Committee 2012/13President: David Hurley
Vice President: Freddie Parnell
Treasurer: Lydia Tuckey
Captain: Simon Tymms
DescriptionSoftball is quite similar to baseball, the main differences being a larger ball and the pitching style which is underhand, so everybody can hit! The team is co-ed, which means we play with 5 men and 5 women on the same team, which is unique within the AU.
In the past we have had several players play beyond their university days to gain places in the NSL, which is the premier league of softball in this country, and even a couple players go on to play for the GB team. That said we also have a very active social side, so no matter your level of skill we hope to be able to cater for it! We hold no tryouts, if you come to training you will make the team!
The club is well represented on regional and national travel teams, they say you don't really get to know someone until you've been to a tournament with them! Members of the team this summer have played in Bristol, Slough, Southampton, London and Manchester, and in past years have had the opportunity to go even further afield.
The cost of joining the club is only £41! for current students, and £71 for alumni members. This fee includes all your equipment hire, coaching, league fees, facilities and entry for 2 tournaments in the spring.
Also, we are on facebook and twitter, so there are plenty of ways of staying in touch!
We are pleased to announce 3 players have been selected for the GB U-25 slowpitch softball squad, competing in the Softball World Series held near Heathrow on September 15-16.
David "Simba" Hurley (Captain)
One Portsmouth graduate was also selected, Adam Charlton.
The Shafters have seen performances improve spectacularly over the past 3 years, and are definitely doing their bit to deliver high level coaching to new players.
The GB U-25 team finished 11th of 18, improving on the previous years performance where they finished 16th of 18. The players unfortunately had not trained together before this tournament, and some only met each other 15 mins before the start of the first game! The squad was boosted by the presence of Amy and Charlotte Wells, members of the GB U-19 Fastpitch Team, and Dan Ferguson, previous member of the national championship winning London Mets Baseball Team.
GB U-25 7-14 GB Development
GB U-25 1-14 Munster
GB U-25 0-12 England
GB U-25 9-7 South America
GB U-25 12-10 Geneva
SUNDAY RESULTS - CUP COMPETITION:
GB U-25 4-12 Ireland
GB U-25 4 -11 Canada
GB U-25 15-12 The Cage (Belgium)
by Softball Aug 22 2012 03:32 PM
Hursley Hurricanes are the champions of a new indoor softball league that was set up and run in the Portsmouth area over five weekends in November and December by the UPSU Shafters.
The league brought together five local teams, including the Shafters, to provide competition experience over the winter months and ensure that players retained an interest in the game that many had picked up for the first time over the summer.
At the Finals Day, played on December 10, the Hursley Hurricanes defeated the Waterlooville Wolverines 20-12 in the first semi-final, while the Chichester Falcons were 20-11 winners over the Baffins Brewers in the second semi-final.
The final was a closely fought affair,...
The winner is David Hurley from the University of Portsmouth.
David was responsible for organising an U-25 student team that entered the Softball World Series this year. He has also done a great of work promoting university softball in 2011 and has started an Indoor League in Portsmouth over the 2011-2012 closed season.
David also provided invaluable support to the London Fastpitch Softball League in 2011 as an umpire.
After a brief flurry of snow and a quick move of the pitch, Game 1 started with some tight defence from both teams, the score after the first inning 1-0 to Portsmouth.
The Portsmouth Shafters warmed to the conditions quicker than the Southampton Mustangs, whose pitcher could not get used to the conditions quickly enough. He provided many walks and when he delivered strikes they were easy to hit.
Notable performances came from Kentaro Fujita and Remi Trouillet. However, the MVP award for Game 1 went to Lydia Tuckey who, in her first match since taking up the sport just four weeks ago, played a blinder at third base, taking several catches and making the tough throws.
by Softball Aug 22 2012 03:12 PM
David Hurley of the University of Portsmouth has received the award of Volunteer Young Softball Coach of the Year.
David has been involved with the University Softball club since 2008 and is the current club president and head coach. He sits on the youth panel of Baseball Softball UK (BSUK), the development agency for baseball and softball in the United Kingdom.
“I didn’t even know I was nominated for it”, David admitted. “There were a couple of meetings that I couldn’t make and in those they decided the award winners, so it came as a surprise.”
David won the award for his tireless work to bring softball to more people in the UK. It goes alongside his Level 2 coaching accreditatio...