Victorian Masters Carnival 2019


VICTORIAN MASTERS 2019. Team managers and contacts have today been emailed for confirmation of entries and the process for team registration by 31 January 2019 (see Team Entry form to the right of this page). The twenty-third annual Carnival is already shaping as the biggest and best ever.


UPDATE:    13 NOVEMBER 2018 (following is the essence of an email forwarded to team managers, contacts, officials and sponsors today)

Time gets away all too quickly. It is now just four months until the annual Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival – which will be held for the twenty-third time in 2019.

The Carnival is scheduled for three days – Friday 15 March to Sunday 17 March (inclusive). It will again be played at Prince of Wales Reserve, Gillies Street Ballarat, hosted by the local baseball clubs.

We expect to again offer three age groups – in 35 Plus, 45 Plus and 50 Plus. At least four teams will be required in any group for that competition to proceed.

So far, so good. Now here is the kicker.

For 2018 we had twenty-one teams entered, a terrific response that says plenty about the popularity of the event. However, since March this year, we have had several other groups expressing their interest in entering a team (a second or third team added to previous entries in some cases). While a maximum of twenty-four teams is the ideal limit, we are reluctant to knock any team back and we reckon we could potentially accommodate twenty-six under certain circumstances.

First, we would most likely need to look at playing at least three games on the Thursday – maybe one block of three games starting at 5.00 or 5.30. Any teams volunteering to that schedule would then be guaranteed just one preliminary game per day (a double-header only if qualified for a Sunday afternoon final). Where possible those teams would be allocated preferred time slots for the ensuing days.

Secondly, we would need to reactivate the archery field for some games (probably no more than seven or eight over the three days). No team would be drawn to play more than one game on the archery paddock. While the surface is not brilliant, we should be able to access a portable mound and make the field reasonably playable.

Thirdly, we will again be scheduling one Friday night game to be played after the Happy Hour.

While we are seeking your early responses to this message (see below), entry forms and procedures will be posted via our website, email and social media in late December/early January, with team lists and entry payment to be finalised by early February. Entering teams will of course be able to add or delete players right up until their first game.

We have always received great support from the Victorian umpiring fraternity in delivery of the Carnival. I have contacted Baseball Victoria Umpire Development Coordinator Stewart Howe and our 2018 Carnival Umpiring Coordinator Greg Howard to inform them of dates and other details. While teams are not required to bring their own umpire, we certainly appreciate and will follow up any suggestions of who might be available – whether or not they are involved with participating teams.

As always, umpires will be paid for their services.

A side issue of some importance…..

2019 will be the twenty-fifth anniversary of formation of Ballarat Golddiggers, an organisation that was instrumental in development of mature-aged baseball in this state and which has been a regular participant at all major masters tournaments for a quarter of a century. While the Diggers are now affiliated closely with Essendon Baseball Club, some of the originals are still involved with Masters in one capacity or another.

We will be seeking to involve current and former Golddiggers in some form of celebration and nostalgia trip over the Carnival weekend (if we can keep them from nodding off). It would be great to see as many as possible there.

I will be issuing another Carnival update prior to Christmas, at which time we will be seeking definite team commitments. For the time being, I would appreciate your feedback on the following matters. While I know that it is a tough ask without speaking to your players (and nothing will be binding anyhow), it will give us some guidance to assist with planning.

If your team(s) played in 2018, do you expect it (or both) to return in 2019?

If you are planning an additional team to an existing entry (entries), or a new team entry altogether, which age group would you be entering?

Would you be happy or prepared to play the Friday night game (to finish before 9.00 PM)?

What about a Thursday late game? Keeping the above-mentioned concessions in mind, would your team – in principle - be interested in playing a late afternoon or twilight fixture on the Thursday (to be completed by 7.00 – 7.30)? To make the Thursday scheduling viable, it would likely need to involve three games run at the same time across the three grounds.

Masters continues to strike a real chord with the baseball community and it is gratifying to know that the Carnival is so consistently well-received and enjoyed by our participants. While I sometimes wonder what the hell I am doing still involved as a 70 year-old baseball hack rapidly approaching his use-by date, the activity is demonstrably worthwhile and delivers so many real benefits to players, officials and supporters keen to stay actively involved in a sport that has given so many of us so much.

The Carnival is a genuine celebration of team endeavour, of healthy competitiveness, of mateship and of sporting fun in our lives. You, your teams and your supporters are the people who have built and nurtured this unique event. You deserve to feel immensely proud of what you have done – and of what you continue to do.

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Best wishes.

Kingsley Collins (Carnival Administrator)    03 53329202     0488 735297



We can confirm that the 2019 Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival will be held at Prince of Wales Reserve, Ballarat, over Friday 15 March to Sunday 17 March (inclusive). This is the weekend after the Labour Day break in Victoria.

This will be the twenty-third staging of the annual event, since it was played as a four-team tournament over four days back in 1997. It will also be the twenty-fifth anniversary of the formation of Ballarat Golddiggers, which in more recent years has been identified simply as the Golddiggers – now an entity with a strong and ongoing connection with Essendon Baseball Club.

Some of the originals are still hanging around street corners - or sipping on a shandy somewhere, reflecting on their halcyon Diggers days - so we will certainly get something organised to recognise the contribution that these gentlemen have made to the growth of Masters baseball.

We again expect a full book of teams for the three-day tournament, with play scheduled from early morning until dusk (including one Friday night game). Finals will be played on Sunday afternoon.

With three baseball grounds available, twenty-four teams will remain the maximum number of entries that can be accepted (there were twenty-one in 2017). Preference will be given to regular team entries, should that become necessary.

We expect to again offer competitions in 35 Plus, 45 Plus and 50 Plus – assuming that each least four teams have entered for each group. To qualify for a particular group, any player will need to have reached the minimum age during the year of competition (IE by 31 December 2019). Some flexibility is provided in regard to the older age groups (see under “Rules” on the Carnival website).

We again expect hosting responsibility, catering, grounds management and the like to be undertaken by local baseball interests in the Ballarat Brewers, Mounties and Alfredton clubs – all of whom have been wonderful supporters of the Carnival since it returned to the begonia city in 2011.

I will issue a further update during late November. We will be asking for team commitments by the end of December and finalisation of team entry by late January 2019.

Please let me know if you require any further information at this stage.

Best wishes to all, including those involved with summer baseball and for those playing or officiating in dedicated Masters leagues in Victoria or interstate.

Kingsley Collins (Carnival Administrator)   0488 735297   03 53 329202


Pandas double up: Burgers leave best until last

Kingsley Collins (Update 19 March 2018, with more images)

Already a recognised Masters baseball power after its creation several years ago, Geelong-based Pandas went through undefeated in both the 35 Plus and 45 Plus divisions of the Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival that concluded in Ballarat this afternoon, while Coburg added another title to its awesome winning record by downing Big Cat Tomatoes in the 50 Plus group.

Despite the almost overpowering winds and the associated dust-storms, competition was intense early on Day Three as several teams staked their claims for a finals berth – a highlight of which was a stirring one-run result over Cheltenham that propelled the Diggers into the 45 Plus playoff.

In the end, though, there was a certain familiarity in the team identities as finals commenced in slowly easing weather conditions.

First to be decided, the 50 Plus group saw Coburg pitted against Big Cat Tomatoes – with both squads clearly feeling the hurt from an arduous couple of days on and off the diamond before the Burgers managed to post an 8-3 win for their umpteenth Masters title.

Effectively spending their pennies in an earlier arm-wrestle against Cheltenham, the Diggers looked good early in the 45 Plus final before Pandas flexed some offensive muscle and drew away for a 14-6 result.

Scoring early in a high-quality 35 Plus final, Big Cat Tomatoes were again forced to settle for second against a powerful Pandas outfit that was irrepressible in offence behind some pitching efficiency to forge away to a 9-2 victory – its third title on the trot at this level.

While winning in Masters sport is viewed by most as a bonus rather an over-riding purpose, this tournament produced a host of hard-fought and tight contests – including one run results, comebacks, fadeouts and tie breakers all played out in the generous and fun spirit that characterises the activity

In recognising the achievement of the winners, we congratulate all teams, and all players, on their contribution to another outstanding celebration of Masters baseball.

We extend our appreciation to Umpires Coordinator Greg Howard and his team, to managers, to scorers, to ground staff, to Ausport Superstore, to host club Ballarat City Brewers and the assistance provided by Mounties and Alfredton Baseball clubs. 

More will be said and written about another terrific Carnival over coming days – and more images will be posted as a memento of the occasion. For now, though, well done to all! Your enthusiastic spirit and your positive engagement are what continue to make this exceptional event a great success.



Kingsley Collins (17 March 2018)

With players undeterred by blustery conditions that afflicted much of the state, the Victorian Masters Carnival produced another terrific, albeit arduous day of competition at Prince of Wales Reserve – setting the scene for some intriguing contests on the final day.

Setting the pace in 50 Plus, Big Cat Tomatoes (3-0) remain undefeated and will meet Sandringham (0-3) in a Sunday morning semi-final - with the Royals mildly desperate to open their winning account with an upset – while Tassy Tigers (2-1) will meet an unusually out of sorts Coburg (1-2) to decide the other grand finalist.

Undefeated after three in the 45 Plus group, both Diggers (3-0) and Pandas (3-0) are not yet assured of a finals berth and we could yet see four teams tied at three wins and a loss – creating various computations in the qualifying process for the playoff. While the Pandas will be confident of their prospects, a Cheltenham (2-1) win over the Diggers in the final preliminary game would be decisive.

Eight of the nine 35 Plus teams have already recorded at least one win from three in what has been a wonderfully even competition. Although Pandas (3-0) and Big Cat Tomatoes (3-0) look odds-on to make the final, Red Sox (2-1) will be plotting a strategy to upset the tournament favourite and force a potential head-to-head situation.   

While the weather may have cooled for the final day - and you will want to hang on to your hat, folks - the figurative on-field heat will be ramped up a tick as each of twenty-one teams strives to finish the tournament on a high.

Oh, and please support the Brewers with their final raffle for the weekend - a Victus Maple Pro Reserve BS23 baseball bat (or equivalent prize in value), kindly donated by Ausport Superstore - who we again thank for their generous support of Masters baseball! The bat will be drawn around mid-afternoon, so please ensure if leaving earlier that you leave a contact phone number to arrange delivery to the winner.

Check back here later on Sunday night and during Monday for a tournament report and more images.



In brief, it was a superb Day One of the 2018 tournament, with the pleasant weather conditions complementing the enthusiasm – nay, the fervour – and the competitiveness of some long-awaited stoushes between a legion of our ageing baseball warriors.

While more comprehensive reports will be posted on Saturday and Sunday, a selection of images below should convey a sense of the engagement and fun generated during Day One, which produced its usual share of nail-biting finishes (including two tie-breakers), stirring comebacks, low-scoring arm-wrestles and, yes, the occasional blowout that can happen in this wonderful sport of ours.

In 50 Plus, an undefeated Tassy Tigers is making the early running in the four-team group, while Pandas and Cheltenham remain undefeated after two games in 45 Plus. Defending its last several titles in 35 Plus, the Pandas have confirmed their early favouritism despite bold showings by other undefeated squads in Big Cat Tomatoes, Sloths and Murray Cods.

See Day One results to the right of this page.

Anything can yet happen, might happen, and will happen. Do not miss the action as the twenty-second Victorian Masters resumes at Prince of Wales Reserve on Saturday – early, bloody early.

***   UPDATE:    11 MARCH 2018   ***

Just days out from the twenty-second annual Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival, a few matters to draw to your team’s attention.


The ground shown as Diamond 1 on the draw is the main ground. Diamond 2 is the ground immediately to the right of the clubrooms (driving in) and Diamond 3 is to the far end of the complex (where Bazza and his Alfredton friends will make you more than welcome).

There was no rain in Ballarat during February, and there has been none so far in March. Nada. Zilch. What does this mean for the playing surfaces? Well, not a lot (though no-one would like to be receiving the water bill). The local clubs have been watering and tending grounds diligently over the past seven or eight weeks and they should come up a treat.


Saturday night is White Night for Ballarat, and no doubt many of our visitors will be taking in the attractions that evening, although it is an alcohol-free event. Just a heads-up for teams playing the late game on Saturday. The open parking space towards the lake will be a designated “Park and Bus” area for White Night crowds. While that should not affect us in any way, apparently the council will have some roads blocked off and some parking areas managed for the White Night patrons – more especially after 7.00 PM. But we will monitor that one, just in case of any potential issues.


As always, players, officials and supporters are invited to join us for some cut-priced drinks and a free barbecue after the Friday afternoon games and prior to the night game between Pandas and Doncaster 35 Plus. Whether or not your team is playing in the late slots, we would love to see a good crowd back for the Happy Hour – when host club Ballarat City will be conducting a few ripper raffles (including for an Ausport-supplied Victus Pro-Reserve bat, hopefully a seafood package and certainly some desirable memorabilia that includes signed national team tops from the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classic donated by Red Sox Scout Brett Ward – who many of you will know).


A reminder that Carnival supporter Ausport will be on site for the full three days. If you have any special requests for equipment that you would like available over the Carnival, please contact Ausport Superstore on 039764 1511 or email


A breakfast service will be provided by our Brewer hosts on all three days (from 7.30 or so onwards).


Ballarat City Brewers are negotiating to have a coffee van on site for several hours each day. We will also arrange to have self-serve, honour-system tea and coffee available (probably just inside the clubroom door to the left of the canteen window).


Umpires Coordinator Greg Howard has amassed a fine and committed group of officials to help us out over the weekend. We thank them in advance for their assistance. We will ensure that there are copies of Carnival Rules available on site to help clarify any matters in that regard.


Our regular first-aid person in Anthony Perkins will again be providing his services for the three days of the Carnival. While we of course hope that he has absolutely nothing to do in that regard, please do not hesitate to seek his assistance if you have a health or injury concern. Aside from the mandatory hangover or several or many, we want to see all of our visitors go away in at least the same condition – if not better – than when they arrived!


Well brothers and sisters, what can you say? For a city that cops so much flak over its miserable weather, it looks like the Begonia City just might turn on the charm again. While admittedly even Jane can get it wrong, the prospects are for “Mainly Sunny” on all three days – with temperatures from 24 up to 30 and maybe the chance of a shower on Sunday. So, come prepared and avail yourselves of a sunscreen station that we will set up at the clubrooms.


Most teams have submitted team lists and have paid entry money. Please attend to this as soon as you can and remember that players can be added to lists right up until a team plays its first game.

If there is anything about which you are not clear, or if there is any further information that you need, please let me know.

Otherwise, safe travels to all - and best wishes for a ripper weekend!

Kingsley Collins (Administrator)

11 March 2018


***   UPDATE:    22 FEBRUARY 2018   ***


There have been no changes to the Draft Draw posted to team managers and officials on 14 February. That draw becomes the Final Draw, which is now posted HERE, and in print form under the Draw and Results menu tab.


As mentioned earlier, host club Ballarat City Brewers will be running some attractive raffles during the weekend – particularly during the Friday Night Happy Hour. Among the prizes will be a Victus Pro-Reserve Maple Bat (see below) donated by Ausport Superstore. Should that raffle be won by a youngster, say, for whom the bat may not be appropriate, Ausport has offered to provide a gift voucher of comparable value as an alternative.

The Ausport van will be on site at Prince of Wales Reserve during the tournament. If any individual, club or association has a specific request for equipment or quantities that they would like to be available, please contact Ausport direct on 03 97641511 or email


For those who are not already aware, White Night Ballarat will be held on the Saturday night, offering heaps of entertainment and attractions for both residents and visitors to the city.


Scroll down for further information relating to game times, rules, finalisation of team entry and the like. If there is anything further that you need to clarify, please let me know. A final update will be issued a week or so out from the tournament.

Kingsley Collins (Administrator)


***   UPDATE:   14 FEBRUARY 2018   ***

The following update has today been emailed to team managers, contacts and officials.


A proposed Carnival Draw has been forwarded to Team Managers and officials for their perusal. We have tried to consider all special requests in formulating the Draw, although it is obviously not possible to achieve 100 per cent absolutely delighted approval among the 21 teams entered.

If Managers spot any errors, clashes or inconsistencies – or if there is a relatively easy way to accommodate any potential change, please let me know as soon as possible.

All teams have pretty much the same home and away allocation. All have at least one game on the main ground. No-one has more than two on the main ground.

Sloths, Pandas, Doncaster, Murray Cods, Big Cat Tomatoes and Tassy Tigers have all entered two teams. We have avoided clashes for those teams, so that they can use older players in their younger age group if they choose.

All teams will play four preliminary games, with finals on the Sunday. Finals in 45 Plus and 35 Plus will be played between the top two finishing teams. If teams in those groups are level on win percentage after the preliminary games, Rule 6 will be used to split them (IE on head to head if it can be applied, before runs scored against are taken into account).

All teams have a doubleheader on either the Friday or Saturday except Newport 35 Plus, which has drawn two games on the Sunday morning. With an odd number of teams in that group, one Sunday doubleheader was necessary to ensure that every team would be playing into the final day.

We have tried to minimise time between games of any doubleheader.


All games are ninety minutes, including finals, with the Ten Run Rule applying to all. Preliminary games have the five minute and ten minutes rules in place (see Tournament Rule 2).

Friday games are scheduled to start at 8.45, with half an hour between each. The night game will run from 7.30 to 9.00. For Saturday, there is an extra time slot, with games starting at 8.15 AM and only fifteen minutes between games. Because of the tight schedule, teams are asked to apply flexibility in changeover (for example, if a team is playing a doubleheader on the same ground and is home team for one and away for the other game, then it would stay in the same dugout).


Day games on the Friday will finish around 6.15. Happy Hour will run from 6.30 until 7.30 (around start time of the night game). Ballarat City Brewers have again agreed to provide half-priced drinks for the Happy Hour, which will include a free barbecue for all players, officials and team personnel.

Whether they are playing in the last time slot or not, all teams and supporters are encouraged to join us for the Happy Hour, enjoy some Carnival hospitality and be around for raffle draws of some really attractive prizes – including the Ausport contribution and some hospitality packages being arranged by the Brewers club. 


Rules have been updated on the website and are in printable form.


Victoria’s long-serving supplier of baseball and softball merchandise will be on site at Prince of Wales over the weekend. Ausport has supported us by contributing an attractive prize towards one of the raffles that the Ballarat Brewers will be drawing during the Happy Hour – a Victus Maple Pro-Reserve bat retailing at $ 270, or an Ausport voucher to the same value.

If any person, any club or any association has a particular request for equipment or merchandise they would like to be available over the Carnival weekend, please contact Ausport directly on 039 7641511 or email


Most teams have by now finalised team lists and entry payment for the Carnival. If you have not done so, please arrange this as soon as possible. Players can be added to team lists right up until they play their first game.


The local clubs have been watering and working on their grounds to ensure that they will be in their best possible condition for the series.

I will post another update during the next ten days to fortnight. In the meantime, please let me know if there is any information or any assistance that you require at this point.

Best wishes to all.

Kingsley Collins (Carnival Administrator)



UPDATE:   29 January 2018

Around six and a half weeks out from the twenty-second staging of this unique Masters baseball event, just a few matters that should be brought to everyone’s attention.


Twenty-one teams have entered for the 2018 Masters Carnival. This is up by one from the twenty in 2017. The Bees will unfortunately not be with us this time – after being a regular and valued participant for the past umpteen years that has offered us all sorts if entertainment value and photo opportunities.

However, we extend a warm welcome to new entries in Rebels (35 Plus) and a second Cods team (in 45 Plus).

50 PLUS:   Coburg, Big Cat Tomatoes, Tassy Tigers, Sandringham

45 PLUS:  Bendigo, Cheltenham, Cods, Diggers, Pandas, Sloths, Fitzroy and Doncaster.

35 PLUS:  Pandas, Newport, Sloths, Big Cat Tomatoes, Red Sox, Rebels, Doncaster, Cods and Tassy Tigers


Each team will play four preliminary games, with finals on the Sunday afternoon. In 50 Plus and 45 Plus, every team will have a doubleheader, either on the Friday or Saturday, with their fourth preliminary game on Sunday morning. Because of the uneven number of teams (nine) in 35 Plus, one team is likely to draw two games on the Sunday morning (only one on each of Friday and Saturday).

Drawing of that team will be done at random and hopefully should be no big issue – even though it is less than ideal. However, if your 35 Plus team has a preference for the Sunday doubleheader (for whatever reason), then please let me know ASAP.

With a large number of games to be crammed into three days, teams can expect that playing action will start early each day (8.00 – 8.30 am) and will run through until dusk. There will be one Friday night game, starting around 7.00 - 7.15 pm.

We will again aim to take into account special requests (EG presentation night for summer clubs that particular weekend, travelling factors etc). A Draft Draw will be posted in mid to late February.


Victorian baseball interests are familiar with the Ausport company, which has been meeting baseball needs since 1964. We are pleased to welcome Ausport as on-site merchandiser for the 2018 Victorian Masters. Ausport has done us a generous deal on baseballs and has kindly donated a Victus Maple Pro Reserve BS23 Black/Cherry Baseball Bat that will be one of the attractive items raffled by the Ballarat City host club during the weekend.

The Ausport van will be on site at Prince of Wales Reserve over the Carnival weekend. We encourage all teams, clubs or individuals requiring baseball equipment to speak to the Ausport staff for a decent deal. If there any specific requirements that players or clubs might have (EG bulk supply of baseballs for winter, apparel, cleats etc), it would be an idea to contact Ausport beforehand so that the merchandise can be brought along and made available at Ballarat.

Ausport contact and web details:  0397641511


After White Night is held in Melbourne on Saturday 17 February, it will be celebrated in Ballarat exactly one month later – that is, on Saturday 17 March, in the middle of the Masters Carnival. While most baseball squads will probably have organised accommodation already, any who have not would be well-advised to do so as soon as possible in anticipation of an influx of White Night tourists that weekend.


As mentioned earlier, Greg Howard will be coordinating our team of umpires this year.


Whether teams are playing the last Friday time slot or not, all players, officials and supporters are invited to join us at the traditional Happy Hour for some cut-price drinks and a free feed. This time around, the Ballarat Brewers club will be conducting some decent quality raffles – including for the Victus Maple bat – that will be drawn during Happy Hour and the night game.


Thank you to all of those teams who have entered their team lists and/or entry payment. Please keep all of those rolling in, and remember that players can be added or deleted right up until a team plays its first game. Entry Form and payment procedures are available to the right of the website.


All three local clubs have already been putting in the time and effort to ensure that the grounds should be in their best possible condition for the Carnival series. We are currently negotiating with City of Ballarat to help ensure their continued support of an event that has delivered significant economic benefit to the city over a long period of time.

Let me know if you require any further information or assistance in your planning for the Carnival.

Best wishes.

Kingsley Collins (Administrator, Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival)

03 53329202    0488 735297



A Happy New Year to everyone. May 2018 be a ripping year for the Masters baseball fraternity!

Thank you to all who have contacted us regarding participation at the 2018 Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival, which will be held from Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March.

We are again aiming to offer three age groups – 35 Plus, 45 Plus and 50 Plus. Team commitments have already been received from the following:

Big Cat Tomatoes (35 Plus, 45 Plus)

Rebels (35 Plus)

Pandas (35 Plus and 45 Plus)

Red Sox (35 Plus)

Tassy Tigers (35 Plus, 45 or 50 Plus)

Sandringham (45 Plus)

Bendigo Dragons (45 Plus)

Sloths (35 Plus and 45 Plus)

Golddiggers (45 Plus or 50 Plus)

Coburg (50 Plus)

Cheltenham (45 Plus)

Newport (35 Plus)

Cods (35 Plus)

With a few more of our regular teams again expected to enter, we are looking at over 20 teams total (24 is the maximum).

50 PLUS.

Offering this age group is a priority for us, because it will help enable players to stay actively involved against their older peers. It has worked well over the past two years, although there will need to be at least four teams to make it viable. With the flexibility of being allowed two players under 50 in the squad, some teams who have opted for 45 Plus might prefer to choose the older option.

Please let me know as soon as possible if your team would qualify to play in 50 Plus. If we cannot get the minimum of four teams for 50 Plus, then we will revert to 45 Plus being the oldest group.


I have attached a Team Entry form (which is also available on the Carnival website). Entry is required by 26 January. Even if entry payment is not made until a later date, we will need to finalise team entries by the end of January to start working on the draw.


A long-term supporter of Masters baseball, Greg Howard will be Umpires’ Coordinator for 2018, taking over from Kevin McMurrugh – to whom we again extend our thanks for his involvement over many years. We look forward to again having a terrific, well-credentialed, fun-loving group of blues on board!


Ballarat City Brewers will again be host club for the Carnival. Club Vice-President Peter Jacobsson is providing enthused leadership to a group that we know will again excel themselves as hosts over the weekend. The club is planning some extra initiatives including some high-quality raffles to be drawn during the Friday night Happy Hour.


The Happy Hour will again be held immediately after the last scheduled games on the Friday. All players, officials and supporters are cordially invited to stick around or to return for some cut-priced drinks and a free feed of barbecue and salads. Even if your team is not playing in the late games or the Friday night game, please consider joining us for a bit of fun before the serious socialising begins.


There will be one game on Friday night, starting at 7.00 pm or thereabouts. We have one expression of interest already, and would obviously prefer to schedule the game between two interested teams. Please speak to your group about this, and let me know if your team is keen, or even simply willing to play the Friday night fixture.


As always, in doing the draw, we will seek to consider any special requests – although it is difficult to please everyone with a tight schedule and so many games to be crammed into three days.


Please confirm your team entry and the age group for which you wish to enter (especially if there is any change to what is listed above). The Team Entry form should be forwarded by 26 January 2018. Payment can be made with the entry or at a later date. The player list can be changed at any time prior to a team playing its first game at the Carnival.

Is your team prepared to play the Friday night game?

Please let me know if you require any further information in your planning for the series.

Further updates will be posted in the weeks to come.

Best wishes.

Kingsley Collins (Administrator)

03 53329202        0488 735297



Thank you to all of those team contacts who responded to our November update on the 2018 Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival.

Early indications are that we will again be joined by a host of Masters teams, players, officials and supporters for the 2018 event, which will be held at Prince of Wales Reserve Ballarat over Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March.

As usual, we will seek to accommodate specific team requests taking into account travelling factors, Summer League Presentation Nights and other preferences - including where two or more squads are entered under the same team identification. While it may not possible to please everyone, we will do what we can.

We will again be offering competition in three age groups – 35 Plus, 45 Plus and 50 Plus.

CARNIVAL ENTRY is now open, with procedures posted on the Carnival website. We request that Team Entry be completed by Friday 26 January 2018. Players can of course be added or deleted at any time after that date and prior to a team’s first game.

CARNIVAL RULES are available on the Carnival website. Although the rules will be reviewed early in the New Year, we do not expect any substantial change to what has served us pretty well over the past twenty-one years. We expect one minor addition to the baseball uniform requirement that will allow any team to have one player suited up in rookie or “mascot” baseball garb if it wishes (within the bounds of reasonable good taste, of course).

UMPIRES AND COORDINATION. Over the years we have been wonderfully supported by an umpiring fraternity that has embraced the spirit of Masters and invariably has a fun time at the Carnival. Their contribution is always very much valued appreciated. Long-time supporter of Masters Kevin McMurrugh has reluctantly opted to stand down as Umpires’ Coordinator, so we are looking for a person to fill his distinguished Blues Shoes. 

HOST CLUB. Ballarat City Brewers will again be the host club and is already planning some additions and refinements to their role that should help make the Carnival an even more enjoyable event in 2018.

I will post a further update early in 2018. In the meantime, please let me know if there is any information or any assistance that you might need in your preparation for the Carnival.

Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy holiday period!

Kingsley Collins (Administrator)

0488 735297       03 53 329202



Time gets away all too quickly. It is now less than four months until the annual Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival – which will be held for the twenty-second time in 2018.

The Carnival is scheduled for three days – Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March (inclusive). Barring catastrophe, it will again be played at Prince of Wales Reserve, Gillies Street Ballarat.

With at least two new teams already committed, we are looking at up to twenty-four sides, which is the maximum number that can be comfortably accommodated over the three days.

We expect to again offer three age groups – in 35 Plus, 45 Plus and 50 Plus. At least four teams will be required in any group for that competition to proceed.

As usual, we ask that prospective entries make a team commitment prior to Christmas this year.

Entry forms and procedures will be posted via our website, email and social media in early January, with team lists and entry payment to be finalised by early February. Entering teams can of course add or delete players right up until their first game.

We will again be looking to involve as many as possible of the umpiring fraternity in helping us out over the Carnival. While teams are not required to bring an umpire, we will certainly appreciate and follow up any suggestions of who might be available – whether or not they are involved with participating teams.

As always, umpires will be paid for their services.

Managers and contacts can stay in touch with Carnival developments on our website and Facebook page.

Please let us know of your team’s intentions as soon as you are able. And feel free to offer any suggestions or make any comments about conduct of the Carnival as you see fit.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kingsley Collins (Administrator)

03 53329202     0488 735297


The 2018 Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival has been scheduled for Prince of Wales, Ballarat, from Friday 16 March to Sunday 18 March (inclusive). While these dates are still to be formally approved by City of Ballarat, we do not expect any issue in that regard since there is no clash with any other major event.

An update will be forwarded to Masters contacts and posted online in weeks to come. While fundamental structure of the twenty-second Carnival will remain the same, what we can say is that there are some interesting enhancements for the weekend already being considered.

Victorian Masters 2019

Day Three Results

Sandringham 9   Big Cat Tomatoes 13  
Tassy Tigers 3   Coburg  7  
Fitzroy 4   Bendigo 5  
Pandas 20   Doncaster 1  
Sloths 8   Murray Cods 7  
Cheltenham 11   Diggers 12  
Doncaster 2   Newport 6  
Sloths 5   Tassy Tigers 20  
Newport 6   Big Cat Tomatoes 20  
Murray Cods 19   Rebels 4  
Pandas 13   Red Sox 1  

Day Two Results

50 PLUS  
Tassy Tigers 2   Big Cat Tomatoes 13  
Big Cat Tomatoes 8   Coburg  6  
Coburg 11   Sandringham  7  
45 PLUS  
Doncaster 8   Fitzroy 9  
Sloths 0   Diggers 9  
Diggers 14   Fitzroy 3  
Doncaster 7   Sloths 15  
Bendigo 3   Murray Cods 7  
Pandas 10   Cheltenham 2  
35 PLUS  
Sloths 3   Pandas 14  
Pandas 19   Newport 1  
Doncaster 14   Sloths 1  
Murray Cods 4   Tassy Tigers 6  
Tassy Tigers 2   Big Cat Tomatoes 16  
Red Sox 12   Murray Cods 9  
Big Cat Tomatoes 5   Rebels 2  

Day One Results

50 PLUS  
Coburg 3   Tassy Tigers 4  
Sandringham 0   Tassy Tigers 8  
Big Cat Tomatoes 12   Sandringham 3  
45 PLUS  
Murray Cods 6   Cheltenham 9  
Cheltenham 4   Bendigo Dragons 3  
Murray Cods 4   Pandas 10  
Bendigo Dragons 4   Pandas 8  
Fitzroy 2   Sloths 9  
Diggers 5   Doncaster 1  
35 PLUS  
Tassy Tigers 7   Rebels 14  
Rebels 3   Red Sox 11  
Big Cat Tomatoes 12   Red Sox 2  
Murray Cods 4   Doncaster 3  
Newport 3   Sloths 9  
Pandas 10   Doncaster 0

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