On Saturday the 18th of July over 140 guests gathered at Ashton Manner is Diamond Creek to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the formation of the Greensborough Baseball Club. There was a buzz in the air and the venue looked fantastic. Scott Moore and Sue Cleary along with their committee had organised what promised to be a fantastic event.
Our MC for the night and longest serving President Matt Davine welcomed our guests and invited everyone to find their seat. While guests enjoyed their entrée current president Tim Sullivan on behalf of the committee officially welcomed guests, especially our Life members and sponsors.
He touched on Greensborough Baseball Clubs proud history which is built on strong family foundations, from the Davey’s, Lobbe’s, Stanley’s through to the Johnsons, Cleary’s, Hargreaves and onto the current day with the Davine’s to name a few. He then went on to discuss our success and culture, “Greensborough has been hugely successful in terms of premierships and participation. More importantly we have all had the great privilege to be involved in a club which has influenced the values and helped shape so many young men and women throughout the past 60 years. We pride ourselves on team and club first values, participation, mateship and providing a culture which nurtures member’s ability to strive and reach whatever goals they aspire to.”
He finally announced “Throughout this evening we will be reminiscing through each decade and presenting a champion of that decade.”
Bill Davey was first up to present and walked us through our foundation years. Bill is the son of one of our foundation members and took us through the hits and giggles through to the club becoming more serious. He touched on champions, new players and historic achievements. Bill then had the honour of announcing Ken Stanley our champion of the decade from ’55-64.
Next Phil Cleary our second longest serving president presented our champion for the decade of ’65-’74. This was an obvious choice of one of our greatest ever players and coaches. Peter Greenshields was announced as this decade’s champion. Peter was a fierce competitor and pitcher and a great leader of men.
After main meals long-time scorer and life member Phyllis Hargreaves walked us through the decade from ’75-’84. Phyllis has been scoring the firsts for over 35 years and as such could reflect on her own statistics from this era. It was with great pleasure that Phyllis announced another of our great pitchers George Graham was the champion of the decade. We were honoured that George was able to attend the event as he currently lives in Japan.
Life member Peter Lobbe walked us through the decade from ’85-’94. His presentation was a mixture of reminding us of some amazing feats through to a small roasting of his long time mate and champion of the decade David Hargreaves. David is arguably our greatest ever hitter and along with Peter Greenshields and Jason Blewjas a record 6 time firsts MVP.
Casey Davine supported by Tonic then led us through some outstanding entertainment. Casey’s breathtaking voice with at times a violin, acoustic and electric guitar took us through take me out to the ball park, centerfield and then their own take on Meghan Trainor’s “all about that bass” renamed to “all about getting on base” with a few mentions of some Greensborough members. It was a highlight of the night and very enjoyable.
After desert one of our highest credentialed players and 1996 Olympic representative Richard Vagg, had the task of walking us through a very successful decade from ’95-04‘ where we won 4 A grade premierships. He talked about watching our next competitive yet very humble champion grow up to become one of our greatest ever players, a 6 time firsts MVP along with his record 4 time league MVP Jason Blewjas was announced champion of the Decade.
2014 firsts MVP and current catcher Ben Lethborg walked us through the most current decade of the clubs existence touching on the 3 grand final appearances and 1 premiership. He was kind enough to speak glowingly about his peer and ’05-’14 champion of the decade Tim Sullivan.
Matt Davine and Scott Moore drew the raffle prizes and closed the night for all guests to enjoy the sounds of Melbourne Acoustic Duo, dance, drink, reminisce and celebrate a great 60 years while looking forward to the next 60.
“CARN THE BURRA’s!”
“WE”RE A BUNCH OF BEAUTIES”
Selections for Round 1 are complete.