Pitching for her club and citizenship
Jennifer Feret has been a standout for the Western Magpies in the past three seasons and is looking to bring home a premiership title. The pitcher talks to reporter Julian Raethel about how moving to New Zealand caught her off-guard.
Jennifer Feret never planned to come to New Zealand.
The 29-year-old from Ohio admits she was thinking more about playing in Australia.
But one email to the Western Magpies was all it took to get her to pack her bags for West Auckland.
Three years later she doesn't want to leave.
"I played two years in Switzerland and was looking for a new challenge.
"I'm so glad I came here. The culture and people are amazing.
"Talking with the coach I felt we were on the same page right away."
Feret found work as the sports activator for Massey primary and intermediate schools and has two pressing goals - gaining citizenship and helping build women's softball in New Zealand.
Feret has already helped guide the Magpies to become one of Auckland's top sides.
"It's funny because my high school coach never let me pitch.
"At a softball trial I was laughed at because I didn't know all the basic stuff you learn from a textbook about pitching. But I kept practising and at university I got my opportunity."
She's no stranger to hitting either, with the Magpies clocking up 26 runs in three games this year.
Last season's loss in the Auckland Fastpitch premier final to Otahuhu hit a little close to home - her boyfriend Jamie Brear is also Otahuhu's assistant coach.
Feret has played for the White Sox in the Gilley's Shield competition in Australia but only due to a special dispensation rule.
"It's an easy decision for me, New Zealand's my home now. Hopefully I can gain citizenship and reach my dream."
FAST FACTS Jennifer Feret
Born: Ohio, United States
Team: Western Magpies
Lives in: Glen Eden
Favourite food: Pierogis
Favourite movie:Star Wars
If I wasn't playing softball I'd be: In a rock band.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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