Month: December 2017

2017 Year in Review – SI National Club Championships

The 2017 edition of the Softball Ireland National Club Championships (SINCC) was hosted by Softball Ulster on a cold and wet September morning.

The annual competition saw the winner of the 2017 Leinster Premier League – TNT play the 2017 Ulster League Champions – Belfast Brawlers for the National Club Championships.

Softball Ulster were great hosts with both teams arriving to a full fenced diamond and good quality infield considering the time of the year. SINCC acted as a prelude to the Softball Ulster end of season tournament.

The game itself was somewhat one sided with TNT jumping out to a 11-2 lead in the first inning after which they never gave the Brawlers a chance to get back into the game. The final score on the day was 26-3.

TNT as 2017 SINCC winners will join Dodder, the 2016 winners, in representing Ireland at the European Club Championships in Italy in 2018.

An infield softball.

2017 Year In Review – Junior World Championships, Clearwater, Florida

Ireland participated in its first Junior (U19) World Championships in July 2017 in Clearwater Florida. 14 previously uncapped Players represented Ireland in the historic tournament recording 3 wins and finishing a respectable 18th out of 26 entries.

Unfortunately, Ireland’s preparations for the tournament were severely hampered by mother nature, with Ireland only able to have one outdoor session and one exhibition in advance of the tournament.

Ireland’s group for the tournament was affectionately known as the group of death as Ireland drew Canada, China, Mexico, Great Britain and Korea.

After a slow start as the team got to know each other, Ireland beat Korea in the last round of group games and this was the start of a streak as Ireland followed up with wins over Israel and Peru to set-up a re-match with Korea for 17/18 placing, ultimately losing but not before making an un-heard of jump of the rankings. Ireland’s finish at the tournament does not do the team justice as the other teams in the group finished at the top end of the tournament.

Next up for the Jnr Women’s team will be the 2018 European Championships which Ireland will enter with the confidence of having the majority of the roster still eligible from 2017.

Ireland Finish 2017 ranked Top 20 in the World

Ireland Women’s National Softball Team earns No. 20 spot in WBSC Women’s World Softball Rankings

Just 3 years into its Women’s fastpitch programme, Softball Ireland is thrilled to announce that Ireland have become the No. 20 ranked team in the world according to the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Softball Rankings released today. Team Ireland are now the fifth highest ranked European team in the World. Ireland’s World Ranking points are based on 2 years of tournament play compared to the 4 years of most other nations. Continue reading “Ireland Finish 2017 ranked Top 20 in the World”