JWSX Player Profiles

JWSX
NEW ZEALAND JUNIOR WHITE SOX TEAM - 2019
 
Nikita Hiroki
 
Nikita (002) Place of birth:  Wellington
Club: Miramar
Position:  Pitcher
Secondary Position: First Base  
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Favourite softball ground: Blacktown, Sydney
Most memorable softball moment: Making NZ
Favourite meal: Pork Belly
Favourite holiday destination:  Spain
What do you do in your sparetime: Sleep

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Bob Marley, 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, Dolly Parton
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: To go away as first string pitcher and play as many games as I can
 
 Pearl-Marli Waetford
 
Pearl (002) Place of birth: Auckland
Club: Papatoetoe Softball
Position: Outfielder
Secondary Position:  Pitcher
Bats/Throws:  Right/Right
Favourite softball ground: Haitaitai Park, Wellington
Most memorable softball moment: Winning MVP for U17's Nationals in 2015
Favourite meal: All Berry Smoothie with Zambrero Tacos
Favourite holiday destination: Cook Islands
What do you do in your sparetime:  Listen to music, draw or paint and socialize with my friends (outdoor adventures)
Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Will Smith, Chris Pratt, Kevin Hart, Serena Williams
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup:  My objective is to gain more experience within the game by watching and learning from worldwide players.  To also grow my self confidence with batting and fielding.
 
Beyoncé Rehutai
 
Beyonce (002) Place of birth:  Wellington
Club: Poneke Kilbernie
Position: Short Stop
Secondary Position: Second Base  
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Favourite softball ground: Porirua Park
Most memorable softball moment: Being named in the 2018 Juniors team to travel to Canada
Favourite meal: Nachos
Favourite holiday destination:  Rarotonga
What do you do in your sparetime: Homework or hanging with friends and family

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Julio Macias, Drake, Biggie Smalls, Bianca Bell
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: I want to give back to Softball what it has given to me ie, world travel and exposure. I wish to gain a lot of new skills from the tournament that I am able to use and bring back to Wellington. Gain a lot of experience.
 
Taylor Chongnee
 
Taylor-Chongnee (003) Place of birth:  New Zealand
Club: Otahuhu
Position:  First Base
Secondary Position: Third Base  
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Favourite softball ground: Otahuhu Softball Club
Most memorable softball moment: 2019 U23's final being 1 down in the bottom of the 7th then winning
Favourite meal: Chop Suey and Rice
Favourite holiday destination:  Hawaii
What do you do in your sparetime: Work and School

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Jacinda, Dallas, Bailey, Otila
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: Our team making top four
 
Layla Bailey-McDowell
 
Layla (002) Place of birth: 
Club: Kaiapoi
Position:  Catcher
Secondary Position: First Base, Third Base
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Favourite softball ground: Softball City, Canada
Most memorable softball moment: Making the Junior World Series team to travel to California
Favourite meal: Roast Pork with veggies
Favourite holiday destination:  Greece
What do you do in your sparetime: Currently at my last year of high school so studying, I love to listen to music and spend time with my family and friends

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Drake, Aaron Judge, Barack Obama, Beyonce
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: I hope to gain more softball experience by playing some of the most talented young players, as well as playing to my highest level to make myself and my family back home and NZ proud
Brooklyn Temu
 
Brooklyn (002) Place of birth:  New Zealand
Club: Bears
Position:  Third
Secondary Position: Short Stop  
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Favourite softball ground: Starling Park
Most memorable softball moment: U23
Favourite meal:  Eggs Benedict
Favourite holiday destination:  Rarotonga
What do you do in your sparetime: Sleep

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Kimi, Bailey, Kevin Hart
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: Top 5 at Worlds
Beth Reid
 
Beth-Reid (002) Place of birth:  New Zealand
Club: Otahuhu
Position:  Outfield
Secondary Position:   
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Favourite softball ground:  Starling Park
Most memorable softball moment: Winning the U23 National Championship
Favourite meal: Pork Belly
Favourite holiday destination:  Hawaii
What do you do in your sparetime: Train, Study,Train

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Kevin Hart, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, The Rock
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: To show the world some beast Kiwi softball and to also come top 3
Te Hau Landon-Lane
 
Tehau (002) Place of birth:  Waikato
Club: Saints
Position:  Outfield 9
Secondary Position: Outfiled 8 
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Favourite softball ground: Fraser Park #1
Most memorable softball moment: Making Junior Whitesox
Favourite meal: Spaghetti Bolognaise
Favourite holiday destination:  Home - Wellington
What do you do in your sparetime: Hangout with friends, listen to music

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Valerie Adams, Richie McCaw, Jacinda Adern
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: To go away as first string pitcher and play as many games as I can
Reegan Leppien
 
Reegan (002) Place of birth:  Napier
Club: Patriots
Position:  Pitcher
Secondary Position: Utility
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Favourite softball ground:  Resthills Park, Hamilton
Most memorable softball moment: Hitting my first ever grand slam
Favourite meal: Japanese Food
Favourite holiday destination:  Japan
What do you do in your sparetime: Watch You Tube videos

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Kevin Hart, Gabriel Iglesias, The Rock and Jack Black
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: I hope to learn and gain as much experience as I can because it's not often that I get to face some of the best teams in the world. Also  hope to pitch to the best of my ability to help out my teammates       






 
Milla Glassie

Milla (002)

Place of birth: Auckland
Club: Auckland Marist
Position: Catcher
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Favourite softball ground: Waverley Softball Park, Melbourne
Most memorable softball moment: Being able to play alongside my twin sister in the JWSX this season
Favourite meal: Pad Thai
Favourite holiday destination: Aitutaki
What do you do in your sparetime:  Spend time with my friends and anything creative
Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: Taking the game play by play and not dwelling on errors or mistakes as this creates a snowball effect not just for myself but the rest of the team. I want to be able to come back from the tournament and say that I did everything I could by being a leader as a catcher and also putting my body on the line for the team. 

Mikayla Lewin

Mikayla (002)

Place of birth:  Hutt Valley
Club: HV Dodgers
Position:  Outfield
Secondary Position:   
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Favourite softball ground: Blacktown Olympic Stadium, Sydney
Most memorable softball moment: Winning NFC, my last tourney with HV for a while
Favourite meal: Lasagne
Favourite holiday destination:  Hawaii
What do you do in your sparetime: 

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Rihanna, kehlani, Cleesh, Cardi B
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: 

Brooke Glassie

Brooke (002)

Place of birth:  Auckland
Club: Auckland
Position:  Pitcher
Secondary Position: First Base 
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Favourite softball ground: Rosedale
Most memorable softball moment: Winning NFC with Hutt Valley 
Favourite meal: Burgers
Favourite holiday destination:  Rarotonga
What do you do in your sparetime: Read a book or listen to music

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Cardi B, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Stan Walker
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: My philosophy for playing the game is put everything on the diamond, at the 2019 Junior World Cup I hope to become a more mature player than I am now, I want to be able to further my pitching knowledge as well.

Brittany Terrey

 

Place of birth:  Christchuch, New Zealand
Club: Indian Hills Community College
Position:  Pitcher
Secondary Position: 
Bats/Throws: 
Favourite softball ground: Softball City, Surrey Canada
Most memorable softball moment: Opportunity to go to college in the US
Favourite meal: Thai food
Favourite holiday destination:  Nelson
What do you do in your sparetime: Hang out with my friends and keep active

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Channing Tatum, Miley Cyrus
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: To just take one pitch at a time, play my own game and be the best athlete and teammate that I can. With these it will have a positive impact on our successes to win at the world cup. I feel this team can go far we just have to stick together and work hard!

Aroha  Hibbert

Aroha (002)

Place of birth:  Czech Republic
Club: 
Position:  Centre
Secondary Position: Short Stop
Bats/Throws: 
Favourite softball ground: Where we played in Canada
Most memorable softball moment: 
Favourite meal: Sushi
Favourite holiday destination:  Czech
What do you do in your sparetime: Spare time is taken up by work literally

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Lauren Hill, Prince, Jason Momoa, Jayden Smith
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: Personally I hope to accomplish my own goals stay maintained and in the game but I hope to go far with my team and play together whether win or lose to feel like we did our best but can keep improving. No set backs only moving forward.

Kelley Renner
Kelley-Renner

Place of birth:  Palo Alto, California, USA
Club: University of California San Diego
Position: Centerfield/Outfield
Secondary Position: Second Base 
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Favourite softball ground: Bill Barber Stadium, Irvine, California, USA
Most memorable softball moment: The second NZ White Sox Haka against Chinese - Taipei in Game One of the 2018 WBSC Womens World Softball Championships in Chiba, Japan
Favourite meal: Mexican food with added Guacamole of course!
Favourite holiday destination:  New Zealand
What do you do in your sparetime: Draw/Sketch

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Steve Irwin, Hayley McCleney, Usain Bolt, Carrie Underwood
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: Every single play counts, play with passion, have fun.
Grow as a player and a person in leadership, skill, and experience.  My last year playing with Junior White Sox. Want to leave my own legacy, pave the way for future players on the team, and build a healthy team culture that will last.  Help New Zealand climb back up the global rankings.

 

Caitlyn Lewin
Caitlyn

Place of birth:  Lower Hutt
Club: Te Aroha
Position:  Mid-infield
Secondary Position: 1st base, outfield   
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Favourite softball ground: Softball City, British Columbia
Most memorable softball moment: Winning back to back NFC titles (18-19)
Favourite meal: KFC
Favourite holiday destination:  Bahamas
What do you do in your sparetime: Eat and Sleep

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Chris Brown, Kat Williams, Ellen, Colonel Sanders
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup: Pretty much just go hard or go home aye. At worlds this year I just want to play some good competitive ball against some of the worlds best junior teams and to improve on the placing from the last World Series. Top 10 is a goal I hope to achieve.
 

Pallas Potter
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Shyah Hale

Shayah-Hale (002)

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Maarire Puketapu

Maaire-Puketapu (002)

Place of birth:  Lower Hutt
Club: Te Aroha
Position:  Outfield
Secondary Position:  Second Base 
Bats/Throws:  Right/Right
Favourite softball ground: Softball City, Canada
Most memorable softball moment: Winning Under 18s in Hamilton
Favourite meal: Sushi
Favourite holiday destination:  New Caledonia
What do you do in your spare time:  Socialise with friends

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Sierra Romero, J Cole, Chris Brown, Kevin Hart
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup:  

Kimihia Tangianau
 
Kimihia-Tangianau (002) Place of birth:  
Club: Te Aroha
Position:  Catcher
Secondary Position:  Outfield
Bats/Throws:  Right/Right
Favourite softball ground: Waiwhetu and Fraser Park
Most memorable softball moment: Winning the first under 18 national tournament
Favourite meal: Sushi
Favourite holiday destination:  Going to Canada and LA and Tahiti
What do you do in your spare time:  I like to relax with the family and go out

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Quincy Brown, Michael B.Jordan, Holyboydom.Tupou, Dinah Jane
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup:   My goals for Juniors is to achieve a hitting average of 300, making no errors on the field, be a team player and have fun. I play softball its the feeling going out before I compete, how I get to travel around the country and play the game, I love how my coaches push me to become a better player, being in the dug out cheering on my team and the pressure that makes me work and my team work harder on and off the diamond the lessons all friendship I have. Learning and growing through the experience to gain as much as I can to from international ball to make me a better player.

Lace Tangianau

Lace-Tangianau (003) Place of birth:  Lower Hutt
Club: Saints
Position:  Third Base
Secondary Position:  Second Base 
Bats/Throws:  Right/Right
Favourite softball ground: Blacktown International Sportspark
Most memorable softball moment: Winning the U18's nationals softball tournament in 2018/2019
Favourite meal: Fettuccine
Favourite holiday destination:  Rarotonga
What do you do in your spare time:  Hang out with friends and family

Four famous people who you would invite to dinner: Sierra Romero, Beyonce, Post Malone and The Ace family
Tell us what you hope to accomplish at the 2019 Junior World Cup:  My philosophy for playing the game of softball is to be the best player that I can be and leave everything out on the diamond. At the 2019 Junior world cup I hope to accomplish winning the world championship.
MANAGEMENT
Head Coach - Carl Tuinenga
 
Carl (002)  

Assistant Coach - Alison Boys

Alison (002)  

Manager - Gail Werahiko

Gail (002)  

Scorer - Lynette Leatheart