3 purple lies

Ball park nostalgia

I've been thinking a lot over the past couple days about people:  people I've known, people who are in my life now....but mostly about the people who have made a huge impact in my life.  Obviously, given that we just finished a taxing weekend at provincials,  I'm thinking a lot about people I've met on the ball diamond and have instantly made a connection with.  
There are girls that I have got to know over first and third options, bunt signals and cutoff drills.  Names that come to mind are:  Kelly (who I played against growing up - damn McDowall rivals, and then played on the same team with in high school.  She didn't continue after high school but I imagine would have decided to take the good ol' game back up with my nagging if she was still with us- love you, Kel).
Other immediate friendships are Kerri, Jordan, Heidi, Lisa, Tanya, Chantelle, Nic...the list could go on of amazing women I met on the diamonds in Shellbrook.  I also start thinking about some of the girls that I met last year and how there are special ones on the team who have captured my heart and I can see myself forming lasting friendships with them....
The other set of women that I have known are those for whom I have great admiration.  They may not be people that I have kept in contact with or that I talk to often, but they have set an example for the type of woman that I want to be.  They are the girls who came out, without complaining and did what they needed to do.  They are the ones who breast fed between innings, who played their heart out on the field then went and hugged their kids.  They are the women with positive attitudes and bright smiles, who made it worth the 3 hour drive for games or practices.   I would start naming them, but I would be fearful to leave someone out.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I was extremely blessed to have been apart of a ball club for 15+ years and have had tons of success on the field.  9 straight provincial titles is not something every team can do.
I will hold dear in my hearts those women who were a part of that.

And that's what has been on my mind for the past couple days.
And then I dug out my Ganza video compilation that I made for our final year together.  I sure wish I had been filming since we began.
And I'm sure glad that I'll be filming the Elite through our successes.....

Here are the videos if you care to see them.

ganza1 from Dee on Vimeo.

ganza2 from Dee on Vimeo.

ganza3 from Dee on Vimeo.

ganza4 from Dee on Vimeo.


  1. So Deena,

    I have had a very emotional week as well after our big win in Earl Grey. The success is exciting however I have been reminiscing about the players, teammates and coaches that I have been so blessed to have throughout the years. I also pulled out my videos and Ganza book this week, remembering those who have deeply touched me. I love and miss the Ganza more than I could ever express, however I am excited about the potential of the Saskatoon Elite.

    I am not good with words so I am lucky that there is a love, respect and admiration that cannot be expressed anyways for those who have so deeply touched me in my life. I am having a hard time putting into words the power of sport for me, and the power of friendships that develop from it (which may drive me crazy this week). Reading your blog, you are so good at expressing how you feel and capturing the moment.

    I am so happy that you have been beside me for so many years of success and for many more to come. I love you as a teammate, friend, mother and wife.


  2. Deena,

    I am so greatful that you shared your videos. They remind me of so many more reasons we play ball other then we love it.

    I have to admit I am jealous (or maybe I am envious - still not sure the proper way to use these two words) of the legacy that is the Ganza - I have listen to many stories, filled with memories about the Ganza and what it was like to play for so many years with such a vast group of wonderful women/ball players.
    I can only hope that you along with other Ganza members who are now members of the Elite are able to continue to bring the Ganza values and share these with all of us. We had a bit of a rocky start last season but came out on top with a provincial championship this season and I hope that we can continue along this road of success led by the Ganza members who have many successes under their belts.

    Continue to be the role model we all need Deena - you are an inspiration both on and off the field and I am so happy you are a part of my life.

  3. Wow what a nice walk down memeory lane....Thanks for that D.. needed it..


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