Diamond fever to fire up for international U15 clash tonight

WITH a new Ipswich softball season up and running, the city is bracing for two major events over the next fortnight.

The first is tonight at the Chubb Street grounds at One Mile.

The Raiders softball team is hosting two matches involving the New Zealand under-15 representative side.

Each year the New Zealand team visits Queensland on a stopover to practice before heading to the South Australian Labour Day tournament to compete.

Tonight's program, from 6pm, is the first year any team that plays under the Ipswich Softball Association banner has secured one of the representative games.

"It will be one of our biggest nights this year," Raiders Softball Club vice-president Lisa Butler said.

"For some it is a once in a lifetime chance to play against an international softball team."

Ipswich spectators are welcome to watch the games.

The 20 players from New Zealand will be accompanied by leading officials and coaches.

Another important event coming up at the One Mile complex is the largest first prize money softball tournament in Australia's history.

It is being called theswitch MONEYBALL Fastpitch Softball tournament.

With the support of the Ipswich City Council, Ipswich Softball Association officials will host the tournament from October 10-12.

The inaugural theswitch MONEYBALL event will feature open men and masters players competing against each other in highly competitive and exciting softball across the weekend.

More than 120 players and eight teams from around Australia and overseas are expected to compete.

World-class pitchers are also listed to show their skills.

A number of activities will coincide with next month's theswitch MONEYBALL tournament at One Mile.

Free Aussie Steelers coaching clinics are being planned for juniors.

"The Beach" social hub is being set up for players and spectators to relax, mingle and enjoy the fun.

The Plus Fitness 24/7 Windsor $1000 Home Run contest is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

A "Legends Of Fastball'' Masters Exhibition match on October 11 will showcase great players of the past.

Softball fans are invited to catch the three-day action at the George and Eileen Hastings Sporting Complex in Chubb Street.

In opening round Ipswich competition matches on Saturday, defending A/A2 women's champions Tigers had a comfortable 28-2 win over Outlaws. Raiders beat Musketeers 18-1 in the other clash.

Winners in the first week of men's A-grade fixtures were Muskets Black Cats, Giants, Outlaws, Bombers Blue and Rebels.

Bombers Blue beat Bombers Red 23-8 in B grade women's games.

NZ visit

Tonight's program at the Chubb Street softball grounds, One Mile

  • 6pm: Players warm up
  • 6.30pm: First game
  • 8pm: Second game
  • 9pm: Finish and presentation

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