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Claxton Shield baseball moved from Geelong due to poor crowds

Bradley Green

MAJOR League Baseball officials have reacted to poor crowds at Claxton Shield games in Geelong.

Victoria's next home game in the national competition has been moved from the Waurn Ponds Baseball Centre to Melbourne after another poor turnout at the weekend for the series against South Australia.

Geelong was scheduled to host all 12 of Victoria's home games this summer ahead of the start of the proposed national league.

However, organisers have been disappointed by the turnouts to the Aces' two series held so far in Geelong and reacted by transferring the game against traditional rivals New South Wales on Friday, December 4 to Latrobe University.

Crowds at the five games played in Geelong so far this summer have failed to attract a crowd of 500, well under the numbers officials had hoped for to build support from non-baseball people for the start of the new league next year.

Latrobe Uni is the summer home of the Preston Baseball Club and Melbourne ABL officials are anxious to get a crowd of at least 1000 to break even.

But Melbourne ABL CEO Stephen Nash said the double header against the Patriots on December 5 is still scheduled to be played at Waurn Ponds and there are no immediate plans to switch the rest of the Aces' home games.

The series against Queensland on January 8-9 coincides with the under-16 and under-18 national championships at Waurn Ponds.

Geelong Baseball Club president Larry Meager said they understood why the next game needed to be moved.

But he hopes Geelong people would show enough support for the rest of the summer to ensure that Geelong figured prominently when the new national league starts next summer.

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