Additional Athletes Added to 2018 Open Women’s Squad

The Aussie Spirit team before the Asia Pacific Cup final against Japan. Pictures courtesy of Sam Donkin Photography

Additional Athletes Added to 2018 Open Women’s Squad

Softball Australia would like to congratulate the seven additional athletes who have today been officially added to the 2018 Open Women’s Squad.  Following some good performances at both the Gilley’s Shield and the Asia Pacific Cup in Sydney, the additional players will make up a final list of 30 athletes in this year’s squad.

Tabitha Callander (WA)

Madeline Cameron (SA)

Shannon Keevers (NSW)

Verity Long-Droppert (WA)

Chelsea Robinson (SA)

Vanessa Stokes (ACT)

Stacey Webber (Qld)


In what has been identified as the most important year for softball in Australia as we look toward the 2018 World Championships and 2020 Olympic Qualification, the squad will ensure depth in a variety of positions.

“The Asia Pacific Cup provided extra opportunity for players to show us what they were capable of, particularly against some first class international competition”, said Head Coach Fabian Barlow.  “We’re excited that we have a strong list of 30 players to select from when it comes to the 2018 World Championships and also the upcoming NPF season”.

Unfortunately, Georgia Casey (NSW) has had to withdraw from the squad.

Please see below a full list of the final 2018 Open Women’s Squad:

Tabitha Callander (WA)                                  Chelsea Robinson (SA)

Madeline Cameron (SA)                                  Justine Smethurst (QLD)

Michelle Cox (NSW)                                         Carmelle Sorensen (QLD)

Amelia Cudicio (NSW)                                     Tarni Stepto (NSW)

Chelsea Forkin (Qld)                                        Vanessa Stokes (ACT)

Leigh Godfrey (WA)                                         Erin Thras (QLD)

Shannon Keevers (NSW)                                 Jessica Torpey (QLD)

Jordan Lambert (SA)                                       Stephanie Trzcinski (SA)

Rachel Lack (NSW)                                          Taylah Tsitsikronis (NSW)

Verity Long-Droppert   (WA)                         Jade Wall (QLD)

Stacey McManus (NSW)                                 Clare Warwick (ACT)

Kaia Parnaby  (NSW)                                       Melinda Weaver (QLD)

Samantha Poole (NSW)                                   Stacey Webber (QLD)

Stacey Porter (NSW)                                        Belinda White (SA)

Ellen Roberts (NSW)                                        Tamieka Whitefield (QLD)

Stay tuned for the final announcement of the 2018 World Championship team that is coming next Friday 16th February.