HORSHAM softball export Megan Farrell has a busy few weeks ahead of her. The New Zealand resident will pitch for the country in the International Softball Federation 13th Women’s World Fastpitch Championships in Whitehorse, Canada, in a fortnight.
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Before then, Farrell’s team will compete in the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship in Vancouver.

The team flies to Canada on Sunday.

Farrell said the first round of the championship was against Japan, which was ranked second in the world. The New Zealand team is ranked 12th.

At the world championships in Whitehorse, the team will play seven other teams in a pool.

The top four from the pool will then go through to the finals.

Farrell said the team faced some tough competition, including Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei and Japan, in the pool. She said it was always interesting to play against Australia.

Many of the women are former team-mates and Farrell knows every player.

“You always like to have a best performance against them,” Farrell said. “During the game we’re not friends.

We’ll catch up afterwards though.”

This is the second time Farrell has competed in the biennial championships.

She first competed for New Zealand in Venezuela in 2010.

The Wimmera rallied behind her then to help her raise $5000 to cover travel costs. The region did the same this time around.

Wimmera Wally, the Wimmera Mail-Times’ racing tipster, and Westside Tabaret Horsham also worked together to donate $500 for Farrell.

Farrell thanked Wimmera people for their support.

She said she was nervous ahead of her second championships but would relax once she was on the pitch.

“I always get nervous before games but not during,” she said. “Once we’re all together it will be fine. It’s always in the back of your mind that this is the top of our sport.”

Farrell said she hoped for a top eight finish from the team.

Farrell’s parents, Mick and Heather, live in Horsham but will travel to Canada for the championships.

She said she looked forward to relaxing with her parents.

“It will be nice to have a few weeks off training,” she said.

Farrell said people could watch live-streaming of the international event at http://worldfastpitch2012苏州美甲美睫培训.

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