The Mix return to the European Women’s Cup

Wed 14 Aug 2019

Wednesday 14 August – The Mix, the women’s fastpitch club team representing the Great Britain Fastpitch League, will fly out to Dupnitsa in Bulgaria this coming weekend for their second crack at the European Women’s Cup.

The tournament, which will be played from 19-24 August, is a Qualifier for the 2020 edition of the top European club tournament, the Women’s European Premiere Cup.

Last year, in their first venture into Europe, The Mix finished sixth out of nine teams in the Women’s Cup, but were unlucky in losing some close games.

The teams

Nine teams have entered the tournament again this year, representing eight different countries (Bulgaria, as the host, has two entries).  The teams, in order of seeding are:

Princ Zagreb (Croatia)
Horsholm (Denmark)
The Mix (GB)
Atletico San Sebastian (Spain
Gepardy Zory (Poland)
Skovde Saints (Sweden)
Beit Shemes (Israel)
Akademiks Sofia (Bulgaria)
Angels Dupnitsa (Bulgaria)

The format of the tournament couldn’t be simpler: a full round-robin with all nine teams, followed by bronze medal and gold medal games on Saturday 24 August.

The players

The Mix, captained by Sian Wigington and coached by GB Under-18 Head Coach Robbie Robison, are taking 12 players to Dupnitsa:

Megan Beard
Emmilee Blowers
Gayle Khoenkhoen
Barbara Killer
Mary Murray
Holly Newell
Hannah Pitman
Anna Prins
Louisa Scott
Laura Thompson
Sian Wigington
Ysa Urquiaga

Along with Robbie Robison as Head Coach, the staff will include Dawn Robison and Michaela Wigington as Team Managers.

Sian Wigington said, “It’s again a privilege to take the girls away to expose them to international softball.  This year I am expecting us to place quite high in the tournament as over the last few tours we have built up a strong core team and have executed wins against the stronger teams.

“I don’t know too much about our opponents,” Sian added, “but I know that the girls will go out fighting regardless who we are against, which I hope will end in us doing very well in the tournament!  My main aim is to ensure all the girls have fun, play a high level of softball -- which I know we all can -- and to hopefully come home with some silverware!”

Robbie Robison said, “We’ve got a really strong team this year, and we’ve added a Canadian pitcher, Mary Murray, who was in the UK during 2018.  We’re going to go there and compete – but for the players, it’s also about continuing their development.”

Reports on The Mix at the European Women’s Cup will be posted daily on the BSF website during the tournament.

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