Emeralds squad named for Bendigo Challenge

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Author: Baseball Australia Media/Wednesday, 18 April 2018/Categories: News, Events, Women’s , Emeralds

The 38 strong squad will descend on the Strathfieldsaye Recreational Reserve in Bendigo from 8-11 June and will showcase the best female baseball talent Australia has to offer.

Following the Women’s Baseball Challenge, the squad will be trimmed from 38 to a team of 20, which will represent Australia from August 22-31 at the Women’s World Cup.

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16 representatives from the 2016 World Cup highlight the squad, including Tahnee Lovering and Tammy McMillan who were both named to the 2016 All-World Team after their performances in Korea.

Australian Emeralds Manager Simone Wearne believes the blend of youth and experience gives the squad significant depth

“Over half the squad we have selected are 25 or under, with eight players under the age of 18,” Wearne said.

“Those numbers are important for our program and show the depth that is coming through across the country. We have a number of veterans still pushing for selection, and this will no doubt assist in creating a really competitive environment for overall World Cup team selection.” 

Australia will face two of the world’s top teams in the opening round of the 2018 World Cup, and Wearne believes this series against Japan will hold her team in good stead.

“The Bendigo Challenge is another great opportunity for our players to be exposed to international game play, and more importantly, be thrown into an environment that is as close as possible to replicating World Cup play.”

“Any Japanese team we face is going to be a formidable opponent, and the coaching staff can’t wait to see what the players can produce when they come up against some of the best in the world.”

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