8 February 2018
In recent days I have received numerous communication surrounding the WBSC announcement outlining their realignment of World Championship events.
This decision was somewhat inevitable due to the conflict of the Women’s World Championship in the same year as the Olympic Games cycle.
Whilst Softball NZ may not entirely agree or otherwise with the decision, it is none the less ratified by WBSC and has immediate effect post current appointed cycles.
The most noise surrounds the U19 Boys event as post the 2018 Championship a hiatus of 3 years to 2021 before the next event is scheduled.
All Championships post 2018 will be branded as World Cups.
To this end I can assure you that work is already underway to identify pinnacle events for this age-grade that are both meaningful and valued for our high performance pathway.
Discussions with the European President Mr. Gabriel Waage in so far as an official entry to the 22U European Championship in 2019, and the possibility of a 6 team Challenge Cup event in 2020 to prepare the group for the World Cup in 2021, are very real prospects. Australian U23 State Championships and a robust domestic programme will also be designed to ensure all identified and selected athletes have an opportunity to perform not only in a world leading programme, but to ultimately compete for higher honours.
The Men’s World Cup (Championship) will be held in New Zealand in 2021 and immediately followed with a realignment event in 2022.
For any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
11 January 2018
Head coach Thomas Makea says hitting and fielding should be the Temperzone Junior Black Sox team's strengths as they bid for a gold medal at the 2018 world under-19 men's softball championships in Canada.
Makea and his co-selectors have named their 17-strong squad for the tournament in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan from July 7 to 15.
It will be the third consecutive under-19 world championships for Makea and his assistant-coach Jarrad Martin - two former Black Sox greats with four senior world championships gold medals.
Three players are backing up from the 2016 silver medal winning Junior Black Sox squad in Midland, Michigan - Canterbury pitcher-outfielder Reilly Makea, Auckland catcher-outfielder Harrison Valk and North Harbour infielder Kaleb Rona.
"Those three guys have got the experience of playing in a world championships and all of them play major roles in their club sides as well,'' Thomas Makea said. "We are really looking for those guys to step up and show the way.''
Two-Queensland-based Kiwis, outfielder-first baseman Ryschaan Thompson and outfielder Sheldon Waller have been selected. Makea said the pair had only been in Australia a few years and were keen to pledge their allegiance to New Zealand. "We took them to the under-23s tournament in Aussie last winter and they really stood out.''
The Junior Black Sox selectors agonised over the final selections because of the depth of talent available.
"It's always a tough job,'' Makea said. "You pick 13 or 14, but 15, 16 and 17 are the hard positions to fill. You're looking for team guys who can fill a role, here and there.''
He is happy with the balance of the squad and said it "looks better every time I look at the names there''.
"We've got very good defence, both in the infield and outfield and very strong hitting with a lot of guys who can put the ball in play and hustle it out and put a lot of pressure on the opposition. "We're targeting that battery area as one of the things for us to iron out.
"We're probably a little bit behind the eight-ball in the pitching compared to 2016, but they'll be doing a lot of work in the next few months.''
Makea was hopeful some of the 2018 pitching group could "step up and fill the role'' that Daniel Chapman performed in 2016.
Reilly Makea, Nelson's Josh Kelly, Wellington's Brad Carson and Auckland duo Taine Slaughter and Seth Gibson have been named on the pitching roster with Valk and Wellington's Tobias Makisi as the specialist catchers.
Battery coach Bevan Matene, a former Black Sox catcher, will oversee their development.
Thomas Makea expects defending champions Japan, who have "always been a pretty top-notch side with good pitching'', Canada, Argentina and Australia to be among the Junior Black Sox's main rivals at Prince Albert.
The Junior Black Sox will play together at the National Fastpitch Championships senior representative tournament at Albany from February.
Softball NZ CEO Tony Giles is proud to formally announce the New Zealand Temperzone Junior Black Sox Team to compete in the WBSC XII Jr. Mens Softball World Championship, 7-15 July, Prince Albert, Canada.
TEMPERZONE JUNIOR BLACK SOX 2018 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SQUAD
Brad Carson (Hutt Valley) Pitcher/Infielder
Kody Clueard (Wellington) Infielder
Huw Davies (Auckland) Infielder
Seth Gibson (Auckland) Pitcher/Infielder
Jared Gillard (Hutt Valley) Outfielder
Andre Hart (Wellington) Outfielder
Josh Kelly (Nelson) Pitcher/Infielder
Reilly Makea (Canterbury) Pitcher/Outfielder
Tobias Makisi (Wellington) Catcher/Infielder
Floyd Nola (Auckland) Outfielder
Tyrell Packer (Hutt Valley) Outfielder
Kaleb Rona (North Harbour) Infielder
Taine Slaughter (Auckland) Pitcher
Ryschaan Thompson (Queensland) Outfielder/First Base
Harrison Valk (Auckland) Catcher/Outfielder
Sheldon Waller (Queensland) Outfielder
Kereama Watene-Te Hau (Hutt Valley) Infielder
Brock Attewell (Auckland)
Max Earley (Auckland)
Dimitri Perez (Hutt Valley)
Head coach: Thomas Makea (Canterbury)
Assistant-coach: Jarrad Martin (Taranaki)
Battery coach: Bevan Matene (Taranaki)
Manager: Wayne Small (Hutt Valley)
The following athletes have been named to participate in the North Island Classic 1-3 Dec 17 in Hastings.
This tournament will be the last time for those selected athletes in the wider training group to show their abilities outside of National Under 19 and Under 23 Championships.
Taine Slaughter, Malcolm Murray-Scott, Max Earley, Brock Evans, Brock Attewell, Blake Wardrope, Jared Fuamatu, Leighton Hiko-Smith (Auckland), Jayden Britt (Canterbury), Jayden Dowd (Hawkes Bay), Jared Gillard, Brad Carson (Hutt Valley), Liam Bassick (Manawatu), Hemi McCarthy (North Harbour), Campbell Gill (Marlborough).
Click here for progress of the Major Sox and Temperzone Junior Black Sox in Redlands Australia.
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)
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:
Junior Black Sox U19 Men’s Wider Training Squad is as follows:
XI Jr. Men's Softball World Championship, Midland, Michigan - USA
July 24 - 30, 2016
Click for draws and results
Game Schedule (in NZ times)
|July 25||New Zealand vs Canada||W 3-1||Streaming||Recap|
|July 26||New Zealand vs Israel||W 17-0 (4 innings)||Streaming||Recap|
|July 26||New Zealand vs Japan||L 1-0||Streaming||Recap|
|July 27||New Zealand vs Mexico||W 11-1 (6 innings)||Streaming||Recap|
|July 28||New Zealand vs South Africa||W 16-1 (4 innings)||Streaming||Recap|
|July 29||New Zealand vs Argentina||W 3-2||Streaming||Recap|
|July 30||New Zealand vs Japan||L 3-0||Streaming||Recap|
|July 31||New Zealand vs Canada||W 12-7||Streaming||Recap|
|July 31||New Zealand vs Japan||L 2-1||Streaming||Recap|
New Zealand finish 2nd.
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
Keen to support the JBSX on their World Championship campaign? Then click here to send an email directly to the team. All good luck messages will be printed and placed on the walls of team accommodation.
Email the JBSX a message of support
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.
4 Feb, 2016
23 Oct, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Other key links:
EUROPEAN SUPER CUP MEN
For the tournament draw and information, click on the images below.
|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 To Start World Champs Against Australia
The Temperzone Junior Black Sox softball team commence their hunt for the Junior World Championships title in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada tomorrow with a 3pm local time (10am NZ time) clash against a strong Australian team.
Coached by Black Sox legends Thomas Makea and Jarrad Martin the team is regarded as a good shot at the top four, but will need to be on its game in the Trans-Tasman clash followed a day later by a game against the United States.
The Junior Black Sox finished fifth at the last world championships.
Assistant coach, Martin was in the last New Zealand team to win the junior world championships. Martin pitched the team to victory in the 1989 world championships in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Martin will be up against Fabian Barlow as the assistant coach for Australia who also played for the Junior Black Sox in 89.
King Stadium, Kelowna
Thomas Makea being interview by Dennis Walker
Temperzone Junior Black Sox will fellow kiwi Adele Dewa. Adele sang the NZ anthem prior to the doubleheader in Kelowna.