Softball Australia is set for a busy summer of softball with less than a month until our teams walk onto the hallowed turf of Blacktown International Sportspark for the first game of the 2016 Championship season.
Featuring some of the world’s very best softball talent, the seven national tournaments and two international series will give way to what are sure to be highlights on the 2016 Australian softball calendar.
The National Championships will kick off in Blacktown NSW, where the best female softballers will represent their state/territory at the highest level of national competition, for their right to the historical, 69th Gilley’s Shield. Defending champions, NSW Firestars, will be looking for their third consecutive win in their home state, after meeting Qld Heat in the finals for the last two years.
Sharing the grounds with their senior counterparts, the U17 girls will play it out for the Esther Deason Shield, while the U17 boys take on their opponents for the Arthur Allsopp Shield in Mirrabooka WA.
As the championships continue into January, we see some of our best up-and-coming talent on display, with the U15 and U19 men and women competing in NSW and Qld. NSW will be chasing another consecutive win from their U19 girls, who have found glory for the past four years of the national competition.
Whilst these games are at the grassroots of Australian softball, it is no secret all eyes will be on our open women, with selection for the two-game international series looming. Both held in February, Blacktown will play host to softball greatness when the Japanese National Team and The Red Terriers, who are currently classified as the world’s best women’s softball team, grace Australian shores to take on our own Aussie Spirit.
“Being able to facilitate exceptional talent not just from our own shores but from international sides, such as Japan and New Zealand, make 2016 a really exciting year for Softball Australia,” said Events Coordinator, Richard Constantino. “We have worked really hard to make sure these competitions give light to the talent we have here in Australia.”
2015 Most Valuable Player, Jade Wall, and our much loved Australian Captain, Stacey Porter will be those to keep a close eye on with selection for the World Championship just around the corner.
Tickets to all games as part of the 2016 Championship Season will be released soon.
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these competitions give light to the talent we have here in Australia, and also put the potential Softball as a sport has on display”
Last year’s National MVP Jade Wall, and our much loved Australian Captain, Stacey Porter will be those to keep a close eye on with selection for the World Championships just around the corner.
Tickets to all games as part of the 2016 Championship Season will be released…. and can be found …. Details of each tournament can be found below.