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Proud supporters of the New Zealand Under 17 Girls Emerging Sox Team to compete at the 2018 Canada Cup - Thank You.



Click here to  follow the Emerging Sox at the Canada Cup



5 April, 2018

Tui Brunner will assist Head Coach Karen Rigby as Manager of the Under 17 Emerging Sox team. Brunner who is new to the national teams programme will progress from various administration roles with the PK and ParePlim clubs. A JMC with Wellington Softball and Manager of U15, U17 and U19 rep teams Brunner is ready for the transition to the national teams pathway. The ESX Girls team will assemble for regional camps with the Junior White Sox in April and May before heading to Canada to compete in the illustrious Canada Cup in July.


13 March, 2018

Softball New Zealand are pleased to release the Junior White Sox and the Emerging Sox teams to travel to the Canada Cup this July.

The prestigious event will run from 13 – 23, July in Surrey, British Columbia and provide an ideal platform for players to compete on the international stage in advance of next year’s WBSC U19 Women’s World Cup in Irvine, California.
The Canada Cup offers 3 divisions where federations, colleges and clubs can compete; Women's International & Elite, Futures (Under 19) and Showcase (16 & Under). The JWSX will play in the ‘Futures’ division and the ESX will compete in the ‘Showcase’ division.

“I am delighted to announce our 16 player JWSX team to compete at the Canada Cup. We have 6 players backing up from last year’s World Championships along with some new rising talent. It’s great to see both the JWSX and Emerging Sox teams travelling to the Canada Cup, this enables all of our 29 players in the extended squad to attend and put their talents on show in front of the JWSX coaches and selectors”, says JWSX Head Coach Carl Tuinenga.

Junior White Sox Team
Nikita Hiroki, Jaenin-Koko Lutau, Beyonce Rehutai, Aroha Hibbert (Wellington), Maddison Roy, Milla Glassie, Taylor Chongnee, Pearl-Marli Waetford, Nerida Elson (Auckland), Brittany Terrey (Canterbury), TeHau Landon Lane, Teagan Tautala-Hanita, Caitlyn Lewin, Mikayla Lewin, Pallas Potter (Hutt Valley), Kelley Renner (USA).

Emerging Sox Team
Alice Tessi (North Harbour), Brooke Glassie, Brooklyn Temu, Beth Reid, Mikayla Cross (Auckland), Te Hira Newton, Jacqueline Clay, Essence Jo Rogers (Counties Manukau), Reegan Leppien (Waikato), Bailey Robertson, Kimihia Tangianau, Rongomai Luke-Royal, Erenora Hetet-Hauwaho, Maarire Barnett-Puketapu (Hutt Valley), Layla McDowell (Canterbury), Jazara Hopa (Southland), Cassie Adlam (Queensland)


28 Jan, 2017

Please find below the New Zealand U17 Emerging Sox Girls Squad for 2017.
This squad was selected from the National U17 Tournament held in Palmerston North in January. 
The following players have been included in the 2017 programme with the first National Camp commencing in April. 
New Zealand U17 Emerging Sox Girls Squad as follows:

  1. Jazara Hopa - Southland
  2. Maddison Roy - Auckland - JWSX
  3. Brooke Glassie - Auckland - JWSX
  4. Milla Glassie - Auckland
  5. Nerida Elson - Auckland
  6. Saphire Weatherley - Auckland
  7. Summer Calverly - Auckland
  8. Pearl- Marli Waeford - Auckland
  9. Deja Tapili-Wetere - Auckland - JWSX
  10. Taylor Chongnee - Auckland - JWSX
  11. Brittany Terrey - Canterbury - JWSX
  12. Olivia King - Canterbury
  13. Layla Bailey-Mcdowell - Canterbury
  14. Alice Tessi  - North Harbour
  15. Pania Raihania-Halford - North Harbour
  16. Nikita Hiroki  - Wellington
  17. Jaenin Koko - Lutau - Wellington
  18. Aroha Hibbert - Wellington - JWSX non travelling reserve
  19. Essence -Jo Rogers - Counties
  20. Jacqeline Clay - Counties
  21. Reegan Leppien - Waikato 
  22. Bailey Robertson - Hutt Valley - JWSX
  23. Jasmine Horne - Hutt Valley
  24. Pallas Potter - Hutt Valley - JWSX
  25. Te Hau Landone Lane - Hutt Valley
  26. Teagan Tautala- Hanita - Hutt Valley
  27. Mikayla Lewin - Hutt Valley - JWSX

Day 4, 7 July, 2016

Our day started late afternoon due to wet weather. Our first game in the wet was against NSW. We started off very sharp by getting on base with errors from NSW early in the piece. We had a two down batting rally which Lewin, Tautala-Hanita, Tapili-Wetere, Roy, Rouru all with singles. Score being 6 5 loss.

2nd game of the double header was against ISA. This was the game of the week with diving catchers from King, Landon-Lane and Tricker. A triple from Rehutai, Koko-Latau, and Potter. Rouru hit a single. The score was 2 all draw.

Day 3, 6 July, 2016

Our day started at lunchtime today with Aussie Gold up first.  We got off to a sharp beginning with scoring 2 runs in the 1st innings and 1 in the 2nd, keeping Aussie scoreless.  After a couple of walks and couple errors and 4 safe hits we were 9 runs down.  Safe hits from Koko-Latau, Potter, Roy, Lewin and Tautala-Hanita.  9 - 3 Loss.
2nd game of the double header against Queensland was a vast improvement; Hiroki pitched well and kept the game tight.  We scored our 4 runs in the 2nd innings and Queensland did the same.  Rouru hit 2 from 2, Roy 2 from 3, and singles from McGillivray and Tricker.  Score was 5 - 4 loss.
Our catch up game from Tuesday was played late this evening, against Waverly.  Waverly got in early with the bat and we were trailing by 8 runs after 2 innings.  In the 4th we came back with 4 runs, with 1 singles from Rouru and a double from Koko-Latau. 9 - 4 loss.

Day 2, 5 July, 2016

A very disjointed day due to the weather delay and we had just 1 game against Torrens Valley Red Sox. We couldn’t string any runs together and left 5 runners on base with Landon-Lane hitting 1 from 2 and Lewin putting down a safe bunt.

Disappointing day and hopefully a different result tomorrow.
Score 2 nil loss.

First game 10am local time with a double header, and late game at 8pm local time.

Day 1, 4 July, 2016

Tuinenga and Boys had an okay day at the Ballpark today with 1 from 2. The first game against Aussie Green was a good performance from our NZ girls which is an inexperienced team and very nervous. We were down by 3 nil till the bottom of third, and Potter hit a double to score King and Koko-Latau.
McGillivray stood solid on the pitching mound for 4.5 innings, 8 hits, and 2 strikeouts with 1 walk. Tapili-Wetere, Potter, McGillivray, Lewin, Landon-Lane all got safe hits. We lost 6 5.

The next game in the double header was against Southern Pride, which tested our mental focus and our team’s ability to gel in the early stages in the tournament. Koko-Latau hit 3 from 3, Lewin 2 from 2, and singles for Potter, Rehutai, Tapili-Wetere. Great day on the mound by Hiroki pitching 4 innings with 6 strike outs, with 1 safe hit. Terry pitched 2 innings with 4 strike outs. A good solid win 6 1.

Day 2 brings us Torrens Valley Redsox at 10am local time and Waverley at 2pm local time.


30 Jan, 2016

Pallas Potter Hutt Valley
Caitlyn Lewin Hutt Valley
Te Haumihiata Landon-Lane Hutt Valley
Teagan Tautala – Hanita Hutt Valley
Paiton Koko-Lutau Wellington
Georgia Tricker Wellington
Beyoncé Rehutai Wellington
Nikita Hiroki Wellington
Brittany Terrey Canterbury
Olivia King Canterbury
Tatiana Rouru Auckland
Haley Carter Auckland
Grace McGillivray Auckland
Deija Wetere Auckland
Stevie Livingstone Queensland, Australia

19 Nov, 2015

Canterbury-based coach, Carl Tuinenga, has been appointed Head Coach of the New Zealand Girls Emerging Sox team.
Tuinenga has coached representative softball for over ten years and has been the Canterbury Red Hawks Head Coach since 2011.

He has been the coach of the New Zealand Development Girls since 2013 and has a focus of helping young players further their softball careers. "With the assistance of a strong management team it is my goal to introduce these players to international softball and assist in building them into future national players."

Tuinenga will look to work closely with the Junior White Sox management to provide a solid platform for the future.


29 June, 2015

Draw & Results here


29 June, 2015


13 April, 2015

SNZ is pleased to announce Yvette Grant as the Medic-Masseur for the Girls Development Team.

2015 New Zealand Girls Development Team

27 Feb, 2015

Head Coach Carl Tuinenga has selected the team to attend the International Friendship Championship in Sydney in July 2015.  Working in conjunction with Coach Gettins and the Junior White Sox programme, Coach Tuinenga says has been valuable in identifying players for further development at an international level.  The team will compete at the International Friendship Championship in Sydney in July 2015.


A'ieesha Setefano



Brooke Whiteman



Hayley Carter



Kiri Graham



Kaleeya Matai



Leia Stephens



Leilani Tuimavave-Wines

Hutt Valley


Lucy McIntyre



Maddison Roy



Marama Makea



Meg Glading



Otila Tavite

Hutt Valley


Stephanie Fallon

North Harbour


Tatiana Rouru



Teremoana Elliot



Wanaka Noanoa




  • New Zealand Girls Development results - here



The NZ Girls Development Team to attend the International Friendship Games in Sydney in July 2014 has been named, we congratulate all those that have been selected - Aizaya Anderson, Taylah McDonald (Hutt Valley), Chelsea Brunner, Lisei Leáupepe, Marcelle Parkes, Wanaka Noanoa (Wellington), Jaimee-Anne Dick, Nik-Cole Paea, Makayla Mave, Tyler Morrison, Aíeesha Setefano (Auckland), Shinae Hearne (W.A, Australia), Teegan Irving (Qld, Australia), Lucy McIntyre (Southland), Sharnaee Walsh (Canterbury)


The NZ Girls Development team kick off their campaign in Sydney today at the International Friendship Series.
Their first game at 6pm (NZT) is against NSW Country, and their 8pm (NZT) game tonight is against the Queensland Blaze.
In terms of the tournament, click on the following webpages to gather the right information;

Softball Australia usually have a comprehensive results page but that hasn’t been established yet so we will endeavour to send those links once we have them. Results will be placed on the SNZ website and Facebook page.
The team is coached by Carl Tuinenga (CB) and Jamie Brear (AK) , and managed by Lyn Lockhart (CB). The team consists of the following;
Amy Begg, Tessa Metuatini, (Canterbury) Taylah Macdonald (Hutt Valley), Ancelle Van Molendorf, Nik-Cole Paea, Terapii Tourangi (Auckland), Pania Monk (Waikato), Brooke Eden, Emma Houkamau, Ashlyn Obers (Hawkes Bay), Mereana Makea, Marcelle Parkes, Emily Rauhihi, Madison Lovatt (Wellington), Brooke Stillwell (North Harbour)



9 May, 2013

Softball NZ would like to congratulate the following girls on being named to the NZ Girls Development Team that will attend the Friendship International Series in Sydney in July. Coach Carl Tuinenga is excited with the calibre of the girls and looks forward to the upcoming tour.

In addition, a wider 32 person squad has been named below aiming at the Junior Women’s World Championship in 2015 in the United States. Coach Tuinenga along with the current Junior White Sox Coaching staff have named this wider squad with the goal of a possible training camp in September this year. Again, congratulations to all the girls for making the team and the wider training squad.

Over the next 24 months there will be on going opportunities for players to be added to the 2015 squad so eligible  players should continue to work hard on their fitness and skills. The door is never closed to selection and if players are working hard and performing they will be rewarded.


2013 NZ Development Team for Friendship Series

Amy Begg, Tessa Metuatini (Canterbury), Brooke Eden, Emma Houkamau, Ashlyn Obers (Hawkes Bay), Pania Monk (Waikato), Maddison Lovatt, Mereana Makea, Marcelle Parkes, Emily Rauhihi (Wellington), Tayla Mcdonald (Hutt Valley), Brooke Stillwell (North Harbour), Nik-Cole Paea, Terapii Tourangi, Ancelle Van Molendorff (Auckland)

2015 NZ Junior White Sox Squad (32)

Camp - Hawkes Bay (September 2013)

Amy Begg, Caitlin Davidson, Tessa Metuatini, Bohemian Quinn, Ashleigh Thornley, Mikayla Werahiko (Canterbury), Marjorie Cashell, Regan Campbell-Tapa, Tayla Mcdonald (Hutt Valley), Rhylie Makawe (Texas, USA), Shanae Hearne (W.A, Australia), Lauren Tapp (NSW, Australia), Jamie Anne Dick, Kendall Iti, Makayla Mave, Tyla Morrison, Nik-Cole Paea, A'ieesha Setefano, Zoe Tolhopf, Terapii Tourangi, Deaven, Tavalu (Auckland), Kanyon  Paul Pania Monk (Waikato), Brooke Eden, Emma Houkamau, Ashlyn Obers, Courtney Gettins, Evana Schinkel (Hawkes Bay), Mereana Makea, Marcelle Parkes, Emily Rauhihi, Kayla Rangiahwa (Wellington), Brooke Stillwell (North Harbour)


NZ Girls Development Team appointment

6 April

Softball New Zealand would like to announce the appointment of Carl Tuinenga as Head Coach of the NZ Girls Development Team.

Carl will prepare the team for the International Friendship Games at Blacktown, NSW, 1-5 July 2013.

Carl has vast experience coaching female softball with 7 seasons under his belt with Christchurch premiere women’s teams Albion and Papanui. Carl has been involved with Canterbury representative teams  since 2004 including under 17, 19’s and head coach of the Canterbury NFC Women’s Team, the Red Hawks.

We wish Carl and the team the very best in their quest at this year’s Friendship Games.

Carl Tuinenga


NZ Development Team Statistics

The Boys & Girls Development teams returned recently from the Youth International Cup in Sydney, click here for the stats for both the boys and girls teams.

NZ Girls Development Team progress

The NZ girls have played 9 games so far on tour, 4 of them warm up matches against 4 NSW regional academies along with 5 games in the first 2 days of competition.
Last Thursday saw us go down in both matches. The first game was a little one sided only in the scorebook with girls showing nerves and for 16 of the squad there first competitive game since March. We went down 7-2. Our second game was a lot close as the nerves and rust slowly disappeared, narrowly going down 5-7 after it was tied up heading into their last bat.
Saturday saw us travel to Camden about an hours drive from 'home' where we met the remaining to academies. The first game saw us show what we are capable of with a commanding 12-3 win. This was continued into the second game with another victory 16-4. The standard shown by all was very good, with catcher Emma Houkamau, outfielder Mereana Monk and infielder Katie McAndrew Showing great touches throughout all four warm up games.
Monday the tournament kicked off and it was similar to last Thursday. Nerves came creeping back in for the first game against Aussie U19 green. We were in it for all of the game before going down 4-1. Amy Begg who started on the mound did a great job first up. Our second game saw us come up against the Aussie U17 development who showed some some great skills that showed the girls what level they need to rise to. We eventually lost 7-2. Australian based Jasmin Tonga pitched but was unfortunately hit out long and hard by the U17 girls.
Day 2 started positively and continued right throughout the day. First match saw us bet Aussie U19 gold 5-0. Counties pitcher Destiney Stirling pitching a great full game. Cassie Siataga and Mereana Monk hitting well during the game. NSW Metro was our next opposition, the girls got out to a quick lead with Siataga, Monk, and Mikayla Werahiko leading the way with the bat. Amy Begg did a good job to start with Tonga coming on to close. A small rally by Metro saw the score finish at 7-5. Melbourne based Waverly were our next opposition which saw us dominate with a 10-0 victory. Great pitching by Emily Rauhihi and a good team effort with the stick.
The team is getting back into the swing and with the two matches tomorrow which will determine our placing.

NZ Development Teams

Girls started off with a clean game against Australia U19 Green and went down 4-1.  We matched the Australians in size and strength but felt our kids were pretty new to this level of softball. Mereana Monk from Waikato is an outstanding prospect for New Zealand Women’s Softball, but there may be a tussle for her as she plays netball at the highest level. Amy Begg from Canterbury also looks like a good pitching prospect and young Cassie Satiaga is probably one of the best shortstop coming through our ranks. In the second game our girls lost to Aus U17 Development team 7-2.

NZ Girls Development Teams

The two NZ development teams have kicked off their Youth International Tournament in Sydney today with the boys playing NSW Metro first up, and the girls playing Aus U19 Women’s Green. Alex Carter is the girls coach, Dave Reyland is the boys coach, and the tournament goes all week against top Australian sides.
The following links will provide the draw, the results, live play by plays, and standings throughout the tournament.

  1. NZ Girls Development Team

To get the play by plays just click on the ‘+’ sign to the left of each game, and each play by play should be up about 2 hours after each game. Here is the Boys & Girls games schedules each day (all in NZ Time);

NZ Girls Development Team


NZ Time





Mon 1 July


Aus U19 Green



Aus U17 Dev

Tues 2 July


Aus U19 Gold



NSW Metro




Wed 4 July


Adelaide Shores



NSW Country

Thur 5 July



Fri 6 July



Here are the respective teams;

NZ Girls Dev Team

Clarissa Mafoe (c)
Amy Begg
Libby Bent
Sam Cooper
Melanie Gallagher
Emma Houkamau
Lisei Le'aupepe
Katie McAndrew
Mereana Monk
Sapphire Ngaronga
Emily Rauhihi
Cassie Siataga
Destiney Stirling
Megan Thomson
Jasmin Tonga
Mikayla Werahiko
Matie Whitman

Alex Carter------------Coach
Simon Ward ----------Manager



NZ Junior Development  Girls Team announcements

May 2012

Softball New Zealand would like to congratulate both the NZ Junior Development Boys and Girls teams named by Head Coaches, Alex Carter (Girls) and David Reyland (Boys).

The New Zealand Junior Development sides will compete in the Softball Australia International Youth Cup from the 2-6th July in Sydney. Softball New Zealand wishes both players and management the very best in their endeavours.

New Zealand Junior Girls Development team

1. Jasmin Kaiaruna - Wellington

2. Amy Begg - Canterbury

3. Jasmin Tonga - NSW (Australia)

4. Emily Rauhihi - Wellington

5. Emma Houkamau - Hawkes Bay

6. Megan Thomson - Nelson

7. Clariisa Mafoe - Auckland

8. Shannon Hearne - WA (Australia)

9. Katie McAndrew - Wellington

10. Mikayla Werahiko - Canterbury

11. Sapphire Ngaronga - Auckland

12. Cassie Siataga - Canterbury

13. Lisei Le'aupepe - Wellington

14. Liberty Bent - Canterbury

15. Mereana Monk - Waikato

16. Matie Whitman - Hutt Valley

17. Melanie Gallagher - Auckland

Non-travelling Reserves:

Destiny Stirling - Auckland

Sam Cooper - Hawkes Bay



Daily Draws, Results, and Daily Game Reports for Youth International Series

8 July

Here are the following links to all the draws and results, along with the Tournament Handbook.

NZ Girls Dev Team draw & results

Click here

Girls Standings - Youth International Tournament

Click here

Daily Reports

Girls Dev Team Day 1, 2, 3 & 4 Game Reports

Girls Tournament Statistics

Click here


Teams heading to Aussie

1 July

This weekend the NZ Girls Development team are flying out to Sydney, Australia to represent our country in the International Youth Cup. At this tournament most of the teams will be of U19 age, however our Development teams are mostly U17 as the primary goal of the teams is to prepare them for the 2013 and 2014 Junior World Championships. Here is the team and we wish Alex Carter and their Management teams all the best next week at the tournament:


NZ Girls Development Team


Erika Avery (AK)

Sharma Bradbrook (HV)

Leah Conley (WN)

Teremoana Elliot (CB)

Chance Warbrick (HV)

Emma Francis (WN)

Courtney Gettins (HB)

Tyneesha Houkamau (AK)

Jasmin Kaiaruna (WN)

Clarissa Mafoe (AK)

Katie McAndrew (WN)

Ariana Namana (HV)

Cassie Siataga (CB)

Keri Simeon (WN)

Mikayla Werahiko (CB)

Matie Whitman (HV)

Krystal Werahiko (CB)


Alex Carter (WN) – Coach

Angela Johnston (WK) – Asst Coach

Mel Gettins (HB) – Battery Coach

Marnie Barber (HV) - Manager

Elaine Karsten (SL) – Team scorer

The tournament goes from next Monday 4 July through to Friday 8 July. The results are virtually up on the Softball Australia website within 30 mins of the game finishing, and a full run-down of the game is up on their website within 2 hours. Here is the Girls draw and results. We will also update our Facebook page of the results as soon as each game finishes.

Head Coaches Named

10 February

Alex Carter from Wellington has been appointed as the Head Coach of the NZ Girls Development Team and also has extensive coaching experience with the Wellington Rep teams over the years.


NZ Development Teams

15 February

Congratulations are extended to the following players named in the NZ  Girls Development Team 2011. The teams will compete in the July 2011 Softball Australia Friendship Games in Sydney, Australia.



NZ Girls Development Team 2011

Avery, Erika (AK)
Bradbrook, Sharma (HV)
Conley, Leah (WN)
Elliot, Teremoana (CB)
Ferriso, Danica (HV)
Francis, Emma (WN)
Gettins, Courtney (HB)
Hoani, Krysta (AK)
Houkamau, Tyneesha (AK)
Kaiaruna, Jasmin (WN)
McAndrew, Katie (WN)
Mafoe, Clarissa (AK)
Namana, Ariana (HV)
Siataga, Cassie (CB)
Simeon, Keri (WN)
Werahiko, Mikayla (CB)
Whitman, Matie (HV)

NB: Players on this girls team that are named at a later date in the NZ Junior White Sox Team to go to the World Champs this year, will be replaced.