Tina Kramos, Women’s National Team Head Coach

Tina_Kramos_Coach_WNT_2015The Greek Softball Federation is happy and proud to announce Tina Kramos as the Women’s National Team Head Coach. Coach Kramos is a former player of our National Team and competed with the Olympic team in the Athens 2004 Olympics.

She is currently the Associate Head Coach at Illinois State University. For Coach Kramos’ complete bio please read more at GSF National Team Coaches.

 

1st Balkan Championship – Greece Takes Home Gold

1st_Balkan_Championship_Greece_Takes_Gold_Apr23-26-2015The Women’s National Team won the gold medal in the 1st Balkan Championship held in Sofia, Bulgaria from April 23rd -26th, 2015.

In the first round of the tournament Greece won Serbia 12-2, Slovenia 9-1 and Bulgaria 9-8.  In the Final of the Championship Greece faced the Tournament hosts Bulgaria and won by a score of 4-3.

The coaching staff that led the team to this success was Head Coach: Babis Trigonakis,  Assistant Coach: Denise Horafa and the National Team Roster:  Alexandra Papageorgaki – Team Captain, Artemis Traikapi, Konstantina Panagiotou, Ioanna Donta, Ioanna Korontzi, Dora Skarogianni, Nefeli Anagnostou, Iliana Kourea, Evangelia Stefatou, Evangelia Diamanti, Athina Pavlou, Nicole Kotsia, Daphne Emmanouil, Stathoula Giavri and Christina Zampeta.

The head of the National Team was the Greek Softball Federation President Kostis Liarommatis.

1st Mixed Boys & Girls Softball Championship

The first ever mixed Slowpitch Softball Championship will take place November 29th, 2015 at the Ellinikon Softball Field.  Over 120 children aged 12 and 13 years old have registered to participate in the Championship.  The primary goal of this Championship is to bring awareness to the sport of softball and to create development teams for future Softball athletes.

Leontios Elementary School, Nea Smyrni

gr_news_17_photo_1On Monday, October 6th, 2014 the GSF Development Team participated in the “Hellenic School Sports Day” Activities with a Softball Presentation Clinic held at Leontios Elementary School in Nea Smyrni.

The Clinic was a great success as the students were shown the sport by the athletes of our U22 National team and their coaching staff.  Students and teachers took turns practicing and all left with a desire to play again in future.

Due to the great success of the event, the school invited the GSF Development Team back for a 2-day Softball Clinic for students.  The activities of the GSF Development team will continue throughout the school year as Softball Clinics are scheduled in Attica with the purpose of creating awareness of the sport.  For more information, please see GSF Softball Clinics.

American Colleges Participate in Greece Softball Exhibition

American_Colleges_Greek_All_Stars_Exhibition_Games_18Jul14For the 2nd consecutive year, a team of American College Softball athletes visited Athens for 2 days of exhibition games at Ellinikon Softball field.

The first day, the American team played against a team of Greek all-stars. The second day exhibition game, the teams were mixed. Both games lasted 8 innings with great plays and an amazing experience for all involved.  The whole event was carried out in a festive mood where no score and statistics were held.

The General Secretary of Sports, Kyriaki Giannakidou honored the event with her presence and congratulated the U22 Women’s National Team players for their recent success at the European Championships held in Bulgaria.

The games attracted many athletes and spectators and is becoming a tradition. The Greek Softball Federation President Kostis Liarommatis renewed the event for next year.

Greek Women’s U22 National Team – 3rd Place in Europe

Womens_U22_Bulgaria_Championship_18Jul14The Women’s U22 National Team is a group composed of young women from almost all softball teams in Greece.  The team’s journey to Bulgaria began on July 6th, 2014 in order to confront the giants of European softball.

Greece, a relatively new member of International Softball, organized its first Women’s National Championship in 2000 and its first Men’s National Championship in 2014, had to face countries involved in the sport for over thirty years.  A difficult mission for the team but none of the players lost faith throughout the Championship.

The first game of the tournament, the National team had to face a very strong and later European Champion, Russia.  The team could not compete as it would have liked to and unfortunately lost 7-0.  The Greek team then faced the tournament organizers Bulgaria where they overcame the huge crowd and the home team advantage and defeated them 8-6.  The third game against Slovakia was very exciting.  At the beginning of the game Slovakia was leading 2-0 but Greece tied the game at 2-2 sending the game into extra innings.  In the eighth inning Greece would come away with the win by a score of 3-2.

Fourth day in Bulgaria and the National team would have to play their last two games of the first round on the same day.  Their first game was against the very strong Czech squad and they were defeated 9-0.  The team’s second game of the day was against the Ukraine and they needed to win to qualify for the play-offs.  The team started strong and led 2-0.  The Ukraine could only score 1 run as Greece won 2-1 and qualified.

First game of the playoffs and Greece would face the hosts, Bulgaria.  A win that would result in Greece bringing home a medal.  Greece had defeated Bulgaria in the first round and could do it again.  Not only did they do it, but they made it look easy beating Bulgaria 9-2.

The National Team would face the Czech Republic for a place in the final.  Unfortunately the team lost 10-0 against a very strong and experienced opponent.  This defeat was of little importance, since the team would bring the bronze medal back home to Greece.

Team Roster:  Ioanna Korontzi, Theodora Skarogianni, Iliana Kourea, Nefeli Anagnostou, Daphne Emnamouil, Danai Emanouil, Stavroula Tzortzi and Rania Zavitsanou.

Coaching Staff:  Dionysios Horafas, Head Coach, Babis Trigonakis, Assistant Coach, Denise Horafa, Team Manager and Dimitris Tsifakis, Team Assistant.

GSF President:  Kostis Liarommatis