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White Sox team named for Canada Cup

The White Sox team has been named for the Canada Cup
Auckland pitcher Loran Parker has been selected for the White Sox Canada Cup team PHOTO: SOFTBALL NZ

Softball NZ has confirmed the 16-player women's White Sox team to compete in the Canada Cup in Vancouver in July.

The selected players under the guidance of head coach Donny Hale will be up against a wide range of nations with the tournament won by Japan last year.


Auckland has the largest number of players with five, Hutt Valley four, Canterbury three players and North Harbour, Hawkes Bay and Wellington one each.

American-based player in Denva Shaw-Tait who originally hails from Hutt Valley is at the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Shaw-Tait is the grand daughter and daughter of former White Sox captains Naomi Shaw and Kiri Shaw-Tait.

There are a number of experienced players in the side such Auckland's Otahuhu Club pitcher Loran Parker, Pania Monk, Pallas Porter and Lucy McIntyre who are a number of players to have represented New Zealand at senior and junior level over many years.

At the last WSBC rankings at the end of 2023 the New Zealand White Sox were ranked 32nd overall.

The White Sox depart New Zealand on June 25 for Vancouver, where they will compete in the Canada Cup Women’s International Fastpitch tournament from July 1 - 7.


Loran Parker (Auckland), Amy Begg (Canterbury), Brittany Terry (Canterbury), Pania Monk (Auckland), Charlotte Graham (North Harbour), Emma Francis (Wellington), Otila Tavite (Hutt Valley), Kiara Taimai (Auckland), Lucy McIntyre (Canterbury), Kiri Winiata-Enoka (Hutt Valley), Lace Tangianau (Hutt Valley), Pallas Potter (Hutt Valley), Erin Blackmore (Hawke's Bay), Meeki Cooper-Nicola (Auckland), Beth Reid (Auckland), Denva Shaw-Tait (USA college)

(Two additional travelling reserve athletes, and five non-travelling reserve players to be added to the squad in the coming weeks)

Coach - Donny Hale; manager - Kylie Dalton; assistant manager - Aimee Russell; assistant coach (outfield specialist) - Zavana Aranga; battery coach - Suzy de Lautor


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