NSW Women's State Team History

The NSW Women’s Metro team is one of the powerhouses of Australian Women’s Baseball. Current National Champions (first win in 2003) and runners up to arch-rivals, Victoria, in 2002, 2004 and 2005 the NSW Metro team is going from strength to strength each year.
 
The inaugural NSW Women's team competed in 2000 at the first Women's National Championships in Melbourne. The team placed third that year under the Coaching Staff of Ken Douglas (Head Coach), Shaun Smith, Terrey Hills & Mark Cordingley (Assistant Coaches).
 
From that time, the team has developed dramatically and in the last two years the onfield maturity and mental strength of the team has emerged.

The 2005 Nationals final was an amazing display of resilience, great baseball and a never-say-die attitude that had not been seen from the Metro team before. The team went down by 1 run in the last inning but knew that the Victorians felt themselves lucky to be called the winners at the end of the game.
In 2006 the NSW Metro team dominated the competition, losing only one round game to Victoria and emerging champions in a 4-0 win in the final. NSW has not been defeated by any team other than Victoria in the last 4 years, and it's win-loss record to Victoria is improving every year.
 
2007 saw Victoria wrestle back the National Championship, in a close game decided in the bottom of the 7th by one run. NSW Metro struggled to find form in the rounds, but produced some individual brilliant efforts. In the gold medal game, Brooke Maclean pitched 6 amazing innings to hold the Victorian's to just 3 runs, but Victoria's Simone Wearne pitched beautifully to do the same. Victoria won 4-3.
NSW Metro has produced many Australian representatives including Angela Catford, Rebecca Cosstick, Sue Fairhurst, Katie Gaynor, Narelle Gosstray, Kellie Gunn, Tahnee Lovering, Brooke Maclean,Kerrie Sheehan, Renee Straumietis, Loren Vella, Megan Vidler, Kellie Walbancke and Danielle Young (Bilby), plus Australian coaching staff in Shaun Smith (both in a pitching & head coach role for a number of years).
The NSWWBL is the feeder competition into both the NSW Metro and Country team and as the league improves its competition level each year, it is reflected in increased performance on the National Stage. Illawarra catcher (NSW Country) Julia Fellows was selected in the 2006 Australian team and Cronulla players, Samantha Saggus and Kim McMillan (both NSW country representatives) were selected in the 2006 Australian Shadow Squad.
 
2007 saw the following players make the Australian Squad - Angela Catford, Julia Fellows (C), Romi Fellows(C), Katie Gaynor, Tahnee Lovering, Brooke Maclean, Tahlia McDonald, Alyx McEvoy, Kim McMillan (C), Laura Neads, Loren Vella, Stacey Saggus (C). With these 12 selected, it sees the first time that the balance of players has tipped from Victoria to NSW, again demonstrating the growth and development of NSW Baseball.