The Mavericks' History

The Murdoch University Baseball Club came into being in 2003 to provide an avenue for Murdoch University students and the wider community to play baseball in a friendly, relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

“Mavericks” was adopted as our club moniker as we wanted the club to be different from the other established baseball clubs around Perth. We wanted a club that was run by the players for each and every player, no matter the grade in which they were competing. The club aims to balance competitive baseball with social events such as: scooter rallies, paintballing, movie nights, rock-climbing and an annual country trip. The club colours of burgundy, grey and gold are the official MurdochUniversity colours.

The club officially entered the Perth metropolitan baseball competition in the 2003/04 season with 12 registered players and Christoper Burgess at it's helm as founder and president. The 2003/2004 team also competed in the Oxford Hotel Cup finishing fifth and missing out on the finals by one game.

We became a fully affiliated club of Baseball Western Australia (BWA) the following season. We had also doubled in size by the start of the 2004/05 season fielding two teams with 22 registered players. Both teams competed in the D-Grade, going head-to-head on a number of occasions during the season. The 2004/05 season was a great stepping stone for both teams and brought added depth to the club. The MUBC also competed in the AUSWest intervarsity competition and we made a strong statement for the university. Although we just missed out on qualifying for the Australian University Games, we did show a lot of depth for a very new team and a lot of commitment. With these traits, Murdoch will no doubt become a club to be recognised. During the 2004/05 season the club signed a three year sponsorship deal with JB Hi-Fi.

The 2005/06 season once again saw a high return rate of players and it was decided to enter a team into higher division. This season Peter Cassidy was voted as President and Andrew Franks as his Vice. Again, players were split into two teams, one competing in E-Grade and the other in D. Both teams fared well with both showing signs of brilliance during the season. An intervarsity squad squared up with UWA for the AUSWest play-off and qualified to compete in the 2006 Australian University Games.

2006/07 saw the club enter it's 3rd season of fielding 2 sides in the Perth baseball competition, this year with teams in D-Grade and C-Grade. Andrew Franks was "promoted" to President and Scott Price his Vice. Both teams had their most successful years thus far in the club. This year saw the start of the social side of the Maverick's begin to develop with the professional side and thus what was always great friendship on the field also developed off the field.

2007/2008 was the greatest year of change, with a non-foundation member, Miles Reidleburger, becoming president and Scott again retaining Vice-Presidency. With the recruitment of a new head coach, Shannon Regan, this year was set out to smash previous Murdoch records. C-Grade had a very successful year only missing out on finals with some unfortunate losses. D-Grade has a great year, though not as successful on-field.

The 2008/2009 season has seen alot more change occur, but only for the better. With Zoe Richard-Iddles taking the presidency and Shannon Regan as his Vice, the club is shaped to take things to another level, this year aiming for finals. But as in every other season, win or lose, the Maverick's will be on the diamond, ready for another year with mates.