Player Profile – Ellen Roberts

Position: Pitcher
Uniform Number: 6
Debut: 2014 World Championship
Cap Number: 269
Club Team: Kissing Point
Association Team: North Shore
State Team: NSW Firestars
Date of Birth: 8 April 1992
Height: 176cm

Ellen started playing softball as a five year old with Thornleigh Softball Club. She wanted to learn how to pitch so she always had the ball!

Selected in a NSW team for the first time in 2008 (U16 Girls), Ellen also represented NSW at U19 level in 2009, 2010 and 2011, winning national championship titles in all four of these years.

Ellen’s strong performances at the 2011 U19 Women’s National Championship led to her selection in the Australian U19 team for that year’s Junior Women’s World Championship, where Australia finished fourth.

Also in 2011, Ellen travelled to the USA to play softball and study at the University of Memphis. She spent the next four years there (2011-2014), breaking 25 school records, including most strike-outs in school history, and game wins.

After making her debut for the NSW Firestars (Open Women’s team) in 2014, later that year Ellen also made her debut in the senior Australian team, at that year’s World Championship in the Netherlands.

After missing selection in the Australian team for the 2016 World Championship, Ellen was determined to improve and force her way back into the team. In 2017, she signed with the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch league, which helped take her game to another level. This led to gaining her position back in the Australian team for the 2018 World Championship.

Ellen has won a total of 10 National Championship titles, including six Gilley’s Shield (Open Women’s National Championship) titles with the NSW Firestars.

 

Media
Article – February 2018: Roberts plans to make the most of her second chance
Article – June 2017: Ellen helps Bandits turn their season around
 
World Championships:
2018: XVI Women’s Softball World Championship, Chiba, Japan
2014: XIV Women’s Softball World Championship, Haarlem, Netherlands (bronze medal)
2011: IX Jnr Women’s Softball World Championship, Cape Town, South Africa
National Awards:
2019: Best Pitcher, Open Women’s National Softball Championship