The KLBC was founded by Steve and Theresa Edmonds and consisted of 2 teams that played in the summer season of 1982-83. There was an under 10 team (13 players) and an under 12 team (9 players).
The club had no official ground to train on but managed to sneak in training whenever they could on Pearce Reserve, in between cricket sessions. With no funds to start off the season, parents of the players made the uniform pants and purchased plain yellow T-shirts and yellow hats.
The following year for the 1983-84 season, the number of teams had doubled to consist of under 8s (13 players), under 10s (13 players), under 11s (13 players) and under 13s (14 players). Each team had a sponsor, a coach and an official umpire.
The club was playing in the Cumberland Association and had Doyle Park at Parramatta as a home ground. This season the yellow T-shirts were screen printed with blue lettering thanks to the under 11 sponsors Sunshine Signs.
In February of 1984 the KLBC submitted its first application to play at Ashley Brown Reserve, but this was rejected by the Parks Committee as they thought that "the playing of baseball would do untold damage on the playing surfaces".
The 1984-85 season saw the KLBC grow to 5 teams, 8 sponsors, and have its first committee elected. The teams were two under 8s, and one team each in the under 9, under 10 and under 12 competitions.
The first president was Ralph Kellar (who still lives in Kings Langley), with Steve Edmonds as secretary and Theresa Edmonds was treasurer. The club had a total of 61 junior players in the 5 teams and the under 12 team, coached by Steve Edmonds were premiers.
During this season the club was granted permission to play at Ashley Brown Reserve and conducted a very successful under 8 Gala Day. Eleven teams took part, with the winner being a team from the Eagles Baseball Club.
Apart from the 5 junior teams, the Kings Langley club entered a senior ladies team in a gala day run by Bankstown Sports Club, and the Cutex Cuties were runners-up to the experienced Blacktown Workers softball team.
The suburb of Kings Langley had established itself and young families started to move into the area. This combined with the already settled suburbs of Seven Hills and Lalor Park, gave the KLBC a growth spurt.
This year, 1985-86, the club had 13 junior teams; 4 under 8s, 3 under 9s, 1 under 10, 2 under 11s, 1 under 12, and 1 under 13. The "Cutex Cuties" had another season at the Bankstown Sports Club gala day, and still there was no men's team in sight.
In April '85 the club voted to join the new Hills Baseball Association and in April '86 KLBC hosted an under 8 Gala Day at Ashley Brown Reserve where 24 teams from the Metropolitan Area and the Central Coast took part.
The club found a major sponsor with Endeavour Reality and was also supported by 13 minor sponsors. Some of the junior players for the 85-86 season were; Derek Van Hilst (still playing with Castle Hill AAs), Michael and David Akers (sons of Life Member Virginia Akers), Grant Balfour (now playing in the USA), Jason Brown (still playing with KL seniors), Heath Kellar (playing with Castle Hill AAs).
The 1986-87 season was another growth year for the KLBC, there were 17 junior teams and a men's senior team. The committee included Ralph Kellar as President; David Balfour as Secretary; Virginia Akers with canteen and magazine duties.
Some notable coaches were, Brian Smith, Virginia Akers, David Balfour and Ken Dean, all are Life Members of the club. Once again the club hosted another under 8 gala day and the winners this year were the KL Giants.
It's in the bicentennial-year (1987-88) that the KLBC started to take shape with 25 junior teams and 5 senior teams. The club consisted of the following;
|Mini Ball||6 teams, 49 players||Under 8s||3 teams, 32 players|
|Under 9s||3 teams, 31 players||Under 10s||4 teams, 43 players|
|Under 12s||5 teams, 52 players||Under 14s||3 teams, 32 players|
|Under 16s||1 team, 11 players||Summer Seniors||C, D, and E grade, 40 players|
|Winter Mens||F grade, 16 players||Winter Ladies||C grade, 10 players|
The club had representatives in the Hills under 12s, under 14s and under 16s. The club also had premiership teams in the Hills competition and they were - u/10 Braves, u/12 Eagles, u/12 Paladins, u/14 Bulldogs, u/14 Expos and u/16 Bandits.
The under 8 Gala Day continued to be a club event and this years winners were the KL u/8 Giants. The major sponsor changed to Garry Neave Real Estate and there were still 11 minor sponsors supporting the club. KLBC won the Hills Club Championship and 5year awards were handed out for the first time.
The 1988-89 season saw a change in committee roles with David Balfour as President, Virginia Akers as Secretary and Ross Gray as Treasurer. They were supported by 15 committee members including 2 soft ball co-ordinators.
KLBC consisted of mini ball 4 teams, u/8s 4 teams, u/9s 3 teams, u/10s 3 teams, u/12s 7 teams, u/14s 4 teams and u/16s 1 team. The club was well represented in the Hills teams with 8 players in the u/12s, 6 in the u/14s and 2 in the u/16s, as well as 6 players making it into the NSW squads.
In the senior ranks there were 5 winter teams and 5 summer teams as well as 3 ladies teams. During this year notes from the committee included the following:
|May||Ban the consumption of alcohol during committee meetings.
Elect Steve and Theresa Edmonds as Life Members.
|July||Assets owned by the club were bats, balls, bases, batting machine,
refrigerator and BBQ, as well as a stock of uniforms.
|Feb||u/8 Gala Day was the best organised and most enjoyable
Gala Day ever with 24 teams taking part.
|March||The Presentation Day was washed out and quickly moved
to Wentworthville RSL.
The 1989-90 committee executive remained the same and this time were supported by 24 other members, including 8 Canteen Officers, a Social Co-ordinator, 3 Magazine Assistants and a Ladies Co-ordinator.
The club had 26 junior teams and for the first time hosted a team in the Koala League. There were 5 senior mens teams and 2 ladies teams.
As well as hosting the u/8 Gala Day, this season the club hosted an u/12 Gala Day, both were successful club days.
Then during the Easter weekend of 1990 the KLBC hosted the U/13 Australian Baseball Championships. The teams consisted of Victoria, NSW Country, Sydney Gold and Sydney Green. Kings Langley had 6 players in the Sydney Gold team and 4 in the Sydney Green team.
This season 1990-91 was again filled with a number of committee members that are still involved with the club in some way or another.
The club had 23 junior teams, 6 Miniball teams, a Koala League team, 5 senior teams and 1 ladies senior team. In the Miniball squad there appears 2 names Glenn Robinson and Dean Lawrence, who still play in senior competitions from time to time.
This is probably the peak year for the club. It's 1991-92 and the club has 25 junior teams, 5 Miniball teams, a Koala League and 7 senior teams. But on top of this the club has the following representative numbers; Hills u/12 - 4 KL players; Hills u/14 - 8 KL players; Hills u/16 - 7 KL players; Sydney u/13 - 5 KL players; NSW u/14 - 4 KL players and NSW u/16 5 KL players.
Some of the senior members who joined the club were Jeff Catt (Life Member, Hills coach and NSWJBL coach) and Reg Schmutter (Life Member).
A 10 year birthday bash was held in August attended by the Sydney Blues Baseball team, Ald Leo Kelly, Pete Graham from 2WS, and a large number of club members.
Did you know that Grant Balfour used to play for Kings Langley? After spending his high school years at William Clarke College in Kellyville, New South Wales, Balfour made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2001.
Grant now plays as a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays and in 2009 signed a new contract worth $2.05 million over one year!
Sat 19th July & Sat 26th July at Kings Langley and Seven Hills Shopping Centre
Rego & Trial
Ashley Brown Reserve,
Northcott Road Lalor Park
Sun 3rd August & Sun 10th August
9am - 12pm
All players welcome for Juniors Ages 7-16 and All Senior Grades
TRYBALL for new players 4-6 years from 10-11am each Sunday