End of Season Party

2013 BSL End Of Year Awards Party

To celebrate the end of our softball season, we came together at Temple Street Social in Birmingham, to have a few drinks and receive awards for our achievements.
President, Kate Page-Smith proceeced to speak of the years endeavours and hand out awards to various league members:

Firstly, thanks went to the following people/organisations:

*   BCU Pavilion for hosting the league and the BSL tournament this year. They have been absolutely superb and we have really enjoyed their pitches, facilities and hospitality.

*   BSF and BSUK for their continued support and guidance,

*   Peter Burgess and Jarrod Pretorius for coaching the Softball4Beginners Courses,

*    And most importantly, the members of the BSL who have made this all possible.

On To The Awards:

Birmingham Softball League Winners 2013: 
The Birmingham Minotaurs 

MVP Female:
(Based on umpires selections throughout the season)
Kerrie Manley, Stourbridge Titans 

MVP Male:
(Based on umpires selections throughout the season)
Mike Rodgers, Birmingham Minotaurs 

Captains/Coach/Umpires Award:
Meg Gallahan, Bobcat Roosters
Meg has been both a captain and a coach to her team. She has inspired existing members and recruited new members. She has consistently produced a full team showing good organisational skills and dedication to the league. She has had an enthusiastic approach to the league and has shown interest in advancing the league and developing softball in Birmingham.

Ed Jones, Stourbridge Titans
A special mention was also given to Ed Jones, who created the Titans Softball team and shown great dedication to the team, enabling them to become a great success.

Colin Paine, BASU
Also to Colin Paine, umpire, who has advanced greatly throughout the season and has re‐arranged work shifts and given up his spare time to assist the league.

Team Spirit Award:
The Birmingham Minotaurs 
Both the Stourbridge Titans and the Birmingham Minotaurs have shown great team spirit this season. They have shown spirit on the pitch, they have attended the after‐game dinners, they have organised additional training each week and they have nicknames. However, the Award goes to the Minotaurs who have played with the same team members all season.

Comedy Softball Award:
Luke Millar, Stourbridge Titans
Luke almost knocked out the President of the league in the warm up of the very first BSL game and proceeded to comically (and all accidently) take out members of his team throughout the season.

‘Best of’ Award:
Peter Burgess and Ed Jones, Stourbridge Titans
This year has been filled with Bromances; Jeff Brubaker and Faheem Mughal, Birmingham Minotaurs; Leo Pearn and Paul Griffiths, Softball 4 Beginners; The Frat Pack (Dan Smith, Jon Stonehill, Richard Dumbill); Peter Burgess and Patrick Patrick Campbell, Weekly Training, and many more. However, the Award goes to Peter Burgess and Ed Jones, Stourbridge Titans.

Presidents Award: 
Nikki Whittingham, Birmingham Minotaurs
The President’s award is awarded to a BSL member who is not in a position of responsibility (coach, captain, umpire) and has gone out of their way to help the league. Nikki has assisted the BSL committee throughout the season – she volunteered for the 4 day Corporate Games, she looked after the BSL equipment, she advertised at Birmingham Uni, she recruited members, she volunteered to help with social media (she took photos throughout the season and volunteered to assist with the twitter, facebook and blog accounts) and she worked with the BSL committee to get a new team up and running. The BSL are very thankful for all the work she has done this season.

Best Dressed Award:
Faheem Mughal, Birmingham Minotaurs and Patrick Campbell, Softball 4 Beginners
Both turned up to the awards in stylish suits and pink ties

Lastly, ending the night:
The President Kate Page-Smith wanted to thank  the 2013 BSL committee who had remained dedicated and enthusiastic through some very difficult times.
Thank you
Neal Robinson, Birmingham Minotaurs
Kiri Coxon, Bobcat Tadpoles
Dan Langlands, Birmingham Minotaurs

BSL Awards Party(click on above image to view images of the nights events)

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