Australia women's national baseball team
|Federation||Australian Baseball Federation|
|Confederation||Baseball Confederation of Oceania|
|Women's World Cup|
|Appearances||6 (First in 2004)|
|Best result||2nd (1 time, in 2010)|
The Australian women's national baseball team, also known as the Emeralds, represents Australia in international women's baseball tournaments and competitions. The team is controlled by the Australian Baseball Federation, which is represented in the Baseball Confederation of Oceania (BCO). They are the only team in Oceania to be formally ranked by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), and are the 3rd ranked women's baseball team in the world. The Emeralds have been in existence since 2001, when the first ever squad was selected from the 2001 National Women’s Championships, held in Sydney. They compete in the biennial IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup.
The team has competed at all six Women's Baseball World Cups, most recently finishing third in 2014. The next major tournament will be the 2016 Women's Baseball World Cup, which will be held in Gijang City, South Korea in September.
2010 World Cup Roster
|Australia roster - 2010 Women's Baseball World Cup|
2014 World Cup Roster
- Kim McMillan
- Melinda Latimer
- Stephanie Gaynor
- Brittany Hepburn
- Maddison Lenard
- Lauren McGrath
- Laura Neads
- Jacinda Barclay
- Georgia Blair
- Taylah Welch
- Amy Collins
- Amy McCann
- Leigh Godfrey
- Rachael Higgins
- Shae Lillywhite
- Christina Kreppold
- Natalie Rawlings
- Bronwyn Gell
- Katie Gaynor
- Tahnee Lovering
Head Coach - Simone Wearne
Assistant Coach - Dean White
Assistant Coach - Narelle Gosstray
Assistant Coach - Luke Hughes
Pitching Coach - Graeme Lloyd
Physio - Jonni Ralph
Executive Officer - David Nagy
Technical Analyst - Yasunori Sato
In August 2009 the International Baseball Federation created a ranking system so that the nations involved in international competition could be compared independently. Teams receive points based on the position they finish at the end of World Cup tournaments. Only results at the previous three tournaments years are used, so points are added and removed over time. Points are also weighted so that more recent tournaments have a greater impact on the rankings. Since the rankings were introduced, two editions have been released, the most recent released after the 2010 World Cup.
When the rankings were first introduced, Australia was listed at 4th position; their lowest since the rankings were introduced. Their best position achieved to date is their current position of 3rd.
|Ranking||Points||Position Above||Position Below|
|4 September 2010||2010 World Cup||2nd||3rd||140.00||2nd||United States||+13.33||4th||Canada||-6.67|
|13 August 2009||2008 World Cup*||4th||4th||100.00||3rd||Canada||+40.00||5th||Chinese Taipei||-20.00|
- * - When the rankings were first released, the 2008 World Cup was the most recent tournament completed that had any bearing on the rankings themselves.
Women's World Cup
Women's Baseball World Cup
|Chinese Taipei, 2006||4th|
Of the twelve nations to be represented at the IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup, Australia is one of five teams to have participated in all four of them. To date its best result was in the most recent tournament held in 2010, in which Australia placed 2nd. Previously, the team had finished fourth in each of the tournaments, with medals being shared between Canada, Japan and United States.
At least one Australian has been named to each of the All-Star teams selected at the end of the respective tournaments.
- 2004: Chelsea Forkin and Katie Gaynor
- 2006: Simone Wearne, Shae Lillywhite and Amy McCann
- 2008: Angela Catford
- 2010: Laura Neads, Christina Kreppold and Kim McMillan
Australian Women's Baseball World Cup Record by Opponent
|Largest Victory||Largest Defeat||Current
|Chinese Taipei||4||4–0||12–0 (F/6)||2008||–||W4|
|Hong Kong||1||1–0||22–2 (F/5)||2006||–||W1|
|United States||4||1–5||19–6 (F/6)||2010||11–1 (F/6)||2008||W1|
|Overall||4||15–12||Against HKG||Against USA & JPN||L1|
|22–2 (F/5)||2006||11–1 (F/6)
- "IBAF Women's World Rankings - Sept. 2010" (PDF). International Baseball Federation. 4 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
- "IBAF Releases First-Ever Women's World Rankings". International Baseball Federation. 13 August 2009. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
Men’s rankings also updated, Venezuela enters the top-10
- Sedgman, Cassandra (23 August 2010). "Silver Medal for Australian Women and 3 named in All-Star Team". Australian Baseball Federation. Retrieved 23 August 2010.