GameTime Classics Episode 18: New Zealand v Australia epic battle opens 2013 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship playoffs

GameTime Classics Episode 18: New Zealand v Australia epic battle opens 2013 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship playoffs
In a rematch of the 2009 final, Australia and New Zealand faced off on the first day of the double page playoffs at the 2013 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in New Zealand.

In its latest edition, GameTime Classics will stream one of the most exciting and tense games in recent international men’s softball history: the first playoff game between Australia and New Zealand, during the 2013 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship held at Rosedale Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

Australia, the defending world champions, went unbeaten to win Group A with 7 wins, while the Black Sox advanced in second place of Group B with a 6-1 win-loss record (they lost to Canada on Day 4 of the tournament). Four years before, Adam Folkard pitched a no-hitter against New Zealand in the final of the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2009 in Saskatoon, Canada, to guide Australia to their first world title. The teams clashed again at Rosedale Park, in a rematch of that exciting final.

Living legends of the sport were on the field on 8 March, 2013, like Adam Folkard, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Thomas Makea, Nathan Nukunuku, Brad Rona and Donnie Hale.  

This incredible game will be streamed for free at at 9 pm Eastern US Standard Time* on Saturday, 11 April (3 am Central European Time*, 11 am Australia (Sydney) Time, 1 pm New Zealand Time on Sunday, 12 April) and Sunday at 9 am Eastern Standard Time* (3:00 pm Central European Time*, 11 pm Australia Time; and 1 am New Zealand Time on Monday) at *Observing daylight saving time.

The next episode of the GameTime Classics series will be an exciting game between Cuba and Korea, at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup 2016.

Watch more GameTime Classics:
Episode 17: Japan, Panama fight hard in WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup super round
Episode 16: Great Britain vs Italy for an Olympic softball berth
Episode 15: Watch Australia vs USA in 2019 Premier12 thriller
Episode 14: Re-live the 2018 Junior Men’s Softball World Cup Final between Australia and Japan
Episode 13: Watch Korea vs Panama in 2016 U-23 Baseball World Cup
Episode 12: Mexico, Canada battle to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic softball competition
Episode 11: Watch a semifinal thriller - Canada-Chinese Taipei at the Women's Baseball World Cup 2016
Episode 10: Historic first-ever WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball final between Chinese Taipei and Peru
Episode 9: Watch Korea vs Japan in 2015 Premier12 Semi-Final
Episode 8: Singapore, Argentina open 2020 U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup with a bang
Episode 7: Watch Chinese Taipei and Japan battle in the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup
Episode 6: JPN vs USA dramatic 2019 U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup final
Episode 5: Re-live Mexico v USA 2019 U-12 Baseball World Cup elimination game
Episode 4: Mexico-New Zealand epic battle at WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019
Episode 2: Re-live the Japan-USA Final of the 2018 WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship
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