The 6th Annual Phoenix Cup Women’s Baseball Tournament kicks off Friday January 18. There will be seven teams competing this year, so we thought we’d take a look at who is sending a team.
Team Australia – Australia
This is the first time Australia has sent a team to the tournament. Their team is 18 Under and it is the countries first step in putting together a Senior women’s team to compete in the future. They are entering on behalf of the Australian Baseball Federation.
In recent World Cups, Australia has finished 4th (2012) and 2nd (2010).
Far East Bombers – Japan
The most dominate team in the 5-year history of the tournament, the Bombers have never finished lower than 2nd place and have won 3 titles to date. The team consists of players from different teams in Japan playing either hard ball or rubber ball.
Japan’s National Women’s Team has won the last three World Cups and finished runner-up in the other two that have been played.
Guri-city NineVics Women’s Baseball Team – Korea
The NineVics were formed in 2005 and have become the largest and most famous team in Korea. The team name means that all ‘Nine’ players are trying to achieve ‘Victories’ together. In 2012, the team joined Guri-city which is a city just east of Seoul. This is their fourth time competing in the tournament. Last year the NineVics came in 5th place. Their best finish was 4th in 2011.
South Korea last played in the World Cup in 2010 finishing 9th.
Taipei Vanguard Women’s Baseball Team – Taiwan
The team started in 2001 when some women met on a website. As of 2012, the club consists of 31 players and 2 coaches, and they have competed in different tournaments around the world. This will be their 5th Phoenix Cup. They have finished 4th place in the last 3 Cups.
Taiwan, or Chinese Taipei, finished 6th in last year’s Women’s World Cup. Its best finish has been 5th a few times.
Shilin High School of Commerce – Taiwan
There isn’t much available for this team in English. However, it seems their first Phoenix Cup was in 2012 when they went 5-0 dominating the tournament and winning the title. They outscored their opponents 69-7 including 3 shutouts.
Allies – Hong Kong
The Allies were founded in 2007 in order to host the inaugural Phoenix Cup in 2008. They have played in every Cup so far with their best finish coming in 2011 as 1st runner-up. They have also finished 2nd runner-up twice.
Development Team – Hong Kong
Most of the players on the Development Team will play their first international competition in this year’s Cup. The team is made up of local novice women baseball players looking to gain experience by competing with some of the best international teams. The hope is to help expand and further the growth of women’s baseball in Hong Kong.
Each team will play the other teams in the tournament 1 time. The team with the best record will be crowned the champion. The games start Friday January 18th and will end Monday January 21st.
You can find more information at the Phoenix Cup’s website.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.