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Schedule revealed for ABL Season 8
08/07/2017 7:41 PM ET

Season eight of the Australian Baseball League (ABL) promises to be the most hotly contested yet, with the Brisbane Bandits set to defend their back-to-back crown through an expanded ABL post-season.

With the top four teams at the end of the home and away season qualifying for the semi-finals, ABL fans will have more opportunities to cheer their team towards Boral Championship glory.

Baseball Australia CEO Cam Vale was delighted to confirm the 2017/18 Schedule, in what is an exciting time for baseball in Australia.

"Building on the success of last season, Baseball Australia are committed to continual improvement of the ABL, following the acquisition of the league in 2016," said Vale.

"Going back to a four-team playoff is a great win for our fans. We have been very much guided by our recent ABL Member survey, and 2017/18 promises to bring fans closer to the game than ever."

The season kicks off with defending back-to-back champions Brisbane Bandits hosting Canberra Cavalry on Thursday 16 November at Holloway Field, QLD.

Local legend Andy Kyle takes the reigns as manager this season, as we're determined to get back to our winning ways in ABL Season 8.

Three series' we've flagged as crucial to getting the Claxton Shield back out west is below;

  1. Our first home series is in Round 2 as we host the defending champion Bandits. We haven't forgotten about those four tight losses late last season…
  2. We split our season series last year against the Cavalry, and we'll see them again in back-to-back series against the Cavalry in late December
  3. Three of our last five series' are at home, what better way to spend the summer than at the ballpark!

Make sure you join us at Baseball Park this season, some great family fun to be had by all!

Some key points in the 2017/18 ABL Schedule are;

  • Each of the six ABL teams will play 40 games during the regular season.
  • Brisbane will attempt to make history with a first ABL Championship three-peat
  • The team's with the best four (4) overall records will qualify for the ABL Playoffs.
  • Teams will be seeded from #1 to #4 based on record
  • #1 Seed and #2 Seed awarded home semi-finals, and will host all three games in a best of three series.
  • The ABLCS will be a home and away split series with the Highest Seeded Winner awarded the choice to host either Game 1, OR Games 2 and 3.

ABLtv will continue to deliver Australian baseball fans live, free and on-demand, with a full streaming schedule to be released soon.

Once again, you can download your favourite team's schedule straight to your smartphone or computer thanks to ECAL.

To download your favourite team's schedule to your digital calendar, click here.

And while you are getting digital the Baseball Live App is the best place to keep up-to-date with all your ABL news, scores, standings, live broadcasts and much more heading into the 2017/18 ABL Season.

Click here to download the complete ABL Schedule

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.