The 3rd edition of the Plan B Regional Bash is set to commence with concurrent matches being played between the Hunter Hitmen and the Illawarra Flames (Robins Oval, Maitland) and the Newcastle Blasters and the Central Coast Rush (Lorn Park, Maitland) starting at 2:00pm on Saturday 14th October. The 2017 competition will be played under a new schedule that will see franchises playing triple-headers over the course of a weekend* before proceeding directly to the Semi-Finals and Final Day at the Sydney Cricket Ground. This replaces the previous format which saw teams progressing through two rounds of knockout matches en route to the SCG.
*The Thunder Conference will kick off at 2:00pm on Saturday 22nd October in a match between Riverina rivals Border Bullets and Wagga Wagga Sloggers (Bilson Park, Albury). This will be followed by the match between ACT Aces and the South Coast Crew at 9:30am on Saturday 29th October (Manuka Oval, Canberra). All other fixtures will be played as triple-headers.