Softball Australia’s domestic international competition continues to grow with three additional nations set to join Australia, New Zealand and Japan to create a six nation series this coming February.
The freshly named – 2018 Asia Pacific Cup – is set to be played out of Blacktown International Sportspark, NSW from February 1-4. Blacktown will play host to six of the WBSC top twelve ranked teams in women’s softball:
This comes as an expansion on the previously named International Down Under Series, which has in the past seen the likes of our own Aussie Spirit, the NZ Whitesox and Team Japan battle it out on Australian soil. The series has for the past two years been won by the WBSC’s number one ranked team – Japan.
Softball Australia CEO Chet Gray is looking forward to the competition and the opportunities it brings.
“It’s an exciting prospect to be having six of the top twelve ranked teams in women’s softball playing here in Australia. We plan on hosting the Asia Pacific Cup as an annual event, providing us a solid domestic platform for growth in the lead up to qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games”.
Teams will arrive to Sydney in late January to make the most of the Australian summer as they also use this as preparation for the upcoming 2018 WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship.