Edebone Weber Gilley's Shield
Round 1 Rosedale Park
Auckland, New Zealand
December 12 - 15
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29 June 2012
G'Day from Oklahoma City, USA where the Aussie Spirit Team arrived to start the journey to the World Championships in Whitehorse Yukon Canada commencing 13 July 2012.
After a 30 hour trip we then started a four day training camp & practice games against The Netherlands. The weather is hot, over 100 degrees!
The training camp was held at Oklahoma University who had recently competed in the College World Series and lost the final game of a best two out of three series by one run. The training facilities are great & we had the opportunity to have Patty Gasso (HC) talk to the girls about her recent experiences. Georgia Casey plays for the 'Sooners' & Coach Gasso spoke highly of the Aussie in their ranks!!
On Tuesday & Wednesday we had practice games against The Netherlands who have Karen Marr as their battery coach. Karen is well known in North Shore having previously coached numerous pitchers & catchers. Karen has been with The Netherlands Team as they prepare for World Champs. The Netherlands Team played good aggressive softball, however we beat them 8-5 & 9-0.
Today we started the World Cup of Softball which has teams from Brazil, Canada, The Netherlands, Puerto Rico & USA competing.
We commenced our campaign against Brazil, with North Shores own Kaia Parnaby starting the game. Kaia did a good job giving up one run on two hits. The defense made some great plays and offensively Bel White, Stacey Porter & Jodie Bowering hit towering HR's. Some good team hitting helped us defeat them 11-1.
Tomorrow we have a big day playing Canada & then Team USA.
The games are being streamed live on ESPN, so hopefully you can follow our progress. Go to the USA website for details.
Good luck to everyone for NS Strike Out Breast Cancer Day. We are thinking of you over here and hope a lot of money is raised for this worthy cause.
Thanks to everyone for your support & we look forward to sending updates of our journey to World Champs.
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