Raiders boys shine in Vic Open Mens team in Perth
Sam Trevethan started playing with Eastern Raiders back in 1999. He played T-Ball through to Under 17s with Raiders and then made the move to play men’s softball for Narre Warren at Casey Association.
Sam Kassianou joined Raiders in 2001, playing Primary B through to Under 17s and now also plays with Narre Warren at Casey.
Both boys have represented their associations and also Victoria on many occasions and were very fortunate to play in the team that won the Under 19 Men’s Championship in Melbourne in 2011.
Sam Kassianou has also represented Australia and was the captain of the Australian Under 19 Men’s team which competed in 2012 in Argentina and finished an impressive third in the world.
Both boys were a part of the successful Victorian Open Men’s team to compete in Perth recently. Sam Kassianou was the catcher and vice captain for the team, and Sam Trevethan played left field and first base.
The Victorian Open Men’s Softball Team have been training hard for the last five months. Their training was physically demanding and the coaches (Nathan Gill and Bryan Edwards) were endeavouring to build a ‘can do’ attitude and dedication to the goal of performing well in Perth and achieving the ultimate of being crowned National Champions. This was going to be tough as last year the team finished 5th.
The team of 13 men travelled to Perth to compete in the Open Men’s National Championships which was held at Mirrabooka. The boys were off to a good start, winning all three games on Day 1 against Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. There were a lot of Vic family members who had travelled to Perth to support the boys and cheer them on.
On Day 2 the Victorian team won against NSW and Western Australia, but were unable to score against a very strong ACT. On Day 3 we beat Northern Territory again and lost to ACT 9-3. Day 4 saw us winning a close one against NSW and suffering a loss to Queensland 8-3. These results saw Victoria finishing in 2nd position on the ladder, which everyone was very happy with.
This meant playing ACT in the 1 vs 2 semi final Friday night and unfortunately we went down 4-1 in a hard fought game.
Saturday was a new day and we fronted up to play NSW in the prelim final. This was a real nail biter that Vic finally won 7-6 with home runs to Ryan Shannahan, Sam Trevethan and Lewis Weldon. Great pitching from Joel Goodall and Mark Rigg.
The grand final was scheduled for 2.30 pm on Saturday. ACT was to be our very strong (and unbeaten) opponents who boasted the #1 and #3 pitchers in the world. These guys pitch between 135 and 140 kph at a distance of 46 feet.
We had ACT on the ropes until the 5th innings. Vic lead until then when ACT tied the game up 2 runs all. Then they scored another run in the 6th which Vic was unable to answer. So the end result was ACT 3 – VIC 2. A very close result and VIC finishing runners up this time around. The boys did a great job to come this close to the very strong ACT team. Congratulations to Sam Trevethan for hitting a home run in the grand final and also Ryan Shannahan for a great double.
Congratulations go to all the players for performing well under pressure. It was a great week of softball and a great result as well.
Congratulations also to Sam Kassianou, selected as catcher for the 2014 Softball Australia Open Mens’ Tournament Team.