

A great confidence boosting win for our young Sturt team that took a year or two off the lives of coaches and supporters! Well done boys!

Hits:Austin McClure 3 (3x2B), Sam Stewart, Nick Borrello, Jordan Abfalter (2 each, Josh Wilson (2B), Oliver Crutchley, Mitch Foley (1 each)

RBIs: Sam Stewart, Austin McClure (3 each), Jordan Abfalter 2, Nick Borrello, Oliver Crutchley (1 each)

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey )

Little League 1-Saints 13 defeated West Torrens 3

After a solid start to the season we travelled again to West Torrens against another expected rival for 2012 season.

With a few players unavailable Angus Catt was able to make his LL Majors debut - well done Angus, and Aussie McClure and Sam Stewart backed up from the Sturt LL Majors game to help out - thanks guys.

We started the game with a hit and some aggressive base running from Samuel scoring early and a good hit to Reed to get on base. Harry started on the mound with Reed behind the plate. An excellent job from both boys - Harry 44 strikes from 68 pitches and 5 K's over 4 innings with 3 runs scored against and an great job by Reed over 6 innings. Ky relieved over 2 innings with 16 strikes in 28 pitches, 4 K's, and a couple of frightened opposition bats.

With the bat we continued being aggressive at the plate. Hits to Sam B, Reed, Elliot (3), Harry, Tom E (2), and Ky, Andrew B, and Aussie (1). Excellent base running from everyone, especially Aussie and Andrew with smart decisons.

After a close game across 2 innings (score 3-2) the boys responded with 3 in the 3rd, a wobble in the 4th (3 up 3 down in 7 pitches) to focus and score a maximum 5 in the 5th then 3 in the 6th to "ce" the game.

Final score 13-3 and an excellent team effort by all the boys.

A great start to the season against 2 good clubs.

We need to continue to work together and play as a team - train hard and enjoy.

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Tony Catt)

West Torrens 16 defeated Sturt 0

We faced a better opposition this week, particularly better pitchers which made life difficult for us.

However, the kids got better as the day wore on - we started fielding better. We made a couple of very smart plays in the infield. We tried a couple more pitchers this week, Troy Hocking and Tom Fisher, which is great for their learning curve. Two more kids were introduced to the catching role - Tom Fisher and Zac Becker. We had 4 more first gamers - Lachie Seekamp, Zac Becker, Troy Hocking and Tom Fisher - well done boys.

We are certainly getter better but now we have played against the benchmark for the competition. Next time we play West Torrens we will have improved and compete much better.

Hang in there team - keep training hard, practising at home and the runs and wins will come.

The Encouragement Award this week goes to Troy Hocking for a great first game and some fantastic batting. Well done.

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Brett Schenk)

Little League 2-Saints 12 defeated Glenelg 6

Second game of the season at home to Glenelg. Ground and weather was fantastic. Newcomer Max Culp started on the mound and was on fire. Four batters up only for 1 rum scored, 8 balls and 10 strikes. At bat James Rycroft got a good hit which saw him on base followed soon by Finn Stranger. A lofted safe hit by Kurt Schenk saw James home and a final score or 2. Second innings Kurt Schenk led at pitching with a long stint with 43 pitches 23 strikes and 20 balls with 4 runs scored. Great catching from Finn. In the field we were sharper with fewer errors. At bat good pitch selection saw us score 5 with Hamish Spencer, Axel Andrews, James Rycroft, Finn Stranger and Rhys Bassett getting home.

Third innings saw Finn have his first pitch with respectable figures of 14 balls, 10 strikes for 2 runs. At bat good pitch selection saw up receive the maximum 5 runs scored with a strong hit by Kurt to bring the 5th run home. Runs scored by Josh, Hamish, Axel, James and Finn. A fine result, Saints 12, Glenelg 6. A good whole team effort.

For all results and tables go to www.sa.baseball.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 15th of October, 2012 22:09:15 ::..

Bali Bombing Remembrance

As you all know yesterday saw the 10th Anniversary of the Bali Bombings.

Yesterday the Sturt Football Club held a special rememberance service, given the impact it had on their club.

Josh Deegan one of the Sturt Football Club people to die in the bombing was also a highly respected baseballer at Sturt.

As many of you know, commencing the year after the bombing the Sturt Baseball Club instituted the Josh Deegan Award for one current player from any level of the Sturt Baseball Club who exemplifies the qualities of Josh Deegan.

This weekend the Sturt Baseball Club will honour Josh by the wearing of black arm bands at all games.

The Goodwood Baseball Club and Baseball SA have agreed to a minutes silence before the commencement of Sunday's Division 1 game. Please get down to Goodwood by 2.45 pm for this special rememberance.

On a lighter note the game at Goodwood this weekend has been declared by Baseball SA to be the Division 1 Game of the Week and the plays in the game can be viewed live on the internet courtesy of the South Australian Baseball Scorers Association.

..:: message posted on Saturday the 13th of October, 2012 10:08:12 ::..

Feedback from Council Meeting 9/10/12

Thank you to everyone who attended the Special Council Meeting at Mitcham Council tonight.

I would particularly like to thank Peter Duffield who has put in an extraordinary effort into working up the netting options and to Darren Noble who assisted us with the technical aspects of the montage photographs. I would also like to thank the many club members who have so readily volunteered their time in their specific areas of expertise to assist the Club in this process.

The Special Council Meeting resolved to go out to public consultation in regard to the use of Norman Reserve which is required under the Local Government Act.

A resolution was passed which will effectively give the public a say on whether the Sturt Baseball Club should be able use Norman Reserve for the summer season from October through to March each year.

As part of the resolution the length of the lease was also included for consultation namely whether it should be a three or five year lease and also whether we should have a lease on the clubrooms for 6 or 12 months..

The Sturt Baseball Club will continue to work with Council administration in the preparation of relevant drawings which depict our proposed netting solution which addresses the risks identified in the Risk Management Report and also the documents that go out for consultation.

The consultation documents will go back to Council in November for consideration, together with details regarding the process that will be followed to consult with the community. We are very keen that Council approves the consultation process at the November or December Council Meeting in order that the consultation process can be completed by March 2013 at the latest.

I had the opportunity to provide a deputation to the Council Meeting in regard to the Sturt Baseball Club position, prior to their deliberations which included:

1. As previously highlighted to Council, the Sturt Baseball Club in collaboration with both the Mitcham Council and the State Government has undertaken an extensive and exhaustive search for an alternative ground over the last five years and no alternative ground can be identified.

2. The ground at Norman Reserve has been approved by Baseball SA as being suitable to play Division 1 baseball and we have the confidence of our insurers. There have been no claims against the council in the 50 years of leasing the playing fields.

3. Coloured montage photos have been prepared of the proposed netting system showing how the nets blend into the surrounds minimising the impact on the nearby Mitcham village and surrounding neighborhood. You will see that the first photo in the series shows what the ground looks like at present and the second photo is the montage which illustrates what the ground will look like with the proposed netting.

4. As previously presented to the Council the net system will be 3 metres closer to the diamond enabling a roof net to be in place. This change means that there will be more area for spectators and the community and will in fact beautify the area at the same time as making it safer.

5. As the council is aware, the Sturt Baseball Clubs' proposed netting system addresses the risks raised in the Middleton Report and using the words of the author, it would make playing Senior Baseball at Norman Reserve an "acceptable risk".

In closing I made four points for Council to consider:

Firstly, in terms of funding the netting system, the State Recreation and Sport Infrastructure grant opens on 16 February with a closing date of 15th April with the funds available in July 2013. In order for the Club to be able to apply for this grant, we respectfully request that the matter of our lease is fully resolved before February 2013 in order that we can move forward with our grant application. The timing would allow for the netting system to be in place for the 2013/14 summer baseball season, if we were successful with our grant application.

Secondly while the Club plays games from October though to March, pre-season training occurs in August and September and I would ask that consideration be given to how pre-season training can be incorporated into our future lease arrangements if a lease is granted.

Thirdly, the Sturt Baseball Club has worked collaboratively with Mitcham Council administration in regard to the current Risk Assessment, we would be keen to continue this collaborative relationship with Council administration in being involved in the preparation of materials going out for public consultation.

Finally, this matter has been now been ongoing for over 5 years, and in order for our club to move forward, we respectfully request that a decision be made tonight as we believe that all relevant information is now available for Council to make a decision.

I remain confident that by the Sturt Baseball Club continuing to work collaboratively with the Mitcham Council, an appropriate consultation will be able to occur with the community on the use of Norman Reserve.

Sturt Baseball Club members will have the opportunity to provide input into the consultation. Once the details of the consultation are finalised, I will let you know how you can have your voice heard in this process.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 9th of October, 2012 22:37:20 ::..

Opening Round Newsletter & Council Meeting reminder!

The Baseball season recommenced yesterday with magnificent weather for the opening round!

Congratulations to Division 1 and 2 for gutsy come from behind wins! Great start for our new coaches, Peter Kitchingman (Div 1) and Kris McArdle (Div 2)!

I remind you that the future of our baseball club being able to play at Norman Reserve will be decided at a Special Council Meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday 9th October, commencing at 7.00 pm. Please note that we are the only item on the agenda and we need a big turn out like last time to demonstrate to council that we care about our club. The wonderful turn- out last time left the council very impressed with our committment so please make every effort to attend wearing your Sturt colours!

As you know to receive the special discount fees need to be paid by the first game. I will extend this till next Sunday for those of you who played their first game this week. I will provide that same opportunity for Div 3-8 who only commence next Saturday! Go to the Sturt On Registration Area to see how you can pay including at the club using EFTPOS or online using PayPal

Aussie Tee Ball (ages 5-7 years) and Rookie Ball (ages 8-10 years) commences in just over two weeks, so if you have younger children in your family, please register them or organise a group from school to join. Any promotion that you can do on getting more Tee Ballers and Rookie Ballers would be appreciated. Please distribute the Flyer to any schools in the area with which you have contact. As a club we can only continue to grow if we have young players wanting to play baseball!

There are still some places in the Mildren Masterclass series which commences on Monday 23 rd October, 5.00-6.00 pm at the Club. The course will run for 12 sessions and is open to players 13 years and over. Cost of the course is $250 per participant. Email Phil Robinson to register.

This year we have two players from the states coming out to play with us.

The first one most of you would already know which is Travis Fox who played here a couple of years ago and has already been to a few junior trainings sessions.

Next week our pitcher arrives from Texas who played ball with Angus Roeger, he is a big strong Left hander named Randy Mann who you soon see around the club and at junior trainings to help out the coaches as well.

This is a quick call out to let everyone know that we are looking for casual work for them both until the end of March so if you have idea's or contacts regarding anything that you think could be of benefit to the boys it would be greatly appreciated if you could contact our Senior Coach Peter Kitchingman on 0417 029 174.

For those of you new to the club, you can get key information from our website on your mobile phone through Saints Mobile by simply typing in our website address to your phone's browser.

Also this year the Club is also using Twitter, so please Follow @sturt_baseball!

Jeff Nicholas was out again on Sunday with his camera and you can see photos of our Division 1 win on the front page of our website or in our photo gallery.


The Sturt Baseball Club thanks all of our sponsors for their generous support.

As club members please use our sponsors whenever possible and let them know you are from Sturt! Go to our Sponsors webpage for all the details about our sponsors.

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact Tony Catt. on 0412 244 327 .

Major Club Sponsors:
Catapultwealth  Bicton Constructions Pty Ltd   Kingspan  Last& Co Lawyers  Easton  Brooks Monumental Kitchens
Silver Sponsors:
Freshwater Systems National Tool Distributors  Wendy's Burnside   Smith Motor Company  PPI Promotion and Apparel   Dean Lynds Mt Lofty Golf Club Hattam McCarthy Reeves
Bronze Sponsors: Goodlife Health Clubs Goodwood

Aussie Tee Ball Sponsor: Windsor Meats

Division 1 (Coach: Peter Kitchingman)

Sturt 8 defeated West Torrens 6

It is always great to start the year with a win no matter how ugly. In some parts we were awesome but then let ourselves down with sloppy defence at times.

Jimmy Passmore collected our first RBI after a double from Jackson Brebner-Russ in the second, we again scored in the third after Angus Roegers first hit was a double followed by Zac Stokes shot to right field and some aggressive running saw the right fielder bubble the ball and Zac scoot to second to tie the game.

We then had limited opportunities until the 8th when JBR smashed a shot over left field to score 2 and make the score 4-5 & then the ninth we managed a walk, then singles to Fox & Roeger followed by a ground ball by Stokes to tie the game then an error by their 3rd baseman score the go ahead leading 6-5 at the bottom of the 9th.

With an error to start the 9th by us then a wild throw saw the runner on 3rd no one out which they managed to tie the game at 6 all going into the 10th.

Smokey smashed his second double of the game with one out and Will Frogley was called in to pinch hit and done the job with a base hit to centerfield to put us in front again, Travis Fox then collected his 4th hit followed by Roeger collecting his 3rd (2 doubles) all of the sudden we were up by 2 and that was enough.

Paul Mildren started for us throwing 5 innings after a shaky start found his groove but we made a few errors in the 5th allowing a couple of unearned runs he finished with the stats of 8 hits, 7 K's, 0 BB 5 runs 3 earned runs.

Smokey pitched superbly to collect the win with his 2 doubles -5 innings 1 hit 7 K's 1 BB 1 unearned run.

Hits, Fox 4, Roeger 3, Brebner-Russ 2 (inc HR), Lawson 2, Passmore 1, Stokes 1, Frogley 1.

Division 2 (Coach: Kris McArdle)

Sturt 5 defeated West Torrens 4

Great start to the Season with a nail biter against WT. Today we showed patience in the batters box picking up 6 hits and 7 walks for the day as a team. Offensively Jacko stood out picking up 3 from 3 with 3 RBI's, Roeger picked up an RBI with a towering double to centre, Youngy was solid with a hit and two walks, Horne also grabbed a safe hit.

Most guys swung the bat well, but we still need to be more aggressive with situational hitting.

Defensively we where solid in the field only missing one opportunity in the outfield which did cost us some runs and the lead in the bottom of the 4th. To the boys credit we didn't dwell on losing the lead but went to work on getting the it back. Matt Franke had a great at bat getting on with a walk then Youngy picked up a hit and Jacko gave us the big hit to score the two runs to get put us back in front 5-4.

All we needed was three outs, Matt Franke closed out the last dig striking out the first hitter, walked the second batter, but Young took care of that catching the runner stealing, Matt struck out the last hitter to give us the win. The pitchers today did a great job.

Shaun Wright started the game and pitched three really solid digs getting out of some tight spots in his outing ( 3 Inn, 2 hits, 2 K's, 2bb 1 ER). Ben Packer relieved Shaun and held WT for his first dig with only 9 pitches 3 up 3 down which is what we needed , Ben then showed guts to grit out a tough 4th dig offensively for us( 2 Inn, 1 hit, 1 bb, 0 ER) . Good start boys we showed fight today, we still need to keep up the hard work on the track continue with our intensity to have a successful season.

Under 17/1 (Coach: Tom Winter)

Sturt 15 defeated Adelaide 0

The team consists of the following players: Tyson Hancock, Max Guerher, Tyler Duchene, Mitchell Lightbody, Jordan McArdle, Fraser Crameri, Charlie Goldsworthy, William Hill, Daniel Ortiz, Josh Tindall and Tom Bartley

Safe hits as follows: Tindall 2, McArdle 2, Ortiz 2, Hancock 1, Guehrer 1, Goldsworthy 1.

I am pleased to report that, on what turned out to be a pleasant Sunday afternoon at the home of the Saints, the Sturt boys performed well after a sluggish warm up. Thanks to David Lee for preparing the diamond and Garry Wood for umpiring.

We are delighted with the quality of the 11 boys in the squad this year and it was encouraging to see so many talented baseball players showing some early form with both bat and ball with the limited preseason.

Game 1 saw Tyson Hancock start for us on the mound and pitched well for 4 innings giving up only 2 hits and was ably relieved by Mitchell Lightbody. All pitchers were very well caught by Jordan McArdle behind the mask and backed in the field by some great plays by Fraser Crameri, Josh Tindall and Tom Bartley.

Offence saw some great hitting from Daniel Ortiz, Max Guehrer, Fraser Crameri, Jordan McArdle who hit either a double or a triple. In all everyone hit the ball hard.

Well done boys, train hard and the results will come.

This week's tip: Don't walk off the diamond.

Go STURT !!!

Under 15/1 - Sturt (Coach: Jeff Nicholas)

Adelaide 7 defeated Sturt 5

Not the season opener we had hoped for - the under 15.1's went down 7-5 to Adelaide. We picked up only 2 hits for the day, one being a towering 2 run shot over left field by Henry Wood. Solid pitching performances by BJ and Damo kept us in the game but the bats didn't fire up. We also have a lot to work on in the field but I'm sure the boys will come out firing against South next week.

Hits; Wood (hr), Adkins

Under 15/2 - Sturt (Coach: Chris Small)

Sturt 18 defeated GGCD 5

What a difference 6 months and a new coach makes!

This year's U/15 division 2 team sees a mixture of boys from the U/14s last year, some boys coming up from the Little League and a new recruit playing his first season of baseball.

The first game was one of our longer road trips with an away game at Golden Grove. The team gelled together really well from the opening pitch. Although we didn't score any runs in the first dig we had boys hitting well from the start and runners getting on base. From there on we managed runs in every innings including the maximum 7 in the second and fourth innings. Batting highlights were a flawless batting performance from Matan with 5 at bats and 5 times on base, a safe hit for Matthew with his first at bat in baseball and Brandon getting on base 3 out of 4 times - altogether we had 8 players with safe hits.

Pitching battery was Conor (2 innings), Tyrese (1 and ) and Eli (1 and ). All boys pitched well with strike percentage about the 50% mark. No hits against any of the pitchers for the whole day. The opposition didn't give the field much work to do but no errors for the day is always a good outcome. Eli and Cam shared the catching with Eli and Riley (at second) teaming well to get a caught stealing at second. Eli had a day out with a very solid performance behind the plate for the first two innings, a beautiful double to centre field along with 2 walks and closing out the last two innings on the mound. Well done boys and lets keep the momentum going.

Hits Matan 4, Brandon 3, Conor 2, Matthew 2, Eli 1, Cameron 1, Jamie 1, Tyrese 1

Little League 1-Sturt (Coach: Stuart Crutchley)

Little League 1-Sturt 12 defeated Adelaide 5

Opening Day for Season 2012/13 kicked off on a perfect Sunday spring morning on the best & most picturesque diamond in Adelaide masterfully prepared by club legend & head groundsman David Lee.

After much haggling and behind the scenes deliberation in previous weeks Coach Crutchley and his newly formed Sturt Little League majors were accorded the honour of playing the first home competition match of the season. To the delight of the large crowd in attendance Sturt came away with a well-deserved 12-5 win against an equally inexperienced and young Adelaide Angels. Eight of the ten boys were making their LL majors debut and we welcomed Kye Sellick to the club for his first game. Welcome Kye!

The day began with Adelaide put away with no runs on the board and the Sturt boys replying with a maximum of 5 runs and no outs. Batting highlight being a ripper two base tonk by Josh Wilson. Not a bad start for the season and even Stewie cracked a smile. The second innings stopped the lads in their tracks. Adelaide scored 2, Sturt 0 and suddenly it's 5-2 after two. Top of the third, good pitching and a peach of a play at short by Sam Stewart sees Adelaide back in the dugout for a zero innings. Consecutive hits to Austin McClure, Nick Borello and Jordan Abfalter see Sturt score another maximum of five to lead 10-2 and go onto win 12-5 after 5 innings.

The Sturt pitching battery and a couple more Saints hits were the difference between the two teams. Both teams gave up 12 walks but Aussie (71 pitches) and Josh (60) both pitched at 50% and won the strike outs 7-4 to give the Saints that extra edge. The fielding was generally good as was the boys concentration for most of the game. The lads will need to lift their intensity particularly at the plate as the season progresses.

All in all a good first day out. Plenty more to come!

Little League 1-Saints (Coach: Jamie Knuckey)

Little League 1-Saints 20 defeated Southern Districts 5

After a few weeks of training and some last minute changes to team names we ended up at Southern Districts for our first game.

With 4 players returning (and 2 others not available for this week) from last years squad there were 5 debutantes to little league majors - welcome to Robbie Brennan, Andrew Brennan, Tom Emmett, Patrick Milewski, and Elliot Ridgway. Returning was Samuel Bennetts, Ky Hampton, Harrison Knuckey, and Tom OConnell.

With what we believe to be a strong squad it was with some caution we headed south - unsure of what our main rivals from last year had to offer. Samuel (with one of the smallest strike zones in baseball) led us away hitting the first pitch for a left field line drive double - the tone for the day was set. First 4 batters on base - all 9 players to the plate - 4 runs scored and hits to Samuel, Tom O, Harry, and Patrick. We started with Ky on the mound and Tom O behind the plate. 3 up, 3 down. A dominant performance by the boys continued - Final game score 20 - 5.

Everybody played well. The boys swung the bat aggressively and everybody had a safe hit. Harry 5, Elliot 4, Samuel and Tom O 3, Tom E and Ky 2, Robbie, Andrew, and Patrick 1 - 22 hits, 7 BB, 2 HBP for 20 runs. Robbie and Elliot made it on base 5 from 5 in their first game of Majors - great effort guys. Tom E and Robbie both pitched their first innings in majors and did well, Patrick caught 3 innings without an error, Andrew closed the game with a double through first base.

Congratulations to all the boys for a great team effort. The "senior" lads welcomed and supported the new players. It was great to see the debutantes (Andrew, Robbie, Tom E, Patrick, and Elliot) play with skill and confidence, seamlessly working together with the senior boys.

Lots of work to do but a great start to the season - well done to all the boys!

Little League 2-Sturt (Coach: Tony Catt)

Sturt 7 lost to Glenelg Gold 19

This was the first game of baseball for all players and it was great to see.

Firstly a big welcome to the club to all the players and parents. We hope you enjoy the Sturt Baseball Club as much as I have over the last 39 years!

The coaching staff have decided to leave a lot of the younger group of players in this team and given the improvement we have already seen during pre season I am already looking forward to seeing what we will be like by Christmas.

There were a lot of positives from the day including the hustle on and off the field, the aggressive batting and the great attitude all game. It was great to see Jack Hutton, Seb Steele, Angus Catt and Lachie Holland all pitch for the first time - all with fathers that represented the mighty saints!

We will concentrate all season on making sure we get the fundamentals of the game right - how to throw, catch, field and bat properly - all the rest will fall into place as the year goes on.

A special mention must go to Seb Steele with 3 hits and a fantastic catch at shortstop, turning in a great game. Well done Seb.

Many thanks to James, Josh and Finn for making the effort to come down to Glenelg to help out.

Lets go get West Torrens this week!

Little League 2-Saints (Coach: Brett Schenk)

Little League 2 - Saints 11 d Kensington 7

Saints played Kensington at Kensington for the first game of the season. New starting pitcher Max Culp had them out in 5 batters up for no score. In the field all was quiet. At batting Saints had 4 runs scored by Finn Stranger, Hamish Spenser, Max Culp and Kurt Schenk. Second innings Kurt pitched well with 11 strikes, 16 balls for 2 runs scored. In the field Saints played consistently with Finn doing well at catcher and outfielders Hamish, Calum and Rhys contributing. Third innings saw Joshua Vidal pitch for the first time. He made a great effort. In the field there were a couple of errors which allowed Kensington to score 5 runs. At bat, Finn, James, Hamish, Rhys all scored, helped by sporadic pitching. Good hits on the day to James, Josh and Finn. Good fielding by Finn, Kurt and Axel.

Final score Saints 11 beating Kensington 7. For a first game all played and contributed well.

For all results and tables go to www.sa.baseball.com.au or visit the Sturt Website at Sturt Web Site

..:: message posted on Monday the 8th of October, 2012 22:18:20 ::..

Spectators needed at club, Saturday 10.30-12 noon

The Sturt Baseball Club has volunteered to assist Baseball SA in making a video production at our club this coming Saturday.

The club will receive $500 for our efforts.

We need specatators in Sturt caps etc for the video between 10.30-12 noon.

A free sausage sizzle will be on!

It would be great if you could spare the hour and a half to make the video a success.

The video production will provide great exposure for our club.

..:: message posted on Thursday the 4th of October, 2012 23:43:46 ::..

Future of our club decided next Tuesday night

Further to my previous comminques on this matter, there will be a Special Council Meeting next Tuesday night, 9th October, 7 pm in the Mitcham Council Chambers.

At that Special Council Meeting, there will be a decision on whether the Council supports our response to the risk assessment conducted on our ground and whether to proceed to consult with residents regarding a new lease.

At the last Council meeting, there was a huge attendance by Sturt members. This meeting is even more important that you attend! Please wear something such as cap, shirt or uniform that demonstrates your support for our great club!

Please talk to your fellow club members at games this weekend and ensure that we get a bigger attendance than last time!

Good luck to all the teams playing in the opening round!

..:: message posted on Thursday the 4th of October, 2012 21:10:03 ::..

Baseball starts this weekend!

Our baseball season commences this Sunday for Division 1 and 2, together with our Junior Teams. Divisions 3-8 will commence on the following Saturday 13 October 2012.

If you are new to the club you need to register online or if you are an existing member you need to update your registration details before the first game. Go to our Registration and Payment Centre for details. Please remember that you need to pay your fees before the first game if you want to pay your fees at the discount rate! Visit our Payment Centre for payment options including online via PayPal.

The bar re-opens this Thursday night and Dean Franke and Norm Sluga will be once again be cooking those Thursday night delights!

Division 1 and 2 will be playing at home this weekend at 12.30 and 3.00 pm so please make every effort to get to the season opener!

Aussie TeeBall (under 8) and Rookie Ball (under 10) will commence on Friday 26 October. If your child is intending playing this season please go to our Online Registration area to register.

You can check out Game times on our website front page. You can also download the whole season draw for your team from our website from the top menu under teams>seniors>schedules or for juniors under teams>juniors>schedules. In the early part of the season there are sometimes changes to the schedule made by Baseball SA. so it is always worth double checking the games on their website in case we have not caught up with a last minute change!

For your convenience, you can also check out all the key information on your mobile phone through the Saints Mobile Edition, simply by placing our web address in your phone's browser!

There remain a few places for the Mildren Masterclass. The course will be run at a cost of $250 per participant. The course will commence on Monday October 15th, 5.00-6.00 pm. Paul will outline the course content and session times at this first meeting. We anticipate there will be 6 sessions before Christmas and 6 after. All sessions are to be run at the Sturt Baseball Club. Email Phil Robinson if you would like your child to participate in this outstanding development opportunity. This course will be open to players aged 13 or over.

This year Sturt has also joined Twitter, so why not join up? Follow @sturt_baseball

..:: message posted on Monday the 1st of October, 2012 18:01:15 ::..

Feedback from Mitcham Council Meeting

Firstly a big thank you for the huge show of support shown by our club members who attended the Mitcham Council for tonight's Full Council Meeting.

The gallery was over-flowing with Sturt members and I would particularly like to thank the younger members of our club who came along to sit in the Council meeting for nearly two hours.

It was also great to see the support of the Minister for Recreation and Sport who wrote to the Council today in strong support of our club and also Paul Anderson Executive Director of Recreation and Sport who was in attendance at the Council Meeting.

Thank you also to Shayne Bennett, President of Baseball SA and Paul Chandler, General Manager, Baseball SA for their attendance, along with members from the Adelaide Baseball Club.

In my view the Council Meeting was positive with our item in the end deferred till a Special Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday 9th October at 7.00 pm.

The reason that the item was adjourned was due to the fact there was some additional information required by the Councilors.

I remain optimistic that Option 1 (our preferred option) will be supported by the Special Council Meeting.

I have also received feedback on the hugely positive effect the presence of our members had which demonstrated to Council how committed we are to our Club!

I need to ask that this level of interest and your attendance be repeated on Tuesday 9th October as it is very likely that at this meeting a final decision will be made.

..:: message posted on Tuesday the 25th of September, 2012 22:07:43 ::..

Mitcham Council Meeting Tuesday night to decide on Norman Reserve

I write to inform you that the Mitcham Council will have a Full Council Meeting on Tuesday 25 September and that under General Business, the W A Norman Reserve- Lease/Licence is on the Agenda.

The Agenda is available on the Mitcham Council website- item 14.1.

As President of the Club I have written to the Council to make a deputation to the council, which essentially means I can speak to the Agenda item under Council rules for up to three minutes.

As you will see from the Agenda three options are being put before Full Council for a decision. In summary Option One asks for public consultation with a view to renewing the lease to the Sturt Baseball Club for five years but for only six months of the year from October through to 31 March of each year, subject to the Club addressing the issues in the Risk Management Report. The Club was aware of this option and supported this approach as a way forward.

On Friday night on reading the Agenda, the Club became aware of two other options which had never been raised with us, Option Two recommends that the Risk Report be released to the public and then an Expression of Interest from all sporting clubs to use Norman Reserve be issued. Option Three also recommends the release of the Risk Report but further recommends that after a two year transition period that the Norman Reserve not be licensed to any sporting club.

The Full Council Meeting is open to the public, so I thought it important that members be aware that this item is on the Council Agenda. The meeting commences at 7.00 pm but I am not sure what time our item will be discussed.

I will write to you again after the Full Council Meeting.

..:: message posted on Sunday the 23rd of September, 2012 21:40:21 ::..

Sturt now on twitter!

Sturt Baseball Club now has an official twitter site.

Click here to join!

..:: message posted on Monday the 17th of September, 2012 21:58:01 ::..

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