The International Down Under Series kicks off today at 2.30pm when the Aussie Gold host the Japanese women’s national team. The four-team round-robin tournament at Blacktown International Sportspark in NSW features four teams: Aussie Gold, Aussie Green, world number 1, Japan and New Zealand. Australia and New Zealand resume the Trans-Tasman rivalry softball style at 5.00pm when the Aussie Gold take on the New Zealand White Sox.
The tournament marks the start of Australia’s preparation for Women’s World Softball Championship that will be played in Vancouver, Canada in July. Head Coach, Fabian Barlow, has 30 players in Blacktown to fill the rosters of the Green and Gold (click here for team line-ups). “The Australian squad is really excited about the opportunity to play two quality international teams like Japan and NZ. Players on all national teams here this weekend want to showcase their skills and talents to gain World Championship selection for Vancouver in July. That will bring out the best in all of the players and I’m sure provide some very competitive games and great individual performances”, said Barlow.
The Aussie women are competing for positions on the VIA Aussie Spirit team that will represent Australia at the World Championship.
Japan has been in Blacktown all week for their preseason training camp before the players join their teams in the Japan Women’s Softball League. Five of the Japanese players will return to Blacktown on 17 February for their team training camp with the Japan Toyota Red Terriers.
The New Zealand White Sox arrived at Blacktown yesterday to start their preparation for the tournament and World Championship. This tournament concludes with the Final taking place at 1.30pm.
All games played at Diamond 1 will be streamed live on SAL Productions, Softball Australia’s Game YouTube Channel.
Tickets for the tournament are available on-line, attracting a 20% discount (click here) and at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Blacktown International Sportspark, 81 Eastern Road, Rooty Hill, NSW
Day 1 – Friday 5 February 2016
2.30pm Aussie Gold vs Japan (Diamond 1)
5.00pm Aussie Gold vs New Zealand (Diamond 1)
5.00pm Japan vs Aussie Green (Diamond 2)
7.30pm Opening Ceremony (Diamond 1)
8.00pm Aussie Green vs New Zealand (Diamond 1)
Day 2 – Saturday 6 February
11.30am Aussie Green vs Aussie Gold (Diamond 1)
11.30am New Zealand vs Japan (Diamond 2)
2.30pm Aussie Green vs Japan (Diamond 1)
5.00pm New Zealand vs Aussie Gold (Diamond 2)
6.00pm Curtain Raiser (Diamond 1)
7.30pm New Zealand vs Aussie Green (Diamond 2)
8.00pm Japan vs Aussie Gold (Diamond 1)
Day 3 – Sunday 7 February
11.00am Japan vs New Zealand (Diamond 1)
11.00am Aussie Gold vs Aussie Green (Diamond 2)
1.30pm Ladder Pos #3 vs Ladder Pos #4 (Diamond 2)
1.30pm Ladder Pos #1 vs Ladder Pos #2 (Diamond 1) – Championship Final
Closing Ceremony (Diamond 1)
For more information about the Event, click here.