Softball Australia has capped a successful 2015 with the induction of one Life Member and two Hall of Fame Members at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 11 October.In both categories, the awards and their recipients highlight years of commitment, dedication and service to the game, both on and off the field of play.
In making the Life Membership announcements, Softball Australia Chairman, John Hollingsworth, congratulated the recipients as he provided an overview of each person’s achievements and acknowledged that Life Membership is the highest honour bestowed on an individual member and represents their longstanding and valued service to softball in Australia.
Softball Australia is pleased to announce that Mike Hannelly (NSW) has been awarded Life Membership, and Leigh Evans (Vic) and Mike Titheradge (WA) on their Hall of Fame induction.
Mike Hannelly (NSW) – Life Member
As the Softball Australia Chief Statistician from 2005 to 2013, Mike led the Scoring Committee that was responsible for the development of the statisticians’ accreditation pathway with the development of Levels 2 and 3, which received endorsement from the Australian Sports Commission within the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme.
Mike also established a Quality Review of National Championship Scoresheets to ensure that the statistical recording of national and international games played within Australian is of the highest standard. He also sought input from Australia’s Head Coaches on their requirements and team needs to be met by the statisticians appointed to their teams.
During Mike’s reign, the flow of statistical data improved in relation to Softball Australia’s national events with the delivery of information to the results section of the Softball Australia website.
In 2005, Mike was appointed Chief Statistician to the South Pacific in Samoa and ran scoring clinics on behalf of Oceania. As a result of this work, Mike was invited to Beijing to train scorers for the 2006 Open Women’s World Championship, which was a Test event for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
In 2008, Mike received an invitation from the International Softball Federation to be the Beijing Olympic Games Tournament Chief Statistician.
In 2013, Mike stepped down As Softball Australia’s Chief Statistician but continues to serve as a member of the Scoring committee.
|2009||Silver Jubilee Asean Games, Brunei|
|2008||Olympic Games, Beijing|
|2007||South Pacific Games, Samoa|
|2006||ISF Women’s World Championship, Beijing|
|2005||South Pacific Games|
|2001||ISF Junior Men’s World Championship, Sydney|
|2000||Olympic Games, Sydney|
|2010||Technology training for statisticians, U19 Men’s National Championship|
|2009||Chief Statistician, U16 Men’s National Championship|
|2008||Official Statistician, National Championship|
|2007||Official Statistician, U19 Men’s National Championship|
|NSW Team Statistician, Open Men’s Team|
|2006||Tournament Chief Statistician, National League NSW Open Men’s Team Statistician|
|2005||NSW Team Statistician, U16 Women’s National Championship|
|2004||Official Statistician, U23 Men’s National Championship|
|2003||Official Statistician, U19 Men’s National Championship|
|2002||Official Statistician, U16 Men’s National Championship|
Awards & Achievements
|2008||Finalist, Softball Australia Statistician of the Year|
|2007||Softball Australia Statistician of the Year|
|Softball NSW Official of the Year|
|2000||Australian Sports Medal|
|1998||Life Member, Georges River Softball Association|
|1997||Life Member, Softball NSW Umpires Association|
Leigh Evans (Vic) – Hall of Fame
Leigh has been a member of the Victorian Umpiring Committee since 1994, taking on allocation, training, state rules interpreter and assessment portfolios during this time. He has been a member of the National Staff since 2002, and is currently Softball Australia’s Umpire-in-Chief, Technical.
He is also involved in administrative tasks with the International Softball Federation, including peer reading ISF 4-umpire system and ISF rules panel – reviewing the database and exam questions for the ISF exam and Ump School. Leigh was a presenter at the 2011 ISF Certification clinic in Brisbane and has developed the pitching rule multimedia presentation and points of emphasis – used at state, national and international level.
Leigh is a highly respected umpire within Victoria and internationally. He projects a highly professional image in his role as an umpire, ensuring each game is met with the same high level as ‘every game is somebody’s big game’. Leigh is always willing to assist umpires in their development and understands that it is the player’s game. Leigh is able to relate to umpires of all ages and levels, teaching skills to beginner umpires and assisting more senior umpires in the state to develop more complex skills including game management. He is respected by umpires, coaches and players.
As Softball Australia’s Umpire-in-Chief, Technical, Leigh is heavily involved in working with players, coaches and various administrators at state and national level. He is a highly approachable person and one who is always willing to assist the development and continuance of softball. Leigh is readily available to provide feedback and help his fellow umpires achieve their umpiring goals.
|2014||ISF Open Women’s World Championship|
|2013||ISF Open Men’s World Championship|
|Men’s Dean Schick Memorial New Zealand|
|2012||ISF Open Women’s International Series, Tournament Chief Umpire|
|2011||ISF Certification Clinic Presenter/Assessor|
|Open Men’s World Championship Qualifier|
|2009||ISF Open Men’s World Championship|
|2008||Open Men’s World Championship Qualifiers|
|2007||Canada Cup, Open Women|
|Men’s Pacific series|
|2006||Men’s Commonwealth Championship|
|2005||ISF Junior Men’s World Championship|
|2002||Japan Cup, Open Women|
|2015||National Open Men’s Championships, including first base gold medal game|
|2014||Edebone Webber Shield NZ, National Open Women’s Championship including plate umpire for the gold medal game (inc Assessor)|
|2013||National Open Men’s Championship – including plate umpire for the gold medal game (inc Assessor)|
|2012||National Open Men’s and U19 Men’s National Championships (inc Assessor)|
|2011||National Open Men’s and U19 Men’s National Championships (inc Assessor)|
|2010||National Open Men’s Championship – including plate umpire for the gold medal game (inc Assessor)|
|2009||National Open Men’s and Women’s Championships, (inc Assessor)|
|2008||National Open Men’s Championship – including plate umpire for the gold medal game|
|2007||National Men’s Championship – including plate umpire for the gold medal game|
|2006||National Open Women’s, Open Men’s and U19 Men’s National Championships (inc assessor)|
|2005||National Women’s GP3 and Men’s Invitational, U19 Men’s Championship|
|U19 Men’s World Championship, including bronze medal plate umpire|
|2004||National Open Women’s and Open Men’s Championships|
|2003||National Open Men’s Championship|
|2002||National Open Men’s and Open Women Championships|
|Canada Cup Women’s Grand Final Umpire|
|2001||National U19 Men’s Championship|
|2000||National Open Men’s Championship|
Awards & Achievements
- Current Softball Australia Umpire-in-Chief, Technical
- Member of the ISF Rules Committee
- Author of the ISF Pitching Points of Emphasis video interpretation
- 2004 Attaining ISF Accreditation
- 2005 and 2008 Vivienne Triplett Umpire of the Year Award
- Margo Koskelainen Victorian Umpire of the Year
- ISF four umpire system peer reader
Mike Titheradge (WA) – Hall of Fame
|2015||ISF Men’s World Championship, Canada|
|ISF Men’s World Championship New Zealand, bronze medal|
|2010||Tour of Argentina|
|2009||ISF Men’s World Championship, Canada, gold medal|
|2008||ISF Men’s World Championship Qualifier, New Zealand|
|2006||Commonwealth Championship, Melbourne|
|2005||Pacific International Series, New Zealand|
|2004||Vic Guth Memorial Tournament, New Zealand|
|ISF Men’s World Championship, New Zealand, bronze medal|
|Hawker International Tri-Series, ACT|
|2003||Tri-Series, NZ (Japan and New Zealand)|
|Dean Schick Memorial, New Zealand|