Helping softball club find former glory
With the softball season under way, you will find Nadia Marsh competing on the diamond, supporting from the sidelines and even scrubbing the floors at the Metro Mt Albert Sports Club. The Metro Softball chairwoman told reporter Jess Lee about her passion
It was logic that first brought Nadia Marsh on to the softball diamond but a love for the game which saw her stick it out.
The Metro Softball player has been a part of the club since 1999, becoming chairwoman three years ago as well as stepping up to coach the same division one women’s team she plays in.
Over the past four seasons Marsh has played a hand in helping the women’s side climb from division three to one, regaining some of its forgotten flair for the sport along the way.
‘‘I love this sport,’’ she says. ‘‘Playing and coaching is great but certainly as I got older I did really think there was more I could do in terms of off-field things.’’
Cricket was her game as a young athlete until a neighbour suggested she give the diamond code a go when she reached high school due to the limited options available to girls in cricket at the time.
Marsh’s natural talent for the game saw her quickly rise through the ranks of the Mt Albert Ramblers senior side at the age of 15.
She dropped out of the sport only to pick it up again a few years later at Metro.
The club started from humble beginnings in an old tractor shed in 1957 when Metro College Sports Club winter code players decided to add softball to their club’s summer season offerings.
Today, the softball club is a subdivision of what has become known as the Metro Mt Albert Sports Club.
‘‘Metro Sports Club is getting to be stronger and our softball offerings are getting stronger,’’ Marsh says.
‘‘Metro Softball was an amazing club six or seven years ago.’’
It was once the proud home of champion premier men’s and title-winning women’s teams.
‘‘We haven’t had a championship winning team for quite a while and that was my goal to build up this women’s team from second division to first division to open up pathways for our younger kids.’’
That is where the future of the club lies as they start to rebuild, she says.
This season Metro softball is working with Central City Baseball to deliver a full diamond sport programme offering teeball, softball and baseball.
‘‘We want to get more kids into our sport again. We’ve had a 100 per cent increase in the number of under-10s signing up in the last two seasons.’’
Real diamond: Metro Softball Club chairwoman Nadia Marsh is helping to rebuild the club.