As we come to the end of this series we are back full circle to our last big event of the 2018, Not Jingle Balls 2. There was no snow to interrupt this second running, and it’s huge credit to the teams that attended that they supported the event twice in 2018.
We try to encourage everyone to get into the Christmas spirt, dress up and just have fun. The 10 teams who competed didn’t disappoint as they really got into the spirit of the event, firstly dressing in a variety of Christmas based outfits and generously taking part in the tombola.
The idea behind NJB is to get everyone into the Christmas mood, plays from ball and raise money for good causes. The first NJB earlier in the year raised £1,082 that went to helping the children at Hope Mosjoen Skole school in Gambia. While we didn’t set any targets for the second edition, the aim was to at least match that total. As before, we want to say a very big thank you to the Nuffield Gym, who run the Royal Masonic School for Girls Sports Hall, for being very generous in their support of us using the hall. they bought into the idea right away and they get our fund raising off to a great start.
The 10 teams, a mix of 6 local WMSL teams from Bracknell, Thames Valley, Reading and an MSC team, plus teams from Swindon, Milton Keynes, Portsmouth and London. were split into two groups of 5, appropriately name Mince Pies and Christmas Puddings. (Group names no reflection on the teams.). Using a variation of the outdoor rules the 5 teams in each group fought it out, in a typically seasonal manner. The results from the two groups fed into the again appropriately named Bauble and Tinsel competitions.
The entire days saw some extremely close games, with lots of fantastic hitting and fielding, even more so when the outfits were taken into consideration. It’s great to see a group of Santa’s trying to make an out at second.
As we entered the final stages of the competition, the Bauble Semi-finals saw Mad Batter and Panthers face off, while perennial Indoor winners KK’s took on the host team Maidenhead Santa’s. The Tinsel semi-finals saw RG Blue, Portsmouth Dodgers, Thames Valley the Yellow team from Bracknell face off. The bottom 3 teams in both the Mince Pie and Christmas Pudding group had to go to the 3 deciding factor, as all 3 teams finished level on
points and also 1-1 records against each other. The two teams that missed out on the main competition were the Red’s from Bracknell and the Elves from Milton Keynes.
They played their own little final, and it was, in good tradition, the Elves who triumphed.
The finals themselves were between the Mad Batters and Maidenhead Santa competing for the Bauble, and Bracknell Yellows playing the Portsmouth Dodgers for the Tinsel.
- Bauble Competition Winners: Mad Batters
- Bauble Competition Runners-up: Maidenhead
- Tinsel Competition Winners: Bracknell Yellow
- Tinsel Competition Runners-up: Portsmouth Dodgers
Thank You , Thank You, Thank You
While the Mad Batters and Bracknell may have walked off with the winner’s awards, it will be the good causes that will benefit from the over £1100 that was raised during the day.
Everyone at Maidenhead Softball Club, would like to thank everyone who helped make the tournament a success, from the Umpires who volunteered their time freely, the members of MSC that put on the food and tombola, and of course a big thank you to the teams, without whom the event just wouldn’t work.
As the year goes on we will post details of the good this money is doing.
A date for your diaries, Not Jingle Balls 3 will return on December 8th 2019.
Remember, There is Still Time To Make a Difference
Of course, this is not the end, outside of the NJB event, we continue to support the Hope Mosjoen Skole through donations. If you are reading this and would have any children’s clothes, games, books or other items you would like to donate, or even items you aren’t sure about, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange collection.
And that is it for another year.
Another year over and another series over. There was an awful lot that happened in 2018, more than we manged to get into 12 episodes. As usual there were lots of highs and lows and we expect 2019 to be the same.
For this year, we will sign off remembering someone we lost – Don Chester, Player, Umpire and Friend.