ISF Men’s Worlds-Schedule

(Ottawa, ON) The International Softball Federation (ISF) has released the schedule for the ISF XIII Men’s World Championship which will be played in Auckland, New Zealand from March 1 to 10, 2013. The tournament will feature sixteen (16) teams vying for the Gold medal.

Team Canada won a Bronze medal at the previous World Championship held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2009, with Australia claiming the Gold medal and New Zealand earning Silver. Prior to Australia’s Gold medal win in 2009, New Zealand was the three-time defending champions, winning the event in 2004 (Christchurch, New Zealand), 2000 (East London, South Africa) and 1996 (Midland, Michigan). Team Canada last won Gold at the event in 1992 (Manila, Philippines).

The athletes who will represent Canada at the ISF XIII Men’s World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand are:

#42 Bryan Abrey (Richmond, BC)
#51 Ryan Boland (St. John’s, NL)
#44 Sean Cleary (Harbour Main, NL)
#19 Jeff Ellsworth (St. Lawrence, PEI)
#22 Brad Ezekiel (Harbour Main, NL)
#14 Ian Fehrman (Townsend, ON)
#10 Jason Hill (St. John’s, NL)
#17 Brandon Horn (Waterloo, ON)
#30 Paul Koert (Brooklyn, ON)
#33 Stephen Mullaley (Freshwater, NL)
#15 Mathieu Roy (St. Gervais, QC)
#8 Jason Sanford (Durham, NS)
#6 Kevin Schellenberg (Squamish, BC)
#20 Don Scott (Stratford, ON)
#9 Andy Skelton (Scarborough, ON)
#28 Sean Whitten (Calgary, AB)
#77 Ryan Wolfe (Melbourne, ON)

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Don Bates (Saskatoon, SK)
Assistant Coach: Les Howey (Conception Bay, NL)
Assistant Coach: John Stuart (Langley, BC)
Athletic Therapist: Adam Davies (Ottawa, ON)
Team Leader: Larry Gould (Burtts Corner, NB)
Manager – National Teams: Mike Branchaud (Ottawa, ON)

Mark Gough (NB)
Mitch Zuk (ON)

Sixteen (16) teams will participate at the event, which will be split into two pools for round-robin play. Each team will play seven games within their pool, with the top four teams from each pool advancing to the playoff round. The pool breakdown (determined by the 2009 World Championship standings) will be:

Pool A
United States
Great Britain
Czech Republic
South Africa
Pool B
New Zealand
Team Canada Schedule (Game Times Converted To Eastern Standard Time)
February 28: Canada vs. Argentina (9:30pm EST)
March 1: Canada vs. Philippines (11:00pm EST)
March 2: Canada vs. Mexico (5:00pm EST)
March 4: Canada vs. New Zealand (1:30am EST)
March 4: Canada vs. Japan (11:00pm EST)
March 5: Canada vs. Colombia (10:00pm EST)
March 6: Canada vs. Netherlands (10:00pm EST)
March 7: Playoff Round
March 8: Playoff Round
March 9: Medal Round
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For more information, please contact:
Gilles LeBlanc
Manager – Marketing and Communications
Softball Canada
(613) 523-3386 ext. 3105