AP Cup Teams confirmed ahead of Olympic selection

AP Cup Teams confirmed ahead of Olympic selection

The Softball Australia Open Women’s selection panel is pleased to announce the Travelodge Aussie Spirit and Australia A teams to compete in the Australia Pacific Cup from 30 January – 2 February at Blacktown International Sportspark.

Both teams consist of the 32 players who received an invitation to play in the Australia Pacific Cup (AP Cup) following the Open Women’s National Championship which was held at Mirrabooka in Perth from 4 – 10 January and won for the fourth year in a row by the New South Wales Firestars.

“The level of competition at this year’s National Championship was brilliant across the entire tournament, so we’ve got a lot of confidence in the teams we’ve named for the AP Cup,” said Travelodge Aussie Spirit Head Coach Laing Harrow.

“It’s a really important tournament for us to get elite-level game time in, as well as competing with three of the teams we’ll be facing in Tokyo, that’s a great opportunity.

“Our options are wide open with all thirty-two players to be considered for that next step on the road to the Olympics.”

Following the AP Cup and Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball, 23 players will be selected to travel to the United States for the National Professional Fastpitch league where they’ll compete under the banner of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota beginning in May.

The two teams are as follows:

Travelodge Aussie Spirit

  • Janice Blackman (Qld)
  • Michelle Cox (NSW)
  • Chelsea Forkin (Qld)
  • Leigh Godfrey (WA)
  • Shannon Keevers (NSW)
  • Tahli Moore (NSW)
  • Stacey Porter (NSW)
  • Ellen Roberts (NSW)
  • Brooke Spence (Qld)
  • Tarni Stepto (NSW)
  • Steph Trzcinski (SA)
  • Taylah Tsitsikronis (NSW)
  • Belinda White (SA)
  • Stacey McManus (NSW)
  • Kaia Parnaby (NSW)
  • Jade Wall (Qld)

Australia A

  • Maddie Cameron (SA)
  • Amelia Cudicio (NSW)
  • Mya Geros (NSW)
  • Georgia Hood (SA)
  • Charisma Kerr (Qld)
  • Rachel Lack (NSW)
  • Jordan Lambert (SA)
  • Verity Long-Droppert (WA)
  • Gabbie Plain (NSW)
  • Chelsea Robinson (SA)
  • Justine Smethurst (Qld)
  • Carmie Sorensen (Qld)
  • Jess Torpey (Qld)
  • Brianna Trim (NSW)*
  • Sasha Willems (NSW)*
  • Tamieka Whitefield (Qld)

Injured players Leah Parry (WA) and Clare Warwick (ACT) will also travel to Blacktown to assist both teams during the tournament.

*Please note, Sasha Willems competed for WA and Brianna Trim for Victoria in the 2020 Open Women’s National Championship.

Four of the six nations qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are set to compete in the AP Cup; the Travelodge Aussie Spirit and Australia A will be joined by Mexico, Italy while the 2020 Games host nation and World Number Two Japan again make the trip Down Under.

Chinese Taipei and New Zealand complete the field set to compete in Blacktown.

The AP Cup will be immediately followed by the Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball from 3 – 5 February, 2020 at Blacktown International Sportspark. The Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball is an exciting, fast-paced take on the traditional game with only three innings, shorter fences and loaded bases for every inning. Six teams made up of international softball stars compete over three days with the winner crowned on the final day.

The final day of the AP Cup and the entire Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS Australia and stream on Kayo, check local guides for times.

Tickets for both events are available for purchase now via Humanitix.

To purchase tickets to the AP Cup, please visit https://events.humanitix.com.au/2020-australia-pacific-cup

To purchase tickets to the Summer Slam – Fully Loaded Softball, please visit www.humanitix.com.au/2020-summer-slam.