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Passing of Ed Dolejs

November 7, 2019

Nelson, NZ - - Passing of Ed Dolejs

Attention Softball Family:

Softball New Zealand regret to announce ED DOLEJS- a SNZ life member and NZ and WBSC Hall of Fame coach - died in Nelson on Tuesday, aged 90.


Softball New Zealand expresses its condolences to Ed's family and friends and acknowledges Ed's contribution as one of the influential figures in New Zealand softball history.


This tribute has been written by Tony Smith, who co-wrote Ed’s book and regards him as New Zealand softball’s foremost thinker.


For a  full account, of Ed’s long and eventual life, his softball success and his tactical insights, read his 2011 autobiography Diamonds In the Sun (available from Nelson’s Copy Press)


It should be required reading for every serious softball player and coach interesting in improving the element Ed Dolejs always emphasised – “game understanding’’.



Ed's funeral will be held at 2pm on Thursday November 14 at the Stoke Bowling Club in Songer St, Nelson.




Glen Roff - Softball Manager

Softball New Zealand

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