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New Zealand

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SOFTBALL NEW ZEALAND

93 Hutt Park Road, Seaview, 5010 Hutt City, New Zealand

+64 4 560 0390

www.softball.org.nz

History

The history of softball in New Zealand dates back to 1935 when the game was first played as a recreation by visiting American sailors. The man really responsible for introducing the game into New Zealand was Mr W. H. Wilson, of the Ford Motor Company, who had played the game in the United States before coming here. The first organised competitions took place in the summer of 1937/38, the Wellington Softball (Baseball) Association was formed in November 1937, and with the game spreading rapidly up and down the country the N.Z. (Baseball) Softball Council was formed at a meeting at Kelvin Gymnasium, Wellington, on January 11, 1938. Involvement in international softball competition began when Australian women’s teams toured New Zealand in 1949. (They toured again in 1961.) The International Softball Federation (ISF) set up its first women’s world championship in 1965, a five-team tournament in Melbourne, where New Zealand finished fourth. The team was coached by Gerry Marshall and included 15-year-old Wellington schoolgirl Marilyn Chapman, who would become one of the game’s greats. At the first ISF Men’s World Championship, held in Mexico City in 1966, New Zealand came third. Alf Whelan was New Zealand’s head coach, and the team included New Zealand’s first two major pitching stars, Bill Massey and Kevin Herlihy. Whelan coached New Zealand at the following two world championships, guiding the team to third place again at Manila in 1972. The New Zealand men first stood on the champion’s rostrum in 1976 at Lower Hutt. The championship was a three-way tie between New Zealand, the US and Canada, after rain washed out the tournament. New Zealand softball entered its boom years in the late 1970s, with three outstanding coaches ensuring it stayed at the top internationally: Ed Dolejs, Mike Walsh and Don Tricker.

Governance

NICHOLA SHERRIFF

President

LYNDA O’CAIN (CHAIRWOMAN)

Vice President

SHARON KAWE

Treasurer

CHRIS PATTERSON

Member

RHYS CASLEY

Member

DUNCAN ENOKA

Member

NARDUS OELOFSE

Member

STEVE LEPPIEN

Member

TONY GILES

General Director