E whakapono ana a kaiako Riki Paewai ko te hākina poipapa e tuputupu mai ana i Aotearoa. Kei te rere atu te kapa taiohi tekau ma rima tau te pakeke heke iho ki ngā whakataetae poipapa-ā-ao ki Hapāna, ā, ahakoa ko rātou ngā ihuhupe o te whakataetae, hei tā Riki kei a Aotearoa ngā pūkenga kia tū nui ki te mura o te ahi.
Koinei ngā mahuri tōtara poipapa o Aotearoa.
“This age group is going to be the turning point for baseball in NZ and this group of kids we've got behind us, they're awesome. I mean, we don't have many to choose from but to be able to choose a team like this at the calibre that they're at, it's been a real pleasure,” hei tā Paewai.
Hei tā Huriwaka Repia, “I’m really pumped to get on the field representing NZ.”
E ai ki tana teina kei roto I te tima a Tukuteihu Repia, “Yeah you know, just being in a national team, I was really excited but now to be going up against the world.”
He mahi poipapa i te ao i te pō ma ngā mātanga o te kapa, a Tukuteihu rāua ko Huriwaka. Ka nui hoki rāua e uru ana ki ngā whakataetae poipapa puta noa i te ao. I tēnei tau tākaro tuatahi ai rāua i te kapa ōrite.
Hei tā Tukuteihu, “Playing with my brother makes the trip like 100 times easier, he always gets me organised and makes sure that I put in the hard work on the field and if I'm slacking off he'll let me know.”
Ka tuki atu tā rāua kapa 'ihuhupe' ki ngā kapa rangatira o te ao, pēnei i a Amerika, Mehiko me Venezuela. Heoi, hei tā rāua he mana anō te uru ihuhupe mai ki te whakataeatae nei.
Hei tā Paewai, “One boy on the team, he's Samoan and he's only played under a year of baseball and he's just shot right up there and he's going to be one of our batter- pitchers for the tournament so it speaks volumes for NZ and their ability athletically. You can find a kid anywhere and he's more than likely going to compete in any sport so it's definitely a big bonus.”
Hei tēnei wiki rere atu ai te kapa ki Hapāna mo te whakataetae nui taioreore nei ka whanake hei te otinga o tēnei marama.