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You might be reading our website page for the first time or for the 100th time.

In any event, the Club Committee would like to welcome you all to the Club. We are ONE CLUB with lots of different member groups; male and female; young and old; players and supporters, life members and guests; sponsors and backers; Mums and Dads – BUT WE ARE ONE CLUB.

The Club is a very inclusive Club providing pathways for players starting at Teeball (Under 8 years of age) and progressing all the way from Junior teams to Seniors and Masters baseball playing with a mens team, a mixed gender team or a women’s team.

Latest News

WESTS 60th Birthday celebrations POSTPONED

Regrettably this event has been POSTPONED by the Club Committee due to the anticipated spike in positive cases of COVID-19 over the next few weeks.

New date to be confirmed – possibly the 6th March 2022 

Western Districts Baseball Club Inc. will be formally celebrating our 60th anniversary on Sunday 30th January 2022.

Our Division 1, 2 & 3 teams will be playing Windsor while our Division 5 & 6 teams will be playing Carina.

The day will incorporate the following;-

Welcome to dignitaries and officials, Life Members, Alumni Members, Committee members, players and families.

Formal opening of the Amenities Block provided through a Brisbane City Council grant

Formal opening of the Batting Cage provided through a Qld State Govt grant

Remembrances of members lost over the past year including Life Members – Tim Bassingthwaighte and Gladys Coogan; past President – Peter Blocksidge and Master’s player – Brad Mathieson’s wife – Alysha Matheson

The Club together with the Bassingthwaighte family will be unveiling a Memorial plaque for Tim – arguably our Club’s most decorated player.

Lunch provided to Life members, Alumni members, formal guests and dignitaries. 

The Club will be a selling limited edition Polo Shirt celebrating our 60th birthday as well as a fun T Shirt also celebrating our 60th birthday

Wests players

John Hinterreiter, John Zietek and Kenny McGuire – just a bit older!

VALE – Gladys Coogan

It is with a sad heart that I write to you to advise of the passing of our oldest Life Member – Gladys Coogan.

Mother of President – Mark Coogan; mother-in-law to Meryl Coogan and beloved Grandmother to Tilly and Andrew Coogan.

She will be greatly missed, being an active member of her extended family right up until very recently when her health took a turn for the worse. She was a wonderful person and lived well into her 90’s.

Wife to our Club’s first President – Kevin (nickname – Danny) Coogan, Gladys was the power behind the throne for our Club for many, many years.

The Funeral for Gladys was held on Wednesday 5th January at the Holy Family Catholic Church Ward St Indooroopilly with the Club well represented

Games Rescheduled due to Bandits games

To all GBL Clubs

After the GBL meeting on Tuesday 4th January, 2021 there has been a few changes to the upcoming fixtures (these are listed below) as a result of Windsor filling the bye in Masters South and the Bandits Showcase games at Windsor. 

MASTERS SOUTH

Please refer to on line draw as these have already been updated. 

SENIOR DIVISION 1

Games scheduled for the 14th January, 21st January, 4th February and 26th February will be played on either the Tuesday night (Musketeers field) or the Wednesday night prior to those dates.  Please check the updated draws on line as from 7th January, 2022.

JUNIOR DRAWS

The following games have had to be shifted to the opposition field with Windsor remaining as the home team.

5th February       Senior League Div 1 – Windsor v Rapids – will be played at Rapids at 3.00pm.

26th February     Junior League Div 2 – Windsor v Padres Grey – will be played Padres D2 10:30am

                             Junior League Div 1 – Windsor v Padres White – will be played at Padres D2 13:00

                             Senior League Div 1 – Windsor v Lightning – will be played at Pine Hills D1 13:00

Please note:  Any Little League games will still be played at Windsor.

Many Thanks

GBL Committee

Div 2 game to be rescheduled from Sunday 9 January 2022

Please note the Pine Hills v Wests D2 Game this Sunday 9 JAN will be re-scheduled by the GBL Committee.

Pine Hills have provided the case that 4 of that Team are in Isolation due to Covid.

Junior baseball re-commences – training and games

Saturday junior baseball games will re-commence on Saturday, 29th January 2022

Junior baseball training will commence week commencing 17th January 2022

***Please check with your team COACH for training times and dates

GBL new COVID-19 rules

At the latest GBL Competition Committee meeting, the matter of the latest COVID 19 infections was discussed and it was agreed that the GBL Competition Committee is able to provide flexibility to those Clubs and teams that may not be able to field a team due to players being required under Queensland Health requirements (refer to the following link – https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/confirmed-cases-and-close-contacts ), if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you must immediately isolate for 7 days at your private home and thus preventing a player from playing in a game. This applies to any team that has three or more players that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 – and evidence of the diagnosis must be provided – details as follows:-

i. To all GBL Clubs,
ii. In relation to the increase in COVID 19 Cases, the GBL Committee have added an addition to rule 3.3.1
1. If a team has at least three (3) COVID 19 Positive Cases/Players in isolation, a club can apply to the GBL Committee in writing via email for the game to be rescheduled to a later date.
2. Clubs need to provide evidence of players in isolation/testing positive for the application to be approved. (Evidence to be provided is either a Medical Certificate/Statutory Declaration/Positive Test Results and provided within 7 days of the application)
3. The three (3) days’ notice in 3.3.1 will not be enforced if due to COVID 19 /Isolations.
4. The decision to reschedule the game will be made by the GBL Committee, not by the clubs involved.
5. Rule 3.3.2 is not relevant to this new ruling.
6. All information and applications are to be sent to glen@baseballqueensland.com.au to be compiled
iii. In addition to the above rule change, Rule 5.7.9 will be changed with rising COVID 19 Cases:
from
1. No player may play more than two (2) GAMES in the same day.
to
2. No player may play more than two (2) GRADES in the same day – this will allow for example, Division 2 players to participate at some stage in both games of a Division 1 double header.

60th Birthday celebratory Polo Shirt

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Western Districts Baseball Club’s creation – you’ve got a unique opportunity to recognise the moment with your own piece of history.

We are marking the occasion with the release of this Western Districts Baseball Club 60th Year Anniversary Polo Shirt and we expect they won’t last long with players past and present will be quick to grab one.

Strictly limited to only 60 shirts – and only in the size quantities listed below – once they are gone, they will never be available again!  So read on and act quickly to secure yours today (including the important note at the end).

The 60 polo shirts are made up of these sizes:

  • 5 x Small
  • 15 x Medium
  • 15 x Large
  • 15 x XL
  • 5 x 2XL
  • 5 x 3XL

These shirts are also a fundraiser for the Club.  Each shirt is $60 with proceeds used to further develop the facilities at Atthow’s Park, Darra for current and future players at Wests Baseball.

These stylish polo shirts were personally designed by our current Club President; Mark Coogan, son of the original Club President; Kevin (Danny) Coogan.  They feature several elements to acknowledge the long history of the Club and all the players who have proudly represented the Bulldogs and worn our colours on the diamond.

In 1961, a merger of Souths Baseball Club and Victory Baseball Club created Victory Souths Baseball Club.  The polo shirt features the original Victory Souths entwined VS letters on the Right Sleeve.

In 1970 the club changed its name to Western Districts Baseball Club and adopted the Curly W that we still use today, so the W appears on the Left Sleeve.

The current Wests Baseball Logo is on the chest with the addition of EST. 1961 to mark the 60th Anniversary.

The Blue and White colours of the polo shirt were selected to represent our playing colours over the years and the subtle Pinstripe design helps create a Sky-Blue section where the colours merge.  Both the Pinstripe and Sky-Blue have been used in Playing Jerseys over the years – and both are used today by our Division 1 Senior Men’s Team.

Blackchrome, our club’s uniform partner has manufactured these limited-edition polo shirts and stock arrived just prior to Christmas, so they will be available to collect from the Club from next week OR at the 60 Year Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, 30 January.  Postage will be available separately on request and at an additional cost. 

If you have a Club Polo shirt already, they are the same cut and size – so you can order with confidence with regards to sizing.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  With these strictly limited quantities available, you can only buy one shirt – multiple orders will all be cancelled and payments refunded – and the ordered shirts will be made available to others… so please make sure you don’t get greedy and break that rule.

So, get in quick and secure yours today before they are all gone.

Visit https://wests.link/60years to order yours on our new Online store.

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