Blacktown Junior International Challenge returns for 12th season

From the 2017 BJIC. Picture: Softball NSW

Blacktown Junior International Challenge returns for 12th season

PRESS RELEASE – The Blacktown Junior International Challenge will return to the Blacktown International Sportspark Softball diamonds for a 12th year.

The under-15s challenge will see a boys’ team and a girls’ team from the Japan All Elementary Schools and a boys’ team from New Zealand take on teams representing NSW Metro and NSW Country teams.

The competition will run from Saturday, March 24 to Sunday, March 25 starting each day at 8am, with games until 6pm.

The Blacktown Junior International Challenge was originally organised by Softball NSW General Manager Cathy Kerr in order to give developing under-15s players more experience against international players.

“The Blacktown Junior International Challenge has proven to be a great part of our annual Softball calendar,” Kerr said. “Not only is it a great standard of Softball, it’s an important opportunity to offer a grassroots pathway for young players to develop, while getting to play at our Olympic legacy facility.”

Matches over the weekend will decide the winning teams but there will also be an All-Star Game on Sunday between the Japanese team and a team made up of players from the other sides, which is selected at random.

Last year, the ISA NZ side took out the boys’ competition, while the Japanese side won the girls’ competition.

However, Kerr said the results weren’t the most important aspect of the competition – it was more about friendship, sportsmanship and enjoying the game of Softball.

“It is great to offer these children the opportunity to play such a high-standard of Softball across the weekend, but it’s not about winning or losing,” Kerr said. “Weekends like this are about enjoying Softball, getting to make new friends or see old ones and we look forward to welcoming everybody to Blacktown this weekend for another great event.”

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Please contact Andrew McMurtry via email (media@softball.net.au) for any further information.