New Zealand Black Sox perform the haka ahead of their game against the Philippines at the Tradestaff ISF World Softball Championships, Rosedale Park, Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday 7th March 2013. Photo: Ben Campbell/World Softball Championships
Video: New Zealand Black Sox Perform Maori Haka Before ISF World Softball Championships Game
The recently concluded ISF World Softball Championships finished familiarly: The New Zealand Black Sox, the country's national men's softball squad, took the title, their sixth overall. As is tradition with New Zealand's national teams, the softball team performed a haka before their games to honor the Indigenous Maori people. The haka is a traditional Maori war dance. Three members of the Black Sox are Maori: center fielder Ben Enoka; shortstop Tyson Burne; and infielder Brad Rona.
Here are two videos of separate hakas performed by the Black Sox before games at this year's world softball championships.
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