Rouse Hill Rams ladies team helps club to grow

Grassroots growth: The Rouse Hill Rams ladies team are enjoying their first season in the Hornsby Softball Association. Picture: Andrew McMurtry
Grassroots growth: The Rouse Hill Rams ladies team are enjoying their first season in the Hornsby Softball Association. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

The Rouse Hill Rams are hoping the club has turned over a new leaf after fielding a ladies team for the first time in 2017.

Established three years ago, the Rams had one team in its first season and three in its second but were struggling for growth into this season.

Enter the Rams’ first ladies team, achieving the club’s main goal at the beginning of the season.

Club secretary and women’s team captain Melanie Foulds said it’s been fantastic to see six teams lining up for the club in the Hornsby Softball Association this season.

“I think they all are mums, but not all of them have kids that play in the younger softball teams, so that was exciting for us,” the Beaumont Hills resident said. 

“Rather than just getting mothers whose kids play, we’ve been able to bring in people who just want to have fun for themselves in sport.”

In eight games, the side have won three including the last two matches and sit fourth in the seven-team C Grade competition.

But Foulds said it’s not about the results.

“The first time we played a lot of us didn’t know each other so we’ve come a long way in a short period of time,” she said.

“It’s nice to win but we just like to go and have a laugh, have a good time, get some exercise and really just have some fun.

“I work full-time and sometimes feel like a full-time taxi for my kids taking them to all of their activities so it is nice to do something just for yourself.”

Foulds grew up playing softball in America and moved to Australia in 2000. After finding the club “by accident”, she was roped in to coach the club’s first team and joined the committee.

She said she has enjoyed the first season with the ladies team and hopes it will continue to grow in future seasons.