Tyneessha Houkamau named New Zealand’s softball of the year

Tyneessha Houkamau named New Zealand’s softball of the year
30/08/2021
In addition, three legends were added to the Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame: June Fitzpatrick, Donny Hale and Thomas Makea.

Two-way player Tyneessha Houkamau was awarded with the New Zealand 2021 Softballer of the Year award, Softball New Zealand’s top recognition. In addition, three legends were added to the Softball New Zealand Hall of Fame: June Fitzpatrick, Donny Hale and Thomas Makea.

While playing for Auckland at the National Fastpitch Championship (NFC) Houkamau performed well with the bat and ball, helping the team reach the final. Although Auckland did not get the win, highlights from Tyneesha in the NFC final include her hitting triple digits (101kph) while on the mound and almost clearing the fence in one of her at-bats.

At club level, Tyneesha plays for a talented Otahuhu team that dominated the New Zealand club scene, going on to win their first Women’s Club National title in March.

The full list of 2020/21 Softball New Zealand Annual Awards are:

  • Administrator of the Year - Aimee Russell
  • Volunteer of the Year - Roberta Blair-Stilwell
  • Volunteer of the Year - Joanne Harris
  • Personality of the Year - Raymond Terrey
  • Domestic Coach of the Year - Nathan Nukunuku
  • Scorer of the Year - Alison Kensington
  • Umpire of the Year - Dave Fortin
  • Club of the Year - Metro 
  • Association of the Year - Southland

Player of the Year Awards for 2020-2021

  • Women’s Emerging Player of the Year - Lace Tangianau
  • Men’s Emerging Player of the Year - Tane Mumu
  • Women’s Pitcher of the Year - Loran Parker
  • Men’s Pitcher of the Year - Daniel Chapman
  • Women’s Player of the Year - Tyneesha Houkamau
  • Men’s Player of the Year - Cole Evans
  • Softballer of the Year - Tyneesha Houkamau

Visit Softball New Zealand website to check the details of each awardee.