Softball in Ireland

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Softball is governed in Ireland by the Softball Ireland, itself a member of the International Softball Federation.

History[edit]

The year 1982 marked the first softball league in Ireland, the Dublin Softball League. The Irish Softball Association was formed in 1989. It has been in various guises since then, including the Irish Baseball and Softball Association, the Irish Baseball and Softball Federation, back to the Irish Softball Association, and in recent years has been renamed Softball Ireland. Softball Ireland (SI) is the governing body of softball in Ireland. SI is responsible for the running of tournaments, leagues, development and international competition in both co-ed slowpitch and ladies fastpitch softball.[1]

Domestic Competitions[edit]

Competition 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Leinster League Keily's Kegs OddSox Green Dodder Dynamoes OddSox Green BatPak BatPak Dodder Dynamoes Dodder Dynamoes Dodder Dynamoes Dodder Dynamoes Dodder Dynamoes Marlay Martyrs
Brian Walshe Cup BatPak Marlay Martyrs BatPak BatPak BatPak OddSox Green Batpak Dodder Dynamoes BatPak Dodder Dynamoes Dodder Dynamoes OddSox Green
Irish Open Softball Trophy Dodder Dynamoes Limerick Originals Limerick Originals The Stingers UK The Stingers UK The Stingers UK Batpak Saints Stingers UK BatPak London Breakers UK OddSox Green  ???
Intervarsity Championships University College Dublin University College Dublin University College Dublin University College Dublin University of Limerick University of Limerick University of Limerick University of Limerick University of Limerick University College Dublin University of Limerick University of Limerick University College Dublin
Start of Season Blitz Marlay Martyrs Ori-ginals Ori-ginals University of Limerick Munster Marauders Munster Marauders University of Limerick Oddsox Green Dodder Dynamoes
Competition 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996
Leinster League Batpak Marlay Martyrs Marlay Martyrs Marlay Martyrs BatPak Marlay Martyrs
Irish Softball Cup Dodder Dynamoes Los Banditos Dodder Dynamoes OddSox Red Oddsox Red Marlay Martyrs
Irish Open Softball Trophy Saints Stingers UK Dodder Dynamoes Oddsox WarPak BatPak Marlay Martyrs
Intervarsity Championships University College Cork

National team[edit]

The National team has competed with varied success in recent years. The main competition being the "European Softball Federation CoEd Slowpitch Championship".[2] The event has been dominated by the Great Britain team winning all seven instalments. The venue for 2011 is Dupnitsa, Bulgaria. The record number of participants is eight at the 2010 event.

Position 2011 – Dupnitsa (BUL) 2010 – Prague (CZE) 2008 – Southampton (GBR) 2006 – Ljubljana (SLO) 2004 – Linz (AUT) 2002 – Mladé Buky (CZE) 2000 – Dublin (IRL) 1998 – London (GBR)
1st Great Britain United Kingdom Great Britain United Kingdom Great Britain United Kingdom Great Britain United Kingdom Great Britain United Kingdom Great Britain United Kingdom Great Britain United Kingdom
2nd Czech Republic Czech Republic Ireland Republic of Ireland Czech Republic Czech Republic Ireland Republic of Ireland Ireland Republic of Ireland Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech Republic
3rd Ireland Republic of Ireland Czech Republic Czech Republic Ireland Republic of Ireland Czech Republic Czech Republic Austria Austria Ireland Republic of Ireland Ireland Republic of Ireland
4th Guernsey Guernsey Jersey Jersey Slovenia Slovenia Austria Austria Czech Republic Czech Republic Guernsey Guernsey Guernsey Guernsey
5th Belgium Belgium Slovenia Slovenia Croatia Croatia n/a Germany Germany Germany Germany n/a
6th Slovenia Slovenia n/a n/a n/a Slovakia Slovakia n/a n/a
7th n/a Austria Austria n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
8th n/a Slovakia Slovakia n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

European Club Championship[edit]

2007 saw the inaugural European Cup Co-Ed Slowpitch Championship. The event was held in Limeil-Brévannes, France from 19 September 2007 to 22 September 2007. There were five teams competing with Dodder Dynamoes representing Ireland. The London Chromies were crowned champions beating Dodder Dynamoes 10–3 in the Grand Final. The 2008 Championships, held in Dupnitsa, Bulgaria from 2 to 6 September, were won by Baker Tomkins of Britain beating Dodder Dynamoes 16–11 in the Grand Final. The 2009 Championship saw an increase in the participants to 7, with the event is again being held in Dupnitsa, Bulgaria from 26 to 29 August. 2009 winners, Dodder Dynamoes, became the first Irish team, club or national, to win an ESF sanctioned championship. The London Chromies reclaimed the title at the 2010 event held in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Position 2010 – Ljubljana (SLO) 2009 – Dupnitsa (BUL) 2008 – Dupnitsa (BUL) 2007 – Limeil Brevannes (FRA)
1st London Chromies United Kingdom Dodder Dynamoes Republic of Ireland Baker Tomkins United Kingdom London Chromies United Kingdom
2nd Dodder Dynamoes Republic of Ireland Dragons United Kingdom Dodder Dynamoes Republic of Ireland Dodder Dynamoes Republic of Ireland
3rd BatPak Republic of Ireland ASKOE Linz Stamm Bandits Austria ASKOE Linz Stamm Bandits Austria Sparks BAK Mlade Buky Czech Republic
4th Longbridge Slovenia Sparks BAK Mlade Buky Czech Republic Balkan Stars Sofia Bulgaria ASKOE Linz Stamm Bandits Austria
5th SBK Golovec Slovenia Balkan Stars Sofia Bulgaria N/A Limeil Brevannes les Caribous France
6th WBV Homerunners Austria Baker Tomkins United Kingdom N/A N/A
7th N/A Krpan LL Novo Mesto Slovenia N/A N/A

2007 Championship Website

2008 Championship Information

2009 Championship Website

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Softball Ireland Website accessed January 2007
  2. ^ European Softball Federation Website accessed January 2007

External links[edit]