Major Sox (Female)



26 Feb, 2016

Head coach Carl Tuinenga and Assistant coach Alison Boys in conjunction with the national selectors have named a team of 14 to compete in the Southern Cross Softball Tournament in Christchurch, 25-28 March.
The New Zealand A team is part of an extended White Sox squad allowing the wider group opportunities to be part of the national environment.
The team is one with plenty of youth, a team that is likely to farm athletes towards the 2018 WBSC–SD World Championships in Chiba, Japan. The 2018 event is extremely significant given it will determine the teams to compete in the 2020 Olympics, subject to the decision of Softball being reinstated after the Rio Olympics this year.
White Sox A is spearheaded by three Auckland pitchers; Pania Monk, Beth Stavert and Tyla Morrison. The team also contains Gillian Wills and Keri Simeon who were recently named as non-travelling reserves for the New Zealand White Sox to compete at this year’s World Championships in Vancouver, Canada.
The Southern Cross will provide a tough and competitive environment in the form of competition from Queensland Heat and locals the Canterbury Red Hawks.
The Softball New Zealand President Lyn Lockhart proudly announces the New Zealand A Team to compete in the Southern Cross.
Pania Monk (Auckland)
Beth Stavert (Auckland)
Tyla Morrison (Auckland)
Lucy McIntyre (Southland)
Zoe Tolhopf  (Auckland)
Keri Simeon (Wellington)
Nita Hickey (Auckland)
Aieesha Hooper (Auckland)
Ashley Johnson (Hutt Valley)
Gillian Wills (Auckland)
Ancelle Van Molendorff (Auckland)
Lisei Le’aupepe (Wellington)
Danielle Tanoa (Wellington)
Yvonne Burgess (Hutt Valley)
Carl Tuinenga Head Coach (Canterbury), Alison Boys Assistant Coach (Wellington) and Gail Werahiko (Canterbury).


23 March, 2015

Coach Kevin Gettins has named the following players to attend the Australian U23 National Tournament in Brisbane in late April 2015.
Joining Coach Gettins will be Aroha Metcalf Manager and Alison Boys as Assistant Coach.

Aaria Tawha, Pania Monk (Waikato), A’ieesha Setefano, Ancelle Van Molendorf, Anita Leeuw, Freya Bullock, Gillian Wills, Marissa Berkes, Tyler Morrison, Zoe Tolholf (Auckland), Lisei Le'aupepe, Maddison Lovatt (Wellington), McKenzie Giles-Martin, Shannon Hearne (WA, Australia), Pallas Potter (Hutt Valley).


16 March, 2015

The NZ Women's Team that will compete at the Australian U23 Nationals in Brisbane in April this year will be decided this week. Head Coach Kevin Gettins has confirmed the current Junior White Sox and previous White Sox players will asked if they are available for selection for the tour.  Should availability be limited, or key positions light, Coach Gettins has advised that he will approach current elite players if necessary to cover any gaps. The team announcement is expected on Friday 20, March.

The tournament will be held in conjunction with the Southern Cross Challenge which will be hosted at the Redlands Softball Centre on the eastern outskirts of Brisbane, close to the foreshore of Moreton Bay. The Southern Cross Challenge is an initiative by Softball Queensland (Australia) and Canterbury Softball Association (NZ) to provide an annual international standard softball competition in the southern hemisphere. For 2015, Softball Australia has confirmed that they will hold the U23 Nationals alongside the Challenge. Tournament dates are 24 – 27 April, and the team will depart 23 and return to NZ 27 April.

Joining Coach Gettins as Manager is fellow Junior White Sox staff member Aroha Metcalf.  Further staff announcements are expected.