1969 – VBA Division 1 Premiership

The 1969 Division 1 Premiership was a close affair, the game going down right to the wire with Essendon’s Rob Rowan and Melbourne’s Doug Provis in a pitching battle to the end.

 

There were 6 innings of scoreless play before Melbourne drew first blood in the bottom of the 7th. David Went led off the innings and had an infield hit and advanced to 2nd on an error by the 1st Baseman. Hansen laid down a sac bunt to advance Went to 3rd, he tried to score on a grounder to first base by Peter McFarlane but was gunned down at the plate. Roger Miller singled and Peter McFarlane advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, with 2 out Geoff Mathers then hit a ground ball to the Essendon first baseman who threw wild and 2 runs scored which ended up being the difference in the game.

 

The game featured an unusual double play, a "3 to 6 to 1."  Late in the game with Melbourne leading 2-0 with Essendon’s speedster John Swanson the runner on 1st base and none out, the ball was hit to Geoff Mathers at 1st base who threw to shortstop Peter McFarlane who threw to Doug Provis the pitcher covering first for the double play and snuffing out the chance of a late Essendon rally.

 

Essendon struck back in the top of the 9th scoring a run but Doug Provis struck out the final Essendon batter, stranding the tying run at second and handing the A Grade pennant to Melbourne.

 

Box

Box Score

 Ross Straw Field, 17th August 1969

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

   

R

H

E

 

ESSENDON

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

   

1

7

4

 

MELBOURNE

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

x

   

2

6

0

WP: Provis, D 9IP, 1ER, 7H, 4K

Hits: Robinson, N (2 singles), Miller, R (single), Provis, D (single), Went, D (single), Hansen, G (single)

Team LOB: 7

President: K. Cheong

Secretary: G. McKee

Coach: D. Went

Scorer: A. Cavanagh

Bat Boy: J. Cavanagh