theswitchMONEYBALL Fastpitch Softball Tournament

October 7, 2014

Ipswich, Queensland, Australia


Only days away from playing ball, we would like to thank the sponsors of the inaugural theswitchMONEYBALL Fastpitch Softball Tournament for helping make this happen, and to provide an insight into a campaign we will be promoting.


Firstly, to the Ipswich City Council who have provided funding for the event along with recently investing in the facilities at the Ipswich Softball Association. The Ipswich City Council’s support of fastpitch softball is greatly appreciated and will help stage this world class event. http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/ has further information along with links to “Discover Ipswich” if you are travelling and want to explore the local region.


A highlight of the program will be the $1000 Plus Fitness 24/7 Windsor Home Run Derby. We thank the good people at Plus Fitness 24/7 Windsor for their sponsoring the largest individual prize on offer to date, and we wait with anticipation to see who it is that will be lining up to claim the glory. Trying to get in shape and want the convenience of 24/7 access to the highest quality facilities? Go to http://www.plusfitness.com.au/clubs/plus-fitness-windsor/ for more information.


And we would like to announce Carlton Mid as a corporate partner for our event and thank them for their support. The social hub for the weekend will be the “Carlton Mid Beach”. Think sand. Think sun. Think fun in the famous Qld sun! Maybe even a game of beach cricket is on the cards??? The good folk at Carlton Mid will help make this beach the coolest beach in Ipswich!


The ball sponsor for the weekend will be Leading Edge Sports. Leading Edge Sports is “now the biggest and best softball and baseball retail outlet in QLD!” Head to http://www.leadingedgesports.com.au/ to check out their range.


We would also thank the New Hope Group for their support. With business interests and operations spanning coal mining, exploration, port operation, oil, agriculture, innovative technologies and investment, New Hope is ranked as one of the 100 largest ASX listed companies by market capitalisation, and is amongst the top 5 ASX listed companies based in Queensland and has kindly assisted theswitchMONEYBALL:  http://www.newhopegroup.com.au/


There will be gourmet wood fired pizzas available all weekend along with full canteen facilities. Fired Up Mobile Wood Fired Ovens have generously supplied “Frank” the wood fired oven and supplies at a discounted rate. If you want to hire a wood fired oven for a day, night, or weekend- head to their Facebook page for details: https://www.facebook.com/FiredUpMobileWoodFiredOvens


And what is an event without volunteers? We would like to thank the local Bendigo Bank for assisting to provide valuable volunteers.


Along with the fun and games both on and off the field we are using theswitchMONEYBALL as an opportunity to promote men’s health, particularly men’s mental health. October 5-11 is Mental Health Week in Australia which aims to activate, educate and engage everyone on mental health issues. theswitchMONEYBALL aims to assist this conversation through providing “Mantherapy” promotional material from Beyond Blue.


“Mantherapy” introduces the fictitious Dr Brian Ironwood who takes an informal approach to introducing facts and available support regarding men’s mental health, aiming to reduce some of the stigma attached to men’s mental health. Importantly, Dr Brian Ironwood delivers this information in an entertaining and easily digestible format for “blokes”. The website is well worth checking out, and can be found at http://www.mantherapy.org.au/. The people at Beyond Blue do warn though: “Dr Brian Ironwood is not a real doctor, but he is a real man”.


We look forward to seeing you at the Ipswich Softball Grounds, October 10-12 2014 for the action!


theswitchMONEYBALL Fastpitch Softball Tournament

Proudly Supported by Ipswich City Council

Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

October 10-12, 2014

The Switch Is Near!


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