Hello and welcome to the summer edition of Rounding Third. It has been a busy spring and summer down at the Ranch with the new infield and drainage settling in and looking a treat. Line Drive has certainly been enjoying himself soaking in all the different places he has had the pleasure of frequenting. So it is a bit of a blessing that he has taken some time out of his busy summer schedule to sit down and let you know what is happening down at Wangaratta’s one and only baseball club. Hope you enjoy the read.
Diamond upgrade summer update
Well the turf is down and the grass has been growing like crazy. The legend Kevin Pool and “The Pres” Tony “Spinner” Smith have been doing a sterling job mowing and watering the infield. There were some really wet days in late November/early December and the ground drained beautifully. Now the grass is beginning to spread and will probably just need a light top dressing to even it out in places. From what it was, to what it is now is remarkable. Another new edition to the space down at Targoora Park are some concrete bollard tables out the front of the clubroom. Already, it gives a much more welcoming feel to the space. More improvements look to be on the way and Line Drive will keep you updated on all of them. A special mention to all who have done a bit over the past 4 months in getting the diamond and clubrooms up to scratch.
The 2018 Cods campaign is looking to take off to new heights this year. Wait, I will rephrase that. The Cods are looking to raise themselves off the bottom of the Murray river and head downstream to Ballarat in 2018. What started as an idea has really gathered momentum. This year the Cods are looking to enter a 35 plus team and a 45 plus team. Already demand has been strong, with many returning for another year while others have had a year or two off. The Cods are looking to get back there over the March 16th,17th and 18th and are still looking to shore up 45 plus numbers, the more the merrier. Rob “Beaker” Barbour has already been drawing up training regimes in readiness for their introduction to the age group 45 plus baseball. So if you are interested, jump over to Cods Masters Page on Facebook and drop us a line. It is a ripping weekend of baseball and laughs and more baseball. The older we get the better we are.
Old School O’Neil has plenty to say….
Looks like this year some of your Ranger favorites will be gracing the diamonds of Ballarat for the first time. It will be the largest influx of rookies the Cods has ever seen. One in particular has already had plenty to say. Shaun “Old School” O’Neil has already challenged the fines system, and the might, of seasoned Cod campaigners. Fine master guru Mark “Scooter” Farrow has already been made aware of this insubordination and has dealt with it swiftly. Another thing about Old School O’Neil is that he is the youngest Cod this year, and by a few years too. Come to think of it his glove might be older than he is! Below is a picture of the glove.
Now that, is old school.
Other notable Cods
Rumor has it that Travis “Iceman” Frost will be heading to Ballarat for a Cods appearance, as will a couple of legends from Porepunkah Panthers. Heath Anders is making a return this year and has already sworn off the mountain bike before the weekend. Paul Meddings is another who is looking to make his mark on the weekend for the first time. It will make the voting for the ‘Golden Pufferfish’ all the more interesting as the days and nights wear on. Ash “Steel Panther” Meyers is looking to retain his trophy after a strong tournament off the field and most notably on the field. Ash informs me that his phone is already fueled up with plenty of rocking tunes and is counting down the days to Cods 2018. The former Iron Chef, Tetsu Kamiyama is coming back for another run. His first since being an inaugural member.
Who likes new merch? We do.
New merchandise has been ordered for Wangaratta this coming season. Rob “Butts” Seymour put in a power of work to come up with the design of the new Ranger warm up shirt. It was quite the task too. Just getting the sponsors and the design looking great, took a great deal of time and effort. But he is pleased with the end result. As is the Ranger faithful who have placed a large order for the coming season. If you have not ordered one yet then don’t despair. There are a few extras in the order so you too, can look the part in your Ranger gear for season 2018. They will be here before the start of the season. To go with the beanies, hoodies and caps we certainly are the trend setters of North Eastern Baseball.
Now on the subject of merch, The Cods that be down in the depths of the Murray, have come up with a new shirt for the 2018 Cod season. Over at Cods Master baseball, there was a call that went out for some tag lines and mottos. The Cods then elected the two best mottos and they are to be placed on the front and the back of the new t-shirt. On the front, the winning motto was “Hook, Linedrive and Sinker” while on the back the phrase “In Cods we trust” , will grace the uniform. Personally, Line Drive likes that his name is in there on one of the shirts. Even if it is by accident. Decide for yourself.
Nambrok boys have been very quiet
Not much has been heard about the Nambrok gentlemen as of late. Last time to my knowledge, Brad “Undies” Murdoch was stuck in traffic somewhere. Daniel “The Griff” Griffin has been playing some fine tennis throughout the summer months and is looking at a big campaign this coming season. He has also been thinking about trip locations already. After last years Bendigo trip it will be hard to top. Also, is Kelsey “Dropsy” Burder still coaching the Cods? Maybe a training run soon to run your eye over the playing group? So many questions and yet no definitive answers to them. Maybe in the next edition there may be some more detail.
Now for the club stuff
- Committee meeting Wednesday Night 7:30pm Targoora Park. All are welcome to attend.
- Make sure you download the app from teamapp.com search Wangaratta Rangers. Calendar is continually being updated.
- Website will be updated when new information comes to hand and link to line drive through site. http://www.wangarattabaseball.com
- If you playing Cods then the insurance needs to be paid via members login on website. Same process as last year.
- Check out our sponsors via the tab on the website. Your continued support is appreciated.
- Follow us @wangrangers on twitter.com
- New shirts will be available before the beginning of the 2018 season. Beanies, caps and stubby holders still available.
That’s it for this one. Have a good week, and in 2018,