The 60’s & 70’s
Arncliffe Scots are born
In 1969, Arncliffe Bachelors Baseball Club realised that there was probably merit in extending their relationship with Arncliffe Scots Sports & Social Club to something more than the consumption of alcohol. So it was that Arncliffe Scots Bachelors Baseball Club (what a mouthful!) was born.
During the “Bachelors“ years, we reached the pinnacle of baseball in St George with premierships in all of the top grades. At the same time however, the commitment to juniors fell away and it hasn’t long before the seniors became a little too senior to hold their own at the top. The club reduced in size and in 1971, had only one senior team – teetering on the brink of baseball oblivion.
In 1972 the junior club was reborn with a new interest from a Scots family called the Stibbards (Wilma & Roy), who went on to introduce the Smiths (Helen & Miall) to the game. Whilst the Stibbards were only involved for a couple of years, the Smiths, as all of you would know, went on to become something of a dynasty.
The junior club continued to grow in strength, and in 1976 the name Bachelors was dropped – reflecting the lack of relevance that such a name had with children.
During the late seventies the senior club picked up a little, operating a couple of men’s teams in the Winter competition conducted by the St George Baseball Association. These teams played for fun, and although there were some very talented players amongst them, most of the players were better known for their larrikin spirit.
As the junior club grew, so too did Scots dominance of the local competitions. We played in competitions conducted by St George, Cronulla and East Hills – and dominated all of them. We also had a number of representatives at State and National level, an experience we are on the verge of emulating again.
As these players made the transition to seniors however, the junior club was again left behind to look after itself. Combined with the collapse of the St George junior competition, Scots juniors became an extinct species – leaving us with a five year gap that would have ultimately harmed the expansion of our senior club had it grown any further.
Whilst on the seniors though, it was during this period that they branched out and participated in a number of competitions beyond the local association. Using the new found talent of Scot’s juniors, we remained very successful in St George during Winter with limited success in the Summer Minor League competition conducted across the Sydney Metropolitan Area. I believe that the advances we made at this time did more to advance the proud Scots name than ever before.