DSX Boys

The New Zealand Boys Development Sox Management Team wish to thank the following sponsors who have generously supported the boys in their inaugural year to attend the Queensland State U17 Softball Championship and ask the community to support these businesses where possible.

22 Feb, 2017

Congratulations to the following players who have been selected into the 2017 Developing Sox U15 Boys Squad.

The squad will be involved in a 4 day camp from 24-27 April 2017 and then another camp over the term holidays in September/October 2017. This will lead into an Emerging Sox tour which will occur in 2018.


  • This squad was selected by Developing Sox U15 Head Coach Stephen Ratu and Assistant Coach Wayne Nichols.
  • Detailed information on the Developing Sox U15 Boys Program will be released direct to the athletes over the coming week.

New Zealand Developing Sox U15 Boys Squad 2017
Jeen Salton - Nelson
Mackay Springer - Nelson
Cooper Grant - Nelson
Blake Hardy - Canterbury
Haruya Fuchigami - Canterbury
Lopeti Sumner - Canterbury
Caleb Parsons - Canterbury
Nikora Wikiriwhi - Canterbury
James Codyre - Canterbury
Harrison Bruhns-Croy - Canterbury
Callum Rowley - Otago
Mitchell Tweedie - Southland
Karl Gollan – Wellington
Dylan Jackson – Wellington
Jake Tibbitts – Wellington
Emmerson Kavakura – Wellington
Jesse Hohepa-O’Keefe – Tairawhiti
Rakai Henare – Hawkes Bay
Kahurangi Beamsley-Allan – Hawkes Bay
Jonathan Little – Hutt Valley
Caleb Taylor – Hutt Valley
Mana Baldwin – Hutt Valley
Dallas Clifton – Hutt Valley
Harrison Wildbore – Counties Manukau
Dylan Tauri – Auckland
Ryan Earley – Auckland
Oscar Clark – Auckland
Yorel Alapaki – Auckland
Carlos Amai-Tatu – Auckland
Josh Leef – Auckland
Jack Olsen – Auckland
Maxten Sampson – Auckland
Lennox Jones – North Harbour


18 Sep, 2016

Final day - State Championships
Played Logan at 8am, so the boys were up at 6am for breakie in preparation for the long day ahead, and it proved to be a long day.

We lost to Logan who came out firing from the 1st inning and never let up, running out convincing winners. This meant we had to play the elimination final at 10am against Caboolture. Just like our first game against them it took a while for our bats to get going against their pitcher who was subsequently named in the Queensland U17 side. It took until the 4th inning before the boys rallied, finally running out winners 4-0. That gave us another shot at Logan in the final. What a great game for the 300 spectators to watch, congratulations to Logan who prevailed again with a hard fought 3-1 result to win the championship and have 7 of their squad named in the Queensland U17 side.

Our Boys were not eligible for an official result meaning Logan were #1 followed by Carboolture in second. Mackay Softball association arranged for our boys to get commemorative medals which were officially awarded to players and management during prize giving.

All players and management throughout the week had endeavored to leave a positive mark on Mackay and with a standing ovation from every team, clapping ever member through as they received medals, I believe we did that.

Thank you all so much for your support and wishes.
SOFTBALL - You gotta love this game

Day 2 - State Championships

Tomorrow we play Logan again at 8am to see who goes directly through to the grand final and if we are unsuccessful in that challenge we will play a sudden death semi final at 10am. If we win the sudden death semi we would then face Logan again in the Championship Final at 2.30pm.

Good start today winning our 1st game 12-2 to gain a double life going into the finals.

Top qualifiers play off
We played the top placed side in the other pool (Logan). Logan have the Aussie U17 battery and after not playing a pitcher with this pace the boys took a while to adjust never really getting into their stride and going down 3-0. After loosing to Logan we now must play at 3pm to keep our double lives going into tomorrow. Win at 3pm today (Saturday) and we will play Logan again tomorrow for direct entry into the final.

Final game of today was against Redcliff which the boys won 5-1 to go through to the preliminary final tomorrow (Monday) with 2 lives.

Boys started really slow and were 1-0 down going into the bottom of the 4th where they scored 3 runs from a bomb over the 8 foot left field fence by Yorel. 2 more runs in the 5th rounded out the game.

Just to let you know a bit about the weather conditions, it's very hot and humid here in Mackay and the boys struggle with the heat between 11am and 3pm when it's at the hottest (28c to 32c at the ground), drinking lots of water (72 X 600ml per game) 216 bottles a day, is keeping them all hydrated and tea towels soaked in ice water keeps the heat stroke away. Just another learning curve for them that will help them in future tournaments.

Day 1 - State Championships

Day one of the Queensland U17 State Softball Championships and the NZ U15 Developing Sox are 3 wins from 3.

Game 1 - 6-4 verse Caboolture
Christian Farrow's bomb over the 8 foot left field fence was huge. The boys lead from start to finish and were always in control, a great 1st game to get rid of the nerves.

Game 2 - 13-1 verse Redcliff
Boys took a further step up in their hitting to run away early, winning by mercy in the 4th inning.

Game 3 - 11-3 verse Gladstone
The boys continued to build game by game and took control of this game early, mercy rule invoked in the 5th inning.
Great day 1 and if the boys win tommorrow's game at 8am they will win their pool and play against the other pools top qualifier to gain direct entry into the major Semi final. Loose that and they will have a second chance via the minor semi final play off's.

Day 3

Two great warm up games today. Game one against the Mackay U19 selection, another great opportunity for the Coaches to rotate players and experiment with combinations. Final result was another convincing win 8-3.

Game 2. This was a significant step up in the caliber of opposition playing the Mackay Open Mens team (featuring 5 Queensland State Open Mens representatives).
The team played extremely well, falling behind early and battling back only to finish a close 3 runs behind (final score 3-6).
The pleasing part to the warm up games is how fast the team has gelled together and that the coaches have been able to run various combinations including pitching all 6 pitchers and running all four catchers. 
Today marks the end of what has been a great buildup to the Queensland U17 State Championships which commence this Saturday.
Rest day Friday to give the team a break from the fierce heat and humidity. 

Day 2
Hot start to the day with the temp at 7am in the mid twenties. 
First training at Beaconsfield softball ground 10am. Great facility with 4 diamonds backing onto each other, all grass with skin running tracks. 27c by now and up to 30c by the time training was completed so good for the boys to adjust to the heat and humidity.

First warm-up game tonight against the Mackay Angels U19 selection. Tight for the first couple of innings before the boys found their bats and started to exhort some pressure going out to an 8-1 score line at the bottom of the 3rd and finishing strongly winning high teens to 3 in 7 innings.

Coaches very pleased with the team cohesion after such a short time back together.

All 14 players got a run tonight with all contributing in some way.

2 warm up games tomorrow at 6 & 8pm against U19 selection again and the Angles Senior men's team.

Day 1
Travelled to Mackay via Brisbane.

Long day with an airport layover in Brisbane arriving and settling into our accommodation at 10.30pm AU time (12.30 NZ)
Team Management



14 Sep, 2016

The New Zealand Under 15 Boys Developing Sox team have arrived in Mackay, Australia in anticipation for the Under 17 Queensland State Softball Championships. The three day tournament will commence this Saturday and include 10 teams from within the Queensland State.
Head Coach Dennis Clueard believes this is a fantastic opportunity for the boys and one that will serve them well helping to deepen the playing pool for future Sox teams. “Our goal is to identify young talent and prepare these boys for future honours. Team goals and a positive culture have already been developed and all going to plan these will come to fruition over the weekend” says Clueard.
The tour is the second and final stage of the team’s 2016 programme having been involved in a five day camp in Hamilton earlier this year. The Hamilton exercise achieved a number of development goals finishing with games against a combined 15/17 age group Waikato team and two games against the Aussie Sparks touring side.
The New Zealand Under 15 Boys Developing Sox team to compete at the Under 17 Queensland State Championships.
Dylan Tonkin, Trent Fa’aofo, Yorel Alapaki, Keani Williams, Max Earley, Brock Evans (Auckland) Dylan Jackson, Braydan Hampton, Joshua Cheung (Wellington), Sage Shaw-Tait (Hutt Valley), Jontae Macdonald, Christian Farrow (Marlborough), Tyler Mounty, Caleb Stewart (Canterbury).
Dennis Clueard – Coach, Andrew Wilkinson – Manager (Wellington) and Stephen Ratu – Coach (Canterbury).
To follow the tournament results click here



6 July, 2016
Support the Developing Sox as they compete in the Queensland State Championships, 16-20 September - Sydney, Australia

28 June, 2016

NZ Boys Development Sox, coaches and management recently converged on Hamilton for the inaugural NZS Boys which has been designed to identify young talent and develop them into high performance athletes.
Stage 1 of the development program was a 5 day camp in Hamilton including a 4 game mini tournament (including the final) against two Aussie Sparks touring sides and a combined 15/17 age group Waikato team.
Focus for this part of the program was to establish or commence process in the following areas.
  • Turning 15 individual athletes into a high performance sports team
  • Outline the 4 key focus areas of the programme
  • Introduction to Drug Free Sport
  • Develop individual and collective goals under a SMART framework
  • Establish team Pillars
  • Encourage and develop a positive team culture

The Team embraced the work required to achieve the camp focus points and with hard work and determination managed to exceed expectations.
Team Pillars, goals and positive culture were established early which set the standard of commitment allowing the group to focus on the 8 dimensions of high performance development.

  • Purpose, Identity and Shared Objectives
  • Mutual Trust and Respect
  • Role Clarity and Acceptance
  • Commitment and Support
  • Directed Action
  • Continued Excellence
  • Vitality and Resiliency
  • Collective Potency

This was no “holiday camp” there was plenty of hard work required in the class room and on the diamond which was fully embraced by each and every team member.

  • Completed individual player fitness assessment – YOYO Intermittent Recovery Test.
  • Attended an introduction to Drug Free sport Seminar
  • Learnt the history/origins and actions of the Haka – Ka Mate
  • Training – offensive, defensive and strategy (on the diamond and in the classroom).

With every camp there are always memorable moments and this camp was no exception.

  • The team were formally presented with their New Zealand team uniform by coaches Dennis Clueard and Stephen Ratu after an empowering speech about the “Mana and history” that comes with the privilege of donning the NZ Sox uniform from ex Black Sox Craig Wallace.
  • Each Haka. The boys did the Haka with pride and passion on every occasion (including practise) and I’m sure those supporters that were privileged to witness one would contest to them being “memorable”.

Mini Tournament

An opportunity for the coaching staff to create pressure within our own environment and to see how players individually and collectively responded, mix players in and out of preferred positions and for the players to become comfortable in a New Zealand jersey.

The management team didn’t go into these games with a sole focus on the result (winning). In fact, this was last on the list. They used the opportunity to see what “we” have, and more importantly to identify areas we could improve on in the build-up to Australia. From this perspective a lot was learnt with individual and regional training plans now implemented to target areas where improvement is required. Potentially to those looking on from the outside  some “interesting” things during the games were done, but again - more focused was put on isolated situations to see what players could achieve, irrespective of game situations and game outcomes.


  • NZ (6) – Waikato Combined (1)
  • NZ (15) – Aussie Sparks (0)
  • NZ (6) – Aussie Sparks (6)
  • NZ (7) – Aussie Sparks (0) FINAL

15 Feb, 2016

Softball New Zealand would also like to congratulate and announce Andrew Wilkinson as the Manager of the Developing Sox Boys team which will compete in a series against the Aussie Sparks in Hamilton, 23-24th April and then in the Queensland State Championships in McKay later this year.


21 Jan, 2016

The following players have been named by New Zealand Developing Sox Head Coach Dennis Clueard and Assistant Coach Stephen Ratu to compete against the touring Aussie Sparks in Hamilton over 23rd and 24th of April. The team will also contest the Under 17 Queensland State Championships in MacKay this September.
The Softball New Zealand President Lyn Lockhart proudly announces the New Zealand Developing Sox Boys team.

1.Dylan Tonkin – Auckland
2.Trent Fa’aofo – Auckland
3.Yorel Alapaki – Auckland
4.Keani Williams – Auckland
5.Max Earley – Auckland
6.Brock Evans – Auckland
7.Dylan Jackson – Wellington
8.Liam Bassick – Wellington
9.Braydan Hampton – Wellington
10.Joshua Cheung – Wellington
11.Sage Shaw-Tait – Hutt Valley
12.Jontae Macdonald – Marlborough
13.Christian Farrow – Marlborough
14.Tyler Mounty – Canterbury
15.Caleb Stewart - Canterbury
16.Josh Brown – Canterbury
17.Te Korewha Reihana - Tairawhiti
Congratulations to all those selected and the very best for your upcoming events.

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