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Softball Canada – (Surrey, B.C.) Fresh off a bronze-medal finish at the US World Cup of Softball XII in Oklahoma City last week, the Women’s National Team will begin its Canada Cup schedule against the Philippines at 6:00pm PDT tonight at Softball City. The Canadian Women’s Elite team and the Junior Women’s National Team are also competing at the event, with both registering wins in their opening game.
 
The Canada Cup features a total of 15 teams divided into four pools, including nine Women’s National Teams and six other teams. International-level teams include No. 1 Japan, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Australia, No. 7 Puerto Rico, No. 9 Chinese Taipei, No. 10 Mexico, No. 16 Venezuela, No. 17 Philippines and No. 38 Pakistan. The clubs rounding out the tournament are the Canadian Junior Women’s National Team and Women’s Elite Teams, as well as the NJCAA National Team, the Quebec Rebelles, the Calahoo Erins and U21 Team BC.
 
The top two teams from each opening round pool will advance to the championship round-robin in the second round, while the other teams will be placed in a placement pool round-robin. Following the second round, the top two teams from each of the two championship round-robin sections will earn double life in the playoff round, with the bottom two teams of each section earning single life.
 
Following the completion of the Canada Cup, the Women’s National Team will take a short break before regrouping in Oakville, Ont. for training prior to travelling to Akron, Ohio for a two-game exhibition series with the Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League. The team will then travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to compete in the WBSC Americas Pan American Women’s Softball Championship from August 4-13. Canada will also compete in the Japan Cup from August 25-28.
 
The Junior Women’s National team will compete in the WBSC Junior Women’s World Softball Championship July 24-30 in Clearwater, Florida.
 
The athletes who will represent the Canadian Women’s National Team at the Canada Cup are:
 

Athletes 

First Name Last Name Hometown
Jenna Caira Toronto, Ont.
Sarah Chow Victoria, B.C. 
Larissa Franklin Maple Ridge, B.C. 
Sara Groenewegen Surrey, B.C.
Victoria Hayward Toronto, Ont. 
Karissa Hovinga Edmonton, Alta. 
Kelsey Jenkins Delta, B.C. 
Joey Lye Toronto, Ont. 
Sara Plourde Lac Baker, N.B. 
Erika Polidori Brantford, Ont. 
Kaleigh Rafter Guelph, Ont. 
Jenn Salling Port Coquitlam, B.C. 
Holly Speers Surrey, B.C. 
Carey-Leigh Vyse Ohsweken, Ont. 
Natalie Wideman Mississauga, Ont. 

[/english/programs/national-teams/womens-elite-team/roster.html]Click here to view the Women’s Elite Team
[/english/programs/national-teams/junior-womens-national-team/roster.html]Click here to view the Junior Women’s National Team

Umpires

First Name Last Name Hometown
Marni Bodnarchuk Langley, B.C.
Scott McLaren Penticton, B.C.
Aaron Poulin Hope, B.C.
Rob Straetmans Hamilton, Ont.
Susan Strafford Burnaby, B.C.
Al Strang Richmond, B.C.

Schedule

Date Game Time / Result Media
July 9 Canada Junior vs. Calahoo Erins  W 4-1 Recap | Stats
July 10 Canada Elite vs. U21 Team BC W 9-5 Recap | Stats
July 11 Canada WNT vs. Philippines 6:00pm PDT Stats
July 12 Canada WNT vs. Pakistan 10:00am PDT Stats
  Canada Junior vs. Venezuela 12:30pm PDT Stats
  Canada Elite vs. Puerto Rico 3:00pm PDT Stats
  Canada Junior vs. Australia 7:00pm PDT Stats
  Canada WNT vs. Chinese Taipei 7:00pm PDT Stats
July 13 Second Round TBD Stats
July 14 Second Round TBD Stats
July 15 Playoff Round TBD Stats
July 16 Playoff Round TBD Stats
July 17 Medal Round TBD Stats

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For more information, please contact:

Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing & Communications
Softball Canada
p: (613) 523-3386 ext. 3105 | m: (613) 795-1996
w: www.softball.ca | e: gleblanc@softball.ca