The first nine defeated Blackburn 7-5, after scoring 7 runs with two out in the bootom of 2. The seconds continued on their winning way 4-1, the thirds lost after playing well in the first hour but went down 10-7, the fourths had a good win 13-10, the fifths also won 14-6.
Good start to the season with wins for all Mens grades, a great club effort.
The firsts won 5-0 out at Essendon, toppling last years premiers and have gone 3-0 on the season so far, the seconds played out a tight 3-3 draw, the thirds won 10-6 and the 4's won 4-3 on a walk-off hit to Tom Arthur.
Another good win on Sunday against local rivals Blackburn in Division 1. Melbourne coach Andy Tierney will have bragging rights over twin brother David for the time being anyway. Our 1sts scored 7 runs on 8 hits, all with 2 out in the 2nd, against Blackburns 5 runs on 10 hits.
There are several playing rule changes for the 2017/18 Senior competition, Blood Rule / Concussion Policy, Division 3 changes to a 2 week final series, all Mens Divisions change to Wood Bat, add registration date to Non National Rule, remove extenuating circumstances
The First Nine have cemented a finals position with recent wins over Blackburn and Preston, and with 4 games to go only need a win or two to secure top place in the Eastern Conference. The Fourth Nine will need to win their last two games to secure a finals position. The Masters A team will finish in second position and earn a home semi final in a couple of weeks time.
The first nine had a walk-off win Sunday over Waverley courtesy of a Mitch Ayers hit in the bottom of the ninth, followed up by an 8-5 Tuesday night against Newport, the seconds went down but the thirds and fourths kept their finals chances alive with success against Waverley.
The first defeated top of the table in the Western conference Essendon after a big 6 run first innings, the seconds held onto a draw to a fast fininshing team, the thirds had an excellent 12-1 Mercy rule result and the fourths went down to ladder leader 11-4 after being just 2 runs down in the last innning. The Division 4 team were a bit undermanned due to absentees and went down 13-2.
The firsts had a great win by the 1sts over Waverley 9-4. Debutante's Adam Pahos and Xander Barling provided outstanding defense. The seconds went down 9-6 after a late rally. The thirds were held to a 5-5 draw in tough conditions and the 4ths won comfortably 7-3.
The firsts, seconds, thirds and fourths were all successful - 1sts through 4ths have qualified for finals. Womens Division 2 will play in the 1st semi final and two Masters teams are through to next Monday's finals.
The first nine went down to Waverley 5-4 Sunday, despite outhitting their opponents 13-9 however have qualified for the Division 1 finals and will start favourites in a match up against either Cheltenham or Blackburn in a three games series beginning February 23rd. After leading the game 2-1 for most of the game, the seconds gave up a late run to only come away with a point, while the thirds and fourths had good wins. The Womens teams had some good results but the seconds will need to win their final game to qualify for finals.
The firsts secured top spot for the finals after sweeping Springvale in their two game series, but the seconds, thirds and fourths took some tough losses that threaten their finals aspirations. The Womens teams have enhanced their finals chances with a draw for the Division 2 team and a win for the Division 3 side. Masters 38+ had a big win over second placed Research and coming into finals have a good chance to defend their title.