TEMPERZONE JUNIOR BLACK SOX TEAM TO AUSTRALIAN U23 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Temperzone Junior Black Sox Head Coach Thomas Makea has named a 20 man team to compete at the Australian U23 Championships in July. The team is the first to be named in preparation for the next Junior World Championships in Prince Albert, Canada 2018.
The team will gather for a camp at the Trentham Military Camp, Upper Hutt, 2 – 5 June, Queens Birthday weekend.
Makea plans to name two further squads to compete at the North Island Classic in December.
The Temperzone Junior Black Sox Team – Australian U23 Championships, Redwoods, Queensland
Brock Clint-Samuel Attewell, Huw Davies, Seth Gibson, Zac Pene, Blake Wardrope (Auckland), Dylan Fraser-List, Hemi McCarthy (North Harbour), Ihaka Tangaroa (Hawkes Bay), Brad Carson, Dimitri Perez, Tyrell Packer (Hutt Valley), Andre Hart, Tobias Makisi, Kody Clueard (Wellington), Josh Kelly, Caleb Delaney, Will McDonald (Upper South Island) Ash Reihana (Canterbury), Sheldon Waller, Ryschan Thompson (Queensland).
Thomas Makea (Head Coach), Jarrad Martin (Assistant Coach), Bevan Matene (Assistant Coach), Alf Robson (Manager)
JUNIOR BLACK SOX U19 MEN'S WIDER TRAINING SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT
Congratulations to the following players who have been selected in the Junior Black Sox wider squad for the World U19 Championships to be held in Prince Albert, Canada in July 2018.
Below is an overview of the JBSX program and the squad will receive communication on a detailed program in person from JBSX Manager Wayne Small over February.
The 2017-18 overview of the program is as follows:
- February - Wider Training Group named
- 2-5 June - Wider Training Group Training Camp - Wellington
- August (TBC) - Japan Tour
- 8-10 Dec (TBC) - North Island Classic
- 4-7 Jan (TBC) – Under 19 Championships
- January - World Championships Team named
- 26-28 Jan (TBC) WC team participate in Vic Guth
- 15-18 Feb (TBC) WC team participate in NFC
- 18-20 May (TBC) Final Training Camp, Waiouru
- 23 June - 6 July – Vancouver and Prince Albert, Canada - Preparation tour
- 7–15 July Junior Men’s World U19 Championship - Prince Albert, Canada
Junior Black Sox U19 Men’s Wider Training Squad is as follows:
- Dylan FRASER-LIST - North Harbour
- Hemi McCARTHY - North Harbour
- Kaleb RONA - North Harbour
- Brock ATTEWELL - Auckland
- Huw DAVIES - Auckland
- Brock EVANS - Auckland
- Max EARLY - Auckland
- Seth GIBSON - Auckland
- Jared FUAMATU - Auckland
- Zac PENE - Auckland
- Harrison VALK - Auckland
- Harley MAYNARD - Auckland
- Blake WARDROPE - Auckland
- Malcom MURRAY-SCOTT - Auckland
- Taine SLAUGHTER - Auckland
- Leighton HIKO-SMITH - Auckland
- Hekemaru NEHA - Waikato
- Xavier KINGI - Tarawhiti
- Liam BASSICK - Manawatu
- Ihaka TANGAROA - Hawkes Bay
- Liam UDY-JOHNS - Hawkes Bay
- Jayden DOWD - Hawkes Bay
- Brad CARSON - Hutt Valley
- Jared GILLARD - Hutt Valley
- Ricky MANULAIATEA - Hutt Valley
- Dimitri PEREZ - Hutt Valley
- Tyrell PACKER - Hutt Valley
- Waylon TUHORO-ROBINSON - Hutt Valley
- Kereama WATENE TE HAU - Hutt Valley
- Andre HART - Wellington
- Dylan JACKSON - Wellington
- Tyler SMITH - Wellington
- Tobias MAKISI - Wellington
- Kody CLUEARD - Wellington
- Josh KELLY - Upper South Island
- Caleb DELANEY - Upper South Island
- Campbell GILL - Upper South Island
- Will McDONALD - Upper South Island
- Ash REIHANA - Canterbury
- Reilly MAKEA - Canterbury
- Sheldon WALLER - Australia
FOLLOW THE TEMPERZONE JUNIOR BLACK SOX ON THEIR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CAMPAIGN
XI Jr. Men's Softball World Championship, Midland, Michigan - USA
July 24 - 30, 2016
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Game Schedule (in NZ times)
Live streaming will be available throughout the entire tournament at no cost to viewers! From first pitch until the Gold Medal moment, fans never have to miss out on the action!
Build up tour, 09-23 July - Ashland, Ohio / Midland, Michigan
Progress reports from Assistant Manager, Alf Robson
JBSX Campaign Schedule
- 09 July – Depart Auckland to Ashland, Ohio
- 09-11 July – Acclimatisation / Light training
- 11-15 July – Build up tour (2 games per day)
- 16 July – Travel Cleveland to Midland (Northwood University)
- 17 July – Free day, possible travel to Niagra Falls
- 17-22 July – participate in exhibition / training games
- 24-30 July - XI Jr. Men's Softball World Championship
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JACKSON WATT OUT OF JUNIOR MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
10 June, 2016
Temperzone Junior Black Sox player Jackson Watt has been forced out of the upcoming World Championships in Midland, USA. A broken arm at team training has meant the talented outfielder will miss his second Junior Men’s World Championship and the opportunity to lead the team as vice-captain.
Jackson will be replaced by Callum Lewis-Carson from Hawkes Bay.
WBSC ANNOUNCES GAME SCHEDULE FOR 2016 U19 JUNIOR MEN'S SOFTBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
7 June, 2016
PLANT CITY, FL (USA) -- The World Baseball Softball Confederation today announced the official game schedule for the 11th edition of the WBSC Junior Men's Softball World Championship, to be held 24-30 July in the United States, in Midland, Michigan.
View full game schedule
The 13-nation international youth softball flagship event will feature 52 total games, beginning with a 36-game round-robin, followed by 10 playoff games (double page playoff system). Six placement games will also be staged to determine the final standings.
Junior National Teams from all regions of the globe (Africa, Asia, Europe, North- Central, and South Americas, and Oceania) will unite on the two competition fields at the historic Emerson Park and Currie Stadium.
All 13 nations will be in action on opening day, with world No. 7 United States and the African nation of Botswana officially setting off the world championship tournament on Sunday, 24 July at 09:30.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 18:30 at the main competition field, which will be followed by host United States meeting the two-time defending champions, Argentina.
The gold medal world championship final will be contested at Currie Stadium at 19:00 on 30 July, while the bronze medal match will be staged at 13:30.
Pools and Tournament Format
The 13 national teams competing have been delegated to their respective pools and will begin the world championship tournament with a single round-robin.
Argentina, Australia, United States, Czech Republic, Denmark, Botswana, and Venezuela
New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, and Israel
The top four teams from each pool will advance into a double-page playoff system. Argentina will head to Midland as the two-time defending U-19 world champions, after having captured gold medals in 2012 and 2014 in Whitehorse, Canada, and Parana, Argentina. Current men's softball world No.1 New Zealand claimed the silver medal in 2014. Asia powerhouse -- Japan -- earned the bronze medal in Whitehorse and the silver medal in Parana. Host Team USA has finished in fifth place at the last two editions of the junior men's world championship. The full game schedule of the 2016
TEMPERZONE NZ JUNIOR BLACK SOX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM NAMED
4 Feb, 2016
The Temperzone New Zealand Junior Black Sox have named a 17 man squad to compete in the WBSC-SD Under 19 Men’s World Championships in Michigan, USA this July. The team will look to go one better than two years ago in Whitehorse, Canada where they finished second to a formidable Argentinian side.
The team will commence their campaign through a series of events including a four day build up tour of Ashland, Ohio involving a number of exhibition games.
“Team players have been in good shape throughout the national age grade representative tournaments, furthermore they have stepped up and out performed in some of the country’s top men’s club tournaments. The progression thus far leads nicely into the requirements of playing at the world championship level.” Say’s Head Coach Thomas Makea.
The team is showing strong signs in all key areas of the game including ‘softball smarts’ which is particularly pleasing for the four time men’s world champion.
“As a team we need to be ready for whatever is thrown at us. We are expecting another strong showing from current world champions Argentina and also hosts USA who have 7 returning from their last campaign.” Makea says.
The Softball New Zealand President Lyn Lockhart proudly announces the Temperzone New Zealand Junior Black Sox Team.
Daniel CHAPMAN, Joseph KOHLHASE, Jarome McKENZIE, Jordan TAHANA, Harrison VALK, (Auckland), Callum BISHOP, Bailey HAMILTON, Reilly MAKEA, Jackson WATT (Canterbury), Adam WOON, Jacob ZURCHER (Hawkes Bay), Kaleb RONA (North Harbour), Zachary BOYD, Alex LUNDON, Samuel MARLEY, Dante MATAKATEA, Jayden STRATFORD (Wellington).
Non-travelling reserves: Callum Lewis-Carson (Hawkes Bay) and Jack Nehoff-Bates (Canterbury).
Black Sox short stop Cole Evans was unavailable for selection due to personal commitments.
The full Temperzone New Zealand Junior Black Sox World Championship Itinerary is:
- Dean Schick Tournament, 26-28 Feb, North Harbour.
- Southern Cross Challenge, Easter weekend in Christchurch.
- Final Training Camp, Waiouru 20-22 May 16.
- World Championship build up tour, Depart NZ 09 July to Ashland, Ohio.
- WBSC-SD 19 Men’s World Championships, 22-30 July.
JUNIOR BLACK SOX TEAM NAMED FOR THE NORTH ISLAND CLASSIC
23 Oct, 2015
The Temperzone Junior Black Sox team has been named for the North Island Classic softball tournament, which will be held in Hastings over the weekend 04-06 December.
This tournament provides a platform for world championship hopefuls to impress Junior Black Sox coaches and management. The team will be made up of members from the wider training group, as well as other athletes of interest.
Management are hoping to have as many squad members as possible at the tournament, either with their respective clubs or as pick-up players. "We want to give these players as much opportunity as possible to enable them to be considered for selection", says assistant coach Jarrad Martin.
The final team for the world championship will be named following the age grade nationals and the annual Vic Guth tournament.
The Junior Men's World Softball Championship will be held in July of next year in Midland, Michigan, USA.
The Temperzone Junior Black Sox team for the North Island Classic:
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS FOR TEMPERZONE JUNIOR BLACK SOX
8 Sept, 2015
The Temperzone Junior Black Sox concluded their European Super Cup campaign in Prague, Czech Republic, placing 11th out of 23 teams from nine countries.
The Kiwis impressed many with their high and mature level of play. They performed well through the round robin and even claimed an upset win over Argentina’s ace pitcher, Juan Potolicchio.
New Zealand’s three wins in the round robin was enough to see the team qualify for the Super Cup bracket. The team then suffered two consecutive losses and ended their tournament with an 11th place finish.
The Junior Black Sox looked skilled on the bases throughout the tournament, recording the most stolen bases in a single game (5 against Radotinsky). Although it was apparent there is still much left for the team to work on ahead of the 2016 ISF Junior Men’s World Championships in Midland, Michigan, USA.
Coaches, Thomas Makea and Jarrad Martin, will soon name the team to play in Ramblers’ U23 tournament later this month. “It will allow us to give other players, who didn’t travel to Prague, the opportunity to put their hand up for selection”, said Martin.
The final team for the 2016 world championship will be named at the completion of the U19 National tournament in January.
TEMPERZONE JUNIOR BLACK SOX TOUR UPDATE
26 Aug, 2015
The Temperzone Junior Black Sox had a shaky build-up prior to featuring in the European Men's Super-Cup in Prague, Czech Republic this week.
The side played two warm-up games against the Czech Republic U23 team, who beat the Kiwis in both and left the New Zealand coaches seeking improvements. The New Zealand management noted that there were some small mental errors that cost them, but that these were to be expected after travelling for many hours.
A third match was secured against a local men's team. It was an "entertaining match", with coaches, Jarrad Martin and Thomas Makea, "using all of their tricks". The Kiwis took the game 15-10 as a result of impressive base running and solid hitting. Callum Bishop and Bailey Hamilton had good outings, both with automatic home runs.
The European Men's Super-Cup began on Monday, with the Junior Black Sox playing two games. They beat Pioneers (Netherlands) 9-1, but fell to Radotin (Czech Republic) 5-6 in closely fought match.
Earlier today the Kiwis faced JA Team Enjoy from Italy and claimed a 4-2 win. Bailey Hamilton leads the team hitting with 4 hits to his name. Pitcher, Joshua Merritt, had a total of 15 strikeouts in 7 innings pitched.
New Zealand has two games tomorrow against teams from Denmark and France at 12.15pm and 4.45pm local time.
JUNIOR BLACK SOX DEPART FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
19 Aug, 2015
The Temperzone New Zealand Junior Black Sox depart for Prague, Czech Republic later today. The team will compete in the 2015 European Men's Super Cup from 24-29 of August.
The tournament will provide some critical international experience for the young athletes ahead of the 2016 ISF Junior Men's Championship to be held in Midland, Michigan, USA.
There will be plenty of tough competition featuring in Prague, including Black Sox Brad Rona playing for the Stenlose Bulls, Canada's Kyle Linton, and some big Argentinian names. Assistant coach and Black Sox legend, Jarrad Martin, believes this tournament will be tough for the team, but a necessary learning experience. "There will be lots of international players that have recently been playing in the ISF world champs and the ISC’s, but it will be good character building for the boys", says Martin. "This will provide us the opportunity to find our leaders and leadership groups within the team. We want to give these players as much opportunity as possible to enable them to be considered for selection."
On return to New Zealand, the coaches will also select a team for the U23 tournament to be played at Ramblers Softball Club, Auckland in late September this year. Martin mentioned that the coaches want to include players who did not have the opportunity to travel to Europe.
The final team for the 2016 world championship will be named at the completion of the U19 National tournament in January.
The final three days of the Super Cup will be broadcasted for free via the official website, http://escm2015.eu.
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EUROPEAN SUPER CUP MEN
For the tournament draw and information, click on the images below.
TEMPERZONE NZ JUNIOR BLACK SOX NAMED- 2015 EUROPEAN MEN'S SUPER-CUP
6 March, 2015
Through recent discussions with the European Softball Federation, SNZ is pleased to announce the Temperzone NZ Junior Black Sox will compete in the 2015 European Men’s Super-Cup, August 24-29, in Prague, Czech Republic. The opportunity provides another exciting pathway to develop talented players on the international stage and help prepare the team towards the World Championships in Midland, Michigan, USA, 2016.
Congratulations to the following 18 players who have been selected by JBS management to attend the Men’s Super-Cup.
Seth BOURGEOIS (Auckland)
Bailey HAMILTON (Canterbury)
Joshua MERRITT (Wellington)
Phillip MANNING (North Harbour)
Jarome McKENZIE (Auckland)
Joseph KOHLHASE (Auckland)
Murphy ALBRIGHT (Hutt Valley)
Mardi McBRIDE (Nelson)
Callum LEWIS-CARSON (Hawkes Bay
Jayden STRATFORD (Wellington)
Jason TANIRAU (Hutt Valley)
Dante Matakatea (Wellington)
Reilly Makea (Wellington)
Jackson Watt (Canterbury
Alex LUNDON (Wellington)
Callum BISHOP (Canterbury)
Marshall LAYT-MAYNARD (Auckland)
Kaleb RONA (North Harbour)
Non travelling reserves
Brodie BOYCE (Counties)
Sean MULHOLLAND (Wellington)
SNZ is also pleased to announce that Bevan Martin (Battery Coach) and Alf Robson (Assistant Manager) have been appointed as part of the Temperzone NZ Junior Black Sox Management team to attend the ISF World Junior Men’s Championships to be held in Midland, Michigan, USA 2016.
JUNIOR BLACK SOX WIDER SQUAD NAMED
4 March, 2015
A 36 man squad has been identified as part of a wider training group for the 2016 Junior Men's World Championship in Midland, Michigan, USA. The Temperzone Junior Black Sox Management team have named the group in advance of two significant international tournaments this off season. In an unprecedented event, a JBS team will head to Europe to compete in the 2015 European Men’s Super-Cup, August 24-29, in Prague, Czech Republic. The New Zealand Development Team will head to the Friendship Games, 27 June - 4 July, in Blacktown, Australia.
|Murphy ALBRIGHT (Wellington)
||Joshua KELLY (Nelson)
||Samuel MARLEY (Wellington)
|Brock ATTEWELL (North Harbour)
||Joseph KOHLHASE (Auckland)
||Joshua MERRITT (Wellington)
|Callum BISHOP (Canterbury)
||Zacquary KNIGHT (Auckland)
||Sean MULHOLLAND (Wellington)
|Seth BOURGEOIS (Auckland)
||Marshall LAYT-MAYNARD (Auckland)
||Gavin PEATTIE (Nelson)
|Brodie BOYCE (Counties)
||Callum LEWIS-CARSON (Hawkes Bay)
||Riley POWER (Nelson
|Zachary BOYD (Wellington)
||Alex LUNDON (Wellington)
||Kaleb RONA (North Harbour)
|Dallas BROWN (Hawkes Bay)
||Bailey MACDONALD (Wellington)
||Jayden STRATFORD (Wellington)
|Danny BROWN (Hutt Valley)
||Mardi McBRIDE (Nelson)
||Jordan TAHANA (Auckland)
|Kalin-Lee FELISE (Auckland)
||Hemi McCARTHY (North Harbour)
||Joseph TANGULU (Auckland
|Conor FLANAGAN (North Harbour)
||Jerome McKENZIE (Auckland)
||Jason TANIRAU (Hutt Valley)
|Joshua GRANT (Nelson)
||Reily MAKEA (Wellington)
||Adam WOON (Hawkes Bay)
|Bailey HAMILTON (Canterbury)
||Phillip MANNING (North Harbour)
||Jacob ZURCHER (Hawkes Bay)
JUNIOR BLACK SOX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP- 2014
World Championship Tour Updates
World Championship Game Times - NZ Date & Time
- vs Australia - 12 July @ 10am (TJBS won 5-1)
- vs USA - 13 July @ 8:30am (TJBS won 4-1)
- vs Denmark - 14 July @ 12:00pm (TJBS won 18-0)
- vs Canada - 15 July @ 2:30pm (TJBS won 12-6)
- vs Japan - 16 July @ 7:00am (TJBS won 2-1)
- vs Argentina - 16 July @ 12:00pm (TJBS lost 6-0)
- vs Czech Republic - 17 July @ 11:00am (TJBS won 6-2)
- vs Singapore - 18 July @ 11:00am (TJBS won 6-2)
NOTE: The above dates and times are NZ dates and times, will differ to Canada World Champ Dates & Times
- vs Mexico - 19 July @ 11:00am
- 20 July - Playoffs Commence
- Temperzone JBS in Kelowna - 3 July
- Pre game interview, click here to listen
- Interview with Thomas Makea, click here to listen
- Temperzone New Zealand Junior National Men's Fastball Team Vs Kelowna Major Men's Fastball All – Stars, King Stadium Kelowna. Pre Game chat with Gordon Hynes, an excellent interview. Click her to listen
- World Championship Game Schedule released for U19 Junior Men's Softball World Championship... click here
MAKEA NAMES JUNIOR BLACK SOX SQUAD
You can take the boy out of Hawke’s Bay, but you can’t take the Bay out of Black Sox legend Thomas Makea.
The now-retired softball legend will be back in the region where he spent much of his career next month and he’ll be bringing his Junior Black Sox squad, preparing for next year’s ISF World Championship in Canada.
The U19 men will contest the prestigious Just Softball North Island Classic at Hastings from December 6-8, an important opportunity for players to impress Makea and a coaching staff that includes fellow Black Sox great Jarrad Martin.
“We’re still looking at our players,” says Makea. “We’ve put them through tests and seen what they are like as young men.
“Now, this is an opportunity for us to see what sort of skills they have against very good competition and good teams.
“We’ve named a team for this event, but there are also guys in the wider training squad playing for their club teams, so this is a chance to see about 30 players in action. It will be their second-to-last shot to show us what they can do in a tournament environment.”
Makea has named 17 players for the event, which will draw many of the country’s best club teams from around the North Island. As well as the tournament schedule, though, he also hopes to stage an intra-squad game among his squad members.
Their last chance to impress will come at the national U19 championships at Hutt Valley in January, with the world championship roster to be announced afterwards.
While Makea typically plays down the significance of his return to the Bay in his new role, tournament organiser Craig Waterhouse is overjoyed to have attracted such distinguished company.
“We still think of Thomas as a local boy,” says Waterhouse, who had also hoped to host the Australian juniors and a test series between the trans-Tasman rivals.
“Having him and his team here will be a big boost for the tournament and a big boost for the area.”
The Junior Black Sox squad for the North Island Softball Classic is:
Reuben Paraha (Auckland), Blake Radford (North Harbour), Eruera Drage (North Harbour), Connor Peden (North Harbour), Jacob Oxley (Auckland), Luke Bowers (Nelson), Cole Evans (Auckland), Taylor Nau (Auckland), Toa Tauranga (Waikato), Callum Bishop (Canterbury), Maddix Rice (Auckland), Bradley Bennett (Auckland), Bailey Hamilton (Canterbury), Jackson Watt (Canterbury), Sean Sorenson (Auckland), Hoani Iva-Keen (Otago), Billy Neehof-Bates (Canterbury)
ISF IX JUNIOR MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS- 2012