Team Netherlands will play at the World Championship for the second time under the coach Israel Nukunuku (from New Zealand). Israel lives in Sweden now, but gained a lot of experience coaching different national teams of New Zealand but also Denmark at the top world events. This will be his 7th World Championship, where also his brother will participate as the captain of the New Zealand national team.
1) What does the preparation of team Netherlands look like?
The team’s preparation for Worlds has consisted in trainings every week, as well as 9 games played at Zeist Slot tournament. It also has seen two or three training camp weekends. Which the last one was the past weekend as well as 4 more warm up games when in Canada.
2) What are your goals for the World Championship?
The goals that we have set with team is that we are determined to be better every game always looking for improvement
3) What is it like to coach a team from a different country (and continent)? Is Dutch softball different from that of New Zealand?
Coaching in a different country is rewarding as I get to be passionate about the game I love. The language barrier is always hard but with being clear and precise it helps with coaching. It's not too much difference between the countries they all like to hit homeruns and turn double plays, just in Holland there is a limited amount of players in the game.
14th Men’s World Softball Championship will be held in Saskatoon, Canada from June 26th to July 5th.
Together with the Dutch team, another three European countries will participate: Czech Republic, Denmark, and Great Britain.
Take a look at the Dutch roster for the tournament below:
Jeffry Visser 5 P
Arjan Baanen 4 P
Jeroen Mulder 9 P
Niek Nieuwenhuizen 43 P
Anthony Beaumont 22 C
Merlijn Brink 12 C/OF
Glennsig Polonius 19 IF/Captain
Tim Verbrugge 25 IF/OF
Eldrick Dijkhoff 14 IF
Enrique Javier 28 IF/C
Randy Lo-A-Tjong 8 IF
Jerome Wouters 49 IF
Revin Brooks 15 OF
Randy Reiph 20 OF/IF
Rien Smulders 6 OF
Jeff Delfina 10 OF
Idel Raap 7 OF
Israel Nukunuku 77 Head coach
Ben ten Pas 44 Assistent coach OF
Marlon Comenencia 2 Assistent coach IF
Peter Kolderie 3 Assistent coach Pitching
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