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  • 29
    Jul

    Rain wipes out first GB Women scrimmage game in Italy

    The GB Women’s Fastpitch Team was ready to take on Austria in their first warm-up game in Italy on the evening of July 29, before the European Championships get underway on July 31. But first there was lightning and thunder, and then a torrential downpour, and the team will try again tomorrow.

  • 26
    Jul

    Ice hockey e-magazine carries softball feature

    The online ice hockey magazine Powerplay recently ran a feature on what ice hockey players and coaches do during the off-season, and the answer turned out to be softball!

  • 25
    Jul

    GB Women claim fifth place at the Softball World Cup

    The GB Women’s Fastpitch Team played out a comfortable 6-1 win over the Czech Republic on July 25 to take the fifth place trophy at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City. Now the team heads for the European Championships and World Championship Qualifier in Italy.

  • 25
    Jul

    Manchester Mavericks and Common People take the honours at a wet Windsor Tournament

    The rain fell fairly steadily throughout the 2011 Windsor Tournament on July 16-17 at Cantley Park in Wokingham, with a few sunny intervals. But the tournament was played to a conclusion, and Manchester Mavericks were A/B-grade champions, while Common People captured the C-grade trophy.

  • 24
    Jul

    GB Women have a real go at Japan but are bombed out by USA

    The GB Women’s Fastpitch Team did Great Britain proud on July 24 at the 6th World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City with great efforts against the two best teams in the world, Japan and the USA.

  • 24
    Jul

    The great Border Battle anti-climax

    The much-hyped “Border Battle III” between two teams of very large male slowpitch players representing the US and Canada took place on July 23 at the women’s fastpitch World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, where the GB Women’s Team is currently playing. The US won the first Border Battle in 2009 and Canada won in 2010, so this was billed as a rubber match. It turned out to be a huge anti-climax.

  • 23
    Jul

    GB Slowpitch Team wins eighth straight European Championship—the hard way

    GB and Slovenia headed the table going into the Page Playoffs on July 23 at the European Slowpitch Championships in Dupnitsa, Bulgaria. But when Slovenia beat GB in the 1 v 2 Page Playoff game, GB had to fight their way back to the final. Once there, they showed their class, annihilating the Slovenians in five innings to win their eighth straight European title.

  • 23
    Jul

    GB Women win the Battle of Europe

    Karlene Headley-Cooper drove a single between first and second base in the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded and two outs to give the GB Women’s Fastpitch Team its first win at the World Cup of Softball, a 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic in the battle of European teams.

  • 22
    Jul

    GB Slowpitch takes care of business in Bulgaria

    GB and Slovenia finished the group stage of the 2011 European Slowpitch Championships in Dupnitsa, Bulgaria tied at the top of the group with nine wins and one loss each. Ireland made the Page Playoffs by coming third at 6-4 and the host Bulgarians took the last playoff spot with a 3-7 record, just ahead of the Czech Republic and Germany.

  • 22
    Jul

    GB Women scare the life out of Canada

    The GB Women’s Fastpitch Team looked good in their opening game in the World Cup of Softball against Australia on July 21. On July 22, they looked even better in losing by only 6-4 to the world’s #3 team, Canada. And had two plays in the game gone differently, GB might well have won.

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