3 MARCH 2021

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Hi Everyone,

Last week was the week that was!!!
Not only was it the last week of the Minor Round, but we managed to cram a lot of other activities into it as well.

We were blessed with the whole week of warm weather to make it all more enjoyable at the ballpark.
Thank you to all our volunteer Club Members for making it a successful week!

It all unfolded on Monday when we saw Ethan’s WBL Div 2 team play a Home Twilight v H&G taking home the W on the top ground.
The main diamond saw the activity of the U14/15 teams holding their final training session with some of our T-Ball teams doing the same.

Tuesday saw our Div 1 team play a Twilight at Woodville with a 4-2 win.
At home, our U11s trained hard to win a berth in the playoffs while other T-Ball teams trained for their last time.

Wednesday saw Danun’s and Jason’s U13/2 teams play Home twilight games against Woodville and Northern Districts using both diamonds.
It was another big evening of activity with the last of the T-Ballers training and plenty of ‘fans’ out to watch it all happening.

Thursday was HUGE.
The TTG SAPSASA Softball Carnival was held during school hours at our grounds seeing at least 300 players, parents and teachers enjoying the day.
We supplied our young, Dodgers T-Ball umpires for their games and our Canteen supplied food and drinks -and a very busy day, it was!

That same evening, we had our Junior/Senior Training Session.
From 6pm, all our available juniors (approximately 55 of them) trained with our Div 1, 2 & 3 players doing the coaching.

They were divided into age groups moving approximately every twenty minutes from one station to the next.
The four stations were coached by our Home-Grown Heroes.

It was great to see these same basic fundamentals demonstrated and coached from a different – and younger – voice.
At the end of the session, everyone was treated to a meat pie, pasty or sausage roll of their choice.

Of course, it was our last ‘full on’ Club Night with all the Senior players there too -and the Club was busy once again!

Friday was another BIG evening too.
We had a Home Twilight game on the top diamond between both of our WBL Div 2 teams (Dipper’s and Ethan’s) playing one another!
And on the main diamond was the final game for T-Ball Program with our eight T-Ball teams with finishing with their presentations including a voucher for a sausage and soft drink.
WOW! People everywhere! 😊

Saturday saw three of our Senior teams finishing their last game of the Minor Round at Home. The grounds were busy from morning until late afternoon!

Then, came Sunday – Sponsor’s, Life Members and Playing Life Members Day! Another Gala Event to finish the Minor Round while seeing our three Sunday Seniors teams play Woodville at Home.
Two Junior games also played on the top diamond to keep our grounds full of activity during the day.

What a week it was to finish the Minor Round and the month of February! Now onto the playoffs!

Situation: Bases are loaded with no outs. A pop fly is hit down the first base line.
The umpire declares ‘Infield Fly if fair”. The ball falls untouched into foul territory…
Then, it bounces into fair territory and settles in front of the first base bag.
Is the batter OUT?

KIEL McSHANE – Military Man
Kiel, one of our long time players, has left us to serve our country.
At almost 18 years of age, he has joined the Army to protect our borders and learn a trade.

After his swearing in ceremony here in Adelaide yesterday, he was off to basic training in Victoria.
His mum, Helena was present for this auspicious occasion (due to covid only one parent was allowed, so dad, Steve, waited outside in the car).

Kiel started playing T-Ball here at the early age of 8 growing in his abilities and love for the game.
He won our Junior Club Person in 2018/2019 and joined our Sunday Seniors Div 3 team just last year.

He was also one of our valued Club Umpires doing our Junior and Senior games.
He started out years ago as one of our T-Ball umpires and won the inaugural Baseball SA Club Umpire of the month in 2018!

We’re gonna miss him, but we wish him all the very best for his future and
look forward to seeing him again wearing the Dodger uniform.

Kiel, thank you for your service.

》 DIV 4 GGCD – Matt’s – 2nd.
Playing at Home v East Torrens (5th) on Saturday from 3pm.

》 DIV 4 Dodgers – Rick’s – 6th.
Playing at Glenelg (1st) on Saturday from 3pm

》 Women’s DIV 2 – Ethan’s – 2nd.
Playing at Home – Semi Final on Friday v East Torrens (3rd) from 6pm.
(Winner goes straight to Grand Final – no preliminary final games)

》 U13/2’s – Danun’s – 4th.
Playing at Goodwood (3rd) on Sunday from 10am.

》 U11 Dodgers – Matt’s – 2nd.
Playing at Home v Red Sox (5th) from 9am on Sunday.

》 U11 GGCD – Shane/Michelle’s – 4th.
Playing at Henley & Grange (3rd) from10am on Sunday.

Come along and support them if you can. It’s a Club thing.
It will be appreciated.

‘Curried Sausages and Chips $5’

Training continues for our Div 1 and our two Div 4 teams on the night.
Our Div 1 team has one more game to play on Sunday at West Torrens
while our Div 4s play their first playoff games on Saturday.

The 50 Club draw will take place at 8pm.
Last week’s winner was Leslie Phillips’ #40.

The festivities start from 7pm!
All members are invited to partake in the fun while the number holders will enjoy free refreshments on the night with prizes for the losers 😊.

The number holders will see 5 x weekly draws before the Reverse Draw commences.
The ‘Smiling Assassin’, Richard Bastian, will be drawing out the losing numbers until the winner is left of enjoy the major prize of $700.

Come along for some fun and laughter at our last Club Night fundraiser of the season.

GGCD ‘U17 SCHOLARSHIPS’ ANNOUNCED for 2021/2022 season
Our Club is very keen to have an U17/Senior League team next season.
While we will have some Dodger players available for this division, we will be shy of the numbers needed to form a team.

Therefore, in a bold move to entice these Senior League aged players to come forward to join us this coming season,
our Club is offering FULL FEES, UNIFORM TOP AND HAT for those successful players at our tryout sessions to be held during our preseason training sessions.

We will be holding two try-out sessions for all and any players wanting to join us for the 2021/2022 season.
The successful players will receive the scholarships.

Please spread the word to all who may be interested in this proposal.
It is open to all Senior League (U17) aged players in the Baseball SA area.

Try outs will be announced prior to our Spring training sessions.

Our grounds are used during the winter months by the Surrey Downs Winter Baseball Club.
Sometimes called ‘Picnic Baseball’, you just show up and play. Its casual and its fun.

Games are played every Saturday from 1 May and finishing at the end of August/early September with finals and a trophy.
It’s all about having fun while giving it a go with your mates, sons and/or daughters.

This casual competition is low cost and local and
the teams are made up mainly of our players, their mates and/or family members.

Please email Roger Prime, ‘The Commissioner’ at <> to nominate your team.
If you want to play, but don’t have a team to join, he can point you in the right direction to join a team.

Umpires will be paid $50 per game. Fees are minimal, but each team is to pay $25 to the umpire before the game.
Check out our Face Book Page ‘Surry Downs Winter Baseball Club’ (SWBC) for more information.

We will present these Special Awards to our members at our Presentation events.

Please email or text your nominee to our Club Secretary, Anne Christensen at <> or 0417 844 469.

The purpose of this award is to recognise an outstanding club member/s who has gone above and beyond the normal call of duty,
has shown dedication and commitment and made a significant contribution to the club during the 2020/21 season.

A player that has added great value to their team by consistently producing a high standard of batting and fielding across the season.
The MVP demonstrates an excellent attitude at training and games, shows great sportsmanship, never gives up and is always striving to do their best.
The MVP is encouraging of team mates and peers and always represents themselves, the team and the Club in a positive manner.

A player that has consistently worked hard / applied themselves to their team and individual training sessions and as a result has achieved considerable success. Must be under 16 years old.
The individual is willing to learn, has listened to coach’s feedback and worked hard to improve their game and skills.
They have made an impact in the team with their skills, but also demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and good conduct towards opposition, teammates, coaching staff, and umpires.

In order of occurrence…

Baseball SA – Junior Presentations – Friday, 19 March 2021 5:30pm for 5:45pm start at Diamond Sports, West Beach, Softball Diamond.
Bring your family to the West Beach ballpark to celebrate the achievements of our Junior MVPs as well as introducing our 2021 Charter teams AND followed by the Women’s Division 1 Grand Final.
Free entry – please register attendance due to COVID restrictions. Register at <> click on EVENTS, then ‘2020/2021 Junior Presentations’.
Registration for event closes at Wed, 17 March 2021 17:00. Canteen and bar will be open.

Baseball SA – Capps Medal Dinner and Awards Presentations – Wednesday, 24 March 2021
6:30pm for 7pm start – Festival Functions, 292 Findon Road, Findon.

Due to our successful fundraising and Club support to our functions,
our Club will subsidize $50 of the $98 Capp’s Medal Dinner ticket!

You pay only $48 for Baseball’s Night of Nights which includes pre-dinner drinks and three course meal.
Another real deal meal! 😊

Please let our Secretary, Anne Christensen know that you will be attending so she can organise the tickets.
Contact her either by email: <> or text: 0417 844 469

Please pay the balance owed for the ticket to our Club’s bank account:
BSB – 105-001; Account Number – 145033640 Account Name – GGCD Baseball Club Inc
In the ‘Reference Box’, please indicate YOUR NAME – ‘CAPPS DINNER’

GGCD SENIOR PRESENTATION DINNER – FRIDAY, 26 MARCH 2021 at The Plaza Hotel from 6:30pm.
3 Course Meal – $55/person to be paid online.

See our Members FB page ‘NOTIFICATIONS’ to see how to buy your tickets and/or
go to and log into the HOME page.

The three course menu can be viewed from there. No other payment options are available.

6:30pm – 8:30pm.
All the family is invited to attend this FREE Dodger event and have a swim in their heated pools and slides – all exclusive to our members and their families.

Please let your Coach know if you are attending and how many are coming along.
Numbers are needed for Life Guard Duty numbers. Presentation schedule TBA.

Yes. The batter is OUT.

This is an ‘Infield-Fly’ ruling meaning that any fly ball falling and landing fair into the infield area, the batter is automatically out.
This is the ‘simple’ explanation of this rule for starters…😊

TIP OF THE WEEK – It’s always easy to know when you finally know the rules!

Have a great weekend.

Bob Neiswander
GGCD e-NEWS Editor

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