July2015

First White Sox Squad Announced

July 6, 2015

Wellington, NZ


 

Coach Kevin Gettins first White Sox squad is a mix of established players plus a number of younger players from the successful Junior White Sox teams of the last few seasons, who have pushed themselves into contention for higher honours.

The squad includes a number of the White Sox team who finished a very credible 8th at last year’s World championships in The Netherlands. There are 12 players who are based in the USA on scholarship, one in Australia and the balance residing in New Zealand.

“It is important we develop a squad where players have to compete for their place on the team for the 2016 World Championships.  It is critical for the success of the national programme that we have our best players available. This will be a focus going forward", reports Coach Gettins.

Coach Gettins says, "It is exciting to see players making themselves available".   Returning is Kuraroa Ratu-James who at the two previous Junior Women's World Championships finished in the top 10 batters, Rita Hokianga who pitched her West Texas College team to win the Division Two College World Championship in 2014, and Taylor-Paige Stewart a starting pitcher with the University of Wisconsin.  "These young women are the calibre of player we need available to compete on the World Stage", reflects Coach Gettins.

The inclusion of 17 year old Mereana Makea reflects the confidence Coach Gettins has in the young Wellington outfielder, "Makea has had a standout year in age group softball and performed very strongly at NFC and National Interclub tournaments, she is an exciting prospect for the future ".

Going forward Coach Gettins relates that there will be a strong focus on fitness and conditioning and players will be required to accept the responsibility to work hard on this themselves.  “At the end of the day our athletes need to be motivated to get themselves in the best physical condition they can, this will be monitored but the individual must take responsibility and accountability for their preparation and ongoing training".

Along with developing the athleticism and skills required to compete internationally, it is important to Coach Gettins that White Sox members are good people.  "This is a trait I hold very highly in a team environment".

The competition for place on the 2016 World Championship team starts now and as the season starts players performances will be continually monitored.  Although no winter camp is scheduled the first White Sox training camp will be held in late November in the Hawkes Bay.

 

 

NZ White Sox Squad 2015

 
 

 Player

Club

Province

1

Kura Ratu-James

Te Aroha

Hutt Valley

2

Yvonne Burgess

Te Aroha

Hutt Valley

3

Mel Gettins

Dodgers

Hutt Valley

4

Kyla Bromhead

Waitakere Bears

Auckland

5

Katrina Stockford

Ramblers

Auckland

6

Jennifer Feret

Western Magpies

Auckland

7

Rebecca Bromhead

Waitakere Bears

Auckland

8

Beth Stavert

Western Magpies

Auckland

9

Gillian Wills

Western Magpies

Auckland

10

Kyrsta Hoani

Otahuhu

Auckland

11

Ancelle van Molendorf

Waitakere Bears

Auckland

12

Tegan Bromhead

Waitakere Bears

Auckland

13

Te Reo Powhiri Matautia

Marist

Auckland

14

Mereana Makea

Poneke Kilbirnie

Wellington

15

Carly Werahiko

Sydenham/Kereru

Canterbury

16

Robyn Hall

Sydenham/Kereru

Canterbury

17

Emma Frost

Halswell

Canterbury

18

Rita Hokianga

Dodgers

Hawkes Bay

19

Taylor Paige Stewart

University of Wisconsin

USA

20

Cassie Siataga

Midland College, Texas/ Canterbury

USA

21

Tynesha Houkamau

Midland College, Texas/ Canterbury

USA

22

Kayla Rangiawha

South Florida College, Florida/Wellington

USA

23

Mikayla Werahiko

South Florida College, Florida/Canterbury

USA

24

Courtney Gettins

South Florida College, Florida/Hutt Valley

USA

25

Ellie Cooper

Florida State University

USA

26

Kingsley Avery

University of Avia Maria/Auckland

USA

27

Lara Andrews

Pennsylvania Rebellion/Hutt Valley

USA

28

Danica Ferriso

Midland College, Texas/Hutt Valley

USA

29

Amy Begg

Morgan State University/Canterbury

USA

30

Hailey Breakwell

Idaho State University

USA

31

Shannon Hearne

Carine Cats, Perth

Australia

 

 

Cheers, Glen

 

Softball Manager, Softball New Zealand

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