Te Wera and Sam Bishop of Te Whanau a Apanui and Ngati Maniapoto, Boss and and Moko Moanaroa of Tainui are now preparing to take part in Baseball World Classic Qualifiers in Taiwan representing New Zealand.
The first New Zealand Baseball Team are well and truly ready to literally hit the big time and it means everything to the players to be provided the first opportunity to play at an international level for their country . One of the players Te Wera Bishop says “it’s a real honour being able to represent our country for the very first time for the world qualifiers”.
The New Zealand team have selected their players from around the world which included America, Canada and Australia. The Moanaroa brothers are based in Sydney and play for the Sydney Blue Sox . Boss Moanaroa says “it’s a great honour to see all the boys around here, especially from all around the world like America, Canada its just great to see a New Zealand Baseball team.
Like most of the team the Bishop brothers started off in Softball before crossing over to Baseball and while the games are different the rules are very similar with the major differences being the actual ball used in each sport. All the players say they have found their softball skills very handy and have made the adaptation to baseball very smooth and easy . The growth in the sport here has been quite rapid recently and those passionate about the game are hopeful that support will grow even more after this landmark event.
The New Zealand team take off on Sunday and play a couple of warm up games against Sydney and Canberra before heading to Taiwan where they’ll be hoping to hit above their weight.