2011/12 NFC

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Lower Hutt, 16 - 19 Feb, 2011

The National Fastpitch Championship is the Premier Provincial Competition. Both the Men and Women's competition will take place at Fraser Park, Lower Hutt from Thursday 16 February to Sunday 19 February inclusive, here is the draw.

Sky Television on the Sky Sport 3 channel will screen live the finals day highlighting three key games;
  • Men's Major Final at 9:00am (winner through to the men's final)
  • Womens Final at 11:00am
  • Men's Final at 1:40pm  

Action photos from the Interislander National Fastpitch Championship Jun Tanlayco Sports Images
 
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CANTERBURY AND HUTT VALLEY INTO FINALS

19 Feb, 2012

Canterbury showed it is not about to relinquish their men’s Interislander National Fastpitch Championship title easily at Fraser Park yesterday.

In the major semifinal the side came from 3-0 down to beat Auckland 5-3 with all five of the Canterbury runs, including over the fence hits from Joshua Harbrow and Gareth Cook, being scored in the fifth inning.

For the Auckland side it was perhaps the game that got away. That side had opened the scoring in the first inning through Ben Enoka, who then added his second run of the game in the following inning. Also in that second inning Kurt Allan scored and Auckland looked to be able to have Sunday morning off.

However, in the fifth inning Canterbury capitalised and while Thomas Enoka started that inning on the mound he faced just one batter before Heinie Shannon returned to the game. Shannon until that inning had conceded just one hit, but then gave up three hits, including the two home runs which attributed to four runs with runners already on base when Harbrow and Cook made their big hits.

Meanwhile, in the sudden-death semifinal last year’s beaten finalist Wellington did enough to get past the gutsy Hawke’s Bay side 3-0.

Wellington will now play Auckland to decide who will face Canterbury in the men’s final.

In the women’s competition Hutt Valley beat Auckland 8-4 to end that side’s unbeaten run at the tournament.

Auckland will need to topple Canterbury, who beat last season’s winners Wellington 7-5 in the sudden-death semi-final, this morning if they are to reach the final.
 
LET THE PLAYOFFS BEGIN...

18 Feb, 2012

The Major playoffs have begun at the National Fastpitch Championship (NFC). For the men, the main one is unbeaten Auckland playing Canterbury with the winner going through to the men's final at 1:30pm. The loser will be playing the winner of the Wellington vs Hawkes Bay playoff with that winner moving to the final.

The same format for the women see unbeaten Auckland playing Hutt Valley for a spot... in the final, with the loser playing the winner of Canterbury vs Wellington with that winner going through to the final. All results and standings are on the SNZ website.

The major men's semi, the Women's final, and the Men's final will screen live on Sky Sport 3 from 9am tomorrow morning (Sunday).
 
CANTERBURY AND AUCKLAND OFF AND RUNNING AFTER DAY ONE

17 Feb, 2012

Canterbury and Auckland have emerged as the frontrunners after a hectic opening day of the Interislander National Fastpitch Championship and are the only unbeaten sides after the opening day of the competition at Fraser Park. Canterbury, who won the men’s national title last season, beat Hutt Valley 5-0, North Harbour 3-0 and 2011 beaten finalists Wellington 4-0 on the opening day of the tournament. In the women’s competition Auckland had wins over Hutt Valley 7-5 and Southern Pride 6-0.

Meanwhile, competition newcomers Counties Manukau Waikato may be still looking for their first wins, but both the men and women sides have impressed on the first day.
The men's team were beaten 3-1 by the Japanese University team and then lost to Auckland 11-4 while the women lost to Canterbury 10-1 and Hutt Valley 5-1.
The Japanese University team have also impressed and shown that while they are not eligible to win the title that their presence at the tournament has added something. The side opened their campaign with the win against Counties Manukau Waikato, but were beaten 1-0 by Wellington.

 
JAPANESE UNIVERSITIES MEN'S TEAM ENTER NFC

There is an International flavour to the National Fastpitch Championship which begins on Thursday at Fraser Park in Lower Hutt with the Japanese Universities men's team entered.

For the team being able to compete in the tournament, although not eligible for the title, was a bonus. The side were undertaking a tour of New Zealand and found out it would coincide with the NFC so inquired of Softball NZ the chances of competing in it.

"We were happy to let them play," Softball New Zealand Event and Association Relationship Manager Eugene Gilbert said.

"We think the team will add another element to the tournament and only make it a better spectacle.

"It also provides a good chance for our national coaches and players to witness the style of play Japan plays."

Although there isn't any senior Japanese national players in the team, the side does include six members of their current National Junior side and many of the players have been earmarked for higher honours in the future.

The side opens its campaign at the tournament against competition new-comers the Counties-Manukau Waikato side. It also plays last year's beaten finalist Wellington and then Auckland on the opening day of the tournament.

 

SNZ ANNOUNCES NAMING RIGHTS PARTNER FOR NFC

14 Feb, 2012

Softball New Zealand are very pleased to announce Interislander as the major naming rights partner for the National Fastpitch Championship commencing this Thursday.

The Interislander are partnering with Softball New Zealand to ensure the National Fastpitch Championship is a successful and exciting event.

It is great to have Interislander on board once again! SNZ appreciate the support shown by Interislander toward the softball community and our great game

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NFC TEAMS

NFC Women's Teams
  Auckland Hutt Valley Canterbury
1 Megan Farrell (P) Sheree Cartwright (P) Jenni Mumm (P)
2 Michelle Kingi (P) Krysta Hoani (P) Elisha Smith (P)
3 Michele Tangaroa (P) Jennifer Feret (P) Lauren Sutherland (P)
4 Kingsley Avery Zavana Aranga Cassandra Andrews
5 Sabina Borecka Yvonne Burgess Nicole Baxter
6 Rebecca Bromhead Danica Ferriso Emma Frost
7 Kyla Bromhead Ashley Johnston Kasey Gilmour
8 Tuhi Cooper Dinah Luke Robyn Hall
9 Melanie Gettins Kuraroa Ratu-James Te Rangi Heke
10 Kataraina Hiku Amelia Rika Christina Paul
11 Te Reo Matautia Kiri Shaw Cassie Siataga
12 Victoria Reyland Tanya Wilson Lani Stead
13 Katie Smith Tegan Bromhead Carly Werahiko
14 Katrina Stockford Talilotu Tonu’u Krystal Werahiko
15 Gillian Wills Kayla Clark Mikayla Werahiko
       
       
  Wellington Counties Waikato Southern Pride
1 Jasmin Kaiaruna (P) Alice Ireton (P) Mishani Areaiiti (P)
2 Jordan Leigh Koni (P) Destiny Stirling (P) Petra Kriklanova (P)
3 Melissa Brosnahan (P) Beth Stavert (P) Kasey Hoani (P)
4 Brooke Cutting Hinemoa Collier Tianna Areaiiti
5 Emma Francis Lizzie Corbet Hannah Cook
6 Lydia Koko-Lutau Kristina Goodine Pare Tanoa
7 Katie McAndrew Taumanu Hepe Paige Anna Lovell
8 Tania Misa Zoe Hirama Taylah MacDonald
9 Charlotte Pointon Carmen Matiu Sharae Sinclair
10 Kayla Rangiwha Mereana Monk Anthea Stringer
11 Danielle Tanoa Stephanie Roy Erika Avery
12 Megan Tasker Tahlia Te Kiri Aroha Noanoa
13 Mere Tikitiki Shaamila Tua Anita Leeuw
14 Jardene Tipa Nita Hickey Breanna Gibson
15 Hope Weber Keely Wells  
       


NFC Men's Teams
  Auckland North Harbour Hutt Valley Hawkes Bay
1 Thomas Enoka (P) Josh Pettett (P) Shaun Jamieson (P) Jovaan Hanley (P)
2 Bayley Hoani (P) Jackson Prime (P) Brad Worsley (P) Regan Manley (P)
3 Hienrick Shannon (P) Joel Harris (P) Jamie Love (P) Horowai Puketapu (P)
4 Kurt Allan Martyn Cannons Edward Albright Karaitiana Aranui
5 Ben Enoka Taylor Hick Tyson Byrne TeRangi Chadwick
6 Bernard Hale Matthew Johnson Scott Cartwright Josh Gettins
7 Jerome Haretuku Aaron Knight Rhys Casley Luke Herrick
8 Matthew Hicks Tamihana Nau Steven Deans Kane Herbert
9 Duane Jerard Brad Rona Joel Evans Mario Herbert
10 Bobby King Lee Rudolph Rakai Hokianga Curtis Huata
11 Tony Niu Callum Ryan Geoff Packer Aaron Kuru
12 Nathan Nukunuku Morgan Timoti-Cook Michael Telfer Jesse Little
13 Patrick Shannon Kurtis Tomkins Les Poutama Joseph O’Leary
14 Kevin Stockford Dean Wallace Lewis Temarama Rongo Rapaea
15 Rueben Topia Corey Wilson   Cameron Willis
         
         
  Wellington Canterbury Southern Pride Counties Waikato
1 Thomas Cameron (P) Penese Iosefo (P) Ben Watts (P) Hone-Mark Sinnott (P)
2 Frank Pointon (P) Scott Sutherland (P) Kurt Schollum (P) Saan Tuoro (P)
3 Tane Richardson (P) Nathan Taikato (P) Jack Fletcher (P) Andy Lee (P)
4 Stephen England Travis Bartorillo Timothy Campbell Adam Chwesick
5 Wayne Laulu Tyron Bartorillo Derryn French Peter Jay Dando
6 Gene Lutton Brendan Batten Kyle Marfell Grant Dean
7 Campbell Makea Gareth Cook Nick Max Jason Duncan
8 Fabian Makea Clayton Ellis Jamie Robinson Jamie Matiu
9 Thomas Makea Joshua Harbrow Ryan Schollum Hohepa Monk
10 Jarrad Martin Steve McFarlane Christopher Telfer Lawrence Naera
11 Jerome Raemaki Daniel Milne Matthew Telfer Troy Pirie
12 Johnny Stratford Callum Muir Casey Eden Carlos Kohu-Martin
13 Aaron Stroman-Neemia Stephen Ratu Joshua Niu Brendon Rogers
14 Daniel Tarapi Hunter Blake Cameron Watts Carlaus Te Kawa
15 Craig Wallace Matthew Holmes Luke Bowers Mike Setefano
         
         
  Japan Universities      
  Soohei Tateishi Fumiya Ikemi    
  Ryoo Kataoka Soonosuke Oota    
  Yuuhei Fukatsu Ryooma Wada    
  Takuroo Hotta Kazufumi Yoshida    
  Masashi Norimoto Kazuma Tanaka    
  Koota Nakanishi Ryoo Koshikiya    
  Koosei Takahashi Kazuki Kanaiduka    
  Ryuuta Wada Masaharu Yamasaki    
  Taiki Shiba Hikaru Kawahara    
  Daisuke Endoo Yuuta Fukaya    
  Takaya Ueta Masashi Hirayama    

 

COUNTIES MANUKAU/WAIKATO ENTER NFC


There will be a new-look to this year’s National Fastpitch Championship with Counties Manukau/Waikato combining and entering teams in both the men’s and women‘s competitions.

“It is fantastic to have them entering,” said Eugene Gilbert, Softball New Zealand’s Events and Association Relationship Manager.

“They have also drawn on players from within their area which is good for them. Their age grade teams have had success in recent seasons so it will be interesting to see how they go at this level.”

Former Black Sox player Clayton Willocks is coaching the Counties Manukau/Waikato men’s team in which the tournament will be held in Lower Hutt from February 16-19. The women’s team will be coached by Angela Johnston, who is the older sister of White Sox player Ashley, and will be making her debut as a head coach at this level.

Meanwhile, defending champions Canterbury will again be strong in the men’s competition with the side including Black Sox squad members Penese Iosefo, Tyron Bartorillo, Stephen Ratu, Joshua Harbrow and Gareth Cook. Beaten finalists Wellington will again be strong with that side having nine current Black Sox squad members on its 14-player roster.

While their line-ups may not be as star-studded as Wellington, the remaining five teams in the competition - Auckland, Hutt Valley, North Harbour, Hawke’s Bay and Southern Pride also have national squad members in their line-ups and have their own points to prove. The men’s competition also has an international flavour to it with the Japanese University team also entered.

In the women’s competition, Wellington have a number of changes to its line-up and its hopes of successfully defending their title will rest with White Sox squad members Brooke Cutting, Charlotte Pointon, Hope Weber, Megan Tasker and Danielle Tanoa.

Beaten finalist Auckland will be wanting to go one better this season and with 11 of the 15 squad members either current White Sox squad members or former internationals the side will be one of the more-fancied teams in the competition.

Also out to prove a point will be the Hutt Valley side, who had dominated the NFC in recent seasons, but last year missed out on making the final. That side this year has 13 current or former national squad members in its line-up.

The other three women’s teams – Canterbury, Counties Manukau/Waikato and Southern Pride – also have points to prove during the week and while they do not have the same number of internationals to call upon as the more fancied opponents, they do have national squad members in their teams who will be wanting to cement their positions in the national team.