The New Zealand Men's Softball team, The Golden Homes Black Sox, have recently arrived in Canada for the Softball World Championships to be held in Saskatoon.
In just a few hours time, the team will play their first match against local club champions, the Calgary Sox.
Ngāti Porou's Nathan Nukunuku, who made his debut as captain in 1999, will once again fulfill the role at the competition, while Mark Sorenson is the coach.
The Black Sox have won the World Championships six times, however, they have never won in Saskatoon.
Below is the Black Sox schedule:
Wednesday 10 June (CDT) : Double header vs Calgary Invitational
Thursday 11 June (CDT) : Game reviews/workout
Saturday 13 June & Sunday 14 June (CDT) : Stampede Invitational Tournament:
- Saturday 11am
- Saturday 5pm
- Saturday 7pm
- Sunday 1pm
- Sunday: Final 3pm
Monday 15 June (CDT) : Travel to Kelowna
Wednesday 17 June (CDT) : Double header vs Kelowna Stars
Friday 19 June (CDT) : Tournament opening game 8:30am
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June (CDT) : Bob Law memorial Challenge Tournament- Vancouver
Wednesday 24 June (CDT) : Games- Double header vs De Lisle
Friday June 26 (CDT) : Black Sox vs Argentina
Saturday June 27 (CDT) : Black Sox vs Great Britain
Sunday June 28 (CDT) : Black Sox vs Canada
Monday June 29 (CDT) : Black Sox vs Philippines
Tuesday June 30 (CDT) : Black Sox vs Indonesia
Wednesday July 1 (CDT) : Black Sox vs Guatemala
Thursday July 2 (CDT) : Black Sox vs Czech Republic
Friday July 3 and Saturday July 4 (CDT) : Play offs
Sunday July 5 (CDT) : Finals
You can keep up to date with how the Black Sox are going via Softball New Zealand's Facebook page.