Ex-Cynics dominate at Diamond Awards

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A number of former Sydney University Baseball Club members (Cynics) featured significantly at the recent Baseball Australia Diamond Awards (BADA).

Team of the Century outfielder Neil Barrowcliff was awarded the President’s Award for outstanding contributions over his five decade baseball career.

Barrowcliff played for Sydney University for five years during his undergraduate study, and is the namesake for the Club’s annual Gold Glove award.

‘Barrows’ represented NSW in 11 Claxton Shield competitions and represented Australia on multiple occasions during the 70’s and 80’s.

Baseball NSW President Ray Vercoe received the ‘State Association of the Year’ award for Baseball NSW.

Vercoe played for the Cynics in the early 90’s alongside David Hynes, who was recently named President of the Australian Baseball Federation (ABF).

Hynes is a former Olympian, the first baseman on the Team of the Century  and the namesake of the annual Club Batting Champion Award.

Former SUBC player, president and patron Ron Finlay presented a number of awards on the night also.

Finlay is the current President of the Baseball Confederation of Oceania and the ABF Director of International Relations, as well as previously serving as the president and vice-president of the ABF.

The Jennie Finlay (Ron’s wife) Encouragement Award is awarded annually to a Sydney University undergraduate for outstanding on-field and off-field contributions.