Manly Warringah Minor League

Manly Warringah Minor League is a baseball competition for men and women 15 years and over.

Masters registrations now open – season starts mid-January

The MWML Tough Dog Masters competition commences in January and registrations are now open.

Competition details:

  • Season dates: mid-January to early April 2019 (9 weeks + grand final)
  • Venue: Aquatic Reserve Baseball Park
  • Game times: Mondays at 6.30pm and 8.15pm
  • Game duration: 1.5hrs
  • Age restriction: 35+

Fees are $285 and include annual BA and BNSW capitation and insurance charges which carry over into winter season. If you are already registered for Summer League then registration is only $160.

Come and join the fun as we fire up the BBQs and welcome players back to Aquatic Reserve, the home of baseball in Manly-Warringah.

If you have any questions, or are keen to play baseball in the MWML competition, please contact John Farrant (

Registration link:

Aquatic Baseball Park named as venue for inaugural NSW Minor League Champion of Champions tournament

Cancel all appointments and block out the diaries for the weekend of the 30th/31st March 2019.

The MWML, in conjunction with MWDBA and BNSW, is pleased to announce Aquatic Baseball Park as the host venue for the inaugural Minor League Champion of Champions competition.

The competition will see the Division 1 winners of all BNSW Minor League competitions face off to determine the ultimate champion.

Aquatic will play host to champions from Central Coast, Illawarra, Pacific Coast, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour, Macarthur, St George, Cronulla, Sydney Metro, Far North Coast, Newcastle and Tamworth – as well as our own champions from both the summer and winter MWML 1st division competitions.

The DY RSL Mavericks secured MWML’s first entry by winning the 1st grade winter championship, so our summer teams now have everything to play for to secure the final MWML berth. Will it be the Redbacks, Big Dogs, Seasiders, Pittwater, Forest Brewers, Forest Mets or Manly U18s?

The MWML thanks Baseball NSW, MWDBA, Northern Beaches Council and most importantly the hard work of the MWML Committee to secure this exciting event in the heartland of Manly Baseball.

We look forward to welcoming travelling teams from near and far and making heavy use of the recently renovated spectator area in the Manly Clubhouse!

Winter Champions Crowned

Congratulations to the MWML Winter League Champions

1st Grade: DY RSL Mavericks

2nd Grade: Forest Rangers

3rd Grade: Pittwater Pilchards

4th Grade: Kegs

Summer registrations are open (see article below). Get your registrations in now to ensure your team is on the park as the weather heats up!

** Summer registrations open **

The MWML Summer Baseball season will commence in September and individual player registrations are now open. Fees are $285 and include annual BA and BNSW capitation and insurance charges.

Please use the following link to register:


Please note a few key tips on the SportsTG registration system rolled out by Baseball Australia:

  1. If you have previously set up a Baseball Australia user profile in the SportsTG platform (i.e. last summer, Masters, current winter season) please ensure you click ‘Already have an account? Login’. DO NOT CREATE AN ADDITIONAL PROFILE.
  2. If you are setting up a User ID for the first time, use a personal email address (e.g. Gmail/Hotmail) as this is your unique identifier. If you use a work one these are subject to change over time and can lead to the creation of multiple user IDs.
  3. Using Google Chrome is recommended as Internet Explorer/Edge has previously had issues with the system.


Preliminary competition details:
Season dates: September through March
Venues Available: Mainly Aquatic Reserve and Rat Park
Game times: Saturdays at 1pm and 3.30pm
Game duration: 2.0hrs
Age restriction: 16+ for 1st grade, 15+ for 2nd grade (although anyone 15 and under we expect to be playing juniors)


If you are a manager looking to enter a new team into the MWML competition, please contact John Farrant ( to receive further information and determine your game time and day preferences. 

Working with children (WWC) checks for coaches/managers

Please be advised that the Manly Warringah District Baseball Association committee resolved at the most recent meeting that all senior coaches/managers intending to coach/manage a team in the upcoming summer season (and all future seasons) will require a WWC approval if you have any players in the team under the age of 18. The WWC will still be required even if you have a child playing in the team.

WWC approval is a free and easy process requiring very little time. The process can be started here:

Once completed, you need to attend a quick certification at Services NSW and you will be issued with a WWC number.

The MWML committee will require all coaches/managers (with U18s in their team) to submit their WWC numbers at the start of the season to be held on file by the committee.

Ballers complete Masters threepeat

The DY RSL Ballers took out the Tough Dog Autumn Masters last night with a comprehensive 13-1 victory over Pittwater. The Ballers, led once again by starting pitcher Nathan Smith, continued their undefeated run through the regular season to claim their 3rd Masters championship medal in as many attempts.

With Pittwater’s starting side impacted by the loss of key players Lindsay Leigh and Tony Richards, the Ballers took full advantage early. Smith shut down Pittwater’s hitters in the top of the 1st, before Imran Khan and Tim Malone reached base safely before being scored on a two RBI single by John Farrant. The momentum continued with Smith, Owen Harris, and Tim Clarke all claiming hits as the Ballers scored the maximum five runs with a sacrifice fly to left field by Matt Jones.

The sides both went scoreless in the 2nd inning with Rob Chessell stepping up to pitch for Pittwater. However with Smith once again shutting out the Pittwater hitters in the top of the 3rd inning, the Ballers added another four runs of their own to all but put the game out of reach. Some good hitting in the 4th inning by Lachlan Martin and Dean Ticehurst registered Pittwater’s first run but it proved too little too late as the Ballers completed the game with a further four runs in the 4th to seal victory and call an early finish.

The win completed the Ballers third straight Tough Dog Masters championship after recording previous wins in the 2016/17 Summer Masters and the 2017 Spring Masters.

We thank all of those involved during the Autumn season, in particular the MWBUA for providing umpires all season, Noel Markham for his work preparing the grounds and Simon Lowde for his tireless work at keeping things ticking along in the background.

Masters baseball goes into hibernation for winter but we look forward to welcoming back old and new faces to the competition when Spring come around in September.

Committee positions vacant

All MWML members,

The Manly Warringah District Baseball Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 17th April at 7pm at the Manly Clubhouse at Aquatic Reserve.

This meeting provides members with information on the performance of the the club at both State League, Minor League and Junior levels, both on and off the field.

It is also an opportunity to elect members to committees, including the MWML.

The current President, John Farrant, will be stepping down from his role and we are seeking expressions of interest from all parties interested in taking up the President role, or any other role on the MWML committee (VP – Summer, VP – Winter, VP – Masters, Secretary, Recorder, Treasurer).

Interested parties should send expressions of interest to

We look forward to welcoming all interested members to the AGM on the 17th April.

Pittwater crowned Summer League Champions

Pittwater win it! Pittwater win it! Oh my gosh, Pittwater win it!!

After 15 years of Summer League being dominated by the Spankies and Hornets, Pittwater have completed their Cinderella story, coming from 3rd place on the table and completing a trifecta of victories during the finals series, taking out the Summer League Championship game 10-4 over the Big Dogs.

After coming so close last year, the Pittwater team led from start to finish over their more favoured rivals to complete a remarkable run of games, beating the 4th placed Brewers in the elimination semi final, minor premier Redbacks in the elimination final and then then 2nd placed Big Dogs in the big one.

Full credit has to go to the managers Eric Mena and Simon Crombleholme who made the tough decision at the start of the season to merge their respective Marlins and Dolphins squads to create one Pittwater team.

The team flew under the radar all season in 3rd place as the Big Dogs and Redbacks fought it out for the minor premiership, before coming up with the goods when it mattered.

Once again Pittwater relied on wily veterans Eric Mena (4IP) and Matt Gomes (3IP) who used their many years of experience to subdue the Big Dog bats with smart offspeed pitching.

For those that watched on last year as the Pittwater team lost the Grand Final in extra innings after Eric Mena completed 7 innings on the mound, you couldn’t help but feel his time had finally come and was well deserved as he held aloft the Judy Head Memorial Trophy.

For the Big Dogs, they can reflect on a very successful first season in the Summer League. Co-manager Luke Eisenhauer commented after the game that ‘You sometimes need to lose a Grand Final before you win one’. After seeing so much talent out there on Saturday, you can’t help but feel that the Big Dogs will definitely have a few more Grand Final appearances in them in the years to come.

So that wraps the Summer League for season 2017/18. A big thank you to all that assisted on and off the field during the season. We look forward to celebrating with everyone at the Presentation Night on the 24th (get your tickets now if you haven’t already!)

However the fun doesn’t stop there. Registrations are now open for Winter League and team submissions are already flooding in. So as the sun sets on one competition it rises on another. Why would you want to do anything else?

Presentation Night – BOOK NOW!

The Manly Eagles State League and Manly-Warringah Minor League Presentation night will be held on Saturday 24th March at Dee Why RSL Club.

The night will be a celebration of the 2017/18 season with Summer League and Spring Masters champions trophies presented, as well as individual Players’ Player Awards for each of the Summer League teams.

Dress code is smart attire, collared shirt for the men.

The evening is a 7pm arrival for 7.30pm start.

Tickets are $50 each and include a 2 course meal and drink on arrival.

Tickets can be purchased online or via email from Viv (

Whilst the awards are for Summer and Masters players, we encourage winter players and players’ partners to attend as well. We look forward to seeing you all there!!

Grand Final opponents decided as Pittwater stun Redbacks

Another tense game at Aquatic Reserve on Saturday saw Pittwater claim a stunning upset over the Redbacks to make their way into the Grand Final against the Big Dogs.

Despite claiming the Minor Premiership, the Redbacks struggled without injured starter Ben Logue on the mound and once again Pittwater jumped out to an early 4-0 lead.

The Redbacks pegged them back to 4-4 going into the final few innings, but some clutch hitting by Dan Cox (solo home run and a 2 RBI single) helped Pittwater extend their lead to 9-4 going into the bottom of the 7th.

The Redbacks once again mounted a strong comeback, eventually falling just short and losing 9-7, with the 8th run tagged out at home after a magnificent throw from Pittwater centrefielder Matt Monty to end the game.

So the Cinderella story continues for the Pittwater team as they make the Grand Final from 3rd place and look to erase the scars of last season’s one run Grand Final defeat to the Hornets.

It all comes down to this: Big Dogs vs Pittwater at Aquatic Reserve at 2pm this Saturday (10th March).