Social 7s was one of the most popular participant sports at this year’s Victorian Teachers’ Games, with 12 mixed gender teams and over 100 participants taking part.
In 2013, fastpitch was played, with four teams registering. Converting to Social 7s for the past two years has led to significant growth and a much greater level of participant involvement and enjoyment.
Given there were 46 different sports and activities on offer at this year’s Games, the growth of the Social 7s competition is even more remarkable. Even School Sport Victoria (SSV), the organisers of the entire VTG event, liked the look of Social 7s so much that they decided to enter their own team!
This year’s competition was played in Shepparton on Tuesday 22 September. Like last year, four diamonds were set up on an oval, but given the large number of teams at this year’s event, an additional two diamonds were required on an adjacent field.
The 12 teams were split into four pools of three, with a round robin and then crossover finals played. There were plenty of big hits, great fielding and close finishes on the day. There was even a drawn game, and for the first time in Social 7s history a tiebreaker was needed to decide a winner, with each team choosing three batters in an extra inning of play.
At the end of the day, it was the Lakers team from The Lakes South Morang P-9 School who defeated the Fireballers (teachers from various schools) in the gold medal game, 92 runs to 73.
The bronze medal game was played out over two innings, with SSV’s team the Perfect Pitches defeating Sons of Pitches (Essendon North Primary School) 46 runs to 24.
Feedback from participants was extremely positive, with 100% of survey respondents indicating that Social 7s should be maintained on the VTG program.
Thank you to School Sport Victoria for their organisation of the Games. Thank you also to Softball Victoria for partnering with Softball Australia to deliver the Social 7s competition. Special thanks go to Roger Maddern, Ben Utting, Joanne Paez, Angela Broadbent and Talia McDonald for their work as Game Coordinators on the day.
To view the Victorian Teachers’ Games Youtube page, which includes a news story from WIN News with Social 7s footage, click here.
Social 7s is available nationally for affiliates to run their own competition, with a number of competitions set to begin over the coming month. For more information, go to www.social7s.com.au or contact Shane Cantelmi at Softball Australia on 03 9417 0022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.