|DATE (NZ TIME)||GAME||RESULT||MEDIA|
|25 July - 8.30am||Puerto Rico|
|26 July - 5.30am||Czech Republic|
|26 July - 10.30am||Dominican Republic|
|27 July - 5.30am||India|
|28 July - 8.00am||Argentina|
|29 July||Championship Round|
|30 July||Championship Round/Placement Round|
|31 July||Championship Round/Placement Round|
The NZ Junior Girls have finally arrived to Clearwater for the start of the WBSC Under 19 World Championships. The first leg of the tour started in Orlando and the team trained in extreme tempertures.
Orlando was a good exercise for us says Coach Hokai, especially given we have come from cold weather in New Zealand. Most of the players are coping very well, we have had to learn how to hydrate properly and continuous drinking has been the key.
Our first double header was against the Santa Fe Inferno a U18 Gold team we got a good lesson going down 15-6. We faced a very good team, but we struggled in the first couple of innings. We hit back in the 5th innings to get 6 runs. Denva Shaw-Tait, Kelley Renner, Pallas Potter, Otila Tavite strung hits together and had a good night with the bat. I felt our Pitchers struggled against a very good technical team, and are going to have to be a lot better once we hit the World Series. Overall we got better in the second game, with young Bailey Robertson having a good show on the mound.
Next games up we played the Tampa Bay Mustangas who were runners up in the Colorado Sparkler tournament a week ago, again the Juniors went down both games. In our first game against the Mustangs we went to tie breaker, and we played well but we lost so many opportunities with runners on base, we should of scored a lot earlier to finish the game.
This week we will play Australia on the 20th then a games against China, Great Britain and South Africa before starting on the 24th of July. We have settled well into our accomodation with our supporters now starting to arrive to Clearwater.
12 July, 2017
|13th July||14th July||15th July|
|Rest & Recovery
x2 games 5pm
|Double header vs Florida Inferno||Double header vs Florida Storm TBC||18.00 & 19.45pm vs Tampa Bay Mustangs Lakewood Ranch||Light Training
|10am vs Canada
International scrimmages vs Australia
International scrimmage TBC
|International vs Great Britain TBC|
|16.30 vs Puerto Rico||13.30 vs Czech
18.30 vs Dom Republic
|13.30 vs India||16.00 vs Argentina||Play offs||Play offs|
|Finals||Depart Tampa||Arrive NZ|
|The New Zealand Under 19 Women’s team has been named for the WBSC – Softball Division World Championships to be held 24-30th, July 2017 in Clearwater, Florida, USA. Selectors have chosen what they believe is an exciting young team with 11 of the 17 selected players eligible for the WBCS-SD World Championships in 2019.
New captain Pallas Potter will lead the Juniors in what Head Coach Venita Hokai says was a “great choice from the selectors”. “Potter has been outstanding at this year’s Age Group Nationals blasting at least 5 home runs out of the park. Pallas is a quiet achiever and really has matured as a player since her last outing at the World Championships in Oklahoma, 2015. We have no doubt she has the leadership skills every team is looking for in a captain” says Hokai.
“We are also looking for speedster Californian based Kelley Renner who performed exceptionally well in Hawaii last year, to take charge of the outfield” says Hokai. Renner who has just signed a 4 year scholarship with the University of California in San Diego stole 62 bases during her 2016 fall season and was added to the New Zealand White Sox squad earlier this year.
Coach Hokai said “it was a tough selection, with pitching being the main area of concern”.
The Juniors will head to Orlando in July prior to the start of the World Championships, where they will train and acclimatise before heading to Clearwater.
Pallas Potter, JWSX Captain
|The Softball New Zealand President Nicky Sherriff proudly announces the New Zealand Junior White Sox Team.
Taylor Chongnee, Brooke Glassie, Maddison Roy, Aaria Tawha, Deja Tapili-Wetere (Auckland), Stephanie Fallon (North Harbour) Mikayla Lewin, Hayley Carter, Pallas Potter (Captain), Bailey Robertson, Otila Tavite, Denva Shaw-Tait (Hutt Valley)
Mereana Makea, Marama Makea (Wellington), Makana Morton (Texas, USA), Kelley Renner (California, USA), Brittany Terrey (Canterbury).
Kim-An Quinn (Massachusetts, USA), Erika Cooper (Missouri, USA), Aroha Hibbert, Paiton Koko Lutau (Wellington), Hayley Carter (Auckland)
Venita Hokai (Head Coach), Cherie Waters (Manager), Kiri Shaw (Assistant Coach) and Dave Elder (Pitching Coach), Jo Hyde (Scorer), Jerome Haretuku (Strength & Conditioning, Trainer/Outfield Coach).
Oahu, Hawaii Invitational, 18 - 24 July
Hawaii Diamonds vs NZ Junior White Sox
Stealth vs NZ Junior White Sox
RR Garrick vs NZ Junior White Sox
Hana Pa'A vs NZ Junior White Sox
NZ Junior White Sox vs Hi Gold
NZ Junior White Sox vs Guava Jam White
Day 4 - 17 July
Today the girls got close to winning their first game on the road with a 3 all draw against another tough opposition. Some outstanding hitting from Otila Tavite and Makayla Lewin saw the Kiwis come close to winning against a tough Division 1 Pitcher heading for California. However, all eyes are on youngster Bailey Robertson as she came into relieve starting Pitcher Pearl Marli Wateford, to shut down the Hawaiins. It was a great relief for the Kiwi Pitchers when newly appointed Pitching coach Dave Elder arrived from Auckland today.
The girls will rest tomorrow before the Hawaiian Invitational will start from Monday with 13 teams entered in the U18 section. This will be another tough contest for the girls with teams from Oregon and California arriving to participate. Games will be played in the evening, due to the extreme heat during the day. Temperatures are up to 85 degrees F.
Day 2 & 3 - 16 July
Day 2 & 3 here in Hawaii has been a big wake up call for the Juniors, losing all 4 games against tough opposition. Most of the Hawaiian's are on Summer break here, and go to Div 1 schools in the mainland. Their hitting technique is outstanding and both Coach Shaw and myself couldn't get over their "bat speed". Our pitchers had no answer, however all was not lost. 15 year old Bailey Robertston from Hutt Valley has been our top performing Pitcher and she reminds me of a young Gina Weber at this page. She has a huge future in the game given she is already over 6 foot tall!! Newcomer outfielder Kelley Renner is leading the team in the hitting department and is very quick, having stolen 4 bases in our first game. Kelley has just completed a tournament in Colorado hosting over 1,000 teams from all ages. It won't be long before she signs with a Division 1 college I suspect.
The Hawaiians are amazing hosts and every team has put on dinner for us...hopefully we can return the favour one day back in New Zealand.
Day 2 - 13 July
Day 2 proved to be a really successful day as the team toured the home of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine. Coach Bob Coolan met the team in the morning and we had an hour walk through the campus. He explained the recruiting process to the girls, and explained some of the classes available to students. In particular the University of Hawaii have an excellent marine biology degree program. It was evident the Softball program recruit a high number of Australians. This week Coach Coolan will be attending our tournament in Oahu.
In the afternoon the girls trained in the 29 degrees heat, at a private field. All of the Pitchers were able to get on the mound for a live hitting session. The girls were a little uncomfortable in the heat, but something they will have to endure over the next week and a half.
Tomorrow the team will train at 9am back to the Kroc center for the 5pm and 7pm game against local teams.
Day 1 - 14 July
Day one arrival to Hawaii, the team traveled 25 minutes to the Kroc Center, owned by the Salvation Army. The Kroc center is located in Ewa Beach, 35 minutes from Waikiki Beach and 25 minutes from the airport. The team settled into their accommodation as we embarked on beautiful warm weather of 31 degrees, a far cry from the 11 degrees we have been training in NZ. The girls were amazed at the set up at the Kroc center, with dormitory style bedrooms, gym, water park, basketball court.
First activity later in the afternoon was a team bonding session with Volleyball in the big gymnasium. Later in the evening some having their first experience of Mexican food. Each of the girls were given duties..
Tomorrow is a full day with a 7am wakeup call, breakfast and then heading to the University of Hawaii for a full tour of the campus by Head Coach Bob Coolen. The team will then head back to the Kroc center for "afternoon" training session, which will include a 5.30pm session of a "Total Body Conditioning" class.
After dinner the team will do the traditional "Jersey Presentation".
11 July, 2016
We are fortunate to make contact with Coach Bob Coolen who will take us on a tour around the campus of the University of Hawaii, the day after we arrive. We will be staying at a Salvation Army owned facility that provides everything including indoor pool, outdoor pool and gym facilities with exercise classes running all day. The accommodation can be seen on the website with 4 girls in each room similar to a dormitory. Kroc Center Hawaii
We are expecting 30 parents and family members to support the team with both the American based families arriving. One girl has 10 family members arriving from Auckland.
The squad has been training hard over winter, and up here in Auckland we have had continuous non stop rain. We have been lucky to use One Tree Hill college with one indoor and one outdoor batting cage, indoor basketball size gym, and outdoor marked diamonds. We have also had the girls hitting at The Fieldhouse in East Auckland.
I feel this squad is very very young, and the results from Sydney reflect the challenges we will have leading into the world series.
This will be Dave’s second appointment to a national team this year. Dave was Assistant Coach for the U15 Developing Sox Girls Team that competed in the Waverley Eastern Carnival, Australia in March.
“Dave is an excellent candidate for the job, he is passionate about Pitching and has been working with this age group for quite some time both in New Zealand and Australia. Working with young female Pitchers aged 15 to 18 years old, requires coaches’ to be able to deliver messages in a simple form that can be understood, without over complicating things. I am looking forward to Dave joining the Junior White Sox coaching staff, his experience will be crucial to the program going forward. ” Said Head Coach, Venita Hokai.
7 April, 2016
Former New Zealand Black Sox outfielder Jerome Haretuku has been appointed New Zealand Junior White Sox Strength and Conditioning, Trainer/Outfield Coach.
Although Haretuku has no significant coaching experience Junior White Sox Head Coach Venita Hokai believes Jerome will lead by example and set a training environment that encourages athletes to excel.
“I believe that in order to compete at the highest level, we must provide young athletes with the knowledge, resources and the tools to further develop their potential into future world class athletes”, says Haretuku.
“We are excited to have someone of Jerome’s experience and capability within our coaching team. We are always looking for new ways and means to evolve our girls, and he will help do that”, says Hokai.
“Providing athletes with the basic principles of strength and conditioning specific to softball will ensure the players have a good understanding of mobility/flexibility, strength, power, quickness and speed. The outfield is often overlooked by coaches, I see it as my role to ensure athletes are mentally prepared for international play”, says Haretuku.
30 Jan, 2016
New Zealand Junior White Sox Team – Hawaii Invitational, 18-24 July 2016
|Aroha Hibbert||Hutt Valley|
|Mikayla Lewin||Hutt Valley|
|Otila Tavite||Hutt Valley|
|Bailey Robertson||Hutt Valley|
|Denva Shaw-Tait||Hutt Valley|
|Essence-Jo Rogers||Counties Manukau|
|Kim-Ann Quinn||Massachusetts, USA|
|Kelly Renner||California, USA|
New Zealand Junior White Sox Squad, 2016-17
|Aroha Hibbert||Hutt Valley||Essence-Jo Rogers||Counties Manukau|
|Mikayla Lewin||Hutt Valley||Katelyn Bayer||Canterbury|
|Otila Tavite||Hutt Valley||Meg Glading||Canterbury|
|Bailey Robertson||Hutt Valley||Nerissa McDowell||Canterbury|
|Denva Shaw-Tait||Hutt Valley||Brittany Terrey||Canterbury|
|Te Hau Landon-Lane||Hutt Valley||Pearl-Marli Waetford||Auckland|
|Pallas Potter||Hutt Valley||Nerida Elson||Auckland|
|Rongomai Royal-Luke||Hutt Valley||Hayley Carter||Auckland|
|Tegan Tautala-Hanita||Hutt Valley||Brooke Glassie||Auckland|
|Grace Hamilton||Wellington||Grace McGillivray||Auckland|
|Marama Makea||Wellington||Tatiana Rouru||Auckland|
|Wanaka Noanoa||Wellington||Maddison Roy||Auckland|
|Paiton Koko-Lutau||Wellington||Tianah List||Queensland, Australia|
|Mereana Makea||Wellington||Kim-Ann Quinn||Massachusetts, USA|
|Georgia Tricker||Wellington||Kelly Renner||California, USA|
28 Sep, 2015
Junior White Sox head coach, Venita Hokai, has named the team for the annual Bev Smith Memorial tournament in early December.
The side has been built around players outside of Auckland as many of the locally-based players will be competing with their club teams.
The selection of the team was based on performances at a recent camp held in Hawkes Bay. It includes a number of returning players as well as many who have recently been introduced into the junior programme. "We want to give those who are new to the programme an opportunity to be exposed to that next level", says Hokai.
Hokai feels that the Bev Smith Memorial will allow the players to experience tournament play. "Softball is not about one game a week, it is a tournament sport. The more tournaments we can get our squad into, the better."
"It is an opportunity for selectors to see players in a team environment and how they stack up against premier sides. I think we will get some valuable lessons out of this tournament, but with a team like this we have some good speed and that will be our strength", says Hokai.
It will be a tough tournament for the side, with some of New Zealand's top premier teams competing. "We have a 14 year old and two 15 year olds on the mound so it will definitely test their mental toughness."
The Bev Smith Memorial will be played from 4 - 6 December at Meadowlands in Howick, Auckland.
The 2015 Junior White Sox team for the Bev Smith Memorial:
|Pallas Potter||Hutt Valley|
|Otila Tavite||Hutt Valley|
|Mikayla Lewin||Hutt Valley|
|Paiton Koko Lutau||Wellington|
KIRI SHAW APPOINTED AS JWS ASSISTANT COACH
8 Sep, 2015
Former White Sox captain, Kiri Shaw, has been named as the new Junior White Sox Assistant Coach. She will join head coach, Venita Hokai, heading into the 2017 Junior World Championship.
Shaw has over 280 national team caps. She first represented New Zealand in 1990 at the junior world championship and went on to play in two women’s world championships in 1994 and 1998. She also competed with the White Sox in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Shaw finished her international career after the 2012 world championship, where she was the team captain. She is currently a player/coach with her Saints Premier Women’s team and has coached Hutt Valley representative teams for a number of years.
Shaw places much emphasis on establishing and maintaining a strong team culture and believes her experience and skillset will complement that of Hokai’s.
“Kiri will bring a different dynamic into the junior programme. Her experience as a world series player and her background coaching young girls will be invaluable”, says Hokai.
Auckland Women’s manager, Cherie Waters, has been appointed manager of the side and will join Hokai and Shaw.
Waters has managed the Howick Premier Women’s team since 2009. She also managed the Auckland Women’s NFC team in 2011, 12 and 14. Waters has been the secretary at Pakuranga Rugby League Community Sports Club since 1995 and has over 15 years’ experience in managing people.
“Cherie has an enormous amount of experience as a manager that will be vital in the lead up to and during the world championships. She has impeccable organisational skills”, says Hokai.
The Junior White Sox squad members will meet for a training camp in Hawkes Bay next week from the 18 – 20 September. The world championship will be held in July 2017 in Clearwater, Florida, USA.
15 Aug, 2015
The New Zealand Junior White Sox have ended their world championships after going down against Canada 5-6, just missing out on Top 4.
It was an evenly matched game with both teams fighting to stay in the competition. A strong start by the Kiwis saw them put up 3 runs in the 1st inning, capitalising on 2 hits and Canadian errors. But Canada answered straight away, scoring 4 runs.
The Kiwis came back to tie it up in the top of the 4th, with Pania Monk batting in the run. A passed ball gave Canada the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 4th and a safe hit put the score at 4-6.
Mikayla Werahiko batted in another run for New Zealand in the top of the 6th, with a line drive into right field. Canada managed to hold in the 7th to take the match 5-6 and advance into the Top 4.
Courtney Gettins, who has been crucial to the New Zealand line up, was solid on the mound again today. First baseman, Pania Monk, was impressive in the box with 3 hits and 2 RBIs. The Kiwis out hit Canada 10-8.
13 Aug, 2015
The Junior White Sox had both a win and a loss today at the world championship but have cemented their place in the Top 8.
The first game saw the Kiwis struggle with the bat against a dominant Canadian pitcher. Amy Begg started the game on the mound for New Zealand, giving up 7 hits and taking 3 strikeouts against the aggressive Canadian hitters. Kayla Rangiawha and Emma Houkamau had the only 2 hits of the game for the Junior White Sox. The final score 0-7 after 6 innings in favour of Canada.
New Zealand had a slow start against Colombia, the pitching much less adequate than that of Canada's. A big 5th inning saw the Junior White Sox fire up and eventually win the game 7-0 at the end of the inning. Courtney Gettins shut down the Colombian hitters, taking 9 strikeouts and only giving up 1 hit. Brooke Eden was impressive in the box, claiming 2 hits and an RBI.
Playoff game for tomorrow TBC.
12 Aug, 2015
The Junior White Sox had a strong win over Argentina this morning 5-0 after seven.
Pitcher Courtney Gettins was the star of the show, shutting down Argentina's hitters for the full seven innings. She also contributed to the scoreline, batting in 2 Kiwi runs with an RBI single.
Gettins did well on the mound, getting ahead early with 18 first pitch strikes and clocking up a total of eight strikeouts. Canterbury native, Mikayla Werahiko, continues to top the quality at-bats for New Zealand.
Top hitters of the game were Makayla Mave and Emma Houkamau with two hits each.
The Junior White Sox will play two games tomorrow and need to win one to move through to the playoffs.
6.00AM NZT vs Canada
10.30AM NZT vs Colombia
11 Aug, 2015
The Junior White Sox had a mixed day today, with a win against Great Britain and a loss against China.
The Kiwis started off strong in the Great Britain game, moving the ball and producing runs early. Courtney Gettins and Amy Begg shared the pitching and Mikayla Werahiko was the top hitter of the match, sending a couple of hits deep into the outfield. The final score 4-1 in favour of New Zealand.
In their second game of the day, Amy Begg started on the mound against China and did a solid job of holding them down for most of the match. Courtney Gettins came in to relieve Begg late in the game. Unfortunately some defensive lapses and an inability to produce cost the Junior White Sox in the end, falling 3-0 to China.
New Zealand will face Argentina tomorrow at 10.30AM NZT in their only match of the day.
10 Aug, 2015
The New Zealand Junior White Sox dropped their opening and toughest round robin game in a 0-7 loss against Japan.
Hutt Valley Dodgers' pitcher, Courtney Gettins, started the game and had a good first inning keeping the Japanese scoreless. But Japan came back firing in the second, scoring 3 runs after the Kiwis had some trouble on defence.
The Junior White Sox were successful in moving the ball but failed to produce any runs. Pallas Potter was the top Kiwi hitter, claiming two hits for herself. Consistent performer, Mikayla Werahiko, also produced a solid hit.
Amy Begg came on in relief for Gettins and the Japanese scored another 4 runs in the fourth inning. The game ended after Japan shut New Zealand out in the top of the fifth.
The Junior White Sox take on Great Britain tomorrow at 8.30AM NZT and China at 12.30PM NZT.
10 Aug, 2015
The Junior White Sox will play their opening match today in Oklahoma City at 8.00pm (1.00pm NZT) against the defending champions, Japan. This comes after three teams withdrew from the competition, which resulted in the draw shifting from four pools to two.
Head coach, Kevin Gettins, noted that the girls are nervous but keen to take on the current world champions. “The key to competing with a team like Japan is to minimise errors and eliminate walks, any chance they get with runners on base they have a knack of punishing you”, says Gettins.
“The longer we stay with Japan deeper into the game the better chance we have. We are going into this game to compete aggressively as it is critical for the rest of the tournament that we put in a strong performance.”
The Junior White Sox played ten warm up games in Los Angeles before flying to Oklahoma City, where they secured two additional practice games against Australia and Czech Republic. Pitcher and catcher combination, Courtney Gettins and Kayla Rangiawha, kept the Australians scoreless in a “shock” 0-0 draw. The Kiwis managed to get runners on but could not capitalise and failed to produce any runs. The game was called after 6 complete innings due to “soaring temperatures”.
It was a much different story against the Czechs with New Zealand putting on productive hitting display, taking the match comfortably 11-4. Coach Gettins mentioned that the team’s build up was patchy but that their last two games have lifted some spirits.
The new draw for the world championships will see the top 4 from each pool go through to the playoffs.
Pool A: New Zealand, Japan, Colombia, Canada, Great Britain, China, Argentina.
Pool B: Australia, USA, Puerto Rico, Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Chinese Taipei and Brazil.
10 Aug, 2015
Our Junior White Sox kick off their campaign today at the World Championships in Oklahoma by playing Japan at1pm NZT. Here is the remaining round robin games for this week (all NZT)
vs Gt Britian (Tues 11 Aug @ 8:30am)
vs China (Tues 11 Aug @ 12:30pm)
vs Argentina (Wed 12 Aug @ 10:30am)
vs Canada (Thurs 13 Aug @ 6:00am)
vs Colombia (Thurs 13 Aug @ 10:30am)
For the full tourname schedule including playoffs, click here to go the the official tournament website's schedule page (Dates and Times will be US Central Time Zone)
6 Aug, 2015
The New Zealand Junior White Sox have started their world championships bid with practice games in Los Angeles.
The side will play a total of ten warm up games in Los Angeles before heading to Oklahoma City in preparation for the U19 World Championships. The focus of these games will be to develop match fitness, as New Zealand is currently out of season, and experiment with combinations on the diamond.
Junior White Sox Management stated that it is important for every player to get a sufficient amount of game time in order for a top nine to be established. The games will be played against successful local franchises, Firecrackers and USA Athletics, with Firecrackers placing 3rd at a recent 18U Gold national competition.
Despite suffering seven losses in eight games so far, winning one game against USA Athletics, the Junior White Sox have scored runs in all but two games. Kayla Rangiawha and youngster Aaria Tawha have both produced large hits, and Mereana Makea has been performing consistently in the box.
Some defensive lapses have been costly for the side but White Sox squad member, Mikayla Werahiko, and rookie Brooke Stubbs have been sharp in the infield. Head coach, Kevin Gettins, says he is looking for girls to step up and show consistency in their performances.
Overall Gettins is pleased with the progress of the team, with the hitters finding form and pitchers improving, but is looking for further momentum moving forward.
The Junior White Sox have secured two additional warm up games in Oklahoma City, which will see them play Australia and Czech Republic on August 7.
The World Championships commence on August 9.
Results to Date:
0-5 loss vs USA Athletics
3-6 loss vs USA Athletics
0-6 loss vs Firecrackers
4-6 loss vs Firecrackers
7-4 win vs USA Athletics
8-6 loss vs USA Athletics
5-3 loss vs Firecrackers
12-3 loss vs Firecrackers
XI WBSC Junior Women’s World Championships website
Junior White Sox #BringingTheThunder, Storify page
All WC games will be live streamed for free and broadcast at this link.
Picture: Junior White Sox and Fire Crackers Team Photo
FREE LIVE STREAMING- ISF JUNIOR WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPS
31 July, 2015
The ISF Junior Womens World Champs will be streamed live online only. All games will be streamed for free. Click here for the Link.
30 July, 2015
The New Zealand Junior White Sox will depart Auckland tonight, beginning their U19 World Championship campaign.
The team will fly to Los Angeles where they will play 10 build up games over five days in preparation for the world championships in Oklahoma City.
Head coach, Kevin Gettins, feels as though the team has prepared well. “We have worked with regional coaching setups with people in Christchurch, Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Waikato and Auckland. We have been very fortunate to have people in these locations willing to help”, says Gettins.
“In addition to this we have had Kevin Henderson working with the pitchers and have also placed a strong focus on fitness building up for the tournament. The weather will be very hot in Oklahoma City so fitness will be important for us to compete.”
As for the build up games in California, Gettins stresses that results are not the focus but rather preparing the players for tougher competition. “The warm up games are very much about getting everybody game time, working on combinations, understanding game plans, learning signals and working on all the basic elements of softball.”
The Junior White Sox have had much success in recent years, they placed 6th in 2011 and 4th at the 2013 tournament behind Japan, USA and Australia. Gettins states that the current team are younger and less experienced. “The players coming through now, taking age into account, are not as game savvy as previous teams. This is an observation, not a criticism.”
“I put this down to the fact that there is a small player base in New Zealand, meaning that players get elevated through the system quickly and without spending the time to learn and understand the game to a level that is required to compete higher up”, says Gettins.
There is no doubt it is a young side, with seven athletes eligible for the 2017 world championships. Gettins feels as though each Junior White Sox team is slightly different, which makes them difficult to compare but that every team has the same goal.
“Our first goal is always making it through to the top 8 but we must finish top 2 in our pool to do so. Once you get through pool play the tournament effectively starts again.”
It will not be an easy ride for the team, as they find themselves in a challenging pool alongside Canada, Chinese Taipei and Venezuela. “If we want to succeed our team dynamics need to be focused on aggressive play, urgency and playing the game with intensity”, says Gettins.
“As New Zealanders we are a little laid back at times and this hurts us when we compete against the higher ranked teams who play with all those attributes all of the time.”
The 2015 U19 World Championship will be held 9 August – 15 August. New Zealand will face Canada in their opening game.
27 July, 2015
Current Junior White Sox Assistant Coach, Venita Hokai, has been named as Head Coach of the team for the 2017 Junior Women’s World Championship campaign.
The position will be familiar to Hokai; she has been involved in the junior programme since 2008 and has had successful campaigns in the past as head coach of the team.
Hokai led the 2011 side to a 6th place finish at the world championships in South Africa and carried that performance through to an impressive 4th place at the 2013 competition in Canada.
The first stage of Hokai’s appointment will include discussing the handover from this year’s team with current head coach, Kevin Gettins, and manager, Aroha Metcalf – both of whom she has worked closely with since 2008.
“I do have my own thoughts going forward, different to what we have done in the past. Currently there is a squad of around 40 players in place”, says Hokai.
“In the past we have had traditions, beliefs and strong values which have set the culture of the Junior White Sox. We want to make sure everyone understands the expectations.”
Hokai believes it is important to develop the correct infrastructure of the programme from the beginning – “we have a lot of work to do going forward.”
Testing for a Hawkes Bay-based camp in September will begin around mid-August, which will include selected players eligible for the 2017 competition.
4 June, 2015
Auckland-based coach, Jamie Brear, has been appointed 2nd assistant coach of the Junior White Sox.
Brear will join Metcalf, Gettins and assistant coach, Venita Hokai, for this year’s junior world championships in Oklahoma. This will be Brear’s first international experience with the Junior White Sox, though he has assisted with national training camps.
Brear has been involved with premier women’s softball for nine years. He is the current head coach of Otahuhu and was the assistant of this year’s National Fastpitch Championship winners, Auckland Women. In 2013, Brear was assistant coach of the New Zealand Development girls’ team.
Congratulations to Loran Parker, non travelling reserve with the JWS and pitcher for Eastern Arizona College. Loran was named in two teams for the 2015 Softball All-Conference Awards; the ACCAC Second Team and Division I All-Region Team.
Eastern Arizona College Player Profile
The U19 Junior Women's Softball World Championship will be a great platform to showcase our sport's universality, youth appeal and commitment to gender equality, particularly during this time when a potential return of baseball/softball to the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020 is under review, says WBSC Secretary General Ms. Beng Choo Low.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (USA) -- The world governing body of baseball and softball, WBSC, today announced the pools and the official competition schedule of the XI Junior Women's Softball World Championship that will be staged from 9-15 August at the newly renovated ASA Hall of Fame Complex in the Oklahoma state capital.
The 18 nations of the 2015 WBSC Junior Women's Softball World Championship have been delegated to their respective pools and will open the event with a group round robin:
Pool A: China, Ecuador, Great Britain, Japan, Nigeria
Pool B: Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Mexico, USA
Pool C: Argentina, Australia, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico
Pool D: Canada, Chinese Taipei, New Zealand, Venezuela
The official tournament schedule features an exciting 85 world championship contests that will be concentrated into seven days of action. (See Official Schedule)
Day 1 and 2 will feature round robin action of each pool. Nations will be battling to finish among the top two in their respective groups to advance into the championship round robin (2 pools) with the remaining teams advancing to the placement robin round (2 pools).
Day 3 and 4 will see a round robin of both the championship pools and the placement pools.
Day 5 and 6 will see the championship section continue through the double page playoff with the placement section continuing through a single elimination format.
Day 7 will showcase the bronze and gold medal games.
All 18 participating National Teams will be competing on Opening Day, with action opening on Saturday, 9 August at 09:00 local time.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 18:00 at the main competition field, which will be followed by Brazil taking on hosts USA.
The gold medal game will take centre stage on Saturday, 15 August at 19:30, and will be preceded by the bronze medal match at 17:00.
The world championship will also have web-streaming and play-by-play available, enhancing coverage of the youth softball showcase with real-time digital content to the ever expanding global audience.
All packages to watch the tournament -- both in person and through web-streaming -- are available through the tournament website:2015jwwc.com.
The U19 world championship is being hosted by ASA/USA Softball, at their headquarters, marking the first time since 1995 the event will be played on U.S. soil.
The WBSC has a full list of official events on the calendar that span from June to November which include the Men's Softball World Championship and Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, the U12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Chinese Taipei, the U18 Men's Baseball World Cup at Koshien Stadium in Japan, and the inaugural Premier 12 co-hosted by Japan and Chinese Taipei.
From the reserve bench, Auckland based Allison Mohi has been called up to join the Junior White Sox World Championships Team to replace Marcelle Parkes who has withdrawn to follow other sporting aspirations. Mohi who anchors centre field for her home club Otahuhu has frustrated many batters by catching fly balls that in other circumstances would have been safe hits. Coach Gettins states that Mohi will "bring some depth to the outfield". The team will meet in Hastings in early May as part of preparation for the Junior World Championships in Oklahoma City in August this year.
27 Feb, 2015
Head Coach Kevin Gettins is pleased to annouce the 2015 JWS World Championship Team. The team is a mix of experienced international athletes and younger players who are making their mark. With the 2013 junior World Championship and the 2014 open womens World Championship under their belt short stop Mikayla Werahiko and pitcher Courtney Gettins are the teams most experienced athletes.
Gettins is joined on the pitching mound by Amy Begg who is currently enjoying college life in Baltimore, USA and youngsters Chelsea Brunner who was awarded top pitcher at the U17 and U19 nationals and Kim-An Quinn a new recruit with impressive pitching statistics from Massachusetts, USA. The catching position is covered by Emma Houkamau and Zoe Tolhopf who have depth in other postions also.
Talented infeilders led by Werahiko, include first base and back up catcher Kayla Rangiawha, Brooke Eden, Makayla Mave, Marcelle Parkes who can cover outfield and Mckenzie Giles-Martin who impressed for the JWS team at the Bev Smith tournament. The outfeild will be achored by Mereana Makea who has had an outstanding season for her club and province alongside experienced campaigner Pania Monk, who can back up the pitching staff, and Paiton Koko-Lutau who burst onto the scene after a solid performance at the international Friendship Championship in 2014.
Rounding off the team are players for the future in Aria Tawha and the surprise inclusion of Pallas Potter a 15 year old from Hutt Valley who demonstrated strong hitting at the U19 nationals.
Coach Gettins is excited about the strength in the team and believes that "there is a good balance across many positions". The team will assemble for a training camp in Hastings on 1 - 3 May 2015. The 2015 Junior Womens World Championship will be held in Oklahoma City from 9 - 15 August 2015.
2015 Junior White Sox
|3||Brooke Eden||Hutt Valley|
|5||Courtney Gettins||Hutt Valley|
|6||Emma Houkamau||Hutt Valley|
|15||Pallas Potter||Hutt Valley|
|2||Aizaya Anderson||Hutt Valley|
Head Coach Carl Tuinenga has selected the team to attend the International Friendship Championship in Sydney in July 2015. Working in conjunction with Coach Gettins and the Junior White Sox programme, Coach Tuinenga says has been valuable in identifying players for further development at an international level. The team will compete at the International Friendship Championship in Sydney in July 2015.
|7||Leilani Tuimavave-Wines||Hutt Valley|
|12||Otila Tavite||Hutt Valley|
|13||Stephanie Fallon||North Harbour|
The following players have been identified for a training squad for the 2017 Junior Women's World Championship in Florida, USA. Coach Gettins says that "identifying players as early as possible who have potential to make the final team is a must in this two year World Championship cycle". Fitness testing to qualify for the National Training Camp will be run regionally in late August. The Camp will be held in Hastings from 18 - 20 September 2015. All named squad members please email your contact details to the team manager on email@example.com
|1||Amber Wairau||Wellington||22||Leia Stephens||Counties Manukau|
|2||Aria Tawha||Waikato||23||Leilani Tuimavave-Wines||Australia|
|3||Aroha Hibbert||Hutt Valley||24||Maddison Roy||Auckland|
|4||Beth Reid||Auckland||25||Maia Lupton||Auckland|
|5||Brittany Terrey||Canterbury||26||Marama Makea||Wellington|
|6||Brooke Glassie||Auckland||27||Marjorie Cashell||Hutt Valley|
|7||Brooke Pennicott||Southland||28||Meg Glading||Canterbury|
|8||Brooke Whiteman||Auckland||29||Mereana Makea||Wellington|
|9||Chelsea Brunner||Wellington||30||Mikayla Lewin||Hutt Valley|
|10||Claudia Gibson||Auckland||31||Nerita Elson||Auckland|
|11||Denver Shaw-Tait||Hutt Valley||32||Otila Tavite||Hutt Valley|
|12||Essence-Jo Rogers||Counties Manukau||33||Paiton Koko-Lutau||Wellington|
|13||Georgia Tricker||Wellington||34||Pallas Potter||Hutt Valley|
|14||Grace Hamilton||Wellington||35||Pearl Waetford||Auckland|
|15||Grace McGillivray||Auckland||36||Samantha Tawharu||Auckland|
|16||Hayley Carter||Auckland||37||Stephanie Fallon||North Harbour|
|17||Jordyn Murray||North Harbour||38||Tatiana Rouru||Auckland|
|18||Kalia Matai||Auckland||39||Tenille Auimatagi||Auckland|
|19||Katelyn Bayer||Canterbury||40||Wanaka Noanoa||Wellington|
|20||Kim-An Quinn||USA||41||Yolanda Roberts||Auckland|
JWS UPDATE- FEBRUARY
With 181 days until the first pitch of the International Softball Federations (ISF) 2015 XI Junior Womens World Softball Championships a couple of key changes have been adopted for the annoucement of the JWS team. Firstly, a personal approach is preferred by Head Coach Kevin Gettins. Successful players can expect to be contacted by phone in the week after the National Fastpitch Championships at the end of February, then a public notification will be posted on the Softball New Zealand website and Face book page. Seventeen players will be named alongside non-travelling reserves. The second change is that all player selections are dependant on being drug free with testing to occur at a training camp in May.
The 2015 ISF Junior Women's World Championship will be held in Oklahoma City, at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame Complex from 9 - 15 August. Teams from around the globe will compete for the chance to call themselves a World Champion. Hosted by USA Softball, Oklahoma City is known for being the softball capital of the world. For the first time ever ISF have opened this World Championship to all countries without the need to qualify. Teams who have entered include; Japan, Italy, Chinese Taipei, Great Britain, Venezuela, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Canada, Czech Republic, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and USA. With the closing date not yet reached other entries are expected. The New Zealand JWS are ranked 4th behind Japan, USA and Australia. On route to the World Championship the team will stop off in Los Angeles for warm up games.
The Junior White Sox (JWS) team at the Bev Smith Memorial dug deep to place 3rd at the premier women’s club tournament.
Invited by the Howick Softball Club to the tournament, which is held each year in memory of Bev Smith who passed away from cancer, the JWS immediately impressed with a 5 - 3 win over Otahuhu. Following this game the team lost to the Western Magpies by 7 to 4, but bounced back for a 13-0 win over Marist, then held the Mt Albert Ramblers to a 4 all draw to close out day one. Day two dawned bright and in the first game the JWS went down 2 - 0 to the host team Howick, then beat the Waitakere Bears 6 - 1. With a final tally of 7 points the JWS finished 3rd behind winners Otahuhu and runners up the Western Magpies.
Head Coach Kevin Gettins appreciated the opportunity to see the majority of the JWS squad members at a single tournament that involved the top teams in Auckland either with their club sides or as part of the JWS team. He says "it has been a real bonus at we work toward the final selection for Oklahoma".
Identifying eligible Kiwi players based overseas has been a successful strategy for the JWS over the last two World Series. For the 2015 Worlds, overseas players that have caught Coach Gettins eye include pitcher Kim-An Quinn who is based in Massachusetts, USA and McKenzie Giles-Martin who competed at the Friendship Series in July 2014 and who travelled from Perth to play in the JWS team at the Bev Smith tournament.
The Under 19s and Under 17s national tournaments in January are very important for all players as we head to the final team selections for the 2015 JWS World Series Team and the 2017 JWS World Series Training Squad.
|11 Nov, 2014
Who will make the team? JWS World Series 2015
With less than 9 months to go before the 2015 Junior Women’s World Series in Oklahoma City the competition to secure a place in the final 17 player team is on! Kevin Gettins, Junior White Sox Head Coach is watching closely as Club competitions are underway and representative tournaments just around the corner.
To be eligible for selection for the 2015 series players must be NZ citizens and be born in the year of or after 1996.
As well as keeping a close eye on local cub competition and tournaments, JWS selectors will be on the ground at the January Under 19s National Championships in Auckland and the Under 17s National Championships in Christchurch.
Two JWS teams will be named at the conclusion of the National Fastpitch Championship in Hamilton in February. Firstly, the final 2015 World Series Team and also, with an eye for the future, a train-on squad for the 2017 World Series in Plant City, USA.
“No spots are secure and all eligible players have an opportunity to represent New Zealand at Oklahoma City”, states Coach Gettins. The current extended JWS squad will be in action across the country over the next few months and Coach Gettins expects to see tough competition from within and outside of the squad, “the time is now to work hard and get into peak performance condition for the national age grade tournaments”. With a history of “bolters” making it into previous NZ representative teams at all levels, Coach Gettins adds, “you cannot rule out someone who comes to attention at the last minute”. He intends to cast the net wide to find the final 17 players.
|Junior White Sox Programme on track for the XI Junior Women's World Championships
Following on from the best ever result of 4th place at the 2013 Junior World Championships, the Junior White Sox (JWS) programme, under new Head Coach Kevin Gettins, is on track for the next Junior Women's World Champs in Oklahoma City, August 2015.
A "train on" squad was named in February 2014, and from this list a team was named to attend the Scotiabank Canadian Fastpitch Futures Gold (Canada Cup) tournament in Surrey City, British Colombia in July. By linking with the NZ Development Girls Team head coach Carl Tuienga, a number of JWS squad members also had the opportunity to represent NZ at the Youth International Freindship Series at Blacktown, Sydney also in July.
The JWS Canada Cup team played 4 warm up / exhibition games, 5 pool play games and 4 championship round games to a total of 13 games. Overall the team finished 8th of 24 teams. Coach Kevin Gettins reports that the team overcame the first challenge of competing out of season and came together to form a cohesive team that demonstrated some good play, however performance was inconsistent, with key moments, and subsequent games lost as a result. In all, states Coach Gettins, there are more positives than negatives to take away and it was a fantastic opportunity to bench mark players against top U18 Gold teams from Canada and the USA.
On return, planning commenced immediately for the JWS national training camp held in Hastings from 19 - 21 September. For this camp Coach Gettins institued an eligibility criteria of a required fitness level. Invited squad members were tested in the weekend of 6/7 September across the country.
The September Camp proved successful with 21 players attending. The support of Hawkes Bay Softball Association was greatly appreciated and the weather proved typically fine, with some patches of warm sun. The purpose of the camp is to test player fitness, stamina, skills and mental strength alongside of teaching new skills and outlining coach expectations. Day one began with a 7km run up and back down Te Mata peak, then speed and agility training, followed by baserunning - all before lunch! The day continued with offensive training via hitting stations, before moving onto situational defence. Day Two continued with further defensive positional drills and ended with more base running. Of the sheer physical challenge, one player was heard to say "I knew it would be tough, but I didn't know it would be this tough". A highlight of the camp was a visit by Softball NZ CEO, Tony Giles who addressed the players about challenges and opportunities facing them over the next few years.
Next, players will settle into club and representative competition. A JWS team will be named to attend the Bev Smith premier club tournament in Auckland in early December. The naming the World Series Team will occur at the conclustion of the 2015 National Fastpitch Competition on 22 February 2015.
Zoe Tolhoft (Auckland), first to the top of Te Mata peak with Kayla Bergh (Auckland), Wanaka Noanoa (Wellington) and Aaria Tawha (Waikato) hard of her heels. Zoe was just beaten at the finish line by Wanaka.
Marcelle Parkes (Wellington) fields a ground ball.
JWS September Camp Attendees: from left front. Pania Monk, Kanyon Paul, Emma Houkamau, Lucy McIntyre, A'ieesha Setefano, Tyla Morrison, Makayka Mave, Wanaka Noanoa, Angela Stubbs (guest coach), Mel Gettins (guest coach), Jamie Brear (guest coast), Kayla Bergh, Zoe Tolhoft, Aaria Tawha, Brooke Eden, Denva Shaw-Tait, Bohemia Quinn, Paiton Koko-Lutau, Aroha Metcalf (Manager), Deanna Paul (Trainer), Kevin Gettins (Head Coach), Kayla Rangiawha, Marcelle Parkes, Alison Boys (guest coach), Chelsea Brunner, Kiri Graham, Loren Parker, Carl Tuienga (guest coach)
The Junior White Sox team to attend the Canada Cup in Vancouver this July has been named;
|Brooke Eden||Hawkes Bay|
|Courtney Gettins||Hawkes Bay|
|Emily Rauhihi||Hutt Valley|
|Emma Houkamau||Hawkes Bay|
|Mikayla Werahiko (Captain)||Canterbury|
We congratulate the girls on making the team and wish Coach Kevin Gettins and his management team all the best at the tournament.
IX ISF JUNIOR WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPTIONSHIPS - 2011
Play by Plays
By JWS scorer Keith Dare
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Game 2: Czech Republic VS NZ - 10 DEC
Game 3: USA VS NZ - 10 Dec
Game 4: Canada VS NZ - 11 Dec
Game 5: Puerto Rico vs NZ - 12 Dec
Game 6: Sth Africa vs NZ - 13 Dec
Game 7: Botswana vs NZ - 14 Dec
Game 8: Brazil vs NZ - 15 Dec
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