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Finals Set As Teams Get Serious

Once again the weather played a big part on the final round in the Edison Mission Energy Latrobe Valley Baseball Association.

By Latrobe Valley Baseball Association - 4th September 2001 - Back to News

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Once again the weather played a big part on the final round in the Edison Mission Energy Latrobe Valley Baseball Association. All games between the Moe/Newborough Dodgers and Traralgon, and the Churchill Braves and Sale were washed out on Sunday. The only games to be played were between Yarram and Morwell. With final positions still to be decided the round was set to be an exciting climax to the season. The resulting weather and the cancellations of games left the ladder virtually unchanged from the previous week.

Over at Yarram the conditions were atrocious for the games between the Stealers and the Morwell Cougars. Both teams have had disappointing seasons struggling for numbers and hope to recruit new players in all grades over the off-season. An undermanned Morwell team was competitive against a full strength Stealers outfit. Slippery conditions made fielding and base running difficult. Yarram started strongly picking the gaps in the field to take an early lead. Garyth Mullet was pitching well for the Cougars considering his field restrictions. Yarram slowly took control of the contest winning 9-4. Best for Yarram was Darren Crockford, Ben Murray and Greg Garland while Adam Duncan, Jason Barnes and Mullet were Morwell's top performers.

The C grade contest was played in good spirits with both teams not figuring in finals action. The wet conditions did not dampen play as the Cougars came away winners 12-6. In a game where winning was not emphasized both teams had fun and enjoyed their last game of the season. Stephen Balesia finished off a consistent season for the Cougars and along with Warwick Bromby and Nigel Aubrey were Morwell's best. Ben Dawson, Ben Murray, Scot Bale were Yarram's best.

The final contest was the under 14 game which Morwell won 7-3. Both teams have produced some fine juniors and hope to see them return again next year with their friends. Morwell’s Cory Clark has been strong all year and was aptly supported by Frank Miriello and Matthew Bromby. Yarram’s youngsters including Geoffrey Lushgraf, Matthew Lushgraf and Rohan Moffat finished off the season in good form.

This Sunday the Preliminary finals take place. The Yarram Baseball Club will be hosting the Preliminary finals at the Traralgon Baseball Club’s home ground. The action begins at 9:00AM with junior games. In the under 14’s and the under 18’s the Churchill Braves battle Traralgon for the right to play Sale in the Grand Final. Sale has proven to be the benchmark in the juniors this season finishing on top in all junior grades. The Rangers have numerous future stars in these sides, which will hold them in good stead for the future. Sale awaits the winner of Traralgon and Moe/Newborough in the under 16 competition and the winner of the Churchill and Moe/Newborough contest in the under 12’s. Both games commence at 11:00AM. Junior presentation night is on this Friday 7th of September at the Traralgon Tennis Club commencing at 6.30PM. Contact the clubs for further details.

The A grade Preliminary final will be a fierce contest with the Sale and Moe/Newborough battling to earn the right to face Traralgon in the Grand Final at Sale the following week. It has been a three horse race all year with neither teams giving an inch. Campbell Wilson and Greg Carmody will lead Sale against the likes of Duanne Baker and Noel Tobias of the Dodgers in what will be one of the highlights of the season. Play begins at 2:00PM and the public is urged to come along and support this great rivalry.

The B grade game will be between Sale and Moe/Newborough to again take on the right to battle the Redsox. Traralgon finished on top with Sale but won through to the Grand Final due to a 3-1 head to head advantage over the Rangers. While in C grade the roles were reversed as Sale won through against Traralgon on a head to head basis forcing Traralgon to play Churchill for a chance to meet Sale the following week. Play begins at 11:30 in B grade and 2:00 for the C grade contest. In what will be an exciting days play this Sunday, the public is welcome to come along and see the action in the Edison Mission Energy Latrobe Valley Baseball Association.


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