July2008

Tri-Nations Cup in Kitchener

July 2, 2008

Kitchener, ON


KITCHENER – Softball fans in the Waterloo Region and area, are in for a major treat.
 
Three of the top women’s team with gather in Kitchener for The Road to Beijing Tri Nations Cup Series. It will be held July 6-7-8 at the Peter Hallman Ball Yard.
 
The three are the national teams on Canada, Australia and Japan. They are rated among the top five in the world.
 
Play in the three-day series is round-robin with Canada meeting Australia in the opening game on Sunday at 7 p.m. The Aussies are ranked No. 3 in the world while Canada is fifth.
 
Adding to the exciting opening night is an exhibition slo-pitch game between the Kitchener Rangers and a team of local and area personnel.
 
The Rangers are coming off an exciting hockey season, winning the Ontario Hockey League championship and hosting the Memorial Cup playoffs. They made it to the finals, but lost to the Spokane Chiefs.
 
The exhibition game is set for 4 p.m.
 
Japan, the number 2 ranked team in the world behind the United States, doesn’t see any action until Monday night when it plays two games. The Japanese will go against Australia at 6 o’clock followed by Canada at 8:30.
 
Following round-robin play, the top team advances to the championship game on Tuesday night at 6 o’clock. The second and third place finishers will play at 4 o’clock with the winner going to the championship match.
 
Two members of the Canadian team have ties to the K-W Area.
 
Outfielder Alison Bradley hails from Pinkerton while catcher Kaleigh Rafter is from Guelph.
 
Bradley has been with the national team since 2002 and competed in the 2004 Olympic Games. She is a member of the International Softball Federation athletic commission.
 
This is Rafter’s second season with the national team. In addition to being a catcher, Rafter can also play first base and third base. She is a graduate of St. James High School.
 
Lori Sippel, the Canadian team head coach, is no stranger to the K-W area. She hails from the Stratford area and played senior ball in Milverton.
 
A pass for the tournament is $20 for adults land $10 for youth 18 years and under. Daily admission is $8 for adults and $4 for youths.
 
Following the Tri-Nations Cup, the teams will head to Surrey, B.C. for the Canada Cup. From there it’s on to Japan for several exhibition games and then to Beijing for the Olympic Games.
 
 
For further info or questions, contact:
 
Ray Alviano
 
 
Phone – 519-893-4684


KITCHENER - The hockey season may be long over, but Kitchener Ranger fans will have an opportunity to see some of their favorite players in action, but it won’t be on the ice.
 
A team of Ranger players, plus the coaching staff, will take on the media in an exhibition slo-pitch game on Sunday at the Peter Hallman Ball Yard.
 
The game will help kick off The Road To Beijing Tri-Nations Cup. It will be a round-robin series over three days (July 6-7-8) and involves three of the top rated women’s softball teams in the world, Canada, Japan and Australia.
 
Scheduled to suit up for the Rangers will Justin Azevedo, Matt Halischuk, Nick Spaling, Matt Pepe, Mike Duco, Brandon Mashinter, Dan Kelly, Brandon Merli, Scott Timmins plus head coach Steve Spott, assistant coach Troy Smith and now retired coach Jim Brown.
 
The Media team will include – Darren Stevenson, CTV; Mike Farwell, Glenn Pelletier, Gary Doyle and Don Cameron, CKGL Radio; Angie Hall, Brian Bourke and Jason Harrington, KOOL FM Radio; Carlos Benevides, Jeff Lumby and Darryl Law, DAVE FM Radio; Mike Torchia and Andy Barbato, Roger Television; Steve Sabourin, CKNX Radio.
 
The Rangers vs Media match up is scheduled for 4 p.m. followed by the opening game in the Tri-Nations Cup at 7 p.m. which will see Canada meet Australia.
 
On day two (Monday, July 7) Japan will play two game, meeting Australia at 6 p.m. and Canada at 8:30 p.m.
 
 
 
Following round-robin play, the top team receives a bye into Tuesday’s championship game at 6 p.m.
 
The other two teams will play at 4 o’clock with the winner advancing to the championship game.
 
Following the games here, the teams head to Surrey B.C. for the Canada Cup Challenge and then it’s on to Beijing and the Olympic Games.
 
 
 
For more info or questions contact:
 
 
Ray Alviano
 
 
Phone – 519-893-4684
 
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