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.
Some updates for those involved in finals this weekend - also note game 3 for Division 1 firsts has moved to 4pm Sunday if required.
Mens 1sts semi final game 2 is Saturday 2:00pm at Surrey Park, Sunday sees the little league Grand Final, 9:00am Melbourne vs Waverley at Surrey Park, Junior League Grand Final Melbourne vs Upwey FTG at Upwey FTG, Division 4 East Grand FInal at St Kilda 1:00pm, Div 1 4ths Grand Final @ Sunshine, 2:00PM, Diviision 1 1sts @ Blackburn 4:00pm Game 3 if we win Saturday.
Very pleased to announce to you all that Melbourne has now secured the Division 1 Club Championship for the 2nd time in 3 years. More significantly, the 2nd time in 46 years!. All 5 Senior Men's teams are in finals starting this Sunday. Also 3 junior teams across different age groups and one of our Masters teams.
All 5 Men's teams have qualified for finals. All qualifying finals will be played on Sunday 25th Feb. The seconds are at Surrey Park at 4PM, he thirds are at Geelong at 2PM, the fourths are at Fitzroy at 2PM, and the fifths are at Surrey Park at 1PM.
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.