2012 ISF XIII Women’s World Fastpitch Championship


2012 ISF XIII Women’s World Fastpitch

Championship July 13-22

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I feel as though, we in South Africa don’t give our National Softball and Baseball Squads and even local teams enough exposure and appreciation. So I feel it’s necessary to take this on and hopefully people will see through this that they’re worth all the fuss I’m about to make over them. The squad, made up of exceptionally talented ladies raised all their own funds through events, supported by their friends and families because they don’t get the national exposure they deserve through South African Sports. I feel that many people don’t find the game very exciting because they don’t understand it. They don’t want to understand it either. Rugby, Cricket and Soccer on the hand don’t need to ask for sponsors because they have sponsors kneeling before them with bags, kit, cash, products, commercials and I’m sure they even have their arses wiped for them. The difference between these girls and those guys, is that it’s never been about the money. Come hell or high water, they were going to be in Whitehorse, Yukon Canada for the games. Welcome to The Pepsi Softball Centre;-

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So here is some handy info if you plan on watching the games and you’re the interactive type. These 4 tips will keep you informed for the duration of the event. For the most part I can’t tell you who to watch out for or who you should be supporting but I have my two key players from The South African National Squad and I hope you’ll give them a shout out while you’re watching the games.

4 Key Tips For Following The ISF XIII Fastpitch Champs:

Our ladies were the 1st to arrive in Whitehorse on Sunday and a smart move to have arrived a head of schedule. Being in the softball circles for a large part of my life, I’m familiar with the players and what to expect from them. In the S.A team I’d urge you to keep an eye out for Candice Stephens which I suppose is a tiny bit biased cos she is one of my best mates, but her experience in the sport comes from her inability to sit still and remain in one place for more than 6 months at a time. She brings energy to the game and is bound to surprise you with some exceptional hits. Currently living in Canada, Candice will still be representing the S.A squad as she has been doing since the age of 16. She’s now 25 and still going strong.

Another little wonder, at the tender age of 21 is, Shannon Daubermann. She has such a unique passion for the game that raising her money for the ISF XII in Venezuela in 2010 was not a problem. Not to say it wasn’t easy but that which is worthwhile in life, never is handed out with no expectation of returning the favour. At 19 she was finally selected to represent S.A at the Champs. This little kid has a fire in her BELLEH and is determined to show it. She shows ample promise and the more game time she gets the better she performs. With her age comes her agility, and she’ll be ripping the diamond to pieces when she gets her shot. With great mentors in the squad, Shannon has an amazing amount of potential and with the right advice and nurturing she’ll be GREAT!! I know I’m proud of Shannon so I assume her mum, Miss Borrill is even more so.

All Snazzy In Uniform!!

Dear Little Shan, you’re mum asked if she could add this note for you and for the girls. So of course I said yes

As a proud mom of Shannon Daubermann I would like to give a little background on her. Shannon started playing baseball at the age of 3, she was awarded her provincial colors for u10 at the age of 7, after that each year she made the provincial team. When Shannon got to u16 ,the club she was playing for closed down and there were very few clubs available in Gauteng that still played baseball but that never stopped Shannon, she then started playing softball and there too made the provincial team every year from u16 till now. Shannon never missed a practice or game, her life revolved around the game that she plays with so much heart and passion. Shannon currently plays 3rd base and outfield but put her anywhere on that diamond and she will perform because of her PASSION for the game. Her dream was to play for her country which she got to live in 2010 at the age of 19 when she went to Venezuela for the World Series and now again this year in Canada. Her next dream is to play overseas permanently, to perhaps make a career of it but unfortunately in S.A. you get no exposure unless you are playing rugby, soccer or cricket. I know and believe Shannon can go far in Softball if she has the correct coaching so please keep your eye out for her at the World Series from 13th July.

These ladies had to raise their funds themselves to get to the World Series by having fundraisers, getting donations and even standing at the robot with a cardboard asking for donations. These ladies were determined to go represent their country so they found ways of raising funds as they got no help from the S.A. Sport Association and it’s sad because it is the S.A. Flag they are going to fly.

To the S.A Team, we are proud of you, fly our flag high!!!

(A huge thank you to Miss Borrill, Shannon’s mum back home in Joburg.)

I’ve been fortunate enough to play alongside both of them, and they’re in league’s of their own. So for now, ladies… Best of luck. No breaking legs, Candice (I don’t mean that literally).

The 16 Countries Participating Are;-

  • Argentina

  • Australia

  • Canada

  • China

  • Chinese Taipei

  • Czech Republic

  • Great Britain

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • Mexico

  • Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Puerto Rico

  • South Africa

  • United States

  • Venezuela

The Reigning Champs, USA are defending their title once again but I’m sure Japan is out for vengeance. Their last meeting in Venezuela put them inches away from claiming the ISF XII Winner’s Title. Although, Canada with a Bronze placement are bound to be coming out in full force this year to defend their home turf. The games are expected to be high on octane and so the ISF have made a superb selection of Umpire’s. I supposed one could say that they are possibly “The Best”. Both the squads and Blue’s will be expected to be on top form and I have high hopes for the S.A girls. It won’t be easy but I look forward to seeing them take the diamond with a sense of pride and great achievement. I can speak on behalf of all of us that know you and support you, that we’ll be watching and are bloating with all this pride!!

No matter what, you’ll come home as champions. Candice, mate- don’t bother coming home unless you plan on staying (I’ll even settle for a maple leaf or syrup).

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!

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2 thoughts on “2012 ISF XIII Women’s World Fastpitch Championship

  1. Hey S.A. I hope you coming back home with some silverware! Shannon my girl we are behind you and the girls all the way!!!!! Good luck and God bless!!!!

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