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Junior Black Sox ready to start world champs campaign

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The Temperzone Junior Black Sox softball team is set to leave this weekend on their campaign to win the Junior World Championships in White Horse, Yukon, Canada with assistant coach Jarrad Martin saying the team can’t wait to get on the plane.

"We had a camp at Waiouru Military base and the boys were looking pretty good and just rearing to go and get on the plane. It was important for us to get them together and get that team culture," said Martin who was also 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.

"We haven’t won anything yet and we haven’t competed as a team on the world stage, so we are working together and we know the majority of teams are going to be tough. Argentina are the defending champs, Australia are the old foes and Canada and USA will be hard. We don’t want to peak to early and we don’t want to peak too late. It’s just going to be one game at a time."

The first game of the world championships for the Junior Black Sox is July 11 against Australia. In 2012 the Junior Black Sox finished fifth.

A number of players in the team have significant links with softball in New Zealand. Te Kahui Bishop is the younger brother of Black Sox catcher, Beau Bishop, Connor Peden spent time with the Black Sox in the series win against Australia earlier this year and Dante Makea is the son of Black Sox legend, Thomas Makea who is also the Junior Black Sox coach. Makea won four world titles with the Black Sox, including last year in Auckland.

The New Zealand boys and girls Development teams also leave this weekend to play in the Friendship Games in Sydney. The teams are primarily under 17 years looking towards future Junior World Champs.

Temperzone NZ Junior Black Sox team (under 19) for Junior World Championships.

Tiwana Aranui (Hawkes Bay),

Bradley Bennett (Auckland),

Te Kahui Bishop (Wellington),

Luke Bowers (Nelson),

Eruera Drage (Auckland),

Callum Elson (Auckland),

Cole Evans (Auckland),

Vincent Harris (Waikato),

Lewis Jerard (Auckland),

Ethan Johnston (Canterbury),

Dante Matakatea (Wellington),

Fraser McLaren (Wellington),

Connor Peden (North Harbour),

Blake Radford (North Harbour),

Maddix Rice (Auckland),

Nopera Stockford (Canterbury),

Jackson Watt (Canterbury),

Coach Thomas Makea, Asst Coach Jarrad Martin, Manager Wayne Small, Assistant Manager Dean Groves.

JBS non-travelling reserves

Liam Twigdon (Auckland), Taylor Nau (Auckland), Callum Gates (Hutt Valley), Dimitri Morunga (Auckland), Callum Bishop (Canterbury).

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