Sky Sport is excited to bring viewers live coverage of softball’s National Fastpitch Championship from Rosedale Park in North Harbour on Sunday December 9.

The newly refurbished Rosedale Park Stadium will host both the Men’s and Women’s Tournaments with the finals live on the Sky Sport Highlights Channel (Sky Channel 033) on Sunday afternoon.

In addition, the Black Sox World Championship team will be announced live immediately after the Men’s Final.

Sky Sport’s coverage is presented by Stephen McIvor with Dale Husband behind the microphone calling every play. The expert commentators are Naomi Shaw and Mark Sorenson. Continue reading »

Some of the finest softball in the world is played right here in New Zealand-Aotearoa – and now the sport will really get the attention it deserves in POIUKA O AOTEAROA 2008, a season of softball to premiere on Maori Television on Sunday April 20 at 2.00 PM.

The series gets off the mark with three weeks of coverage from this year’s national women’s and men’s league finals, played in March at Hataitai Park in Wellington.

Then it’s on to the crème de la crème of the softball world, as triple world champions, the fearless Blacksox, launch their campaign for the next World Championship, to be held in Saskatoon, Canada in 2009.

To do that, the New Zealanders will need to come up trumps at the ISF Oceania qualifier tournament, in Albany, Auckland. Only the top two teams will go through.

“Our world champion men’s softball team, the Blacksox, will be endeavouring to qualify from our world zone to win their fourth world championship,” says POIUKA O AOTEAROA 2008 producer Robbie Neha.

Māori Television will carry all the matches from the Albany event.

POIUKA O AOTEAROA 2008’s frontman is Te Kauhoe Wano. Each two-hour show will also feature softballing tips from former Blacksox shortstop, Dion Nukunuku – a player of immense experience and skill who was on the team for all three of their world champion victories.

The show will also profile some of the country’s finest male and female softballers in the game today.

Softball New Zealand statistics show there are around 30,000 players in this country, and about two-thirds of those in youth grades. They estimate the majority are Maori.

Don’t miss the action! Tune in to POIUKA O AOTEAROA 2008 on Maori Television or Te Reo, Sunday April 20 at 2 PM.