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Developing Sox Head Coach Anthea Stringer has named two teams to travel to the U16 and U18 Queensland State Championships later this year.

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A Development team has been named to compete in the U16 Queensland Champs in September with a New Zealand team returning later in the month to compete in the U18 tournament.

The tours will help lead the DSX programme towards the WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup announced by the global body earlier last month.
The first edition of the World Cup will be played in Tokyo in October 2023 featuring 12 countries. The tournament will be played at the Komazawa Olympic Park Sports Complex, a legacy of the Tokyo 1964 Olympics.

Stringer say’s “We are excited to get the opportunity to tour with so many young talented girls as they work hard to take their game to the next level.”

“The squad have now completed regional camps, an 8 week mental preparation course, nutrition tuition, training programmes and a full squad camp.”

“We had a hard job and wish we could take everyone, but we have no doubt those not selected will continue to grow and excel as we see a lot of potential in all of them.”

“The hard work starts now for all squad members.”

New Zealand Developing Sox U15 Girls Team (U18 Queensland State Championship)
Abigail Church (North Harbour), Skylah-Breeze Joyce (Auckland), Savannah-Lee Farrar, Oliana-Pearl Hesp , Payton Hiraka, Penny Starr (Counties), Keely Bailey-Ball (Waikato), Maggie Shields, Trinity Tauaneai, Meagan Stokes, Aayla Toman (Hutt Valley), Shyla de Lautour, Maddison Parsons, Caitlin Henderson, Sydelle Sipiki-Samuelu (Canterbury)

Developing Sox U15 Girls Team (U16 Queensland State Championship)
Jaimee Hoani (North Harbour), Ava Prescott (Auckland), Janaiya Nathan-Kaihau, Tomairangi Waitere-Grace (Counties), Mikaera Rountree (Hawkes Bay), Jayda Walters-Rangitihi, Angela Harrison, Bella Coxson, Kim-Marie Aurupa-Rakanui, Matangihau Nuku (Hutt Valley), Siobhán Bolger (Wellington), Katerina Sumner, Jaiya Barnes (Canterbury), Nikiah Rouse (Southland).