The Aussie Spirit’s bid for World Championship success begins with a morning game against Venezuela on August 3.
The World Baseball Softball Confederation has revealed the groups and schedule for the XVI WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship, which will be held in Chiba, Japan, from August 2-12.
The softball global flagship competition will feature 73 games across 10 days of competition. The tournament kicks off on August 2 with a game between hosts Japan and Italy.
Australia’s pool games are against Venezuela, China, Italy, Canada, Botswana, Britain and Japan. Full schedule here
The 30,000-seat Chiba Marine Stadium will host the playoffs and finals, while NASPA Stadium, Akitsu Stadium and ZETT A Ball Park will host the preliminary and consolation rounds.
The top nation in Chiba will claim the first of five available softball spots for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, where Softball Japan is automatically qualified.
“The Women’s Softball World Championship in Chiba will be an exciting and challenging 73-game top-tier global competition,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari.
“The stakes will be extremely high with the tournament awarding one nation a ticket to be a part softball’s historic Olympic return at the Tokyo 2020 Games — this is where softball’s road to Tokyo 2020 begins.”
The 16 participating nations — representing the five Olympic continents — have been drawn into two groups (see above).
The top four finishers from each group will advance to the double playoff round. Nations not advancing will compete in the placement round.
The World Championship final will take centre stage on August 12 at 8pm AEST, after the bronze medal game at 3pm.
AUSSIE SPIRIT TEAM FOR 2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
|Amelia Cudicio (NSW)||Samantha Poole (NSW)||Tarni Stepto (NSW)||Belinda White (SA)|
|Chelsea Forkin (Qld)||Stacey Porter (NSW)||Taylah Tsitsikronis (NSW)||Tamieka Whitefield (Qld)|
|Leigh Godfrey (WA)||Ellen Roberts (NSW)||Jade Wall (Qld)|
|Stacey McManus (NSW)||Justine Smethurst (Qld)||Clare Warwick (ACT)|
|Kaia Parnaby (NSW)||Carmelle Sorensen (Qld)||Melinda Weaver (Qld)|