Canadian Senior Women’s National Team Set to Compete at General Tire World Cup of Softball

Published by Gilles LeBlanc

Published on July 07, 2014

(Irvine, California) The Canadian Senior Women’s National Softball Team is set to compete at the 2014 General Tire World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine, California this week (July 7-13). With renovations taking place at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, the event has been moved to Irvine this year.

  2014worldcuplogo.jpgThe event will feature seven national teams who will be competing in a single round robin, including Chinese Taipei, Canada, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States and Venezuela. The top two teams from the round robin will advance to the Gold medal games, while the third place team will take on the winner of a game between the fourth and fifth place teams for the Bronze medal. Canada’s first game will be against Japan at 4:30pm PDT (7:30pm EDT). Live scoring and webstreaming will be available through the event website.

Following the completion of the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX, Team Canada will then return to home soil in Surrey, BC to compete at the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship from July 15-21. The event – which will be played at Softball City – will feature Canada, Japan, Mexico and the United States, as well as four other international club teams from Spain (Basque Country), the NJCAA All-Stars, the Bloomington Lady Hearts and the White Rock Renegades. Team Canada will open its schedule against the Spain (Basque Country) team at 8:30pm PDT (11:30pm EDT) on July 15. Live scoring and webstreaming will be available through the event website.

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Team Canada will also be competing in an exhibition series in Southern Ontario from August 3-8 prior to traveling to Haarlem, Netherlands for the ISF XIV Women’s World Softball Championship, which will take place August 15-24.

The athletes who will represent Team Canada at the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX and the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship are:

Athletes

Name Hometown
Jenna Caira Toronto, ON
Larissa Franklin Maple Ridge, BC
Jennifer Gilbert Saskatoon, SK
Sara Groenewegen Surrey, BC
Megan Gurski Dalmeny, SK
Victoria Hayward Toronto, ON
Sara Hopwood Richmond, BC
Karissa Hovinga Edmonton, AB
Chelsea Jenner Abbotsford, BC
Caitlin Lever Buffalo, NY
Joey Lye Toronto, ON
Sara Plourde Fredericton, NB
Erika Polidori Brantford, ON
Kaleigh Rafter Guelph, ON
Brooke Seneshen Winnipeg, MB
Carey-Leigh Thomas Ohsweken, ON
Megan Timpf Port Dover, ON
Natalie Wideman Mississauga, ON
Jennifer Yee North Delta, BC 

Coaching Staff

Position Name Hometown
Head Coach Mark Smith Falmouth, NS
Assistant Coach Melissa Basilio Pickering, ON
Assistant Coach Glenn Boles St. Catharines, ON
Assistant Coach Rob Guenter Victoria, BC
Assistant Coach Dave Paetkau Abbotsford, BC
Assistant Coach Ken Leavoy Vancouver, BC
Assistant Coach Haylee O’Neill Winnipeg, MB
Team Leader Lisa Down Saskatoon, SK
WNT Manager Alison Bradley Pinkerton, ON
Physiotherapist Laurie Freebairn Maple Ridge, BC
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner Don Griffis Vancouver, BC

General Tire World Cup of Softball IX
Team Canada Schedule

Date Game Time Media
July 7 Canada vs. Japan 4:30pm PDT Stats | Stream
July 8 Canada vs. Chinese Taipei 4:30pm PDT Stats | Stream
July 9 Canada vs. Philippines 11:00am PDT Stats | Stream
  Canada vs. Venezuela 2:00pm PDT Stats | Stream
July 10 Canada vs. United States 6:00pm PDT Stats | ESPN   
July 12 Canada vs. Mexico 12:30pm PDT Stats | Stream
July 13 Placement Games TBD Stats | Stream

*Click here to view the full schedule


Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship
Team Canada Schedule

Date Game Time Media
July 15 Canada vs. Spain (Basque Country) 8:30pm PDT Stats | Stream
July 16 Canada vs. NJCAA All Stars 3:00pm PDT Stats | Stream
  Canada vs. Mexico 7:00pm PDT Stats | Stream
July 17 Canada vs. Japan 6:30pm PDT Stats | Stream
July 18 Canada vs. Bloomington Lady Hearts 1:00pm PDT Stats | Stream
  Canada vs. United States 6:30pm PDT Stats | Stream
July 19 Canada vs. White Rock Renegades 1:00pm PDT Stats | Stream
July 20 Playoff Round TBD Stats | Stream
July 21 Medal Round TBD Stats | Stream

*Click here to view the full schedule

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Softball Canada
gleblanc@softball.ca
613-523-3386 ext. 3105

 

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