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Wednesday 20, December
Game 1: Oregon 4 vs NZ Selection 2
Game 2: Oregon 9 vs NZ Selection 4


Friday 15, December

Game 1: Oregon 7 vs White Sox 0
Game 2: Oregon  6  vs White Sox 4

Saturday 16, December
Game 3: Oregon  3 vs White Sox 2
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Game 4: Oregon  8  vs White Sox 2
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Sunday 17, December
Game 5: Oregon 3 vs White Sox 1
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Game 6: White Sox 4 vs Oregon 3
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Cost "free"


27 Nov, 2017

The NZ Selection team has been named to play the Oregon Ducks on 20 December 2017 at Akina Park in Hastings at 4pm and 6pm.

The team is a mix of established White Sox team members and young emerging national players. Carl Tuinenga, the newly appointed Junior White Sox head coach will travel to Hastings to coach the team.

NZ Selection Team:
Amy Begg (Canterbury), Beth Reid, Katrina Nukunuku, Maddy Roy (Auckland), Courtney Gettins, Rita Hokianga, Mel Gettins (Hawkes Bay), Denva Shaw-Tait, Mikayla Lewin, Pallas Potter (Hutt Valley), Mereana Makea (Wellington), Pania Monk (Waikato), Ellie Copper (Missouri, USA) Kelley Renner, Hailey Breakwell (California, USA).



21 Nov, 2017

Nyree White and Jennifer Feret-Brear have withdraw from the Oregon Series next month due to injury.
Coach Gettins has replaced them with; Taylor-Paige Stewart, Pallas Potter and Loran Parker.


7 Nov, 2017

White Sox vs Chinese Taipei

Aaria Tawha, Breanna Gibson, Jennifer Feret-Brear, Kingsley Avery, Kyla Bromhead, Loran Parker, Meg Glading, Nyree White (Auckland), Pallas Potter, Danica Ferriso, Denva Shaw-Tait, Lara Andrews, Mikayla Lewin (Hutt Valley) Rita Hokianga (Hawkes Bay), Shannon Hearne (Perth, Australia)

White Sox to Asia Pacific 2018

Aaria Tawha, Zoe Tolhopf, Jennifer Feret-Brear, Katrina Nukunuku, Kingsley Avery, Krysta Hoani, Kyla Bromhead, Loran Parker, Nyree White (Auckland)
Pallas Potter, Danica Ferriso, Denva Shaw-Tait, Mikayla Lewin (Hutt Valley) Rita Hokianga (Hawkes Bay), Shannon Hearne (Perth, Australia)

2018 Asia Pacific Cup Draw


Friday 15 Dec
  • Double Header with White Sox 6pm and 8pm at Rosedale North Harbour

Saturday 16 Dec

  • Double Header with White Sox 3pm and 5pm at Rosedale North Harbour

Sunday 17 Dec

  • Double Header with White Sox 11am and 1pm at Rosedale North Harbour

Wednesday 20 Dec

  • Skills clinics with school kids at Akina Park
  • Double header 4pm and 6pm versus a New Zealand Selection (times TBC)


12 July, 2017

New Zealand White Sox pitcher Nyree White is set to play against a top American college team coached by her father - Black Sox pitching great Mike White.

Head coach Kevin Gettins confirmed the White Sox would host White's University of Oregon team in a series at Auckland's Rosedale Park in December.

Oregon were the fourth-ranked team in the United States in 2017 and made their fourth trip to the prestigious College Women's Softball World Series since White became head coach eight seasons ago.

Gettins said Oregon would provide the White Sox with tough opposition at the start of a busy international season leading up to the 2018 world championships in Japan.

"Oregon are one of the top teams in America," he said. It'll be a great test for us and good for Nyree to play against a team coached by her dad."

Nyree White, who grew up in Oregon, pitched for Stanford University and joined the White Sox for the first time on their Japanese tour last winter. She is playing club softball with Ramblers in Auckland this year.

Four White Sox squad members - pitcher Taylor-Paige Stewart, catchers Mel Gettins and Zoe Tolhopf and utility Krysta Hoani recently went to Oregon for a training camp.

Gettins said the White Sox would also play in the New Zealand under-19 boys tournament in Christchurch in early January in a bid to prepare for a six-nation tournament in Australia in February.

"The Down Under tournament in Sydney has been branded as the Asia Pacific Cup with Japan, China, Chinese Taipei and Italy joining Australia and New Zealand," he said.

Gettins said Chinese Taipei had also expressed an interest in playing a series in New Zealand after the Asia Pacific Cup.

"It's shaping up to a pretty big year.

"The White Sox haven't played in New Zealand for a while so it will be good to expose them to the softball public again."

The White Sox have named a 31-member training squad and have selected two groups to play against Oregon and in the under-19 boys tournament.

Gettins said "player availability has been challenging". "The amount of time we are asking them to get off work is huge, but we are able to get some of our US-based players back."

Infielder Hailey Breakwell (now an assistant-coach at Wichita State University and Gettins' daughter Courtney, a pitcher at the University of Alabama, will be back for both tournaments. Captain Ellie Cooper, who is on the coaching staff at her Florida State University alma mater, will return for the under-19s.

"We couldn't get Ellie over in time for the Oregon series and Mikayla Werahiko can't get back for either from Maryland University, which is a shame because she covers shortstop, third base and the outfield."

Stewart, who is training to be a doctor in California, will be added to either the Oregon series squad or the under-19 tournament team.

Gettins has promoted four  members of the Junior White Sox's 2017 under-19 world championships team - Renner and Hutt Valley trio Denva Tait-Shaw, Mikayla Lewin and Pallas Potter in the wider training squad.

Shaw has a shot at becoming New Zealand's first third-generation softball international with her mother, Kiri Shaw, and grandmother Naomi Shaw both former White Sox captains.


NZ White Sox softball squads

v Oregon Ducks (December 15-17 at Albany).

Pitchers: Jennifer Feret-Brear, Courtney Gettins, Rita Hokianga, Nyree White. Catchers: Mel Gettins, Zoe Tolhopf. Infielders-outfielders: Ancelle van Molendorff, Danica Ferriso, Hailey Breakwell, Kelley Renner, Kingsley Avery, Krysta Hoani, Lara Andrews, Mereana Makea.

For NZ under-19 boys tournament (January 4-7 in Christchurch).

Pitchers: C Gettins, White, Feret-Brear, Amy Begg, Pania Monk. Catchers: M Gettins, Tolhopf. Infielder-outfielders: Ellie Coper, Breakwell, van Molendorff, Renner, Avery.

Wider raining squad: Aaria Tawha (Auckland), Amy Begg (Canterbury/Morgan State University), Ancelle van Molendorff (Brisbane), Breanna Gibson (Auck), Charlotte Tuala (Hutt Valley), Courtney Gettins (Hawke's Bay/University of Alabama), Danica Ferriso (HV), Denva Shaw-Tait (HV), Ellie Cooper (US), Emma Francis (Wellington), Hailey Breakwell (US), Jennifer Feret-Brear (Auck), Katrina Nukunuku (Auck), Kelley Renner (US), Kingsley Avery (Auck), Krysta Hoani (Auck), Kyla Bromhead (Auck), Lara Andrews (HV), Loran Parker (Auck), Meg Glading (Auck), Mel Gettins (Hawke's Bay), Mereana Makea (Wellington/Florida South Western College), Mikayla Lewin (HV), Mikayla Werahiko (Canterbury/Maryland University), Nyree White (Auck), Pallas Potter (HV), Pania Monk (Waikato/Eastern Arizona College), Rita Hokianga (HB), Shannon Hearne (Perth), Taylor-Paige Stewart (California), Zoe Tolhopf (Auck).


12 July, 2017

As the Golden Homes Black Sox took care of Japan at the men’s world championships in Canada this morning the New Zealand women’s team departed for Japan.

The White Sox face an arduous 14 day tour of Japan that will include sixteen practice games with the Japan Woman's League Softball teams Bic Camera Takasaki, Honda, Toda Medics, Taiyo Yuden, and Hitachi, as well as the Japan U23 squad. Games will be staged at premier venues including the 2020 Olympic softball and baseball stadium.

The White Sox Management team will include Mike White, Head Coach of the University of Oregon Ducks, as a Specialist Coach. In addition, Mike Roberts of the University of Washington Huskies serves as the Pitching Coach. Both White and Roberts have just finished runs at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City last month where they fell agonisingly close to making the best of three final. Oregon placed 3rd and Washington 4th.
In addition, Management will include former White Sox international Sina Hunkin as cultural liaison and interpreter through to the 2018 Women's World Championships. Hunkin is currently in Japan with partner and former Black Sox star Donny Hale. Sina will meet the team on arrival and provide valuable guidance of Japanese culture and protocols as well as practical information throughout the journey.

Pitchers Pania Monk and Loren Parker have been added to the touring team to replace Taylor-Paige Stewart who has withdrawn due to personal reasons and Jennifer Feret-Brear who is injured.

Head Coach Kevin Gettins is pleased with the schedule as it will meet the goals of providing exposure to the White Sox in the elite Japanese environment.

The New Zealand White Sox squad for the July tour of Japan.
Pitchers: Amy Begg (Morgan State University), Courtney Gettins (Florida South Western), Pania Monk, Loran Parker (Auckland), Nyree White (Oregon, USA), Rita Hokianga (Hawke's Bay),
Catchers: Melanie Gettins (Hawke's Bay), Meg Gladding, Kyla Bromhead, Zoe Tolhopf (Auckland).
Infielders: Ellie Cooper (Florida State University), Hailey Breakwell (California, USA), Lara Andrews (Hutt Valley), Mikayla Werahiko (Florida South Western), Danica Ferriso (Hutt Valley), Katrina Nukunuku (Auckland), Shannon Hearne (Perth).
Outfielders: Charlotte Tuala (Hutt Valley), Kingsley Avery, Ancelle van Molendorff, Krysta Hoani (Auckland).


22 May,2017






1 Wed   Narita Airport Arrive at Narita airport on NZ#99  
      Chiba/Ichihara Stay at Ichihara city  
  13/07/2017 AM Hotel Meeting Meeting room
2 Thu PM Chiba/Kimitsu Practice Koito Sports Park
3 Fri All day Chiba/Kimitsu Practice Koito Sports Park
  15/07/2017     Practice matches with JAPAN U23 team  
4 Sat AM Chiba/Ichihara 10:00 Game 1 (Loss 2 - 3) Z.A. Ballpark *
    PM   13:00 Game 2 (Loss 0 - 7)  
  16/07/2017     Practice matches with JAPAN U23 team  
5 Sun AM Chiba/Ichihara 10:00 Game 1 (Loss 1 - 12) Z.A. Ballpark *
    PM   13:00 Game 2 (Loss 0 - 7)  
  17/07/2017     Practice matches with JAPAN U23 team  
6 Mon   Chiba/Ichihara 10:00 Game 1 (Loss 0 - 7) Yorogawa Rinkai 1
        13:00 Game 2 (Loss 0 - 9)  
7 Tue   Off day Off day Koito Sports Park
  19/07/2017     Practice matches with JWSL team  
8 Wed AM Chiba/Kimitsu 10:00 Game 1 (Bic Camera Takasaki) Koito Sports Park
    PM   13:00 Game 2 (Bic Camera Takasaki)  
  20/07/2017     Practice matches with JWSL team  
9 Thu AM Chiba/Kimitsu 10:00 Game 1 (HONDA) Koito Sports Park
    PM   13:00 Game 2 (HONDA)  
10 Fri AM Chiba/Kimitsu AM Practice Koito Sports Park
    PM   Practice match with JWSL team  
        13:00 Toda Medics  
  22/07/2017     Practice matches with JWSL team  
11 Sat AM Chiba/Kimitsu 10:00 Game 1 (Taiyo Yuden) Koito Sports Park
    PM   13:00 Game 2 (Taiyo Yuden)  
  23/07/2017     Practice matches with JWSL team  
12 Sun AM Chiba/Ichihara 10:00 Game 1 (Hitachi) Z.A. Ballpark *
    PM   13:00 Game 2 (Hitachi)  
13 Mon AM Chiba/Ichihara AM Practice Z.A. Ballpark *
    PM Off day Off day  
  25/07/2017 daytime Off day Off day  
14 Tue        
    18:30 Narita Leave Narita airport on NZ#90  


8 Mar

Black Sox pitching great Mike White's daughter Nyree is set to make her debut for the New Zealand White Sox squad.

The 24-year-old former Stanford University hurler is one of seven pitchers named in a 22-strong squad for a 12-day tour of Japan in July.

White Sox coach Kevin Gettins said White declared her availability after assisting her father at a series of pitching clinics in New Zealand last December.

"We had a chat around what she was looking to do in the future, and it all went from there," Gettins said.

"She will bring another dimension; she plays first base and hits, as well."

White was first selected in a New Zealand team in 2013 but later had to withdraw.

She was born in the United States and broke pitching and batting records at Marist High School in Eugene, Oregon where father Mike is based as head coach of the University of Oregon softball team after winning two world championships gold medals with the Black Sox and representing the United States.

Nyree White played for the United States junior team in 2011 before taking up a scholarship at Stanford, an Ivy League university in California.

She will join established White Sox Rita Hokianga, Courtney Gettins, Taylor Paige-Stewart and Jennifer Feret-Brear on the White Sox pitching staff. 

Coach Gettins has also added some promising hurlers, including Canterbury's Amy Begg, who has won two consecutive conference pitcher of the week awards in American college softball this season and Auckland's up and coming Tyla Morrison.

Both played for the White Sox at the under-19 boys' national championships and Morrison pitched Auckland to victory in the National Fastpitch Championships final last month.

Catcher Stef Smith is unavailable for family reasons, but senior White Sox Melanie Gettins and Kyla Bromhead will be joined behind the plate by Keri Simeon (Hutt Valley) and Zoe Tolhopf (Auckland).

Gettins said most of the topline White Sox were available for the "hectic" tour, which would involve 12 games in 12 days, "and training when we're not playing".

The tour was aimed at getting the players accustomed to the Japanese softball environment and general culture before next year's world championships in Chibu, Gettins said.

Seven of the squad are based in the United States, including captain Ellie Cooper, Lara Andrews, Hailey Breakwell and Mikayla Werahiko, who starred at the 2016 world championships.


The New Zealand White Sox squad for the July tour of Japan.

Pitchers: Amy Begg (Morgan State University/Canterbury), Courtney Gettins (Florida South Western/Hawke's Bay), Pania Monk, Loran Parker (Auckland), Nyree White (Oregon, USA), Rita Hokianga (Hawke's Bay),

Catchers: Melanie Gettins (Hawke's Bay), Meg Gladding (Auckland), Kyla Bromhead, Zoe Tolhopf (Auckland).

Infielders: Ellie Cooper (Florida State University), Hailey Breakwell (California, USA), Lara Andrews (Delaware/Hutt Valley), Mikayla Werahiko (Florida South Western/Canterbury), Danica Ferriso (Hutt Valley), Katrina Nukunuku (Auckland), Shannon Hearne (Perth).

Outfielders: Kingsley Avery (Auckland), Ancelle van Molendorff (Brisbane/Auckland), Charlotte Tuala (Hutt Valley), Krysta Hoani (Auckland).


1 February, 2016

Charlotte Pointon has withdrawn from the New Zealand White Sox team to compete at the Down Under International Series and has been replaced by Auckland based Breanna Gibson. Breanna recently celebrated her 200th game for premier women's club team Howick and will make her debut appearance for the White Sox in Sydney.

The Series includes national teams from Australia, Japan and New Zealand and will be held in Blacktown, Sydney from 9 - 12 February 2017. 



31 December, 2016

Mereana Makea-364-286It's been an emotional week for 18 year old Mereana Makea, as she departed New Zealand yesterday for the USA on a full ride softball scholarship. Makea will join her cousin Courtney Gettins, and former team mates Kayla Rangiawha and Mikayla Werahiko at Florida South Western Junior College. All 4 players last played together in 2015 at the World Championships in Oklahoma, USA for the NZ Junior White Sox.

The versatile player will leave behind her younger sister Marama to take care of business for their PK club in Wellington, both vying for a spot at the next World Championships to be held in Clearwater, Florida July 2017. For Makea it is the beginning of a life long aspiration to play in the USA.

New Zealand White Sox Coach Kevin Gettins " it is an exciting opportunity for Mereana to progress her softball dreams and gain an educational degree whilst playing the game she loves. The college system in the USA is very demanding with heavy practice time and a lot of games played, this will provide Mereana an opportunity to thrive and continue to work hard on her game. Mereana was identified by Coach Iamurri when he visited OKC at last years Junior World Championships to catch up with his other three New Zealand recruits.

We would like to wish Mereana and her team mates in Florida all the very best for their up and coming season...stay tuned!


24 Dec, 2016

Coach Kevin Gettins has named a roster of 14 to compete at the Down Under Series, 8-12 February in Sydney next year.
The New Zealand White Sox will have a different look to the one that competed at the World Cup of Softball and the World Championships in North America last year with four new names set to make their debut for the silver fern. 

Auckland short stops Aieesha Hooper and Nita Hickey will replace the unavailable Hailey Breakwell while catchers Aria Tawhai and Keri Simeon will suit-up behind the plate.

The Down Under Series which initiated in 2015 will see some of the best international and professional softball teams from around the world compete over five days of play. World powerhouse Japan will go into the series as red hot favourites while the hosts will try to get their game back on track after a disappointing 10th place finish at the World Champs in Surrey last year.

The New Zealand White to compete at the Down Under Series:
Kingsley Avery, Ancelle Van Mollendorf, Jennifer Feret-Brear, Nita Hickey, Pania Monk, Aieesha Hooper, Aria Tawha, Katrina Nukunuku, Stephanie Smith (Auckland), Keri Simeon, Charlotte Pointon (Hutt Valley), Melanie Gettins, Rita Hokianga (Hawkes Bay), Shannon Hearne (Western Australia).

23 Nov, 2016

Softball New Zealand say High Performance Sport New Zealand's “outstanding'' funding boost is an early Christmas present for the White Sox national women's team.
The White Sox will receive $250,000 over the next two years towards their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification campaign at the 2018 world women's softball championships in Japan.
HPSNZ announced on Thursday it will give the women's programme $100,000 in 2017 and $150,000 in 2018.
The world's top six teams will take part at the Tokyo Olympics where women's softball and men's baseball will return to the Olympic fold for the first time since the Beijing 2008 Games.
New Zealand finished eighth at the 2016 world championships but are ranked fifth in the world for overall senior and junior international women's softball programmes.
Softball NZ (SNZ) chief executive Tony Giles said the HPSNZ decision was “an outstanding outcome from a current benchmark of zero dollars towards the female programme''.
It is the first significant government funding for the White Sox programme for some time.
Giles said the “quality of our story, leadership and campaign presentation'' and the “flourishing relationship'' SNZ high performance manager Darren Smith had built with the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health in Auckland were key factors in the HPSNZ decision.
He said the potential for Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympic Games was also a positive with softball likely to be retained for an Olympic tournament in the United States.
Giles said the decision was “a paradigm shift for female softball at the elite level in New Zealand'' and acknowledged the advances made by the women's programme in recent times.
SNZ has long received HPSNZ support for the New Zealand Black Sox men's programme with the Black Sox winning four world championships gold medals and two silver medals since 1996.
But White Sox athletes have had to pay their own way. White Sox head coach Kevin Gettins estimates it has cost some players “up to $10,000 a year'' to attend tournaments and training camps in world championships seasons.
Gettins said the HPSNZ decision was “very good news'' for the athletes and the White Sox programme.
“It gives us more flexibility and ability to introduce a few more training camps and bring in a few more specialists to get involved with the athletes.''
He said the White Sox programme had been “self-funded for years'' and that had had some impact on “player availability''.
The HPSNZ funding would take some of the financial pressure off players, but Gettins said, more importantly, the support was a validation of the strides made in recent seasons with the White Sox making the top-eight at the last two world championships.
“The money is great but the recognition of the progress the programme has made is pretty special too,'' he said.
“We're not saying everything is going to be free, going forward, but the opportunity to reduce the player impact, financially, is there.''
The cash injection will assist the White Sox to tour Japan in 2017 a year out from the world championships and “get a very solid build-up'', Gettins said.
“Our challenge is our players are scattered around the world, with many in the United States on college softball scholarships. This will help us bring them all together.''
Gettins said the White Sox were very grateful to high performance manager Darren Smith who “did a fantastic job'' in pitching the case for funding support


23 Nov, 2016

National Squad 2017

The New Zealand White Sox 2018 world championship campaign commences this week with Head Coach Kevin Gettins releasing details of the 2017 program and announcing a 32 player squad. 
The size of the squad is by design with the aim of building a wider player base and greater depth in targeted positions.

The 2017 New Zealand White Sox Training Squad:

  Name Club Province
1 Aieesha Hooper Waitakere Bears Auckland
2 Amy Begg Morgan State Canterbury
3 Ancelle van Molendorf Brisbane Giants Australia
4 Aria Tawha Western Magpies Auckland
5 Charlotte Pointon Saints Hutt Valley
6 Courtney Gettins Florida South Western Hawkes Bay
7 Danica Ferriso Dodgers Hutt Valley
8 Ellie Cooper Florida State Missouri
9 Emma Francis Johnsonville Wellington
10 Gillian Wills Western Magpies Auckland
11 Hailey Breakwell Idaho State California
12 Jennifer Feret-Brear Western Magpies Auckland
13 Katrina Nukunuku Mt Albert Ramblers Auckland
14 Kayla Rangiawha Florida South Western Wellington
15 Kelley Renner Oak Ridge California
16 Keri Simeon Saints Hutt Valley
17 Kingsley Avery Western Magpies Auckland
18 Krysta Hoani Otahuhu Auckland
19 Kyla Bromhead Waitakere Bears Auckland
20 Lara Andrews Delaware Hutt Valley
21 Marama Makea Poneke Kilbernie Wellington
22 Melanie Gettins Flaxmere Hawkes Bay
23 Mereana Makea Poneke Kilbirnie Wellington
24 Mikayla Werahiko Florida South Western Canterbury
25 Nita Hickey Otahuhu Auckland
26 Pania Monk Otahuhu Auckland
27 Rita Hokianga Flaxmere Hawkes Bay
28 Shannon Hearne Carine Cats Australia
29 Stephanie Smith Howick Auckland
30 Taylor-Paige Stewart Wisconsin California
31 Tyla Morrison Waitakere Bears Auckland
32 Tyneesha Houkamau Colorado Mesa Auckland

New Zealand White Sox team to compete at Temperzone U19 Boy’s National Championships – January 2017
The campaign starts with a 14 player roster travelling to Hastings to compete in the Temperzone Under 19 Boy’s National Championships from 5-8 January 2017. The unprecedented move of entering a team in such an event is to expose players to a much faster and intense game, comparable to elite international women’s softball. The outing will see the debut of Amy Begg the young Canterbury pitcher who is currently on scholarship at Morgan State University in Baltimore, USA. 
White Sox team - Temperzone U19 Boy’s National Championships:
1 Aieesha Hooper Waitakere Bears Auckland
2 Amy Begg Morgan State Canterbury
3 Danica Ferriso Dodgers Hutt Valley
4 Emma Francis Johnsonville Wellington
5 Gillian Wills Western Magpies Auckland
6 Katrina Nukunuku Mt Albert Ramblers Auckland
7 Keri Simeon Saints Hutt Valley
8 Kingsley Avery Western Magpies Auckland
9 Krysta Hoani Otahuhu Auckland
10 Lara Andrews Delaware Hutt Valley
11 Mel Gettins Flaxmere Hawkes Bay
12 Nita Hickey Otahuhu Auckland
13 Pania Monk Otahuhu Auckland
14 Rita Hokianga Flaxmere Hawkes Bay

International Down Under Fastpitch Series – February 2017
Following on, in mid-December (after the Bev Smith Memorial Premier Women’s Club tournament) a team will be named for the International Down Under Fastpitch Series. The Down Under Series, held from 9-12 February in Blacktown, Sydney, poses very strong competition that features all of Australia’s top line players along with the Japanese National team.
Tour to Japan – July 2017
Looking forward, the New Zealand White Sox program includes a 12-14 day tour to Japan in July, 2017. The tour will include up to 22 squad members and will involve games against strong Japanese domestic teams along with intense training camps. The trip will provide an excellent dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Championships to be held in the Chiba Prefecture, Japan. A large touring squad will expose a wider pool of players to international softball.
New Zealand White Sox Manager & Assistant Coach Named
It is with great pleasure that Softball NZ announces the reappointment of Aroha Metcalf and Tony Simpson through to the 2018 World Championships in Japan. The two incumbents will once again complement Head Coach Kevin Gettins as the team prepares to take on the arduous challenge of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.


15 - 24 July, 2016



Click for draws and results

Game Schedule (in NZ times)

Time (NZ) Matchup Win/Loss Media 

Pool Games - 32 Teams
July 16 3:15 PM New Zealand vs Kenya W 28-0 (3 Innings) Live Streaming
July 17 7:30 AM New Zealand vs Peru W 7-0 (5 Innings) Live Streaming 
July 18 7:30 AM New Zealand vs Italy W 8-7 (9 Innings) Live Streaming

Top 16
July 19 7:30 AM New Zealand vs Great Britain W 6-0 Live Streaming
July 20 7:30 AM New Zealand vs Chinese Taipei W 4-0 Live Streaming
July 22 3:30 PM New Zealand vs Japan   Live Streaming

Top 8
July 22 3:00 PM New Zealand vs Japan L 9-2 (6 innings) Live Streaming
July 23 5:00 AM New Zealand vs The Netherlands L 8-2 Live Streaming

New Zealand finish 8th


Live Streaming
PLANT CITY, FL (USA) — The WBSC today has announced that all 124 games for the 2016 WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship in Surrey, Canada, from 15-24 July will be web-streamed. This represents the most games ever streamed for a global softball event.

Beginning Thursday, 15 July, video coverage on the main diamond will feature play-by-play commentary plus video-on-demand playback for all games and will utilise a multi-camera system while Field 2-4 will use one camera.

All games will be streamed live and available on a subscription basis for a one-time fee of $US 19.95 via worldsoftball.tv.

Live play-by-play will also be available online for the entirety of the tournament.


Tournament Format and Facts

The 31 nations have been divided into eight pools to compete in a preliminary round-robin. The teams will then be allocated to four sections of four in either a championship or placement round-robin based on their finish in the preliminary round-robin.  The top two teams from each section will advance to the Championship Double Page system.

Teams finishing third and fourth in pool play will be placed in a placement pool to play in a Double Page systems to determine position 9-16. Remaining teams in each pool advance to Single Page placement pools for position 17 -31.

Pool A: Japan, Venezuela, France;
Pool B: USA, Brazil, Austria, Israel;
Pool C: Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Serbia;
Pool D: Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Uganda;
Pool E: Chinese Taipei, Puerto Rico, India, Ecuador;
Pool F: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Philippines, Pakistan;
Pool G: China, Cuba, Guatemala, Greece;
Pool H: New Zealand, Italy, Kenya, Peru.

All 31 participating National Teams will compete on Opening Day, with action opening on Friday, 15 July at 08:30 local time.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 18:30 at the main competition field, which will be followed by Canada meeting Great Britain in front of the home crowd.

The gold medal game will take centre stage on 24 July at 18:00, and will be preceded by the bronze medal match at 13:00.

Stepping onto the women’s softball world stage for the first time are Brazil, Ecuador, India, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Pakistan, Peru, Serbia, Switzerland, and Uganda.

The Women’s National Team of Japan will head to Surrey as the two-time defending world champions, capturing gold medals in Haarlem (NED) in 2014 and Whitehorse (CAN) in 2012.

The United States — the Eagles — have won nine total women’s world championships and took home the silver medal in 2012 and 2014.

Oceania’s Australia — the Aussie Spirit — claimed the bronze medal in Whitehorse and Haarlem.

Host Canada is expected to perform well after their gold-medal win at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

05 - 10 July, 2016
ASA World Cup of Softball XI Logo

Click for draws and results


Game Schedule (in NZ times)

All games are streamed live!

Time (NZ) Matchup Win/Loss Media 
July 6 8:00 AM New Zealand vs Canada L 5-0 Live statsLive Streaming
July 8 3:30 AM Australia vs New Zealand L 7-6 Live statsLive Streaming 
July 9 3:30 AM Czech Republic vs New Zealand W 2-0 Live statsLive Streaming
  6:00 AM Japan vs New Zealand L 10-0 (4) Live statsLive Streaming
July 10 5:00 AM  USA Elite vs New Zealand L 13-0 (4) Live statsLive Streaming
  9:30 AM New Zealand vs Mexico W 3-2 Live statsLive Streaming
July 10 4:30 AM New Zealand v China L 2-1 (8) Live statsLive Streaming

For full game schedule of all games go click here


5 May, 2016

Tyneesha Houkamau has withdrawn from the White Sox team to attend the World Championships due to injury. Houkamau's replacement will be non-travelling reserve Gillian Wills from Western Magpies, (Auckland). Shannon Hearne (Australian based) will come into the non travelling reserves.


6 April, 2016

Softball New Zealand is pleased to announce Mike Roberts as the New Zealand White Sox Pitching Coach for the tour of North America in July. Roberts an expat who applied his craft in the US college system since 2000 is excited about the opportunity to be part of the New Zealand women's team. 

“I'm looking forward to coaching with Kevin and Tony. My relationship with Kevin goes back to my playing days when he played for Hawkes Bay and I was with Auckland. Tony caught for me back in the late 80s with Auckland United”, say Roberts.

Head Coach Kevin Gettins targeted Roberts because of his extensive CV as a Head Coach and specialist Pitching Coach within the USA college system. This included working at the University of Oregon under fellow New Zealander and Head Coach Mike White. At present Roberts is Assistant Coach with the University of Washington, a division one college based out of Seattle.

“It is truly an honour. It’s going to feel good to be able to share some of the knowledge and skills I have accumulated over the last 40 years as a player and coach with some of New Zealand's best women's softball talent.

When I am looking to win at the highest level, there are championship standards that have to be met. Whether it be spot percentage or ball to strike ratio, I want to make sure the pitchers understand the importance of these standards.  I will support them in their pursuit of these championship standards” says Roberts.

The White Sox will undertake their campaign by competing at the prestigious World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, 5-10 July before heading to Vancouver, Canada for the World Championships, 15-24 July.
Ratu-James withdrawals from White Sox
Kuraroa Ratu-James has withdrawn from the White Sox team to attend the World Championships for personal reasons. Kuraroa’s replacement will be non-travelling reserve Tyneesha Houkamau who is playing college softball for Colorado Misa in the USA. Nita Hickey (Auckland ) who had outstanding performances at the Southern Cross Challenge moves onto the non-travelling reserves.


20 Nov, 2015

Auckland-based coach, Tony Simpson, has been appointed Assistant Coach of the New Zealand White Sox ahead of the 2016 World Championship.

Simpson will join Head Coach, Kevin Gettins, and team Manager, Aroha Metcalf. He has been involved in softball for 45 years as a player and 15 years as a coach.

Simpson has experience coaching various ages, from tee ball to premiers, and has coached many Auckland representative sides. He is a former Black Sox representative and has also competed with the Great Britain national team at the 2004 World Series in Christchurch.

"I understand the pressures of travelling and playing overseas, and the focus needed to compete at the highest level", says Simpson. 

The experience that Simpson holds will allow him to compliment Gettins in an assistant role. He has a great understanding of the value of teamwork and will look to work with players to improve their individual game.

The White Sox squad members who are currently based in New Zealand will be attending a camp in Hawkes Bay from 27-29 November.


23 Sep, 2015

The White Sox campaign for the WBSC XV World Championships, Vancouver 15 - 24 July 2016 kicks off in earnest with a national training camp for the NZ based White Sox squad members in Hastings from 27 - 29 November 2015
The NZ based White Sox squad members that will be invited to the National Training Camp are:


NB: Coach Gettins may invite a further one or two players. 


7 July, 2015

Coach Kevin Gettins first White Sox squad is a mix of established players plus a number of younger players from the successful Junior White Sox teams of the last few seasons, who have pushed themselves into contention for higher honours.

The squad includes a number of the White Sox team who finished a very credible 8th at last year’s World championships in The Netherlands. There are 12 players who are based in the USA on scholarship, one in Australia and the balance residing in New Zealand.

“It is important we develop a squad where players have to compete for their place on the team for the 2016 World Championships.  It is critical for the success of the national programme that we have our best players available. This will be a focus going forward", reports Coach Gettins.

Coach Gettins says, "It is exciting to see players making themselves available".   Returning is Kuraroa Ratu-James who at the two previous Junior Women's World Championships finished in the top 10 batters, Rita Hokianga who pitched her West Texas College team to win the Division Two College World Championship in 2014, and Taylor-Paige Stewart a starting pitcher with the University of Wisconsin.  "These young women are the calibre of player we need available to compete on the World Stage", reflects Coach Gettins.

The inclusion of 17 year old Mereana Makea reflects the confidence Coach Gettins has in the young Wellington outfielder, "Makea has had a standout year in age group softball and performed very strongly at NFC and National Interclub tournaments, she is an exciting prospect for the future ".

Going forward Coach Gettins relates that there will be a strong focus on fitness and conditioning and players will be required to accept the responsibility to work hard on this themselves.  “At the end of the day our athletes need to be motivated to get themselves in the best physical condition they can, this will be monitored but the individual must take responsibility and accountability for their preparation and ongoing training".

Along with developing the athleticism and skills required to compete internationally, it is important to Coach Gettins that White Sox members are good people.  "This is a trait I hold very highly in a team environment".
The competition for place on the 2016 World Championship team starts now and as the season starts players performances will be continually monitored.  Although no winter camp is scheduled the first White Sox training camp will be held in late November in the Hawkes Bay.


  Player Club Province
1 Kura Ratu-James Te Aroha Hutt Valley
2 Yvonne Burgess Te Aroha Hutt Valley
3 Mel Gettins Dodgers Hutt Valley
4 Kyla Bromhead Waitakere Bears Auckland
5 Katrina Nukunuku Ramblers Auckland
6 Jennifer Feret Western Magpies Auckland
7 Rebecca Bromhead Waitakere Bears Auckland
8 Beth Stavert Western Magpies Auckland
9 Gillian Wills Western Magpies Auckland
10 Kyrsta Hoani Otahuhu Auckland
11 Ancelle van Molendorf Waitakere Bears Auckland
12 Tegan Bromhead Waitakere Bears Auckland
13 Te Reo Powhiri Matautia Marist Auckland
14 Mereana Makea Poneke Kilbirnie Wellington
15 Carly Werahiko Sydenham/Kereru Canterbury
16 Robyn Hall Sydenham/Kereru Canterbury
17 Emma Frost Halswell Canterbury
18 Rita Hokianga Dodgers Hawkes Bay
19 Taylor Paige Stewart University of Wisconsin USA
20 Cassie Siataga Midland College, Texas/ Canterbury USA
21 Tynesha Houkamau Midland College, Texas/ Auckland USA
22 Kayla Rangiawha South Florida College, Florida/Wellington USA
23 Mikayla Werahiko South Florida College, Florida/Canterbury USA
24 Courtney Gettins South Florida College, Florida/Hutt Valley USA
25 Ellie Cooper Florida State University USA
26 Kingsley Avery University of Avia Maria/Auckland USA
27 Lara Andrews Pennsylvania Rebellion/Hutt Valley USA
28 Danica Ferriso Midland College, Texas/Hutt Valley USA
29 Amy Begg Morgan State University/Canterbury USA
30 Hailey Breakwell Idaho State University USA
31 Shannon Hearne Carine Cats, Perth Australia


17 June, 2015

Planning for the WBSC XI Women's World Softball Championship in Surrey City, Canada in July 2016 is underway as Head Coach Kevin Gettins prepares to name his first White Sox squad.

Coach Gettins plans to cast the net wide in naming players for the squad.  He believes that for the programme to succeed, finding the best players and giving them opportunities to compete for a World Series team berth is a key focus.  “This means that players who have not previously been in the National picture, will be included in the squad and given the opportunity to compete for spots on the National Team”, says Coach Gettins.

The squad will be named on July 7.  

Surrey WBSC XV Champtionship


4 June, 2015

Current Junior White Sox manager, Aroha Metcalf, has been appointed manager of the New Zealand White Sox.
Metcalf will join head coach, Kevin Gettins, in preparation for next year’s women’s world championships in Canada. The pair has worked together for a number of years with the Junior White Sox and will be attending the Junior World Championships in Oklahoma this August.
Metcalf has had plenty of managerial experience, including both the 2011 and 2013 junior world championships in South Africa and Canada. She looks to bring this experience into the new culture of the White Sox team. “Being part of the NZ White Sox is an exciting step up from the Junior White Sox role. I am very proud of the young players I have been involved with over the last seven years and am looking forward to being part of their progression into the senior ranks”.
Metcalf is determined to bring smooth logistical support to the team. “I want to be part of Coach Gettins’ team culture where members are treated with respect, all contributions are valued, and where accountability and personal and team performance is expected”, says Metcalf.





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NZ Date & Time Teams
Saturday 16th August – 2:15am New Zealand vs Russia
Sunday 17th August – 2:30am New Zealand vs Cuba
Monday 18th August – 6:00am New Zealand vs Canada
Tuesday 19th August – 12:00am New Zealand vs Japan
Tuesday 19th August – 10:30pm New Zealand vs Czech Republic
Wednesday 20th August – 1:30am New Zealand vs China
Friday 22nd August – 5:00am New Zealand vs Puerto Rico

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 1   10:00  Russia  New Zealand 1  :  7
 2   13:00  Czech Republic  Austria  5  :  0
 3   16:00  Austria  Russia 0  :  8
 4   19:00  New Zealand  Czech Republic  7  :  6


5 10:00  New Zealand Austria 8  :  0
6 13:00 Czech Republic Russia 5  :  0
7 16:00 Russia Austria 7  :  0
8 19:00 New Zealand Czech Republic 0  : 3


White Sox named for Aussie state series

NZ White Sox coach Naomi Shaw will have the luxury of four US-based players, when her national women’s team takes on Australia’s best at the Gilley’s Shield tournament at North Harbour’s Rosedale Park in December.
For the first time, Softball NZ will host a round of the Australian interstate competition, after sending teams across the Tasman for the past several years as part of its women’s international programme.
While the home team won’t be a full-strength roster, it will be the strongest New Zealand have been able to field at this event, as Shaw builds her preparation towards next year’s ISF World Championship in the Netherlands.
“We’ve done quite a bit of work establishing which players were coming back from the United States during college holidays,” says Shaw.
“We also had to work around college exams and some of these players had to have exams moved forward to return to New Zealand in time to play this series. It will be really great to have them.”
Hitters Te Reo Powhiri Matautia (Tallahasse Community College) and Lara Andrews (University of Delaware), and pitchers Krysta Hoani (Tallahasse) and Rita Hokianga (West Texas A&M) are the quartet returning.
Matautia was recently named 2013 Female Player of the Year for her performance at the last world championship, finishing among the top 10 batters with a .500 average.  
“There were others who couldn’t get exams moved, but this is the first time we’ve had this opportunity and it’s an important part of the world championship selection process.”
Shaw has selected a 22-strong squad to contest the Gilley’s tournament – 16 will assemble for the December 12-15 event, while the other six will serve as non-travelling reserves.
She has named 13 of the playing group today, with three more to be named next month after form has been assessed at early-season tournaments.
The playing line-up, so far, will feature four from the successful Junior White Sox outfit that finished fourth at this year’s world series in Canada. It also includes American Jennifer Feret – a member of the JWS coaching staff – who is awaiting citizenship that would make her eligible for full international honours.
“That citizenship is the only way she can play for New Zealand,” says Shaw. “We’ve been working on it for a number of years now and it’s been an onerous process, but we’re confident she will get it.”
The 13 players today named for the Gilley’s Shield series are Lara Andrews (USA), Kyla Bromhead (Auckland), Rebecca Bromhead (Auckland), Jennifer Feret (Auckland), Danica Ferriso (Hutt Valley), Shannon Hearne (Australia), Krysta Hoani (USA), Rita Hokianga (USA), Jasmin Kaiaruna (Wellington), Te Reo Powhiri Matautia (USA), Brooke McManus (Australia), Katrina Nukunuku (Auckland) and Cassie Siataga (Canterbury).
The three additional players, to be named on November 12, will come from Kayla Clark (Auckland), Emma Francis (Wellington), Mel Gettins (Hawke’s Bay), Tyneesha Houkamau (Auckland), Beth Stavert (Auckland), Michal Tangaroa (Auckland), Hope Weber (Wellington), Mikayla Werahiko (Canterbury) and Gillian Wills (Auckland).
White Sox head into camp

National women’s softball coach Naomi Shaw heads into a squad camp this weekend, buoyed by the recent world championship success of the Junior White Sox in Canada.

The young Kiwis finished fourth at their international tournament at Brampton, finishing behind only Japan, the United States and Australia, and improving on their sixth placing two years ago.
Most of those players will now move into senior ranks, but many have already been part of Shaw’s White Sox roster before their most recent results.

Eight – Danica Ferriso, Beth Stavert, Freya Bullock, Mikayla Werahiko, Jasmine Kairuna, Tyneesha Houkamau, Cassie Sitaga and Emma Francis – will attend this weekend’s camp.
“This was an exceptional result,” reflects Shaw. “Our programmes have been quite close for a few years now, so their progress has been no surprise to me.
“We’ve had several of these players in the senior programme for a while, and they’re there not because they’re young and have potential, but because they have the ability to compete at that level.”
Shaw was fully briefed on the JWS campaign by coach Venita Hokai and was especially pleased to hear of two standout players that have put their hand up for higher honours – short stop Siataga and pitcher Stavert.
“Cassie really performed exceptionally well at the World Series, which was of great interest to me, especially in such a crucial position as short stop.
“Beth has played for me several times already, but I was really pleased to hear of her progress with the juniors. She emerged as one of the ‘senior’ juniors and her pitching form was good as well.”

This weekend, Shaw will case her eye over the NZ-based White Sox contenders, with an eye towards the upcoming Gilles Shield trans-Tasman series later this year.
For the first time, Softball NZ will host a round of this competition at Rosedale Park in December and Shaw will be keen to field the strongest possible line-up as part of her build-up towards the ISF Women’s World Championship at Haarlem, Netherlands, next August.

The White Sox squad for this weekend’s camp is:
Kyla Bromhead (Auckland), Rebecca Bromhead (Auckland), Freya Bullock (Auckland), Yvonne Burgess (Hutt Valley), Kayla Clark (Auckland), Jennifer Feret (Auckland), Danica Ferriso (Hutt Valley), Emma Francis (Wellington), Emma Frost (Canterbury), Mel Gettins (Hawke’s Bay), Tyneesha Houkamau (Auckland), Jasmine Kaiaruna (Wellington), Anita Leeuw (Auckland), Madison Lovatt (Wellington), Kathleen McAndrew (Wellington), Katrina Nukunuku (Auckland), Victoria Reyland (Auckland), Cassie Siataga (Canterbury), Beth Stavert (Auckland), Hope Weber (Wellington), Mikayla Werahiko (Canterbury), Gillian Willis (Auckland)

Two other national squads will also assembled this weekend, with new Junior White Sox coach Kevin Gettins taking control of his rebuilding outfit in Hastings and Black Sox legends Thomas Makea and Jarrad Martin sizing up the Junior Black Sox in Auckland.
Junior White Sox: Amy Begg, Caitlin Davidson, Tessa Metuatini, Bohemian Quinn, Mikayla Werahiko (Canterbury), Marjorie Cashell, Regan Campbell-Tapa, Tayla Mcdonald (Hutt Valley), Rhylie Makawe (Texas, USA), Shanae Hearne (Australia), Lauren Tapp (Australia), Jamie Anne Dick, Kendall Iti, Makayla Mave, Tyla Morrison, Nik-Cole Paea, A'ieesha Setefano, Zoe Tolhopf, Terapii Tourangi, Deaven, Tavalu (Auckland), Kanyon  Paul Pania Monk (Waikato), Brooke Eden, Emma Houkamau, Ashlyn Obers, Courtney Gettins, Evana Schinkel (Hawkes Bay), Mereana Makea, Marcelle Parkes, Emily Rauhihi, Kayla Rangiahwa (Wellington), Brooke Stillwell (North Harbour)

Junior Black Sox: 
Ethan Johnson (Canterbury), Billy Nehoff-Bates (Canterbury), Jackson Watt (Canterbury), Matt Ngataki (Canterbury), Luke Higgins (Wellington), Nopera Stockford (Wellington), Tailah Love (Marlborough), Tyler Bird (Marlborough), Callum Elson (Auckland), Cole Evans (Auckland), Taylor Nau (Auckland), Jacob Oxley (Auckland), Reuben Paraha (Auckland), Maddix Rice (Auckland), Sean Sorenson (Auckland), Gino Timoti (Counties), Brodie Boyce (Counties), Eruera Drage (North Harbour), Connor Peden (North Harbour), Blake Radford (North Harbour), Vincent Harris (Waikato), Toa Tauranga (Waikato), Jerome McKenzie (Auckland), Joseph Kohlhase (Auckland)
Nukunuku Appointed White Sox Assistant Coach

Israel Nukunuku – a member of one of NZ softball’s most decorated clans – has been appointed assistant coach for the White Sox national women’s team, as they prepare for next year’s world championship in the Netherlands.
The brother of world champion Black Sox stars Dion and Nathan Nukunuku has carved his reputation off the diamond, with roles at club, national and international level, including a previous stint as women’s assistant and technical advisor to the Junior White Sox.
He has coached Hawke’s Bay, Auckland and Hutt Valley women at the National Provincial Championships, and is the current Mt Albert Ramblers women’s coach, having previously guided the Waitakere Bears.
But Nukunuku’s international experience may prove a key factor in the White Sox campaign, especially his contribution to softball in Europe and the Netherlands.
He assisted the Dutch men in their 2013 ISF World Championship campaign at Rosedale Park and has run clinics in the Netherlands. Nukunuku has also coached in the Denmark U19 and senior men’s programmes.
He’ll assist White Sox head coach Naomi Shaw through to the end of August 2014.

Australia's top women come to NZ

20 April

Softball New Zealand has hit an unexpected home run by persuading its Australian counterpart to stage a round of its women’s interstate championship at North Harbour.

For the past three years, White Sox development sides have crossed the Tasman to contest the Edebone-Weber Shield, a trophy that celebrates softballing legends from either country – former Australian captain Peta Edebone and former NZ pitcher Gina Weber.

The competition pits the Kiwis against the top Australian state sides, which are also battling among themselves for the Gilley’s Shield.

But after successfully staging the recent ISF World Men’s Championship at Rosedale Park, SNZ has now convinced the Aussies to send their best players to this side of the ditch for what should be an impressive display of women’s softball.
“We don’t get many opportunities to see women play at this level in New Zealand,” says Softball New Zealand general manager Dane Dougan.

“But the recent world championship showed we’re capable of staging high-class softball events and hopefully this is just the first of many opportunities we’ll have to host overseas teams on a regular basis.”

Australia were bronze medallists at last year’s world championship and also finished third last time the sport was contested at the Olympics, in Beijing 2008.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had international women’s softball in New Zealand, so this is pretty exciting,” says White Sox coach Naomi Shaw. “This is certain several levels higher than what we currently play here, and if we can get kids watching and emulating what they see, that’s how we raise the bar.”

Shaw’s challenge now is to assemble the strongest team possible to represent New Zealand on their home turf.
The Edebone-Weber Shield's final round will take place at Rosedale Park in December, and feature the NZ White Sox Selection, South Australia Starz, Victoria Titans, Western Australia Flames, NSW Firestars, Queensland Heat and ACT Diamonds.
Putting the 'White' into 'White Sox'

Nyree White is a virtual unknown in New Zealand softball, but her dad sure is familiar.

Mike White was a Black Sox star of the 1980s/90s, pitching a perfect game to win the 1996 world championship final against Canada, before switching allegiances to the United States. Over his career, he attended six world tournaments for the two countries.

Nowadays, White is head coach of the University of Oregon women and daughter Nyree (20) is a sophomore pitcher at Pac-12 conference rivals Stanford University, who played for the US national junior team in 2011.

"She's got two passports and would be a bit of a coup for us," says NZ White Sox coach Naomi Shaw.

Shaw has named White in an extended squad of players to prepare for this year's Australian Gilley's Shield interstate competition and next year's ISF World Championship in the Netherlands.

"We still have some hoops to jump through," says Shaw. "We'd need permission from both national bodies, but she'd be great for us."

Shaw's squad, named after the weekend's Open Women's Club Championship at Lower Hutt, features 10 players currently at US colleges - White, Junior White Sox captain Taylor Paige Stewart (Wisconsin) and Ellie Cooper (Florida State) are all at Division I schools.

"One of the reasons the squad is so big is we needed players we could take to Australia," says Shaw. "By the time you take out the overseas players, who we wouldn't bring back for Gilley's, and Junior White Sox, who have their own programme, we needed to have plenty of others to choose from."

Also featured in the squad is Te Reo Powhiri Matautia, another US-based player attending Tallahassee Community College, who is emerging as one of the most promising batters in world softball. She was among the top four at the last junior world championship and top
10 at last year's senior tournament.

The youngest player to get her chance in the extended group is 16-year-old Hawke's Bay catcher Emma Houkamau.

"We needed an equal number of catchers and pitchers, and we're very happy to give Emma this opportunity to develop," says Shaw.

The NZ-based senior players in the squad will next gather for a camp in May.

The full White Sox squad is ...

Lara Andrews (USA), Erika Avery (USA), Kingsley Avery (USA), Kyla Bromhead (Auckland), Rebecca Bromhead (Auckland), Freya Bullock (Auckland), Yvonne Burgess (Hutt Valley), Kayla Clark (Auckland), Ellie Cooper (USA), Brooke Cutting (Wellington), Danica Ferriso (Hutt Valley), Emma Francis (Wellington), Emma Frost (Canterbury), Courtney Gettins (Hawke's Bay), Melanie Gettins (Hawke's Bay), Shannon Hearne (Australia), Katarina Hiku (Auckland), Krysta Hoani (USA), Rita Hokianga (USA), Emma Houkamau (Hawke's Bay), Tyneesha Houkamau (Auckland), Jasmin Kaiaruna (Wellington), Anita Leeuw (Auckland), Madison Lovatt (Wellington), Te Reo Powhiri Matautia (USA), Katie McAndrew (Wellington), Brooke McManus (Australia), Rhylie Makawe (USA), Katrina Nukunuku (Auckland), Charlotte Pointon (Wellington), Kayla Rangiawha (Wellington), Kuraroa Ratu-James (Hutt Valley), Victoria Reyland (Auckland), Cassie Siataga (Canterbury), Keri Simeon (Wellington), Beth Stavert (Auckland), Taylor Paige Stewart (USA), Michal Tangaroa (Auckland), Lauren Tapp (Australia), Hope Weber (Wellington), Mikayla Werahiko (Canterbury), Nyree White (USA), Gillian Wills (Auckland), Ancelle Van Molendorff (Auckland)

New Zealand White Sox Squad to 2014

Lara Andrews USA
Erika Avery USA
Kingsley Avery USA
Kyla Bromhead AK
Rebecca Bromhead AK
Freya Bullock AK
Yvonne Burgess HV
Kayla Clark AK
Ellie Cooper USA
Brooke Cutting WN
Danica Ferriso HV
Emma Francis WN
Emma Frost CB
Courtney Gettins HB
Melanie Gettins HB
Shannon Hearne Aust
Katarina Hiku AK
Krysta Hoani USA
Rita Hokianga USA
Emma Houkamau HB
Tynessha Houkamau AK
Jasmin Kaiaruna WN
Anita Leeuw AK
Madison Lovatt WN
Te Reo Powhiri Matautia USA
Katie McAndrew WN
Brooke McManus Aust
Rhylie Makawe USA
Katrina Nukunuku AK
Charlotte Pointon WN
Kayla Rangiawha WN
Kuraroa Ratu-James HV
Victoria Reyland AK
Cassie Siataga CB
Keri Simeon WN
Beth Stavert AK
Taylor Paige Stewart USA
Michal Tangaroa AK
Lauren Tapp Aust
Hope Weber WN
Mikayla Werahiko CB
Nyree White USA
Gillian Wills AK
Ancelle Van Molendorff AK
One to be named  
Feret plays waiting game

- 15 Jan
American Jennifer Feret is playing a waiting game on her bid to play softball for New Zealand, but a chance to represent her adopted country has come sooner than expected.
The pitcher/utility player has been named as battery coach for the Junior White Sox, assisting coach Venita Hokai in their build-up for the World Championships in July.
“I’m really exicted,” says Auckland-based Feret. “Softball has been such a big part of my life and helped me do so many things, I really wanted to give back – to make use of my knowledge and help these young girls.
“It’s a pretty big deal to represent your country and to help them do that is quite exciting.”
Feret (28) grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and attended college at Mercyhurst, across the state border in Pennsylvania.
Since leaving school, she has played in Switzerland, Germany and New Zealand, and has lived in Auckland for three years now, where she delivers sports programmes to primary and intermediate-school kids.
“I’ve always had a small hand in coaching,” says Feret. “I coached at university for two years as the pitching coach. When I played overseas, I was head coach in Switzerland for two seasons and coached a bit in Germany.”
She played first base at high school, but was recruited for college as a short-stop and ended up pitching, so her knowledge over a range of positions has served her well off the diamond.

“A lot of battery coaching is strategy and how to approach a batter,” she insists. “It needs the pitcher and catcher working together, and understanding what strategies to use and when.
“It’s about communication – the pitcher and the catcher need to be on the same page.”
Over the next few months, Feret’s i-Pad, loaded with Skype and video-analysis programmes, will become her best friend, as she tries to deliver words of wisdom to her far-flung protégés.
At the same time, she’ll working hard on residency applications that hopefully enable her to take the field for senior White Sox one day soon. Earlier, this month she was the star turn of an NZ Selection that contested the Australian interstate competition.
“She’s such a great competitor and a really good person to have in a team like that,” said White Sox coach Naomi Shaw afterwards. “We need more like her.”
Feret is determined to make it happen.
“You always want to play at the highest level and the fact New Zealand backs me in that is pretty thrilling. I really appreciate the support.”
In the meantime, she will get a chance to represent her new country in front of family and friends. The Junior World Championships is scheduled for Brampton, Ontario – a mere four-hour drive from where she grew up.
Zero wins, but plenty of hope

09 Jan

No wins from eight games is a record that never sits well with any team, let alone a national representative side competing against Australian states.

But White Sox coach Naomi Shaw takes some encouragement from the NZ Selection that spent the past five days in New South Wales, contesting the final round of Gilley’s Shield competition and three games against the Australian U19 squad.

That series wound up yesterday with two losses to the Aussies – 5-6 in a tiebreak and 1-3 in a shortened five-innings affair.

“You’re always disappointed to come away from a trip like that with no wins,” she admits. “But there was really only one game we got hammered in and Queensland went on to win the national league for the first time ever – they were a very strong-hitting team.”

“We lost two games in tiebreakers and the rest were really quite competitive, which was a big deal for me and my selection team. In previous years, we’ve just been blown away.”

The user-pays nature of the women’s programme means this squad was made up of players mainly on the fringe of White Sox or Junior White Sox selection, and the trip was an opportunity to test them against the next level.

“I always agonise over the value of go to Gilley’s and consistently losing, so I put that to the players to brainstorm over the weekend,” says Shaw. “They came back with some fantastic feedback – they now know what elite softball is and want to know what they need to work on when they go back to their clubs.”

One player that stood out over the campaign was American-born Jennifer Feret, who was the side’s top batter, and pitched all but one game with juniors Tyneesha Houkamau and Beth Stavert restricted by injury and illness respectively.

Feret, who plays for Auckland, is currently going through the process of gaining NZ citizenship and hopes to achieve that before the 2014 World Series.

“She’s such a great competitor and really a good person to have in a team like that,” says Shaw. “We need more like her and we have some real promise in the juniors coming through.”

One aspect that hurt the Kiwis badly was batting. At times, they dominated opposition pitching, actually out-hitting ACT Diamonds (9-6), Victoria Titans (10-3) and South Australia Starz (5-4), but losing all three games.

“We did well enough, but just ran out of hitters at key moments. We tried rejigging the batting order to put all our hitters together, but then we would run out of hitting at the bottom.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have enough women pitchers in New Zealand to test our batters and that probably means our best players need to practice more against men.”

Next stop for Shaw will be the selection of a Junior White Sox team to contest their World Series later this year.

NZ Selection lose first test

- 07 Jan

The NZ Selection lost their first “test” to an Australian Selection 0-2 in a closely fought affair that was still scoreless after four innings.
The Aussies put runs on the board in each of the fourth and fifth, and six safe hits for the game.
In response, the Kiwis could only manage two hits, but still had their chances.
First base Rebecca Bromhead was twice walked and designated runner Freya Bullock got as far as third base in the second innings, before she was stranded.
Madison Lovatt also walked in the third and reached second, when Kayla Clark successfully bunted to make first. Both were left stranded when pitcher Jennifer Feret flied out to centre-field.
In the fifth innings, Anita Leeuw reached first on a fielder’s error and runner Alex Forsyth stole second before she was also stranded.
Melanie Gettins reached first in the sixth innings, but runner Lovatt was tagged attempting steal second.
New Zealand has two more outings against the Aussies today, before returning home.
Day 3 - Gilley's Shield Round 3 

The Kiwi women completed their six-game schedule with a 3-4 loss to Victoria Titans that somewhat epitomised their play over the three days at the Australian interstate competition in Blacktown, New South Wales.

Despite out-hitting their opponents 10-3, they could not convert that advantage into winning runs. New Zealand took an immediate lead in the first innings, when lead-off Kayla Clark singled and was brought home from third by a sacrifice fly from Jennifer Feret. But they also left Gilliam Willis stranded in what would be become a trend for the game.

Victoria had pitcher Feret under the pump in their first turn at bat, scoring three runs and picking up another in the third. But the Kiwis got one back in the fourth, when Shannon Hearne singled and eventually stole home. They had a great chance to steal victory in the seventh innings, when Rebecca Bromhead homered, and then Feret, Hearne and Anita Leeuw loaded the bases. But the opportunity slipped away when Madison Lovatt lined out to third to end the game.

Earlier in the day, the NZ Selection were hammered 11-0 by Queensland Heat, without managing any hits – one of those performances you try to forget in a hurry. They regrouped against Victoria and will need to raise their game another level in three “tests” against an Australian Selection today and tomorrow.
Day 2 - Gilley's Shield Round 3 

The ACT Diamonds needed a tiebreak eighth innings to finally put away the NZ Selection at the third round of Gilley’s Shield games in Blacktown, New South Wales. Locked up at 3-3 after seven, the Diamonds scored in the top of the next innings and the Kiwis could not respond, dropping their second game of the day at the Australian interstate competition.

ACT were immediately in the ascendancy, scoring twice in the first innings, but New Zealand fought back with singles to Tyneesha Houkamau and Melanie Gettins to draw level in the third. They took a lead in the sixth, when Gettings batted in Jennifer Feret, but the Aussies responded in their next at-bat and eventually won in the first tiebreak innings.

Earlier in the day, the NZ Selection had fallen 2-6 to defending champions NSW Firestars, conceding five runs in the first innings. Shannon Hearne reached home in the Kiwis’ second at-bat and Freya Bullock scored on a wild pitch in the sixth.

Over the four games so far this round, pitcher Feret has seven hits from 12 at-bats (0.583). New Zealand face Queensland Heat and Victoria Titans on Saturday, before their three “tests” against an Australian Selection on January 6/7.

Day 1 - Gilley's Shield Round 3 

The NZ Selection started the latest round of Gilley's Shield play with a pair of losses, but a vastly improved showing at the Australian interstate competition at Blacktown, New South Wales.

First up, the Kiwi women fell 1-4 to West Australia Flames, tying the game at 1-1 at the top of the fourth innings, when pitcher Jennifer Feret scored off a fielder's error.

But Feret got in a jam in the fifth innings, conceding three hits that resulted in runs and New Zealand were unable to recover.

Catcher Melanie Gettins had two safe hits from her three turns at bat.

Later in the day, NZ lost 1-3 to South Australia Starz, despite out-hitting them 5-4. Again, Feret was the only one to reach home, but this time, it came off a wild pitch in the sixth innings, when the Starz were already three runs up.

Gettins, first base Tyneesha Houkamau, pinch hitter Anita Leeuw and oufielder Gillian Wills all recorded safe hits. Feret restricted SA to just one earned run, but the Starz scored twice off an error by Houkamau in the top of the sixth.

Still, the two losses marked a dramatic improvement from the last time Naomi Shaw's side played these two teams - they lost by a combined 1-17 in back-to-back games on November 23.

New Zealand next face defending champions NSW Firestars and ACT Diamonds on Friday afternoon, and take on an Australian Selection in three "tests" on January 6/7.

Gilley's Shield Round 3 - Sydney

The White Sox programme takes another baby step towards the next World Series, when coach Naomi Shaw and her NZ Selection side cross the Tasman this week for another crack at the Aussies.

The visit to Blacktown, New South Wales, will see the Kiwi women play eight times in five days, including the third round of Gilley’s Shield interstate play and three “tests” against an Australia Selection.

It’s deliberately not labelled as a White Sox team for good reason. There are only two players – Rebecca Bromhead and Melanie Gettins – from the full national side that contested the world event last year. And at the other end of the spectrum, four newcomers – Freya Bullock, Kayla Clark, Madison Lovatt and Victoria Reyland – have never played at this level before.

“It’s not a full national team, so there is more of an expectation around developing for the future,” insists Shaw. “Some are in contention for the Junior White Sox and their World Series next year, while others may be in contention for the White Sox and their 2014 World Series. But this trip is not just about experience – it’s an opportunity for us to see who can step up to that level of play. Australia were third at the World Series and we were 12th and to narrow that gap, we need to widen our base of players. But we love winning as well and we’ll be doing everything we can to come up with wins. We’ll win some and lose some.”  

Since New Zealand began its participation in the Australian domestic competition, Shaw estimates 50-60 players have been exposed to this higher standard of play. That’s partly by design and partly out of necessity, since the self-funded campaign quickly sucks up the players’ financial resources and annual leave.

Because the turnover of players is so high, it’s hard to get consistency of performance, but Shaw has seen some noticeable improvement this summer. In their first jaunt across the ditch to Perth in October, the Kiwis won three straight games, including a 7-6 victory over defending champions New South Wales Firestars, with a handful of rookies on board.   

That’s the first time that hat-trick has been achieved in the three seasons New Zealand has entered a team. Their record over the opening two rounds stands at 4-7. This week, they’ll face the Firestars again, as well as the Victoria Titans, who they’ve already beaten twice this season. But this round also promises to be the toughest yet, with many of the Australian sides benefitting from the return of their US college players during the Christmas/New Year break.
“As long as people don’t get taken up with results, I’m excited by what we’ve achieved with our wider squad,” says Shaw. “When we come to select our next White Sox team, we’ll have more information on our players and will make fewer mistakes.”

The New Zealand Selection is: Rebecca Bromhead, Freya Bullock, Kayla Clark, Jennifer Feret, Alex Forsyth, Melanie Gettins, Shannon Hearne, Tyneesha Houkamau, Anita Leeuw, Madison Lovatt, Brooke McManus (for tests), Kayla Rangiawha, Victoria Reyland, Beth Stavert, Gillian Wills.

Coach: Naomi Shaw
Assistant coaches: Debbie Mygind & Kevin Gettins
Manager: Anaru Pewhairangi
Scorer: Vicky Griffiths
Trainer: Anthea Stringer
Thursday, January 3
1pm NZ Selection v West Australia Flames
3pm NZ Selection v South Australia Starz
Friday, January 4
3pm NZ Selection v ACT Diamonds
Saturday, January 5
1pm NZ Selection v Queensland Heat
7.30pm NZ Selection v Victoria Titans
Sunday, January 6
4.30pm NZ Selection v Australia Selection
Monday, January 7
9.30am NZ Selection v Australia Selection
11.30am NZ Selection v Australia Selection

Gilley's Shield Round 3


NZ Women's Selection Team to attend the Gilleys and Edebone-Weber Shield to be held in Sydney 2-6 January 2013.
The tournament is to be followed by a 3 game test series against an Australian Selection Team to be played on 6 – 7 January 2013
(list alphabetically by surname)
Surname Given name
  Bromhead Rebecca AK
  Bullock Freya AK
  Burgess Yvonne HV
  Feret Jennifer AK
  Forsyth Alex QL
  Gettins Melanie HB
  Hearne Shannon WA
  Houkamau Tyneesha AK
  Leeuw Anita AK
  Rangiawha Kayla WN
  Ratu-James Kuraroa HV
  Simeon Keri WN
  Stavert Beth AK
  Wills Gillian AK
Officials Position Assc
Naomi Shaw Head Coach HV
Debbie Mygind Asst Coach AK
Kevin Gettins Asst Coach HB
Anaru Pewhairangi Manager RO
Vicky Griffiths Scorer CB
Anthea Stringer Trainer MB
Gilley's Shield Round 2


The New Zealand Women's Selection team to compete in the Gilley’s Shield and Edebone Weber Shield, Round 2 – Adelaide, Australia.
Friday 23 November – Sunday 25 November 2012
New Zealand Women's Selection
Rebecca Bromhead (AK), Danica Ferriso (HV), Robyn Hall (CB), Shannon Hearne (WA), Tyneesha Houkamau (AK), Jasmin Kaiaruna (WN), Anita Leeuw (AK), Cassie Siataga (CB), Keri Simeon (WN), Lauren Tapp (NSW), Mikayla Werahiko (CB), Gillian Wills (AK), Lauren Sutherland (CB)

“An eye to the future”


That is how New Zealand Women’s Selection Team coach Naomi Shaw sees her side’s participation in this weekend’s opening round of the Gilley’s Shield competition in Perth, Australia. The Gilley’s Shield competition is Australia’s elite women’s tournament.
“This is about having a look at some of the Junior White Sox squad members,” Shaw said.
“The idea of this is to give them the opportunity to play elite softball and for myself to see how they cope with that level of softball and how they perform under pressure. We want to win there is no doubt about that, but that is not the primary focus. It is really about developing the program for 2014.”
The side left today for Perth and has its first game at the tournament against South Australia tomorrow morning. It then finishes the opening day of the tournament with a game against hosts Western Australia. On Saturday they play the ACT and Victoria sides with their final games of the opening weekend of the tournament on Sunday against defending champions New South Wales and Queensland.
“It is straight into the games,” Shaw said. “It is what it is. We have to be mindful of the cost. We don’t want to miss the opportunity to play this level of softball and Australia Softball has been very accommodating of us. It is the way it is for us and we just have to get there as cost effective as possible.”
The team is: Jennifer Feret, Ancelle Van Molendorff (Auckland), Danica Ferriso, Amelia Rika, Kuraroa Ratu-James (Hutt Valley), Emma Francis, Kayla Rangiawha, Keri-Moana Simeon, Jardene Tipa, Jasmin Kaiaruna (Wellington), Courtney Gettins, Melanie Gettins (Hawke’s Bay), Robyn Hall (Canterbury), Shannon Hearne (Western Australia).

New Zealand Women’s Selection Team

A squad of 25 players has been named from which 2 teams will be selected to attend Softball Australia’s Edebone Weber Shield Tournaments to be held 26-28 October 2012 in Perth & 23-25 November 2012 in Adelaide.
The White Sox and Junior White Sox programmes work closely together to identify talented youngsters coming through the ranks. Playing in the Australian National League offers the programme the opportunity to have experienced campaigners like Mel Gettins, Rebecca Bromhead and Michal Tangaroa play alongside the youngsters identified in the Junior White Sox squad. Additionally, the “gap group” of players between the junior and the seniors also have the opportunity to show the New Zealand coaches if they have what it takes to make future NZ White Sox selections.
Coach Naomi Shaw says “the opportunity to play in the Softball Australia National League is fantastic to give the girls a taste of what elite softball looks like. Some will thrive from the challenge and others will come away with a better idea on what they need to work on to achieve a higher standard of play. Either way it is a win/win for us as players who are exposed to this level of competition will inevitably learn much from it”
The squad will be revised at the end of November from which a team to compete in the Edebone Weber Shield between 2-6 January 2013 in Sydney will be named. A 3 game test series is planned on the 6th & 7th January with an Australian Women’s Selection Team.
The NZ Women’s Selection Squad:
Rebecca Bromhead AK
Danica Ferriso HV
Alex Forsyth Qeensland
Emma Francis WN
Courtney Gettins HB
Melanie Gettins HB
Robyn Hall CB
Shannon Hearne West Australia
Tyneesha Houkamau AK
Jasmin Kaiaruna WN
Anita Leeuw AK
Dinah Luke HV
Kayla Rangiawha WN
Kuraroa Ratu-James HV
Amelia Rika HV
Cassie Siataga CB
Keri-Moana Simeon WN
Michal Tangaroa AK
Ancelle Van Molendorff AK
Hope Weber WN
Mikayla Werahiko CB
Matie Whitman HV
Gillian Wills AK
(two more to be added)
The NZ Women’s Selection Team to travel to Perth  for the Edebone Weber Shield Round 1: 26-28 October 2012:  
Danica Ferriso HV
Emma Francis WN
Courtney Gettins HB
Melanie Gettins HB
Robyn Hall CB
Shannon Hearne West Australia
Kayla Rangiawha WN
Kuraroa Ratu-James HV
Amelia Rika HV
Keri-Moana Simeon WN
Ancelle Van Molendorff AK
Hope Weber WN
Matie Whitman HV
(two more to be added)
  • View the full schedule here
  • International Softball Federation XIII Women’s World Championship website
  • International Softball Federation XIII Women’s World Championship photos
  • Photos courtesy of Joanne McAlpine here



White Sox World Championship NZ Times

Date New Zealand Time Diamond Result Box Score Manager report
14 July Mexico 4.30am 1 7-3 (W) click Download
15 July Japan 1.30pm 2 0-7 (L) 
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16 July Great Britain 8.30am 2 3-0 (W) click Download
17 July Australia 11am 2 1-5 (L) click Download
18 July Canada 6.30am 1 12-1 (L)
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19 July Italy 11am 2 5-6 (L) click Download
20 July Chinese Taipei 6am 2 2-1 (L) click Download
Win/Loss 2-4, Final placing = 13th





Aieesha Hooper

Waitakere Bears



Amy Begg

Morgan State



Ancelle van Molendorf

Brisbane Giants



Aria Tawha

Western Magpies



Charlotte Pointon


Hutt Valley


Courtney Gettins

Florida South Western

Hawkes Bay


Danica Ferriso


Hutt Valley


Ellie Cooper

Florida State



Emma Francis




Gillian Wills

Western Magpies



Hailey Breakwell

Idaho State



Jennifer Feret-Brear

Western Magpies



Katrina Nukunuku

Mt Albert Ramblers



Kayla Rangiawha

Florida South Western



Kelley Renner

Oak Ridge



Keri Simeon


Hutt Valley


Kingsley Avery

Western Magpies



Krysta Hoani




Kyla Bromhead

Waitakere Bears



Lara Andrews


Hutt Valley


Marama Makea

Poneke Kilbernie



Melanie Gettins


Hawkes Bay


Mereana Makea

Poneke Kilbirnie



Mikayla Werahiko

Florida South Western



Nita Hickey




Pania Monk




Rita Hokianga


Hawkes Bay


Shannon Hearne

Carine Cats



Stephanie Smith




Taylor-Paige Stewart




Tyla Morrison

Waitakere Bears



Tyneesha Houkamau

Colorado Mesa