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Natalie is the most capped player in Australian Softball history. She represented the Australian Open Women's Team, Aussie Spirit, from 1994-2008 playing 429 games for Australia. She competed in four Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) and four World Championships (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006). Natalie was Captain of the Australian Team from 2005-2008, including captaining Australia at the 2006 World Championships and 2008 Olympic Games.
Top 20 Caps (as at September 2006)
Pos. Name Aust Player No Caps
1. Natalie Ward (#175) 375
2. Sally McCreedy (#130) 356
13. Melanie Roche (#148) 201
Source: Aussie Spirit Top 20 Player List.pdf
Australia’s short-stop and co-captain Natalie Ward broke Australia’s record for most game appearances when she represented Australia for the 357th time during the 2006 Canada Cup.
Ward surpassed former Australian great Sally McCreedy who set the record of 356 in 2002, during the Canada Cup.
Ward started playing at age of 10 and is the finest short-stop Australia has produced.
Australian captain, Natalie Ward played her 400th game for Australia on Thursday evening and still feels priviledged everytime she wears the green and gold
Australian Captain, Natalie Ward reached another milestone in her outstanding softball career when Australia faced Canada thie week in the 2008 International Softball Challenge at Blacktown Olympic Park. Thursday night’s game marked Ward’s 400 appearance for the Australian Spirit in career that has spanned over 14 years.