Queenslanders, Jodie Bowering, Jocelyn McCallum, Carmelle Sorenson, Jade Wall helped Aussie Spirit to a third place finish at the 2011 Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship. Aussie Spirit competed against national teams from Canada, Japan, the USA and Venezuela at the tournament played in Surrey earlier this month. The team then went on to participate in the USA World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma where they were aiming to build on their performance at the Canadian Open.
Finishing in 4th place at the World Cup, Australia played the USA, Japan, Canada, Great Britain and the Czech Republic. They got off to a great start with a convincing 11-0 win over Czech Republic, followed by a 7-1 win over Great Britain later in the day. Unfortunately Aussie Spirit went down to both Japan (3-0) and the USA (5-2) but bounced back to defeat Canada 8-3. Australia then played Canada again for the bronze medal leaving Japan to take on the USA for the gold medal.
Congratulations to Jade Wall and Stacey Porter on being named in the Canada Cup All Star Team at the conclusion of that event.
The combined results from the Canadian Open and USA World Cup will help the Aussie Spirit gauge how much work they have ahead of them if they are to match the best teams at the 2012 International Softball Federation Women’s World Championship.