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ABL Championship series headed to Melbourne
01/26/2017 7:40 PM ET
 

WITH four games still to play in the 2016/17 Australian Baseball League (ABL) season, the Jet Courier Melbourne Aces have secured their place in this season's Championship Series.

Boasting a league best 24-12 record, four games clear of second place, the Melbourne Aces, in partnership with the Hobson's Bay City Council have won the right to host the three-game Championship Series between 10-12 February.

Former Major League player turned Aces General Manager Justin Huber says he's seen a noticeable increase in attendances from the local community this season.

"This is our fourth season at the Altona facility and it's not just baseball people coming out to games anymore" said Huber. 

"Baseball is still a relatively niche sport in Australia but more and more, we're seeing people from the surrounding suburbs come out to the ballpark to see what the Aces are all about".

Councillor Sandra Wilson, Mayor of Hobsons Bay reiterated her support for the Aces.

"Following the fantastic win by the Western Bulldogs in last year's AFL Grand Final, it would be wonderful to see another local sports team take out a national championship. I will be cheering them on, and I encourage the Hobsons Bay community to join me in getting behind the Aces' quest to win the Championship Series."

The 2017 Championship Series will be the first-time Melbourne has hosted a finals series and represents the Aces' best opportunity to claim their maiden Australian Baseball League Championship.

"We came really close in 2012 against the Perth Heat but lost that series in three games" continued Huber.

"Perth were really dominant that year and as special as it would have been to win the Championship in 2012, it will be even more special if we were able to do it on home soil".

Tickets for the 2017 Championships Series are currently on sale and are be available for purchase via www.melbourneaces.com.au.

For group sales and corporate bookings, fans are encouraged to contact the Melbourne Aces front office staff on (03) 8360 9371.

 

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