Schedule set for Aussie Spirit’s pro league debut

Schedule set for Aussie Spirit’s pro league debut

The Aussie Spirit will play 48 games in their debut season in the 2018 National Pro Fastpitch League.

The NPF schedule, released today, features the Spirit playing in the first 12 games against the Beijing Eagles before the other teams – the Cleveland Comets, Chicago Bandits and USSSA Pride – begin their seasons.

AUSSIE SPIRITStarting on May 19, the Aussie Spirit will play their first game at their base at Missouri Western State University.  During the season they will play “home” games at various stadiums in Missouri and surrounding states.

The Aussie Spirit team is taking shape, with 17 players signing contracts so far.

Taylah Tsitsikronis, who already has two seasons of NPF experience with the Pennsylvania Rebellion and the Chicago Bandits, was the first Aussie Spirit player to sign for 2018. Now 16 others have joined her, with more expected to sign in coming days.

Aussie Spirit Head Coach Fabian Barlow believes the 48-game schedule will be the ideal preparation for the XVI Women’s Softball World Championship in Chiba, Japan, from August 2-12.

“It’s a great opportunity for the players and for our program for 2018 and in the longer term,” Barlow says. “It gives us some high-level competition and in a full-time training environment, which will help us prepare for the World Championship.

“The standard of play is very high, with some of the best players in the world competing, so we couldn’t ask for a better preparation.

“And looking to the future, it creates opportunities for the players to become semi-professional and gain the benefits that come with being a full-time athlete. If all goes well and we qualify for the Olympics, the NPF will provide the ideal preparation leading up to Tokyo.”

The Aussie Spirit’s final NPF game will be against the Cleveland Comets on July 18, after which they will travel to Japan.

 

Aussie Spirit players who have signed to play in the NPF

Tabitha Callendar (WA) Jordan Lambert (SA) Ellen Roberts (NSW) Clare Warwick (ACT)
Michelle Cox (NSW) Verity Long-Droppert Justine Smethurst (Qld) Belinda White (SA)
Leigh Godfrey (WA) Stacey McManus (NSW) Stephanie Trzcinski (SA)
Rachel Lack (NSW) Kaia Parnaby (NSW) Taylah Tsitsikronis (NSW)
Shannon Keevers (SA) Stacey Porter (NSW) Jade Wall (Qld)

 

2018 NPF SCHEDULE

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM LOCATION
May 19 Beijing Eagles @ Aussie Spirit Missouri Western State University
May 20 Beijing Eagles @ Aussie Spirit Missouri Western State University
May 21 Beijing Eagles @ Aussie Spirit St. Joseph, MO
May 22 Beijing Eagles @ Aussie Spirit Springfield, MO
May 23 Beijing Eagles (DH) @ Aussie Spirit Springfield, MO
May 25 Aussie Spirit @ Beijing Eagles TBA
May 26 Aussie Spirit @ Beijing Eagles TBA
May 27 Aussie Spirit @ Beijing Eagles TBA
May 28 Aussie Spirit @ Beijing Eagles TBA
May 29 Aussie Spirit (DH) @ Beijing Eagles TBA
May 30 Aussie Spirit @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
May 31 Aussie Spirit @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
Cleveland Comets @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
June 1 Cleveland Comets @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
Aussie Spirit @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
June 2 Cleveland Comets @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
Aussie Spirit @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
June 3 Cleveland Comets @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
USSSA Pride @ Beijing Eagles TBA
June 4 Aussie Spirit @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
June 5 Beijing Eagles @ Cleveland Comets Parma, OH
Aussie Spirit @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
June 6 Beijing Eagles @ Cleveland Comets Parma, OH
Chicago Bandits @ Aussie Spirit Hutchison, KS
June 7 Beijing Eagles @ Cleveland Comets Parma, OH
Chicago Bandits @ Aussie Spirit  Wichita, KS
June 8 Chicago Bandits @ Aussie Spirit Wichita, KS
USSSA Pride @ Cleveland Comets Parma, OH
June 9 Chicago Bandits @ Aussie Spirit TBA
USSSA Pride @ Cleveland Comets Parma, OH
June 10 Chicago Bandits @ Aussie Spirit TBA
USSSA Pride @ Cleveland Comets Parma, OH
June 11 Chicago Bandits @ Aussie Spirit TBA
June 12 Cleveland Comets @ Beijing Eagles TBA
June 13 Cleveland Comets @ Beijing Eagles TBA
June 14 Cleveland Comets @ Beijing Eagles TBA
June 15 Cleveland Comets @ Beijing Eagles TBA
June 16 Cleveland Comets @ Beijing Eagles TBA
Aussie Spirit @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
June 17 Cleveland Comets @ Beijing Eagles TBA
Aussie Spirit (DH) @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
June 18 Cleveland Comets @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
June 19 Cleveland Comets @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
June 20 Cleveland Comets @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
Chicago Bandits @ Beijing Eagles TBA
June 21 Chicago Bandits @ Beijing Eagles TBA
June 22 Chicago Bandits @ Beijing Eagles TBA
June 23 Chicago Bandits (DH) @ Beijing Eagles TBA
June 24 Chicago Bandits @ Beijing Eagles TBA
June 25 Chicago Bandits @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
Cleveland Comets @ Aussie Spirit Kansas City, MO
June 26 Chicago Bandits @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
Cleveland Comets @ Aussie Spirit Kansas City, MO
June 27 Chicago Bandits @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
Cleveland Comets @ Aussie Spirit Kansas City, MO
June 28 Cleveland Comets @ Aussie Spirit Kansas City, MO
June 29 Cleveland Comets @ Aussie Spirit Kansas City, MO
USSSA Pride @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
June 30 Cleveland Comets @ Aussie Spirit Kansas City, MO
USSSA Pride @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
July 1 USSSA Pride @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
July 2 Beijing Eagles @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
July 3 Beijing Eagles @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
Aussie Spirit @ Cleveland Comets TBA
July 4 Beijing Eagles @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
Aussie Spirit @ Cleveland Comets TBA
July 5 Beijing Eagles @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
Aussie Spirit @ Cleveland Comets TBA
July 6 Beijing Eagles (DH) @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
Aussie Spirit @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
July 7 Aussie Spirit (DH) @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
July 8 Beijing Eagles @ Chicago Bandits  Rosemont, IL
July 9 Beijing Eagles @ Chicago Bandits  Rosemont, IL
USSSA Pride @ Aussie Spirit Kansas City, MO.
July 10 Beijing Eagles @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
USSSA Pride @ Aussie Spirit Kansas City, MO.
July 11 Beijing Eagles @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
USSSA Pride @ Aussie Spirit Creighton University – Omaha, NE
July 12 Beijing Eagles (DH) @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
USSSA Pride @ Aussie Spirit Iowa State University – Ames, IA
July 13 USSSA Pride @ Aussie Spirit Iowa State University – Ames, IA
July 14 USSSA Pride @ Aussie Spirit Iowa State University – Ames, IA
Beijing Eagles(DH) @ Cleveland Comets  Canton, OH
July 15 Beijing Eagles @ Cleveland Comets Canton, OH
July 16 Aussie Spirit @ Cleveland Comets TBA
July 17 Aussie Spirit @ Cleveland Comets TBA
USSSA Pride @ Beijing Eagles TBA
July 18 Aussie Spirit @ Cleveland Comets TBA
USSSA Pride @ Beijing Eagles TBA
July 19 USSSA Pride @ Beijing Eagles TBA
July 20 USSSA Pride (DH) @ Beijing Eagles Viera, FL
Cleveland Comets @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
July 21 Cleveland Comets @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
July 23 Cleveland Comets @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
July 24 Cleveland Comets @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
July 25 Cleveland Comets @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
July 26 Chicago Bandits @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
July 27 Chicago Bandits @ USSSA Pride Viera, FL
July 28 Chicago Bandits @ USSSA Pride  Viera, FL
July 31 Chicago Bandits @ Cleveland Comets Avon, OH
August 1 Chicago Bandits @ Cleveland Comets Avon, OH
August 2 Chicago Bandits @ Cleveland Comets Avon, OH
August 3 Chicago Bandits @ Cleveland Comets Avon, OH
August 4 Chicago Bandits @ Cleveland Comets Avon, OH
August 5 Chicago Bandits @ Cleveland Comets Avon, OH
August 6 USSSA Pride @ Cleveland Comets  Avon, OH
August 7 USSSA Pride @ Cleveland Comets Avon, OH
August 8 USSSA Pride @ Cleveland Comets Avon, OH
August 10 USSSA Pride @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
August 11 USSSA Pride @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
August 12 USSSA Pride @ Chicago Bandits Rosemont, IL
August 16-20 Championship Series TBA


About National Pro Fastpitch

National Pro Fastpitch, an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success.

The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Spirit, Beijing Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China, among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.