Mildura Weekly : Friday June 3 Vol 10 No 30
22 SPORT MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016 Pioneers slay Sandringham Dragons BASEBALLERS from two clubs will come together this weekend, as part of the sixth annual Worthington Cup. The special event will see the Eagles and Saints Baseball Clubs clash, with the weekend dedicated to raising awareness and support for mental health support organisations beyondblue and headspace Mildura. The Worthington Cup – named after an icon of both clubs – will see the Eagles and Saints battle across all grades, with the aggregate win- ners to claim overall honours. This year’s event will raise vi- tal funds for headspace Mildura through a ‘pot and parmy night’ – set for tomorrow night at the Mil- dura Golf Resort. The Eagles Baseball Club will act as official host of this year’s Worthington Cup festivities, with secretary, Kim Law, encouraging community residents to support headspace Mildura by enjoying “a pub favourite.” “This is the sixth year that the Ea- gles and Saints Baseball Clubs have competed for the Worthington Cup, and each year it is always a fantastic event,” she said. “It started through the club’s involvement with Mallee Sports Assembly and their connec- tion to beyondblue. “The cup itself is named after Graeme Worthington, who was a member of the Eagles and also helped start the Saints Baseball Club. “In previous years we have held a casserole dinner, but this year it seemed like the event may have lost its meaning and true value, so we decided to add that local touch by raising some money for headspace Mildura. “Many of our club members are between 12 and 25 – even our seniors are a young group – so we thought headspace Mildura would be a great service to throw our sup- port behind. “We have also, in the last two years, lost a teenage member of our club to suicide, so it’s an issue that is close to us.” Headspace Mildura offers sup- port for young people aged 12 to 25 who may be seeking help around mental health, physical, alcohol and other drugs and education and em- ployment. The group works with other community agencies to achieve their goals, and are supported through lead agency Mildura Base Hospital. Headspace Mildura manager, Larni Baird, said she was thank- ful for the generosity shown by the Eagles Baseball Club, and all those involved in the Worthington Cup. “We are grateful for the immense support the community has shown us – and sincerely appreciate the ef- fort the Eagles have gone to in dem- onstrating their support for young people,” she said. “Sporting clubs are such a fan- tastic way for young people to be involved in the community, have a social outlet and get moving. All of these factors play a major role in a young person’s health.” Ms Baird said headspace Mil- dura’s youth reference group would ultimately decide how any funds raised through the event are used. “There are numerous opportuni- ties that we can support in terms of our general health stream, as well as broader prospectives like our youth magazine,” she said. “Consultation will play a big role in how the do- nation will be allocated, with extra resources that young people can use another area we could look at.” Eagles president and A Grade player, Andrew Law, said the annual event was one players particularly enjoyed. “It’s something different, and while we’re always out to win, being an aggregate and whole club compe- tition – where every game adds up to determine the result – everyone gets behind one another,” he said. “Everyone gets up and about because of it, and the coaches have really been pushing the concept this week.” Saints senior coach and A Grade player, Brad Gowers, agreed that the concept had fast become “a big weekend.” “Ever since I can remember it’s been one that is spoken about, and it just lifts the atmosphere around the club,” he said. “The awareness it raises around beyondblue and now headspace is also important.” Tickets for tomorrow night’s pot and parmy night are $25, with the night kicking off at 6.30pm. Lucky door prizes and raffle prizes will also be on offer, with pre-sale tickets available by contacting Kim on 0428 399 336, or email ebcmildura.secre- email@example.com. Entry at the door is also wel- come. Worthington Cup to raise vital funds, awareness for mental health • Eagles Baseball Club president, Andrew Law, club secretary, Kim Law, headspace Mildura manager, Larni Baird, and Saints Baseball Club senior coach, Brad Gowers, ahead of this weekend’s Worthington Cup. THE Bendigo Pioneers took a big step in winning back the respect of the TAC Cup competition last Sat- urday, when they overcame fourth-placed Sandrigham Dragons by 35 points at Queen Elizabeth Oval. Leading at every break, the Pioneers made light work of a Dragons outfit which had only lost one game prior to the encoun- ter. Wins against San- dringham, Gippsland and Eastern Ranges has the Pioneers sitting in eighth position at the halfway point of the season. Struggling to be com- petitive last year, Pioneers head coach, Brett Hender- son, has been impressed by the way his chargers have attacked their 2016 campaign. “We have shown re- ally competitive signs,” he said. “The difference is this year we know we can win, last year we were hoping to win.” Despite having already won more games in 2016 compared to 2015, Hen- derson is adamant the Pio- neers still have a long road ahead of them. “We lost to Oakleigh and Western Jets by a cou- ple of goals,” he said. “We win those and we’d be over the moon. “We wanted to outdo last year’s performance on and off the field, and we have taken positive steps. “But we are still a long way off where we want to be. “It’s been 10 years since we have finished above 10th on the ladder.” The Pioneers tackle third-placed Dandenong Stingrays in Echuca on Sunday. 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