Life Members

Fred was the driving force behind the creation of the Club in 1968. Before moving to Horsham in 1976, he held numerous positions: President from 1968-1974, Vice President in 1975, Club Coach 1968-1974, junior coordinator and under 17 and under 15 coach from 1968-1975.

He was always available to coach and train senior or junior players, as well as providing Club representation to baseball associations (both as player/coach and administration) and the public. Fred also played 146 senior games for the Club. For service to the Club, Life Membership was conferred on Fred in 1973.

In 1976 a perpetual trophy (the Fred Rogers Baseball Trophy) was struck, to be awarded annually to a person for services either on or off the field during the winter season.

June was married to Fred and, although not participating on the field, was just as active off the field. Her involvement with the Club included providing an “open house” for most of the week for baseballers to call their own, scoring many junior and senior games on long and cold days, organising and manufacturing uniforms for many years, as well as being a regular Committee member.

In recognition of her service to the Club she was awarded Life Membership in 1973. She also moved to Horsham in 1976.

Stan joined the Club in 1974 and such was his worth that he became the second Club Coach in 1975, taking over from Fred Rogers. Apart from being involved on the field Stan took an very active role off the field. In 1976 Stan was elected President as well as retaining the Club Coach position. This arrangement (of President as well as Club Coach) continued for 1977-1979.

1981 saw Stan return as President for one term. Stan retired from active baseball at the end of season 1979, due to illness and injuries, playing a total of 86 senior games. But Stan’s commitment to baseball did not finish there. In 1980 he became an umpire in the VWBL and later VBA. He has still retained an interest in the Club, especially when his son commenced playing in the junior ranks. Stan has coached and umpired many junior games for the Club.

In recognition of his contributions and value as a clubman, Stan was awarded Life Membership in 1982.

Neil never played baseball for the Club but in 1985 he was awarded Life Membership in recognition of his years of dedication and service to the Club.

He joined the Committee in 1973 and in 1975 he decided to become the Honorary Treasurer. He held this post for from 1975 to 1979 and then again from 1981 to 1984.

In addition he provided years of assistance with fundraising, canteen operations, setting up and packing up grounds and equipment as well as being a keen and enthusiastic spectator.

Peter is one of the few founding members still associated with the Club since 1968. He has been actively involved on the committee since 1976 (only missing 1987 through injury) either in a social/fundraising role, as President, Secretary, grounds and pavilion manager.

He was also one of the driving forces behind the Club in it’s endeavours to break into, and be a competitive Club in, the summer VBA competition since 1991/92 until 1997/98.

On the field he has applied himself to both senior and junior teams both as a player and coach/manager. He has played over 650 senior games for the Club. In 1979 and 1981 he was appointed Club Coach.

He has also been involved with junior development as a coach of various junior teams, umpire, scorer and ground-keeper for the juniors.

Peter was awarded a Life Membership in 1989 in recognition of his services.

Brian is a member who also enjoyed giving something back to the Club, especially to the juniors. He joined the Club in 1977 and played until 1986 when back injuries forced him to retire. In this time he played 151 senior winter games for the Club. But Brian is probably best remembered for his efforts on the Committee from 1978 until 1985.

He undertook the secretarial duties 1981, 82 and 85. In addition he worked tirelessly for junior baseball, mainly as coach or junior convenor from 1979 to 1983.

His efforts for the Club also resulted in him being awarded a Life Membership in 1989.

Ian joined the Club in 1973 and played 220 senior games until 1986, when he took up umpiring in the VWBL. Ian was a very active off-field member being involved in the Committee 1975, 76, 81, 82 as well as being a Vice President 1983 to 1986.

As with many other players Ian became involved with juniors when his children commenced playing for the Club. As such he coached junior sides as well as coordinating the junior program.

In recognition of his service to the Club he was awarded Life Membership in 1990.

Maralyn became interested in the Club when husband Ian started playing in 1973, and also when her children commenced playing in the junior ranks.

Maralyn spent many long hours scoring for both senior and junior teams, assisting with canteen operation and arranging both social and fundraising activities. She also provided assistance in the running of the Club by being a part of the Committee from 1980 to 1984 as well as being the Club Treasurer for 1985 and 1986.

Such was her input over many years that, apart from recognising her efforts and awarding her The Fred Rogers Baseball Trophy in 1975 and 1985, Maralyn was awarded a Life Membership in 1990.

Phil joined the Club in 1982 and played until 1994 when a hip injury restricted his ability to play. He has played 269 games for the Club. When the Club was in trouble Phil was one member who raised his hand to help, and is still doing just that.

Phil has been a Committee member in 1987, 1995, 1996, 1997, was President from 1988-1994 and again for 1998 – 2000. In addition to working on the administration side, Phil has also been manager for the fourths or fifths over the years, has coached junior sides or umpired for both senior and junior matches.

He was awarded Life Membership in 1995.

Glenn started with the Club as a senior player in 1973 and, apart from missing a couple of winter seasons, has played continuously, occasionally filling in for a summer team. He has played 300+ senior games. Glenn has provided tremendous support for the Club. He has been involved both on and off the field. On the field he has been a team manager often assisting new players to learn the game in a lower grade.

Off the field Glenn has been involved as a Committee member 1977, 1982-1984, 1988-94. He was Treasurer in 1993, President for 1995-1997. In addition Glenn was one of the prime movers for establishing the diamond on the top oval, often getting away from work to meet with contractors or council officers about construction/maintenance matters.

For all his efforts Glenn was awarded Life Membership in 1995.

Geoff has had a long association with the Club, starting as a junior player in 1973. Apart from 3 seasons as a junior player, Geoff has played the remainder as a senior player notching up 435 winter games and 31 senior summer games (a total of 466 and currently 4th on the overall games tally list). The only years Geoff has not played since 1973 was in 1999 when he was overseas for work. The last few seasons has seen Geoff enjoying his baseball in the company of the ‘old fellas’.

Over the years Geoff has been a regular contributor both on and off the field. He has been on the Committee 1990 to 1994, and again 2002 & 2003. In addition he assumed or shared the duties of team manager for the 4ths or 5ths for many seasons. Geoff has also been a supporter of the Club in other ways including:

  • being a participant of many working bees,
  • acting as umpire for other senior games,
  • arranging sponsorship over the years,
  • when his sons became interested in playing for a few years he assisted with the juniors in anyway required,
  • generally supporting other teams on a Saturday afternoon, as well as the Club and its endeavours.

Peter has been with the Club since 1977 and been a valued and consistent player in whatever team he has been playing. Although considered to be in retirement the last couple of years he still tries to get out on the diamond for a game. He has played 533 senior games for the Club, 434 as winter season games and 99 as summer season games, and is second on the overall games tally list. The last dozen years of playing were with the “old fellas”, enjoying both the game and company.

Peter is a staunch supporter of the Club and is always on hand to encourage other teams or provide assistance as needed especially as umpire for the lower grades. This support was also evident at the junior level especially when son Adam was playing where he assisted by umpiring, setting up grounds and generally encouraging players.

Peter was also a Committee member in 1979 and team manager in season 1994/95.

Although Ray first joined the Club in 1980 he did not commence to play regularly for the Club until 1984. Since then he has played in both summer and winter competitions. With 417 winter season game and along with 70 summer season games, he is third on the games tally list with a total of 487. Ray is another player who, after some years at the top level, joined the ‘old fellas’.

Ray is a member who fully supports his Club. Although he has not been involved in the administration he has assisted in many other ways. This includes:

assisting at many working bees and especially the construction of the new diamond, mowing the infield grass of both diamonds on a weekly basis (he was our unofficial groundsman from the mid-80’s until a few years ago when Michael Oxworth took over), umpiring junior and senior baseball games, supporting other sides after his own game has finished and generally supporting the Club in all its endeavours.

Judy has been involved with the Club for as long as husband Peter, since 1977. She was very much an integral part of the Club up to 2000. Unfortunately ill health has curtailed her on-going involvement with the Club over the last few years. But the Club would not have operated without the likes of Judy. Although not a player she was very active at the senior level, junior level and socially.

She was an ardent scorer for whichever team Peter was playing in from 1977 through to 2000 (24 long cold hard winters of scoring), as well as during the summer from 1991/92 through to 1996/97 (6 long hot summers with a glass of wine to keep her cool). But her scoring stint did not end there – she undertook junior scoring duties when son Adam played juniors from 1988 to 1994.

As mentioned she was involved with the social side of the Club – for years helping with social activities (and fund raising) or opening her house to the baseball hordes for any function – most notably some well remembered wine tasting nights.

Paul has had a 20 year association with the Club and is yet another member who fully supports his Club. Paul joined the Club in 1986 and has played in both winter and summer competitions. He has notched up 380 senior games for the Club. A few years ago Paul ‘qualified’ for the ‘Old boys’ team and has enjoyed success , winning trophies, pitching in winning grand final teams and enjoying the drinks after the games.

Over the years Paul has been a very steady contributor to the Club. Paul has spent 11 of his 21 years with the Club as Treasurer. When the Club was struggling and in danger of collapse in 1987, Paul agreed to assist in a 4 year plan to resurrect the fortunes of the Club. He became Treasurer from 1988 to 1991 and helped steady the Club. He continued to play both winter and summer baseball regularly during the nineties.

Again when the Club was in a financial crisis Paul volunteered to help us recover. In 2001 he again assumed the mantle of Treasurer, a role he has continued in until the present time. In this time we have seen our finance improve dramatically until we are now in the strong position where we can improve our facilities.

But Paul has also been committed on the field. Along with Geoff Smith, he assumed or shared the duties of team manager for the 4ths or 5ths for many seasons. Paul has also been a supporter of the Club in other ways including:

  • being a participant of many working bees,
  • acting as umpire for other senior games,
  • arranging sponsorship over the years,
  • submitting applications and obtaining grants eg for safety equipment, junior uniforms etc
  • generally supporting other teams on a Saturday afternoon,
  • as well as the Club and its endeavours.

In recognition of his service to the Club Paul was granted Life Membership in 2008.

Shane has had a long association with the Club, starting as a junior player in 1968.  Shane played his first game of senior baseball for the Club back in 1973 and has since played 514 senior games for the Club.  Shane was appointed as Club Coach in 1986 but for most of the last 23 years he has been an active Manager a senior team, most notably the ‘old boys’.

Over the years Shane has contributed to the running of the Club.  He was a Committee member for 1995, 1998, 1999, and 2000, and has been instrumental in organising social and fundraising activities over a long period of time.

Shane has spent years on ground improvements, including being a key player in the construction of the diamond on the main oval in 1990 and 1991.  He was also instrumental in remodelling the canteen.

Russell is another 20 year Club member who has dedicated a large number of those years helping the Club.  Russell joined the Club in 1991 and was a member of the A Grade Premiership team.  He was Club Coach in 1994, 1998, 1999 and 2000.  As at 2012 he has played 319 senior games for the Club.

Off the field Russell has been involved with running the Club (on the Committee 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000 and as President 2001, 2002 and 2003) as well as a heavy involvement with junior development (as Junior Team Manager 1992, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).  Russell has also spent considerable time in upgrading facilities on both ovals and around the Clubrooms, especially the remodelling of the canteen.

Over the years Russell has also been involved with organising many social functions and fund raising activities.

Alison has been involved with the Club for the past 39 years as a non-player. She has been a regular supporter and volunteer all of this time. When she married Peter (already playing baseball) she was immediately press-ganged into undertaking scoring duties.

During her time at the Club she has been a scorer for one or more senior teams, even when pregnant or with toddlers around her she continued to score in rain, hail or shine. Apart from a year here or there she has been scoring senior games for 37 years. When her boys commenced playing junior baseball in the 90’s she could also be found scoring junior games in the morning, followed by a senior game in the afternoon. In addition, our short 7 year stint into summer baseball again found her keeping the game scores.

But scoring baseball games was not all that Alison undertook. She also volunteered to help the Club in other ways.

From the late 70’s to the late 80’s Alison was an active volunteer assisting with social functions and fundraising for the Club. When the Club entered the VBA summer competition she again volunteered to help out by organising fundraising and social events as well as running the canteen (before and after games). When the Club started a summer in-house T-Ball competition, Alison was again involved, assisting with the management of the activity as well as providing a canteen service. In 1997/98 she was presented with the Best Clubman Award.

Alison, as a non-player, has provided the Club with 39 years of dedicated service. This dedication is now being recognised with a much-deserved Life Membership to Ringwood Saints Baseball Club.

Sue first became associated with the Club in 1989 when son Shaun & daughter Natalie started T Ball, but it was not until the next year, (1990) when husband Norm started playing, that she commenced her long service to the Club.

She immediately decided someone needed to keep the score for Norm’s team so she set about learning the art of scoring. Apart from a couple of years break from scoring about 7 years ago, Sue has been scoring senior games for 21 years. In addition to this she also undertook the scoring duties for junior teams from the early 1990’s until 2000. Her days then were filled from morning until night with scoring duties, sometimes filling in for other scorers – meaning Sue sometimes scored 3 games in 1 day.

But she did not stop there. In 1996 she was awarded the best Clubman Award for her efforts in assisting (husband Norm) with the organisation and running of the Club’s junior program. She then decided to become even more active around the Club.

In 1997 she took on the role of Secretary, a position she held for 4 years. During this time she not only continued scoring seniors and juniors but became committed to social and fundraising activities. She also found time to assist Sandy Turner by stocking the canteen & serving during busy times

From 2001 she decided to cut back and continue as a senior scorer although still continuing to support the Club. But she could not stay away for long. In 2012 she again joined the Committee but this time as Treasurer (a position she has held for the last 3 years). This year also saw her working hard to either raise more funds or provide social activities.

Sue, as a non-player, has provided the Club with 25 years of dedicated service. This dedication is now being recognised with a much-deserved Life Membership to Ringwood Saints Baseball Club.

Awarded Life Membership in 2015. More information to follow.

Awarded Life Membership in 2015. More information to follow.

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