Rhys Casley Takes the Mantle

New Black Sox Captain

A new era has dawned for the Black Sox with the announcement that Rhys Casley will now lead the team, replacing Jarrad Martin who held the role for a decade.

Black Sox coach Eddie Kohlhase believes the Hutt Valley player will provide the leadership required to take the team through to the 2013 World Championships.

“Rhys has been a leader within the Black Sox for a number of years, he is widely respected by his peers for his no nonsense follow me approach. It is however his qualities of humility, integrity and pride that points to this proud Kiwi as the player we believe will lead the Sox with distinction,”
Kohlhase said.

Casley, 31, first made his debut for the Black Sox in 2002 but missed out on making the 2004 team for the world championship. However, a year later he was back in the side and was one of the leading performers at last year’s world championship, playing in all 12 games and was in the top three batters for the team.

He is excited at the opportunity to lead the Black Sox.

“It’s a real privilege for me especially to follow Jarrad. He’s the best player I’ve had the fortune to be a teammate of and I’ve learned so much from him.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading this wonderful team. It means a great deal and is a real highlight.”

The iconic Martin will remain an integral part of the team and is part of the senior management group.

His role will be vital according to Kohlhase.

“Jarrad has been the world’s premier player for the past decade, his captaincy of the Black Sox has been nothing short of outstanding. Jarrad will continue to play a major role within the Black Sox as well as mentoring Rhys.”

Martin, took over the captaincy role when Mark Sorenson retired in 2000, was at the helm when the team won its third consecutive world championship in Christchurch in 2004. He then led the team at last year’s world championship.

He remains enthusiastic and positive about his role within the team:

“It’s been a great experience to be part of this team and I’ve been honoured to lead the team.

“I will always be proud of the Black Sox and that’s why I’m staying on to ensure we have the best possible chance of winning in 2013.

“This is a special group and I’m totally supportive of Rhys as our new leader.”

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