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History 

Macquarie Saints Baseball club was formed in 1993 when the baseball arm of Macquarie Combined Sports Club (now known as Macquarie Dragons Soccer) and Saints Baseball Club combined to form Macquarie Saints Baseball Club Inc. The club had 8 junior and 2 senior teams playing at Pioneer Park.

Over the following years the club grew slowly. As a result of a change in the Club’s executive in 2000/01 the Club embarked on a process of growth via the marketing of baseball to potential entry level (U7 & U8) players. By the 02/03 season, the club fielded a total of 23 junior and 8 senior teams. By the 2005/06 season the club fielded 31 junior teams and 8 senior teams. At that time the club was the largest in the Ryde Hornsby Baseball League (RHBL) and one of the largest in NSW.

In 2009/10 season the Club fielded 14 junior teams in the RHBL competition and 2 Lightening League teams and 8 senior teams in the summer and 6 teams in the winter PCBL competitions.

In 2010 the Club has over 200 junior and 100 senior player members.

To further support the development of the game, the Club and our players, Saints has developed a “Junior Blues” program to train and develop junior umpires from the A Grade players within the Club. The participation of our Junior Blues is outstanding and helps these emerging youth develop and demonstrate their leadership skills.

 

Competitions 

Macquarie Saints is based at Pioneer Park and Waterloo Park.

The Club fields junior baseball teams (from 5 to 19 years) in the summer Ryde Hornsby Baseball League and senior baseball teams in the summer and winter Pacific Coast Baseball League.

 

The Club’s approach to the game 

Over the years our club has gained a reputation of being one of the friendlier and social clubs in the league. This is due to the fact that we have always maintained the attitude that our first priority is to insure that our players and their families enjoy their baseball, rather than a win at any cost mentality. This is not to say that we don’t want our teams to be competitive but simply that we consider good sportsmanship, team spirit & having fun playing, to be of greater value than a single minded approach of playing to win.

We believe this approach is largely responsible for the clubs continued success in the local competitions. When we see the Club’s approach combined with our development opportunities result in state and national selection it reflects well on both the Club and the players.

 

Club successes 

2010/11

Sam Giulieri from Saints U14A team was selected to represent Australia in the Australian Baseball Federations’ U14 2010 Cal Ripken squad to play in the USA. Sam started playing baseball with Macquarie Saints at 5 years of age in the U7’s and continued through the Club’s junior ranks to the U12A & U14A Grade teams.

2009/10

Gabby Ferriera from Saints U12A team was selected to represent Australia at the World Children’s Baseball Fair in Japan.

2008/09

 RHBL Club Champions

2007/08

RHBL Club of the Year

2005/06

Ryan Falconer and Beau Sorbello from Saints U14A participated in the 2005 Beijing International Series in China. Ryan was also been selected to represent NSW Baseball in the U14 National Championships. Rhea Cambourn, Louisa Scott and Miranda Scott from Saints U14A teams were selected in the Australian Womens and Girls Baseball team to participate in the 5th World Series games in Florida, USA.

2003/04

Ashleigh Ross from Saints U16A team was selected into the train-on squad with the NSW Women’s Baseball Team.

2002/03

Mitchell Morrisby was selected in the NSW U16 team that played in the national titles, Mitchell was subsequently selected to play in the Australian U17 team and was awarded scholarships to the NSW Academy of Sport and Major League Baseball Academy on the Gold Coast.

Jon Nicoll from Saints U11A team was selected to represent NSW at the World Children’s Baseball Fair in Japan.