We like to think we are a club filled with special people, but don’t just take our word for it.
We’ve asked our extended Rebel family to tell us why they keep coming back season after season.
North Coburg Rebels have made me feel like I was a part of the family since day one!
I think that the beauty of our Rebels Baseball Club is how playing and non-playing members alike know that the most important measure of how successful we are as a club, win, lose or draw, is found in how we feel in being part of our club and how we then make others feel around us that are also part of our club.
Add the love of playing the greatest game on Earth and it’s a ‘match made in heaven’ playing for the Rebels for both those completely new to our game, as well as those looking to further develop their skill level up to the highest levels.
I decided to join the rebels with very little baseball skill or knowledge, to make some local friends and try something new. After a few weeks I’d made very little progress in my skill (I blame a weak upper body) and I felt I’d only scratched the surface of a complicated game.
What I had gained in such a short amount of time was about 25 big brothers – and a few sisters; now more than just baseball family. I’ve never felt more welcomed into a place where I felt I technically fitted less. The Rebels specialise in friendliness, and humour and that’s why I love them. The baseball is pretty awesome too.
Alan Sutherland – Senior team, Life Member & Club President
I came to the Rebels 30 years ago as a 15 year old and fell in love with this game. One thing that has continued in all of these years is the Rebel spirit.
We may not have the most skilled players going around but we play for each other at all levels and this shows as our club grows year on year. Its a great place to be, to play the game or just to be with friends. some of the most enduring friendships I have came from this club.
I came to the club in 1995, when the then Reservoir Rebels were looking to expand from a one team club to include a second team. I had some mutual friends that were also joining and thought as I had played at school in Adelaide why not give it another go. That was great year with both teams winning the flag, we celebrated long into the evening and on the end of season trip. The club has had many more years of premiership glory, which I have been lucky enough to be involved in, here’s hoping we have many more.
Now coming into my 22nd year at the club that all seemed a long time ago and things have changed. We are now the North Coburg Rebels, different name but same club spirit, camaraderie and weekly laughs. New members of the club come and go, and over the years I have made some fantastic life long mates, some still playing, others have hung up their cleats. Once a member of the Rebel Family always a member.
David Maloney – Life Member
I was playing A2’s and A1’s at a rival club when I made a choice to come and play baseball with some mates at Reservoir back in 1996. I had the thought of going back to A grade after a short break in C. Lets just say that the level of friendship outweighed the level of baseball and I never ever left.
The Rebels are a club that not many leave and those that have, well, most came back.