U15 Developing Sox


18 October 2021

Softball New Zealand are pleased to welcome Tane Landon-Lane to the national team’s pathway and Head Coach of the Developing Sox Boys Team.

The Wellingtonian is heavily committed to the development of our rangatahi in both genders, reflected in the numerous club and representative teams he coaches in any given season.

The 2017/18 Wellington Coach of the Year has worked tirelessly over many years developing players from his Central Sports Club, Western Bays and Wellington age grade teams, taking them onto higher honours within our game.

Not only is Landon-Lane dedicated to softball but rugby too. Landon-Lane’s work ethic is very much mirrored in rugby, with similar achievements in the same age groups and representative pathway.

Landon-Lane say’s “Ko Tane Kiharoa Landon-Lane tōku ingoa. No Wairau au, engari kei Porirua au e noho ana ināianei. Tēnā koutou katoa. I am excited to be appointed as the U15 Boys Developing Sox Head Coach. I am passionate about the development of softball and working with our young talented athletes to help prepare them for the next level of their softball journey. I am sure that Covid will bring some challenges but look forward to providing opportunities for our athletes to challenge themselves and further develop.”

Softball NZ would like to take this opportunity to thank the former DSX Management team of Wayne Nichols (Head Coach), Kelvin Roberts (Assistant Coach) and Megan Earley (Manager) for their incredible tenures and commitment to the programme over the years.


6 May 2021

As a result of the U15 Regional Tournaments last January the following athletes have been named in the 2021 U15 Developing Sox Squad.

Plans for the New Zealand U15 Developing Sox Camp are underway for the second week in the October school holidays (Wednesday 13th-Friday 15th) in Wellington, more information to follow.

U15 Developing Sox Boys Squad 2021
Tai Rhodes, Cameron Schmidt (North Harbour), Ciryl Wilson, Cohen Jones-Taylor, Kyle Cross, Joshua Totara – Kopua (Auckland), Noah Stevens – Togo, Richard Te Rure, Joseph Hill, Kaleb Wade (Counties), Noah Leaupepetele (Franklin), Chase Austin, Caleb Paki-Campbell (Western Bay of Plenty), Shantayne Rangiuia – Herbert (Manawatu), George McCarroll, Jaxson Williams, Lynkon Foley (Hutt Valley), Cooper McCuan, Nikau Hailwood, Tane Landon–Lane, Carter Lowther (Wellington), Lachlan O’Malley, Cambell Codyre, Dane Jorgensen, Nokai de Malmanche-Taylor, Jayden Potts, Fergus Simcott, Blake Holt, Jayden Fitzgerald, Raumana Kumeroa (Canterbury), Phoenix Wardell–Mao (Otago).

Please note: Athletes who participated in the Developing Sox teams during the recent Auckland Easter Classic, have not been considered as they have been seen in action.

Wayne Nichols – Coach
Kelvin Roberts - Assistant Coach
Megan Earley - Manager


11 April 2021

The Developing Sox Boys Squad assembled in Auckland for the Easter Classic. With 34 boys in the squad, three teams were entered to play in the tournament and were named after some of our biggest Black Sox legends, honouring both the past, present, and future.

Team Evans - Current Captain
Team Sorenson - Previous Captain and current Coach
Team Nukunuku - Previous Captain and highest capped player

Whilst being in a tournament the squad was also in camp with many learning experiences and opportunities on and off the diamond. Team Nukunuku finished 1st, Team Sorenson 2nd and Team Evans 3rd in the tournament with Katene Huriwai being named as Top Batter and MVP, along with Ethan Grant as Top Pitcher, who were both from Team Nukunuku.

They are all an incredibly talented squad of youth players with bright futures in our game of softball.

Congratulations to the following 15 who have been selected from the squad of 34 players as the official U15 NZ Developing Sox Team.

Tyler Amrein - Northcote, North Harbour
Jason Gerbes - Northcote, North Harbour
Jack Baker - East Coast Bays, North Harbour
Roy Tatupu - Ramblers, Auckland
Max Russell - Ramblers, Auckland
Brooklyn Mariu-Apiata - Southern Pioneers, Counties
Katene Huriwai - Southern Pioneers, Counties
Cohen Bailey - Patriots, Counties
Tamihana Tonga - Pukekohe, Franklin
Nopera Tangaroa - Fastpitch, Hawkes Bay
Karipori Wanoa - HV Dodgers, Hutt Valley
Zahr Shaw-Wallace - Hutt City United, Hutt Valley
Zion Van Nistelrooy - Hutt City United, Hutt Valley
Arron Gollan - PK, Wellington
Ethan Grant - Island Bay, Wellington

Hopefully, we get the chance to play together at some stage in the near future.

NZ Dev Sox Boys Pic-208-385

Wayne Nichols (Head Coach)
Kelvin Roberts (Assistant Coach)
Megan Earley (Manager)
Brooke Rowland (Scorer)


3 March 2021

The New Zealand Developing Sox Head Coach Wayne Nichols is pleased to announce a squad of 35 players ahead of this weekend’s Easter Classic Tournament at Rosedale Park.

The squad will assemble for camp this Thursday before playing in the Easter Classic Tournament commencing on Friday.

Nichols say’s “It’s a great opportunity to bring this group of athletes together to see how they perform on the big stage. Unfortunately, we have been unable to travel to Australia, but this is an opportunity for these athletes to showcase their talent in front of the national selectors. Looking forward to getting to know this group over Easter. The coaches are excited about the talent at this level and look forward to working with athletes who are excelling in their grade”.

Easter Classic Developing Sox Boys Squad 2021
Tyler Amrein, Harry Common, Jason Gerbes, Jack Baker (North Harbour), Max Russell, Roy Tatupu, Kyle Roberts, Jayden Whittle, Sam Blamires, Tamihana Tonga, Caule Withers (Auckland), Katene Huriwai, Brooklyn Mariu-Apiata, Cohen Bailey (Counties Manukau), Lucas Hopkins, Kees van der Heyden (Waikato), Nopera Tangaroa, Cassius Solomon (Hawke’s Bay), Boston Scoon-Walter, Ihaia Mulholland, Jayden Harris, Ethan Grant, Zachary Fairless, Arron Gollan, James Morrison, Caleb Stephen, Max Tofts, Nino Mason (Wellington), Karipori Wanoa, Zahr Shaw-Wallace, Zion Van Nistelroy (Hutt Valley), Patrick Heywood, Hapene Kumeroa (Canterbury), Jarrod Rowe-Kenny, Thomas Jennings (Southland).


27 January 2020
The New Zealand Developing Sox U15 Boys coaches are pleased to announce a squad of 36 players.
Selected players will attend a camp including the Easter Classic Tournament in Auckland.
Following the Easter Classic, a 15 man team will be named to compete in the U18 Queensland State Championship in Toowoomba this October. 
Head Coach Wayne Nichols and Assistant Kelvin Roberts are excited about the talent at this level and looking forward to working with athletes who are excelling in their grade. 
New Zealand U15 Boys Developing Sox Squad:
Tyler Amrein, Harry Common, Jason Gerbes, Jack Baker (North Harbour), Max Russell, Roy Tatapu, Kyle Roberts, Jayden Whittle, Sam Blamires (Auckland), Brooklyn Mariu-Apiata, Katene Huriwai, Caule Withers, Tamihana Tonga (Counties Manakau), Lucas Hopkins, Kees Van der Hayden (Waikato), Nopera Tangaroa, Cassius Solomon (Hawkes Bay), Boston Scoon-Walter, Jayden Harris, Ihaia Mulholland (Manawatu), Karipori Wanoa, Mana Dudley-Kiikoro, Zahr Shaw-Wallace, Zion Van Nistleroy (Hutt Valley), Ethan Grant, Zachary Fairless, Aaron Gollan, James Morrison, Caleb Stephen, Max Tofts (Wellington), Brody Helem, Patrick Heywood, Hapene Kumeroa, Liam Ruki (Canterbury), Jarrod Rowe-Kenny, Thomas Jennings (Southland).


3 July, 2019

For the draw and results click here

Tournament Statistics  23/07/2019 
Batting Statistics                                          
2019 NZ Emerging Sox Boys                                          
Jacob Neale-16 9 19 17 2 0 0 0 0 8 3 0 0 10 3 0 0 1 0 7 .579 .471
Matthew Lowe-23 10 24 18 5 1 0 0 0 8 3 0 2 9 4 0 0 1 0 8 .609 .444
Fletcher Due-17 9 22 18 3 1 0 0 0 8 1 1 1 9 2 1 1 1 0 6 .571 .444
Campbell Puaha-22 8 16 8 7 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 6 .688 .375
Joseph Simpson-Smith-19 8 21 14 5 0 1 1 0 5 1 2 1 7 0 1 0 1 0 8 .571 .357
Kyan Mill-Cameron-8 9 26 20 5 1 0 0 0 7 1 0 1 8 6 3 0 2 0 10 .560 .350
Jacob Laban-25 10 24 20 3 0 0 1 0 7 1 1 0 2 5 1 0 3 0 13 .583 .350
Bonham Edwards-14 8 18 9 8 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 8 .611 .222
Min 16 PA's                                          
Logan Carr-7 8 15 13 0 0 0 2 0 6 2 1 0 8 3 0 0 0 0 7 .533 .462
Trevon Hall-Taputu-9 5 10 9 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 4 .400 .333
Luca Mollison-13 4 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 .429 .333
Connor Stanley-6 7 15 11 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 5 .467 .273
Hunter Simpson-12 6 11 9 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 .545 .222
Shiloh Rice-10 7 11 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 .364 .125
Ben Forbes-18 8 9 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 .125 .000
TOTALS 10 248 187 49 4 1 7 0 65 15 6 5 70 42 6 2 11 0 94 .541 .348
Pitching Statistics                                          
2019 NZ Emerging Sox Boys                                          
Player G BF W L IP SO BB R ER H 2B 3B HR WP HB Bk ERA        
Hunter Simpson-12 8 95 5 0 23.2 29 7 8 1 19 1 1 0 3 0 0 0.30        
Min 74 Batters Faced                                          
Connor Stanley-6 1 19 1 0 4 5 2 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00        
Luca Mollison-13 4 44 1 1 9 13 6 8 6 8 1 0 1 1 0 0 4.67        
Fletcher Due-17 1 5 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 7.00        
Jacob Neale-16 2 23 1 1 3.1 3 4 12 12 11 2 1 2 0 0 0 25.20        
TOTALS 10 186 8 2 41 52 19 33 20 42 7 2 3 5 0 1 3.41        
Fielding Statistics                                          
2019 NZ Emerging Sox Boys                                          
Player G PO A E PB SB CS FA                          
Jacob Laban-25 10 11 3 0 0 0 0 1.000                          
Jacob Neale-16 9 3 6 0 0 0 0 1.000                          
Connor Stanley-6 6 4 4 0 0 0 0 1.000                          
Logan Carr-7 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.000                          
Joseph Simpson-Smith-19 8 32 4 1 4 5 0 .973                          
Fletcher Due-17 9 30 1 1 0 0 1 .969                          
Kyan Mill-Cameron-8 9 5 6 1 0 0 0 .917                          
Matthew Lowe-23 6 24 2 3 1 1 1 .897                          
Campbell Puaha-22 5 4 3 1 0 0 0 .875                          
Hunter Simpson-12 8 0 5 1 0 0 0 .833                          
Shiloh Rice-10 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 .800                          
Bonham Edwards-14 7 4 5 3 0 0 0 .750                          
Trevon Hall-Taputu-9 9 3 0 1 0 0 0 .750                          
Luca Mollison-13 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 .667                          
Ben Forbes-18 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 .000                          
TOTALS 10 123 44 16 5 6 2 .913                          


28 May, 2019

Developing Sox Head Coach Wayne Nichols has named his final roster to travel to Brisbane in July for the friendship series at Redlands Softball Association.

“After an excellent weekend with 33 young softballers on show, we have the pleasure of naming 15 athletes that will represent New Zealand at the Friendship Series in Brisbane in July. It was exciting to see the talent available at this age group and the enthusiasm they showed over the weekend. Megan, Kelvin and I can’t wait to get the athletes together and compete against Australia‘s best”, says Nichols.

New Zealand Developing Sox Boys Team
Logan Carr, Shiloh Rice (Auckland) Campbell Puaha (Counties), Bonham Edwards (Hawkes Bay) Joseph Simpson-Smith (Manawatu), Jacob Laban (Hutt Valley), Kyan Mill-Cameron, Luca Mollison, Trevon Hall-Tatapu (Wellington), Matthew Lowe (Nelson), Benjamin Forbes, Conner Stanley, Fletcher Due, Hunter Simpson, Jacob Neale (Canterbury).

Non Travelling Reserves
Terua Withers (Counties), Nikau Barbarich (Canterbury)


29 March, 2019

New Developing Sox Head Coach Wayne Nichols has announced a 36 man squad for a 3 day camp in Upper Hutt this May.

The squad will undertake benchmark testing, drugfree education and a series of trial games over the course of the weekend.

Nichols says “Kelvin, Megan and I are looking forward to working with these athletes and introducing them to the Softball New Zealand pathway. These players are the next group to be exposed to the high performance system following on from previous successful squads under Stephen Ratu.”

The team to travel to Sydney for the Friendship Games in July will be named following the camp.

Developing Sox U15 Boys Squad
Jason Porokoru Urikore Taurerewa Gerbes, Elijah Heta (North Harbour), Shilo Rice, Logan Carr, Nathan Singleton, Braxton Tafford, Kristian Masters (Auckland), Terua Withers, Campbell Puaha (Counties), Maui Hunt (WBOP) Joseph Simpson-Smith, Haimona Maruera, Barclay Cribb, Boston Scoon-Walter (Manawatu), Nopera Tangaroa, Bonham Edwards (Hawkes Bay), Amazing Tohiariki, Josh Kennedy, Mana Dudley-Kiikoro, Jacob Laban (Hutt Valley), Luca Collinson, Ciaran Bolger, Kyan Mill-Cameron, Trevon Hall-Taputu (Wellington), Matthew Lowe, Dane Gill (Marlborough), Hunter Simpson, Jacob Neale, Dylan Stark, Fletcher Due, Max Sargeant, Nikau Barbarich, Connor Stanley, Ben Forbes (Canterbury), Joshua Forrester (Otago), Regan Cross (Southland).

Developing Sox Assistant Coach Named
Kelvin Roberts will support Nichols as the Assistant Coach of the Developing Sox through to August 2020. The Ramblers stalwart and former Auckland men’s representative has a wealth of coaching experience with boys in this age group and will prove a worthy asset to the campaign.


17 September, 2018

Follow the DSX Boys team as they compete at the U17 Queensland State Championships.


19 July, 2018

Developing Sox Boys Coaches Stephen Ratu and Wayne Nichols have named a 17 man team as a result of a successful training camp in Lower Hutt last weekend.


The 3 days encompassing bench mark testing, anti-doping education, skill development and scrimmage games provided an ideal environment for player development and an opportunity for coaches to name their final team.


The team will travel to Australia in September to complete in the U17 Queensland State Championships an event they won in 2016.


New Zealand Developing Sox U15 Team to compete in the U17 Queensland State Championships, 22-24 Sept:

Carlos Amai-Tatu, Jacob Lee, Maclain Roberts, Ryan Earley (Auckland), Jayden McCabe-Priestley (Counties) Rakai Henare (Hawkes Bay), Jacahn Roberts (Manawatu), Dallas Clifton, Tyler Robb (Hutt Valley), Jake Tibbitts, Karl Gollan (Wellington), Matthew Lowe (Marlborough), Dru de Lautour, Finn Mounty, Harrison Bruhns-Croy, Liam Potts, Mason Woodford (Canterbury).



Stephen Ratu (Head Coach), Wayne Nichols (Assistant Coach), Megan Earley (Manager).


15 May, 2018

Wayne Nichols has been reappointed as the Assistant Coach of the DSX U15 Boys team for the next two years. Nichols will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the campaign given his longevity in the game.

The DSX squad will assemble for camp at Fraser Park 13-15, July.


20 April, 2018

Softball New Zealand are pleased to release the naming of the Developing Sox Boys squad.

A 25 man squad has been named by Head Coach Stephen Ratu to assemble for camp at Fraser Park 13-15, July.

The squad for 2018 is:

Daniel Warman (North Harbour), Carlos Amai-Tatu, Jacob Lee, Ryan Earley, McLean Roberts (Auckland), Jayden Priestley, Ned Ru (Counties Manukau), Chleo Reihana-Davis (Tairawhiti), James Eru Povey-Potae (Waikato), Rakai Henare (Hawkes Bay), Joseph Simpson-Smith, Jachan Roberts (Manawatu), Dallas Clifton, Tyler Robb, Jacob Laban (Hutt Valley), Karl Gollan, Jake Tibbits (Wellington), Matthew Lowe (Nelson), Harrison Bruhns-Croy, Haruya Fuchigami, Liam Potts, Mason Woodford, Finn Mounty, Dru de Lautour (Canterbury), Eli Meuli (Southland).

Developing Sox Boys Manager

Softball NZ is very pleased to announce Megan Earley as the newly appointed Team Manager. Earley a current Auckland Softball Association Board Member will bring a wealth of knowledge, along with organisational skills to the team. A volunteer who is part of our softball fabric has managed numerous Auckland representative and club teams over her many years in the game.


5 April, 2018
Former Black Sox catcher Stephen Ratu will continue his tenure as the DSX Boys Head Coach. The Canterbury U15 Boys and Red Sox Coach will lead selected players into camp for further development before the team embark on a planned tour to Australia in August to compete in the NSW U17 Stage Champs. Ratu who played for the Golden Homes Black Sox at the 2015 world championships in Canada will continue to be a huge asset to the male programme offering instrumental support to our future chargers.


Thank You Sponsors
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.


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

Manager Report

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

Wilkinson Named Team Manager

15 February 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.

New Zealand U15 Boy's Developing Sox Team 2016

21 January 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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