Hall of Fame Inductees

Hall of Fame Inductees

Softball SA would like to congratulate the 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

As a player, Annie represented the Open Women’s state team for eight years as well as the U16 team in 1985 and ’86.
 
Her State Coaching record includes seven years with the Open Women’s team, as a Head Coach or Asst Coach, and another six years as a Head Coach with junior State Women’s teams.
 
Tallying her combined service at 21 years, sitting just outside the top-10 for years representing South Australia.
 
Annie’s greatest success with SA came in 2006 as Head Coach of the U19 Women’s National Championship winning team. Matching the feat her mum Julie (who is also a Softball SA Hall of Fame inductee), achieved in 1984.

Internationally, Annie has held Assistant Coaching roles at two Junior Women’s World Championships in 2013 and 2015 (including a Bronze in 2013).
And with the Aussie Spirit, she toured the USA and Canada in 2017 as well as the DENSO series in Adelaide, Blacktown NSW and Kochi City Japan in 2018.

Wess is the first Mens Player to be inducted into the Softball SA Hall of Fame.
 
A South Australian Open Mens player for 11 years from 1990 – 2004, five years as the Captain and a 3-time SA Mens Most Valuable Player.
 
A member of the National program for a few years, he played for the Australian team in a series against New Zealand in Perth, WA in 1991.
 
His state representation as a coach has also contributed to the induction:
Four years with State Open Mens, one year with the U19 Mens and three years with the U17 Girls teams.
 
Internationally, he attended two Junior World Championships as Australian U19 Mens Assistant Coach, winning a Bronze medal.
         
Wess is also Softball SA’s only 3-time Chairman’s Award winner; in 1999 for his contribution to softball in Coober Pedy, in 2014 as State Coordinator of Coaching and in 2018 for his work on the Dragons Program and Junior Development.

Neville is Softball Australia Umpire #104 and WBSC Umpire #772.
 
At the national level, Neville has attended over 30 junior national championships, seven as the TCU and seven as an Assessor and Examiner. At the open level, Neville attended over 22 open national championships, two as a TCU and six as an Assessor and Examiner. In total Neville has 28 years of state representation at over 50 National Championships.
He has the individual record for years of State representation for Softball SA (at 28).
 
Since 1997, Neville has attended 14 international events, including the 1998 Women’s World Championship in Japan and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
 
In 2012 Neville was awarded Softball SA Life Membership, 2013 he was inducted into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame and, 2015 inducted to the International Softball Federation (now WBSC) Hall of Fame

Damien is Softball Australia Umpire #113 and WBSC Umpire #869.
 
Damien has a representative career spanning 25 years at the national level and 20 years at an International level. Nationally, Damien has attended 16 Junior National Championships, 10 as an umpire and six as either a TCU, assessor or candidate. And at the open level Damien has attended 22 Open National Championships across both Mens and Women’s divisions.

Internationally, his first event was in 1998 and overall has attended 14 International events including a Junior and two Senior World Championships with the most recent in June this year in the Czech Republic.
 
Damien has been awarded the McAuliffe Trophy – for the Softball SA Umpire of the Year for the last five seasons (two being joint with fellow Hall of Fame inductee, Neville Lawrance).

Mel began her State career as a player in the U16’s in 1992 and 93, Captaining the team in 93 and then on to the U19’s in 1994 and 95.
 
Mel competed as a State Open Women’s player for 10 years, starting in the senior team in 1995 to 2002, returning in 2004 and one final time in 2006.
She was the SA Women’s MVP in 2001 and Vice-Captain of the team in 2002.
 
She continued her involvement in other roles as a team official with the Starz as an Asst Coach and Team Manager in 2004, 07, 08, 11-15 and most recently in 2018.
 
In total, she has amassed 22 years as a State representative (17 of them in the Open Women’s Team) placing her in the top-10 for years representing SA.
 
Locally, Mel is the only player to have won the Kath Correll Medal 4 times and was also a member of a number of A-Grade premierships at West Torrens.
 
From 1997 to 2000, she attended the university of Hawaii in the NCAA Division I. An All-American (Third Team) in 2000 and University of Hawaii Letter winner.
 
Internationally, Mel was in the Australian U19 Women’s team in 1994 and 1995, attending the Junior World Championships in ’95. Mel was capped as an Australian team player for the Aussie Spirit in 2002.
Tracey represented South Australia for 16 years between 1988 and 2004.
 
Starting her State representative career with two years in the U16’s (88 and 89), MVP in 88 and Captain in 89, then U19’s for three years (90-92) and in 1992 was Co-Capt., State MVP and National MVP.
 
Open Level from 1990-1996 and 1998-2004 and captained the team in 1996, ‘98 and 2000-2003 and was 4-time winner of the Open Women’s MVP award.
 
Tracey spent considerable time playing for other states where she had great success with national championships and awards; and continued her National career.
 
Her softball journey also included a college career at Oklahoma City from 1992-95 (in the NAIA Div. I). Twice a National Champion in 1994 and 1995 and 3-time All-American, also inducted into the Oklahoma City University Hall of Fame.
 
Tracey accumulated 288 caps playing for the Aussie Spirit, is a two-time Olympian, winning Silver (in Athens, 2004) and Bronze (Beijing, 2008), attended five World Championships; four Senior World Championships in 1994, 2002, 2006 & 2010, winning two Bronze and a Junior World Championship in 1991. Tracey was inducted into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame in 2014.
Lindy has amassed 22 years of combined service for South Australian State Teams, with the majority of service as a Statistician she was also a Junior Player in the U16 and occasionally held the role of team manager.
 
16 of those 22 years were at Open Level – 13 years with the Open Mens and three years with the Open Women’s State teams.
 
Lindy has taken part at numerous National Championships as a tournament official statistician and 10 times the Tournament Chief Statistician.
         
Lindy has been a representative of the Australian Mens team, the Aussie Steelers, as a Statistician in 2006 and 2007.
She has also attended two U19 Mens World Championships with the Junior Steelers team in 2012 and 2016.
 
Lindy is and has been the preeminent  Statistician in South Australia in the modern era, many years servicing Softball SA as State Coordinator of Scoring, also years spent on the National Scoring Committee and a former Administrator of Softball SA, Lindy was awarded Softball SA Life Membership for her administrative contribution in 2012.