14 October 2022

Canberra Cavalry star Robbie Perkins is back in the Australian team for the series against Japan

| Tim Gavel
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Canberra Cavalry catcher Robbie Perkins. Photo: Tim Gavel.

Canberra Cavalry catcher Robbie Perkins. Photo: Tim Gavel.

Team Australia hasn’t played an international baseball series in three years due to COVID-19.

They couldn’t have picked a tougher opponent in Japan, on their return to international competition with a two-game series against the reigning Olympic and world champions.

The series to be played at the Sapporo Dome in Japan on 9-10 November will herald the debut of several young players, as well as feature a number of players with plenty of experience.

Canberra Cavalry catcher Robbie Perkins falls into the latter category having made his debut for Australia a number of years ago.

At 28, he says he never takes selection in Team Australia for granted.

He’s been playing for long enough to realise that selection can often be subjective.

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Robbie and his older brother Kyle seem to have been around Canberra baseball forever. Like a number of local baseballers, such as Stephen Kent, Robbie signed with the Colorado Rockies as a teenager while he was still at school at Daramalan College in 2012.

He opted to stay at Daramalan until he completed his year 12 studies before taking up the overseas contract.

Beyond the international series, there is also the Australian Baseball League season to be played.

After the disruptions over the past three years due to bushfires, smoke and COVID-19, Robbie says he is looking forward to getting back into a regular 10-week ABL season with the Canberra Cavalry.

The Cavalry season starts on 10 November against the Sydney Blue Sox at the MIT Ballpark, thus clashing with the series in Japan.

Despite Robbie missing the start of the season with the Canberra Cavalry, the experience gained through his selection for this international event will be invaluable to the Canberra Cavalry.

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