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Season Review Day 8. All That Glitters Is Gold

Rebels2018NationalsGroupAugust saw the Rebels take their place at the BSF League Nationals. Having won the Bronze competition in 2017, each section winner was given a place to defend their title. Twelve months ago, Saturday at the Nationals wasn’t very kind to the Rebels, they lost all four games in their group.

Better Than Last Year

This year the Rebels started with a high scoring encounter against Golden Sombreros. A high tempo start from the Rebels was matched by a late rally from the Sombreros. It got a little closer than the early exchanges would have indicated, but the Rebels managed to win the game 23-15.

Next up was a familiar opponent for the Club. Games against the Leicester Royals are usually close encounters and while they are rare these days, this one was right in the tradition.

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Close all the way through and right down to the wire, the Rebels pulled out a 16-14 victory to move to 2-0 on the day.

A Small Blip

So far, the day was being defined by close, but high scoring encounters. The game against the Chokers only fill one of those traits. This was also the first game where the Rebels trailed and had to chase. Both defences ruled the game and after 70 minutes of frantic softball, it was the Chokers who came out on top 9-8.

IMG_1174IMG_1225IMG_1244IMG_1250It was a little set back on the day, but even at 2-1 this was a already a good day. With one more game to go, the next day’s seeding was still up for grabs. Win and it could be the Gold section, loose and it could even be a return to the Bronze section.

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The trend of close games continued into this last game on day 1, also the trend of the games becoming lower scoring continued. The Rebels continued their strong day and ran out 10-6 winners and earnt themselves a 3-1 record and a place in the Gold competition.

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In With The Big Boys

The second day couldn’t have started any harder. Current reigning Gold Champions, the Fuzzy Ducks. The Rebels fought hard, pushed the Ducks all the way to the last inning and with a 12-5 lead, an amazing victory was within grasp. The Ducks were not the champions without being able to get out of tight situations and in true champion form a stirring final flourish snatched victory 17-12.

It was a big disappointment to have come so close and lost out. Maybe there was a hangover going into the next game against Mouse Rat.

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The game was back to the traits of Saturday, low scoring and very close. The Rebels had their chances to win the game, but couldn’t get their offense going enough to finish the job and finally went down 10-11.

The second defeat put further progression in the competition in the balance. The Rebels previous day record was in their favour, but they simply had to win their last game against Raiders Gold.

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A Valiant Effort

0-2 on the day and it was now a win or go home game. The Raiders faced a similar situation, along with Mouse Rat, all 3 teams were now playing a one-off game for a Gold Semi-final place, With Mouse Rat losing to Fuzzy Ducks to finish 1-2, this meant a Rebels win would leave three teams on 2-1 and a tense wait to see who would go through. The Rebels put everything into the last game, but the Raiders were in the end too strong and took the game 12-6 and clinched the semi-final place.

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It was a valiant effort from a team that 12 months ago had to wait until the Sunday to win a game. It was a big jump from Bronze to Gold, but in no way did the Rebels just make up the numbers. They had chances to advance and on another weekend the games might have gone their way. As it was, their adventure finished in the Gold Group stages

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MSC LogoWe run sessions on Friday’s throughout the year to enable anyone interested to try Softball. If you think you would like to give Softball a try, or to learn more about Maidenhead Softball Club and to get involved in Softball, contact us on maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com.

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Season Review Day 6. It’s Tough in the top flight

Rebels-v-KnightsIt was another tough season in Division 1 for the Rebels. They did win more games, gain more points and concede fewer runs than 2017, but all that wasn’t enough to better their position from 12 months ago. That, in truth, was a little frustrating for the team, especially when looking at the table to see they were as close to 4th place as 8th.

Tough Start

The Rebels couldn’t have had a tougher start to the season, their first three games would be against the top three from last year, starting with a home game against the Knights.

In 2017, the Rebels open their season against the Knights and lost. 2018 started in the same way with a 31-10 defeat.  The positives from the game were that the Rebels scored 10 runs.

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The First Derby

There was little time for the Rebels to smart over that early defeat as the next game up was the first club derby.  This derby was one that wouldn’t live long in the memory. The Rebels had a night to forget with both bat and glove. The 18-3 score line does indeed tell the story of the game. Going into the game both teams knew that their respective seasons would not be decided on these derby games, and both would have been happy to get this one out the way early.

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When will May End?

May just kept heaping pain in the Rebels. Following the heavy derby defeat an away trip to Farnham Phoenix capped a low month. the 22-1 defeat matched the margin of defeat inflicted by the Knights, but without the positive of scoring runs. The Rebels just weren’t able to score enough runs to give themselves a shot and when May ended in a rain out with the game against TV Typhoons, a team that the Rebels knew they had to take points off during the season to survive, being put off till later in the season it was a bit of relief.

June Starts with a Flourish

A new month and an early change of fortune. A win, an away win at that and an impressive run tally. The 26-1 win over the Tornadoes game the Rebels the “W” they had been looking for. It also kicked started their offense. While defeats against the Blue Sox and Jets would follow, the Rebels were at least scoring runs now.

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28-14 doesn’t sound that good, but 14 runs was a season high so far and the margin of defeat was the smallest, That was surpassed a week later with a narrow 17-7 to the Jets. The optimism that could have been taken out of those results vanished as June ended in the heaviest defeat of the season in the return derby. This was an evening when it was more the Rebels just has a severe off night as opposed to the Royals playing well. The Royals had, after all, come into this game on the back of two demoralising defeats. This derby is truly filled in the “Bad day at the office draw”.

Survival Comes in July

The business end of the season started with the return fixtures against the Knights and Phoenix. The league position was getting a little tense, TV Tornados had been having an equally rough ride, but a surprise win over Phoenix meant they were matching the Rebels record and only the runs being conceded by the Tornados was keeping them at the bottom. That position strengthened as the Rebels put in a strong performance against the Knights. The 17-12 defeat was the closet game between the teams to date and to only loose by 5 was a help to the Rebels cause. An equally strong performance against Phoenix saw the Rebels go down 22-11, in a game that could have gone their way.

With the season closing fast the Rebels dug deep and got their second win of the year. A tight 27-20 win at home to the Typhoons put Division 1 survival in sight. Nervy, close, at this stage as win is worth its weight and set the Rebels up for the game that all but secured their top-flight status. The 33-22 win over the TV Tornados put distance between the two teams at the bottom. The Tornados had to find two wins from somewhere and with games running out, it did look like only a matter of time before they would go.

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July ended with a bump, another away defeat came against the Blue Sox. The Rebels were on top for most of this game and lost out in the final stages. However, results were going their way elsewhere. The final official fixtures was a 33-6 defeat against the BA Jets, this result secured the Jets survival and a few days later in their make-up game against Tornados their victory secured the Rebels survival.

TV did have the final say of the year. The Typhoons gain revenge for the earlier defeat with a 26-16 victory to end the Rebels season with another defeat.

With 3 wins and 11 defeats, it was a really tough season, but the Rebels did finish 5 points clear of the relegation place and only 6 points off 4th place. It’s a tough tight league and while on paper it doesn’t look all that good, there were lots of positives during the season. For one, they are in Division 1 again next season.

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MSC LogoWe run sessions on Friday’s throughout the year to enable anyone interested to try Softball. If you think you would like to give Softball a try, or to learn more about Maidenhead Softball Club and to get involved in Softball, contact us on maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com.

Season Review Day 3. Maidenhead at First Ball 2018

It didn’t take long for Indoor to become a distant memory. No sooner had the indoor kit been put away we were right into the outdoor season. The one thing that is striking looking back is how cold it was at First Ball. It’s hard to imagine now, looking back at the images and seeing the grass so green and the dirt so dark, when for rest of the summer we just see everything brown, dry and hot.

So, with the weather update out the way, on to First Ball. Unlike Indoor, First Ball and Maidenhead teams do have a good history. Both the Rebels and the Royals have won trophies in three of the last four years, the Rebels doing especially well with both a Cup Winner (2016) and Runner-up (2017) trophy in that haul. IMG-20180429-WA0006

The Royals went into the event fielding a very strong team, First Ball was the testing ground for the League team and the target of a push for the league title. 10 of the 12 players who played would eventually play the majority of the league program. The Rebels weren’t in the same boat, they could only field 7 from their 12 who would go on to play league. It was still a strong team, bolstered with tournament players, and expectation of victory were as high with them as with the Royals.

The Rebels Story

20180429_165619The Rebels days didn’t start the way they had hoped, a 5-run defeat to the Wildcats, a team who have had the Rebels number over the past few years, put them on the back foot right away. In a 4-team group you have to win 2 of 3 to stand any chance of a Cup place and the pressure was on now. The Rebels bounced back after that early disappointment with a confidence building 12-5 win of Rattlesnakes. Early disappointment was then completely put to bed as they quickly followed their first win with an emphatic win 27-0 win over the Brewers. Their 2-1 record left then 2nd in the table behind the unbeaten Wildcats and set-up a Cup Semi-Final against the other unbeaten team in the competition, the MK Diamonds.

This was the Rebels third consecutive Cup Semi-Final and having won the last two, confidence was high of making it three finals in a row. However, the MK Diamonds had other ideas and ended the Rebels trophy sequence as they won out 11-4. The Diamonds showed they were the class act of this park of the competition as they would go onto win the Cup, beating the Wildcats 17-11.

The Royals Story

The Royals day started with a bang. A 20-4 win over Blitz Havoc put down a marker to the other 20180429_183619teams in the competition. If that win didn’t establish the Royals as the team to beat, then the win over Pav’s Knicks surely did as the Royals came from 9-0 down to win 11-9. The Royals then finished off their group games to top their group with a 17-2 win over the TV Typhoons. That set up a semi-final against the Blue Sox. This was a potential rehearsal for the league title encounters later in the season, and it was the Royals who made the first statement as they progressed to the Cup Final with a hard fought 10-5 win. The Royals group dominated the Cup competition as the Knicks overcame the Blitz Bombers to set up a rematch of the earlier encounter. The final didn’t live up to the earlier game. The Knicks never really got going and the Royals never let them. The 17-5 win gave the Royals the Cup, a perfect 5-0 day and the best platform to go into the league season.

Come and Try Softball

MSC LogoWe run sessions on Friday’s throughout the year to enable anyone interested to try Softball. If you think you would like to give Softball a try, or to learn more about Maidenhead Softball Club and to get involved in Softball, contact us on maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com.

 

Season Review Day 2. Christmas in February

42611195_1854567527961237_7052712169799942144_oThroughout the year MSC runs two different events, one for female teams and one for developing teams. Way back in 2014 after the first Hit and Run had run, we started to think about the idea of having a charity event. The main problems back then were the availability of a venue and date, Cricket will always take priority at our ground, even if it is booked for something else, and NMCC was our first choice. Also, ironically, the weather was factor. We wanted to make sure the event actually took place and a charity would benefit.  When the league started to running successful indoor events in November, we thought that an indoor event could fit the bill. When a date in December became available, it all seemed to align and the [Not] Jingle Balls event was born.

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As soon as Hit and Run 5 was over we began to put together the first festive themed event. We had it all ready. Raffle prizes, games, teams, fancy dress and a full Christmas festive food menu. However, the weather had other ideas. We had to postpone an indoor event due to weather. So NJB 2017, became NJB 2018 a Nuffield, who run the Royal Masonic School for Girls venue honoured out December date in February. We really, really appreciate their support, they have been fully onboard with this Charity event from the moment we proposed it.

So, in slightly better conditions 9 of the original teams, plus a new team from MSC tried again.

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The Day

Group 1 pitted 4 local teams together along with the London based “Scratch” Team.  The 4 locals teams tried, but failed to stop the “Scratch” Team topping the group. In the scrap for the second spot and a place in the Bauble competition, it was Bracknell who pipped the Rebels thanks to their 50-14 win in their encounter. That meant the Rebels joined the Blue Sox in the Tinsel competition thanks to the Blue Sox win over FP. FP finished bottom of the group and would play for the “Christmas Candy”.

Group 2 contained a mix of teams from all over. KK’s were the favourites, but would not have everything their own way as the Swindon based Panthers are a formidable indoor force. Those two did indeed fight it out for the Bauble competition places, while local based TV, Solent based Tomahawks and MK Diamonds fought out for Tinsel. The MK Diamonds found the group a tough, they would finish 5th and go onto meet FP. Tomahawks and TV battled to see who would play the Blue Sox or Rebels.

After 5 frantic hours of group play, the Tinsel competition would be between the Rebels or TV who faced off, or Tomahawks and Blue Sox who played the other semi-final. The Bauble would be between Bracknell or KK’s and Panthers or “Scratch” Team.

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The Christmas Candy was won by MK Diamonds, who beat fellow basement team FP in their encounter.

The Tinsel final saw the Rebels, who beat TV 40 to-15 face the Tomahawks, who beat the Blue Sox 25 to -8. The Bauble semi saw a close encounter between Scratch and Panthers go Scratch’s way 10 to -2. The KK’s overcame Bracknell 50 to -8.

The climax to NJB 2017 (2018) saw Tomahawks take the Tinsel crown with a 56 to 14 win over Rebels and KK’s take the Bauble crown 31 to 12 over the Scratch team.

Final Standings

  1. KK’s
  2. Scratch
  3. Panthers
  4. Bracknell Scorchers
  5. Tomahawks
  6. MSC Rebels
  7. TV
  8. RG Blue Sox
  9. MK Diamonds
  10. FP

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

The Softball community was very generous and supportive through their donations and they continued this support at Not Jingle Balls, which raised an amazing £1,082. The club had decided before the event that whatever monies were raised, that simply donating it to the school would not provide the biggest impact. So, since February, Julia has been working through a list of items it was felt would most benefit the school.  10 boxes full of Fancy dress clothes, play tents, giant dominos’, cars, dolls, balls, 35 rucksacks (for the children that can’t afford them), clothes, treats, puzzles, books and much more, where collected.

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It took about 3 weeks for the boxes to arrive and the generosity of everyone involved finally to be realized.

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Everyone at Maidenhead Softball Club, would like to thank everyone who helped make the tournament a success and helped us to provide these items. Of course, this is not the end, we’ll still be helping the school through donations from the club members.

Still Time To Make a Difference

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 maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com and we will arrange collection.

Top 6 finish for Royals and Rebels at Diamond 2

It was a good weekend for the two MSC team playing in B Grade at Diamond 2. Both teams finished inside the top 6. For the Rebels this was a huge step up from Diamond 1. The Royals improved their standing from Diamond 1 by 1 place with a 3rd place finish.

The Competition Begins

Rebels D2The Rebels failed to win a group game at Diamond 1 and faced a tough opening game against the Oxford Angels. In a hard fought game, the Rebels came out 11-10 winners to record their first win at this level and get off the the perfect start on a day that would see them play 6 games. The Royals started the day against The Mob. Neither team had played each other in the first event, so this was the first encounter of the season for both. Like the Rebels this one went down to the wire with the Royals coming out winners 8-7.

So, with winning starts for both teams confidence was high for the next games. Both teams faces opposition they had meet in Royals D2Diamond 1, Rebels face Bristol Monkeys whom they faced in the knockout phase and had beaten. Royals faced Pyros, whom they meet in group play and had narrowly lost to. History repeated itself. The Rebels won easily the Royals again lost by 1. The Rebels were enjoying an excellent run and would extend that run as they faced and beat TV Typhoons.

Long Afternoon For the Rebels

With a record of 3-0, the Rebels now faced the hardest part of their day, The odd schedule meant they would play 3 games in a row. After that, their worst result of the day would be eliminated. Three games in the heat of Saturday afternoon was a lot, and while they came close against Ducky Fuzz but the winning streak came to an end here. Next up the London Raiders, who were too strong in the batting line up for the Rebels. This was their biggest defeat of the day and would be the result that would be discarded. Going into the last game against Dodgers East the Rebels were are 3-2. But this was a game to far and a third lose did take a little shine off the day. However, with an overall record of 3-2 this was a vast improvement over Diamond 1 and was good enough to qualify for the Cup competition on Sunday. 

The Top four all meet.

The Royals afternoon was equally as tough as the Rebels, but in relation to opponents rather AnnaCatchthan game timing. The Top 4 from Diamond 1 were, Pav’s Knicks, Misfits, Spitting Camels and Royals. All four were in the same group and the Royals had to face al three starting with the Misfits. The Royals had played the Misfits twice in NSL 2 and once at BA last season and managed only 1 win. This was the first encounter this season and the Royals came out on top to improve to 2-1 on the day. Next up came Pav’s Knicks for the 4th time this year, The were Royals leading the overall series 2-1, but had yet to beat the Knicks at Diamond event. That was soon put right and whereas the Semi-final at Diamond 1 was  a disappointing performance from the Royals, this was more like the norm. Good defence and excellent offense saw the Royals over the line and improve to 3-1 on the day. With a top 3 finish in the group just need to qualify for the cup, the Royals were in strong position with one game to go. Diamond 1 had started with a lose to Spitting Camels, unfortunately Saturday at Diamond 2 ended the same way. The Camels again proved too strong offensively and left the Royals 3-2. That was good enough to make the top 3 and a place in the Sunday Cup competition along with the Rebels.

Derby Sunday

The Top 3 teams in the two groups from Saturday formed a new group for the Cup competition on the Sunday. Teams in this new group played a cross over schedule against the teams from the opposite group to the one they were in on Saturday. This meant the Royals and the Rebels would meet in a Tournament at B Grade for the first time. With only the top two in the Cup group making the final and only 3 games it was critical to get a good start. As you would expect when two club teams meet, there was banter, nerves and someIMG_5190 great plays. On this occasion it was the Royals who came out on top 8-5. It made the Rebels chances of a final spot extremely slim. That didn’t stop them putting it all into their remaining two games. They would face the No. 1 team and No. 3 team from Diamond 1 in Pav’s Knicks and Spitting Camels. Unfortunately neither game went in the Rebels favour and they would end the day bottom of the cup group. While that sounds a poor result, to come 6th from 16th in Diamond 1 is a huge improvement and tribute to how the team adapted to the higher level they are playing at this year.

So close for the Royals

After victory in the derby match, the Royals were in a good position to to make the finals, next for them where the winners of the other group from Saturday, the London Raiders. This was a different encounter for the Raiders compared to their match against the Rebels the previous day. In the end, 1 run in the last inning settled it in the Raiders favour. The result dented the Royals chances, but with one game to go and the other teams at the top all playing each other it was getting tight. Last up for the Royals were Ducky Fuzz. The two had clashed in the quarter final at Diamond 1. The Royals won that encounter by some distance. This time around it was a much closer affair. Having already been in 3 games settled by fewer than 3 runs, it wasn’t a surprise that this one went the same way. The Royals edging the game by two.

The long wait

With both teams having finished their programs the wait was on. Rebels lost all 3 games and were out. The Royals had a chance thanks to their defence on the Sunday. With one more round of games, The Royals were hoping the London Raiders could beat the Knicks or at least score 11 runs. In the end neither result happened and the Royals were left 3rd missing out on the final by a couple of runs.

A 3rd place finish was an improvement on Diamond 1’s 4th place and there were lots of positives from the weekend. Pav’s Knicks went on to win the Cup and are in pole position for the series. For the Royals to win the series now, they will have to win Diamond 3 and hope Pav’s fail to make the top bracket. Regardless of whether that happens, this has been a fantastic Diamond series and sitting in the top 3 and a chance of a runners-up spot is the result performance at B grade by the team. it will be a long wait till Diamond 3 at the end of July.

Royals survive Typhoon Scare to go 3rd

clip_image002[5]The Maidenhead Royals kept up their good start to the 2017 Windsor and Maidenhead League season with a narrow victory over newly promoted TV Typhoons. The Royals needs to show all their resilience in a game dominated by defence. The 10-8 road win put the Royals third in Division 1 on a 3-1 record. This latest win was their first on the road following two good wins in Maidenhead. This away win was particularly pleasing to coach Alan Le Marquand, who had seen his team throw a 12-run lead in two innings in their last road game. “That sudden collapse was as frustrating as it was surprising”, the coach commented, “We had been in total control for 4 and half innings, going into the bottom of the 5th we had just added 3 more runs to lead by 12. Then in two innings we conceded 17 unanswered runs and the game was gone.”

clip_image004[4]In Typhoons games, the opposition had an excellent start to the game, racing to a 4-run lead in two innings and completely shutting the Royals offense down. The Royals needed a spark to get themselves going, and they found it in the top of the third when pitcher, Martin Bitmead, scored the Royals first run with a solo home run. Bitmead would go on to be MVP for the game, his run was followed by 5 more Royals runs in this inning as Royals sparked into life and forced a number of errors from the Typhoons defence. The Royals defence, which had looked a little porous in the first two innings, tighten up significantly. Shutting the Typhoons down in the 3rd, they built on that with 4 more runs in the fourth to turn the game around. While the Royals offense would not score again, their defence and pitching saw them home as they conceded just 4 more runs in last 5 innings. At the end a happy coached commented “This was always going to be as tricky fixture. Newly promoted teams can sometimes be an unknown quantity, and we looked as bit off the pace to start. You can’t afford that in this division, however once we scored some runs we looked a different team. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.”

This excellent away result gives the Royals something to build on with tricky fixtures against the league’s top two in their next two games, followed by the club derby in June 23rd.

MSC Review of the Year Part 8. Rebels at the 2016 Diamond Series

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As I look back in on the Rebel’s year the one trend I’m searching for is progression. Did they squad get better? Was there a mark improvement in the way they played and the results they achieved. When looking in isolation at the Diamond Series, and this is a series I use as a gauge, I can safely say, there was progression in the right direction.

To develop a club, sometimes you have to make hard choices about teams. 2015 was the year we put a lot more into the Royals at the Diamond Series and entered a development team in the Diamond Series. The difference in the way the squads were selected made it no surprise the two never met through the summer, but at the same time the squads were never divided so one team would fail, the Rebels squad had a lot of very talented players, it was whether they could gel together.

Diamond 1 back in May was the first real test and after the first Saturday, there were some doubts about if this was going to work as they finished bottom of their group. Granted the team was drawn into a group with Raiders Rewind and Retro, United Nations and Oxford Oddsoxs, but they did pull off a fantastic victory over the United Nations to give them something to cheer about. The Rebels Spoon challenge unfortunately didn’t materialize on the Sunday and ended in the first game, and with two more defeats, they unfortunately came bottom of the pile.

Diamond 2 was no kinder on the draw for the Rebels, United Nations were again in their group, plus London Flames who were one of the favorites for the series and the Mob who were runners-up in D1. As with D1, the Rebels again came bottom having won just one game again. Sunday started the same way, with an opening game defeat, but they day was not a complete blow out and the Rebels won a second game to at least place. Small steps are what we look for and 1 win at D1 was followed by 2 at D2, if they could manage to make it 3 wins at D3 they could have a shot at a final.

Diamond 3 and while they were being overshadowed by their sister team, the Royals going for the series, they went in knowing they could win games. Over the season you have to say the Rebels were unlucky with the draw. In the final group, London Flames again, Death Stars and Creamers all had cup competition pedigree, the Zoo were in their group along with RG Blue Sox. The Rebels were consistent over the year, coming in the bottom two of their group, having won one game on the Saturday. Sunday saw the Rebels catch a break, they got a bye in the quarter final stage to give them their first Semi-final appearance against Nottingham Tigers. Following their past trends, the Rebels won the second game and now had a Spoon final to look forward too. The final was rematch with RG Blue Sox, the team they had beaten on the Saturday. Was it possible that not only would they Rebels win a 3rd game but also a final? You have better believe it, the Diamond series ended with a Rebels victory and their highest finish of the year, a not to be laughed at 19th out of 24 for this very much developing team.

Progression is the key word and that is what we saw, 1 win, 2 wins, 3 wins and a Spoon victory. Something to build on and with the Rebels being the primary club team in the C-Grade section of the Diamond Series for 2016, more expectation.

That is all for 2016, for now we can feel proud that this squad, a squad that contained 6 players under 18, many playing the tournament scene for the first time. Well done Rebels a fantastic achievement.


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What is Softball?

Co-ed slowpitch softball is a social and enjoyable game that’s easy to learn and play, even for people who are not “athletes” or don’t have much experience of team sports.

Softball is a lot like baseball in terms of the rules, but because the ball is pitched slowly to each batter (as the name implies!), it’s easy to hit the ball and succeed at the sport’s central skill. The fact that men and women play together in the same team and on an equal level gives the sport a social buzz, and most softball games are followed by sessions at the local pub!

Come and Get Involved

Maidenhead Softball Club runs weekly sessions every Friday at Newlands Girls School in Maidenhead. Sessions from 6pm until 7:30pm and are open to anyone 11 and up.

All sessions are free, no experience needed and all equipment to get you going is supplied.

For all under-18’s attending, a parent must be in attendance at the beginning of the first session to sign permission paperwork.

For more information, email maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com or visit www.maidenheadsoftballclub.co.uk