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Defending champions team to beat in feast of top play

Tigers pitcher Mick Gorman in action at last year's Switch Moneyball tournament in Ipswich.
Tigers pitcher Mick Gorman in action at last year's Switch Moneyball tournament in Ipswich. Inga Williams

THE third annual Switch Moneyball, winner-take-it-all men's softball tournament returns to Ipswich this weekend.

Defending champions, the Canberra Namadgi Dragons, have honoured their intention from last year and will return to Ipswich to defend the title.

Australian representive Zenon Winters will lead the way for the Namadgi Dragons as one of the sport's in-form batters.

Adam Fokard, one of the world's leading pitchers, will also back up for the Dragons.

Namadgi are keen for back-to-back titles with a number of Australian Steelers Open men's players like James Todhunter, Shaun Goffer, Aaron Cockman and James Brownlow in the squad.

This year there will be five teams chasing a prize pool of $5000 going to the victorious team.

Besides the Dragons, there will be a local team (Rebels), Toowoomba Dodgers who finished third last year, Redland Scorpions and Brisbane Bruins.

The tournament is at the Chubb Street softball fields at One Mile.

Moneyball co-ordinator Matt Denkel expected tight competition over the three days.

"There are so many great players taking the diamonds and I believe any of the teams have line-ups that can push their claim for a grand final berth,'' Denkel said.

"Don't forget there will be the home run derby on Saturday night. Come down to see some of the big hitters hitting the ball out of the park."

Games start on Friday afternoon with Scorpions facing Dodgers at noon.

Saturday's games start at noon.

The grand final is at 1.45pm on Sunday.

Prior to the final, a memorial exhibition game between some of the best masters players from South East Queensland.

The exhibition memorial game on Sunday is in honour of former Ipswich and Redlands player Sean "Beanie" Mancktelow.

"Beanie'' graced the softball diamonds for many years and was recently departed after a short illness.

His teammates and opponents felt that this game would be a wonderful tribute.

Game day

Switch Moneyball tournament schedule

Friday

Noon: Scorpions v Dodgers

2pm: Dragons v Rebels

4pm: Bruins v Dodgers; Scorpions v Rebels

6pm: Bruins v Dragons

Saturday

Noon: Bruins v Scorpions; Rebels v Dodgers

2pm: Dragons v Dodgers

4pm: Bruins v Rebels, Dragons v Scorpions

6pm: Home Run Derby

6.30pm: 1 v 2 semi final

Sunday

Games from 9am.

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