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Five 18/19 series we cannot wait for
Check out the series we are most looking forward to in 2018/19
08/03/2018 1:53 AM ET
 

The Australian Baseball League schedule for season 2018/2019 was released earlier today, tossing up a stack of mouth-watering series across a 160-game regular season.

Expansion teams Auckland and Geelong-Korea have joined the league, making the upcoming season the most anticipated in the ABL's history.

The splitting of teams into divisions will build on existing rivalries and foster new ones as the league embarks on its ninth season.

Here are five series the team at theabl.com.au cannot wait for in 2018/2019:

1. Round 1: Sydney Blue Sox vs Geelong-Korea, November 15-18

Baseball Australia's vision for expansion - and international growth - will come to fruition when Sydney hosts Geelong-Korea on Opening Weekend. The November 15 opener in Sydney will mark the first ABL game featuring an international team. The series will also see Geelong-Korea's inaugural manager Dae-Sung Koo face his former team. With so much unknown about the make-up of the all-Korean team, this Opening Weekend series will stand as somewhat of a litmus test of their chances for success. More than 10 million fans are expected to tune into the broadcast of the game back in South Korea, making it the most viewed game in ABL history.

 

2. Round 2: Auckland vs Brisbane Bandits, November 22-25

An ABL game will be played abroad when Auckland welcomes the Brisbane Bandits in its historic first home series. After a tough Opening Weekend trip to Perth - the longest journey in the expanded ABL - Auckland will start a run of 12-straight home games against the Bandits. The New Zealand team will soon announce where in Auckland it will be based during its debut season, ahead of moving into QBE Stadium in 2019/2020. There is not bigger test than the three-time defending champions and with New Zealand's hunger for baseball, Auckland's first home series is set to be a huge event.

 

3. Round 4: Canberra Cavalry vs Brisbane Bandits, December 6-9

Canberra will have to wait until the fourth round of the season to play in front of its home crowd to allow for redevelopment of The Fort to be completed. It will be worth the wait for Cavs' fans. If the excitement of a sparkling new ballpark isn't enough of a drawcard, Canberra will be hosting 2018 ABLCS nemesis Brisbane. After taking game one of last year's finale, the Cavs dropped the next two games to the Bandits as they missed out on a second Claxton Shield. Game three was full of drama, with the benches clearing on a couple of occasions. Now in the North-East Division together, there will only be added spice when the two teams meet.

 

4. Round 3: Adelaide Bite vs Perth Heat, November 29-December 2

Adelaide is coming off the worst season in ABL history but need only look as far as Perth's rise from sixth in 2016/2017 to third last season for proof a bounce back season is possible. The Heat collected 12 wins more than they did a season earlier to return to the playoffs. The Bite's games against Perth - a team they have twice fallen to in the ABL Championship Series - will carry extra importance moving forward with the pair pitted against each other in the South-West Division. After taking on defending champions Brisbane on the road on Opening Weekend and then Melbourne at home in round two, Adelaide will have had the chance to answer plenty of questions about its chances by the end of its four games against the Heat.

 

5. Round 7: Geelong-Korea vs Melbourne, December 27-30

Pack the campervan! Melbourne will make the short trip to Geelong for its first away series against Geelong-Korea over the popular Christmas and New Year period. After meeting in Melbourne during round three, the round seven contest will mark the second chapter in the battle of Victoria. It is sure to be a fascinating rivalry with the Aces eyeing success against their new neighbours. Heading into the final month of the regular season it will loom as an important series in the fight for playoff spots.

 

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