Aussie Spirit to tour North America

Jessica Torpey - photo credit Sam Donkin Photography

Aussie Spirit to tour North America

The Australian women’s team will travel to North America in July, to compete in two prestigious tournaments, the World Cup of Softball and the Canada Cup.

The World Cup of Softball will be played in Oklahoma City, from 5-9 July, and feature eight teams, including the top four WBSC ranked nations – Japan (1), USA (2), Canada (3) and Australia (4). Joining those teams are Puerto Rico (7), Mexico (10), Philippines (17) and the USA Junior Women’s National Team.

The Canada Cup will be played in Surrey, just outside of Vancouver, from 11-17 July and will feature some of the world’s top national teams.

The majority of the players selected in the Australian team were part of the recent tour to Japan for the Toyota Cup, where the Aussie Spirit played five games for a 3-2 win-loss record.

For the upcoming tour, there are two newcomers to the team, with Jordan Lambert and Jessica Torpey set to play with the Aussie Spirit for the first time.

Both Lambert, an infielder from SA, and Torpey, a utility from Queensland, played for the All-Stars team at the International Down Under Series at Blacktown in February.

Australia’s participation in the World Cup of Softball and Canada Cup is part of Softball Australia’s high-performance program, which is focused on getting to the next Olympics and performing well in Tokyo and beyond.

Australian team for the World Cup of Softball and Canada Cup

Jessica Bahn (Vic) Leigh Godfrey – Vice Captain (WA) Erin Thras (Qld)
Georgia Blair (Qld) Jordan Lambert (SA) Jessica Torpey (Qld)
Amelia Cudicio (NSW) Kaia Parnaby (NSW) Taylah Tsitsikronis (NSW)
Jackie Di Siervi (Vic) Stacey Porter – Captain (NSW) Clare Warwick – Vice Captain (ACT)
Jemma Freegard (WA) Ellen Roberts (NSW) Belinda White (SA)
Simone Freeman (NSW) Carmelle Sorensen (Qld)