Rounding Third By Line Drive Masters Preview Edition 2018

Hello and welcome to another edition of Rounding Third. Cods are on everyones minds around here in the North Eastern Baseball Association. So much so that the season is continuing to sneak up upon the clubs. At this moment the word is that  seasons start will be just after Easter. The draw is under construction and the guys and girls of Wangaratta are into honing their skills before opening day. More about that later. Let’s get down to the business at hand that is Cods Baseball.
Cods looking forward to a big weekend in Ballarat.
    The weekend is nearly here. The Murray Cods are off to the Victorian Masters Baseball Champinships this coming weekend. For the frist time in their four year history, The Cods will be entering two teams. As usual in the 35 plus division to be coached by Kelsey “Dropsy’ Burder and for the first time, 45 plus Cods under the watchful eye of Rob “Beaker” Barbour. The 45 plus men have the early game at 8:30am on Friday against Cheltenham. This could a be a real test for some, but the seasoned professionals they are, will give it their all in their first outing. Right after that they tackle Pandas at 10:15am. On Saturday and Sunday it gets easier for the older Cods with one game each day against Bendigo and Sloths respectively.
    The 35 plus Cods  have a mid afternoon game on Friday at 2:45pm against Doncaster. Saturday sees them play old foes and damn good guys, the Tassie Tigers. They then shape up against some more old friends from days gone by; the Redsox from the Latrobe Valley. On Sunday to round out the four games the boys face off against the Rebels. Good luck to all teams, umpires and host clubs in Ballarat for what will be another cracking celebration of Victorian Masters Baseball.
Seymour: A man for all seasons.
    Now my spies have been out and about and have seen Rob “Butts” Seymour enjoying the off season. In the past Butts has played footy, destroyed a club Line Drive is associated with in a C grade cricket final, drives very fast cars around a track and now has guided Myrrhee tennis Club to the final of N.E.R.T.A. (short for ‘North-East Regional Tennis Association’). However being the Cod Butts is, he has forgone his chance of tennis glory to venture down to Ballarat for the 45 plus team. Another Ranger favourite and master of the tin, Daniel “Clarence” Griffin will be leading the Myrrhee charge to tennis glory. All the best for the finals this weekend Clarence.
Butts tennis time
photo courtesy of Daniel Griffin
No Dino? or maybe a little bit of Dino?
    One Cod who could be missing this weekend is Ian “Dino” Dinsdale. His beloved Rovers Bruck United Cricket Club are playing off in the C grade final in the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association this Saturday. Now in the past, players such as former Puffer fish award winner, Heath “MTB” Anders played both, but knowing the role Dino plays in the team it is unlikely. However who knows, he may play the double header on the Friday?? If not all the best to Dino and his side in this weeks final.
How many Cameron’s does one team need?
    Three is the answer. Especially in the Cods 35 plus squad where one fifth of the team name is Cameron.. We have the spice master, Cam “Showtime” Rogers, who will be looking to have another consistent weekend with the bat and glove. Then we have the man who lives his life as “The Soak” Cam Scott. The Soak will be sampling the many establishments in Ballarat, not to mention speaking utter rubbish at every chance he gets on and off the field. The third Cameron to be gracing the diamond will be a solid catcher with a trusty bat, a stalwart of the game in Shepparton, Cam “Newbie” Stewart. Now it’s been a few years since Cam has had a swing but look for him to lead the trio of Cams in all departments on the field. Sorry Showtime and The Soak…. Just saying.
Ballarat’s time to shine
    Last year the Cods boys got caught out after a game by the Ballarat weather. Not the cold or the wind or the rain in this case. Sun burn was the culprit. Looking at the weather forecast for the coming weekend sun burn could be an issue once again. Now this is just a friendly reminder to our white collar players who need to make sure they slip slop slap and seek shade with the sunny warm weather greeting all players. Hope you read this Jason “Sunscreen” Jonker.
The Porepunkah Posse
    Once again a big part of the Cod family are the Porepunkah Panthers. When this venture was started in 2014 they were the first too get involved and used their contacts at Ringwood Saints Baseball Club in the recruitment of ‘Showtime” Rogers, Mark “Scooter” Farrow and Steve “Maggsy” Maggs. This year the men of the valley have increased their presence once again. The Panthers have added Paul Meddings, Rian Banks, suiting up for their debuts with Cods, while Heath “MTB” Anders returns after an injury layoff last year. For the first time in a couple of years the godfather of Panther baseball and North Eastern Baseball Association legend James Rogers is back in Cods colours. Once again Panther royalty Damon “Barks” Barker and and Shane “Tatts” Tatterson round out the contingent. Line Drive says this every year but, welcome aboard. If anyone is interested in giving baseball a try up in areas like Bright, Myrtleford, Mt Beauty, get in contact with the good folk at Porepunkah. They are more than happy to have you on board.
The Pufferfish Award
    The presitigous Pufferfish award is back for this years competition. There is a motley crue of contenders for the silver or gold versions of the award. As mentioned in past editions Heath Anders is looking to win the award for a second time while last years recipient Ash “real men pitch day four” Meyers is determined to go back to back. Perennial finalists Nathan “FOMO” Pool will not miss much and will look to take his game to the next level, while Rob “Beaker” Barbour will hope he has better luck with blankets this year. Others to watch out for are smokies like Shane “Boundary Rider” Cantelmi, who goes into his first Cods fresh and prepared, while Ranger legends Travis “Iceman” Frost and “The Pres” Tony Spinner Smith will look to put their stamp on the trophy and let their baseball do the talking. Voting will be each day and players will have the chance to vote for who they want to win.  Three, two and one votes. Question is; Will it be a silver or Gold Pufferfish in 2018? Good luck to all Cods competing.
Time to tame the Tigers
    Chris “Chalky” Chalker has shown some good form going into the 2018 championships. His Banjo’s Orioles have had a successful season in the Hobart Summer Baseball League. Even some Cods went for a look too. Now he looks to celebrate in true Tasmania style by trying to beat The Cods in Ballarat. Maybe this year will be his year, or not?  One thing is for sure,  it will be one fun afternoon of baseball between two very competitive sides. Being a Cod supporter let’s hope The Cods get over the line in a tight one 5-4. Whatever the result there will be plenty of laughs and banter on and off the diamond.
Ranger Stuff
    There will be plenty more over the weekend keeping all you avid readers of Rounding Third up-to-date with the results and antics of the best from the North East of the state. However, the club is still ticking over nicely and have got some grand plans in the pipeline for the diamond and for the rooms. Both of these ideas will improve the facilities down at Targoora Park and make an even better place to come and watch baseball. If you are interested in playing, training is currently on Wednesday nights for another three weeks following T-ball. Players of all ages and abilities are more than welcome to come down and have a throw and a hit. If you’re not sure, come down have a look and talk to one of the friendly guys and girls around the club. If you’d like to know more contact the club through https://wangarattabaseball.com and click on the contact tab.
Other Ranger News
  • Insurance for season 2018 is now able to be paid through the members login on the website and on teamapp. This needs to be paid before the first game on the 8th of April. Create a new account and password and pay once you are in. https://wangarattabaseball.com
  • New warm up shirts are almost here. Will be available soon for purchase. Spinner has your sizes.
  • Any fundraising ideas see Kelsey Burder. He will consider all requests.
  • Season looks to begin 8th April. Draw being finalised and released soon.
  • Thanks to all our sponsors. Click on the sponsor tab on the website to check them out. Alternatively download teamapp and search Wangaratta Rangers
  • Follow us on twitter @wangrangers and like us on Facebook
Well that’s it for the Masters preview edition. Look out for updates on talesoflinedrive.wordpress.com over the coming weekend.
Thanks for reading
Go Rangers
and
Codsters Hook Line and Sinker
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