Tall Ferns Prominent In Australia

2011 FIBA Oceania ChampionshipGladstone Power was probably the busiest team in Australasia last weekend as they completed a demanding triple-header road trip. Good news for the team that contains three current or former Tall Ferns is that they won all three games in the Queensland Basketball League.

Charmian Mellars (nee Purcell) was not named in the recent Tall Ferns training squad to assemble in Auckland next month but after her performance on Saturday night perhaps NZ coach Kennedy Kereama may consider coaxing the former international out of retirement.

Mellars posted a massive double double of 24pts/21rebounds as the Power had far too much gas for bottom of the QBL Toowoomba Mountaineers winning 89-46 on Saturday.

On Sunday Charmian’s sister Natalie Taylor was the star of the show amassing 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists as Gladstone over powered Brisbane Capitals 87-59. Jess Bygate contributed 9 points and 7 rebounds.

Bygate was more prominent in the opening game of the road hike scoring 18 points plus 9 rebounds as the Power accounted for Logan Thunder 91-60.

Gladstone improved to 9-1 a game clear of Rockhampton at the top of the QBL ladder.

Elsewhere in the Queensland Basketball League Tall Ferns captain Micaela Cocks scored a season high 21 points as Townsville Flames (7-3) accounted for Ipswich Force 89-67. The result sees the Flames move past the Force into third place on the ladder.

In Perth Lisa Wallbutton (9pts/12rebs) continued her good form as Willetton Tigers proved too strong for Perth Redbacks, winning 72-55. The win keeps Willetton in second place in the State Basketball League with a 16-2 record.

In the Big V League in Victoria, top played bottom as Hume City Broncos took on Diamond Valley Eagles. As expected the Broncos crushed the Diamonds 95-37, Otago’s Samara Gallaher adding 8 rebounds to 9 points. It is worth reflecting on Gallaher’s stat line from last week, which we were unable to bring you at the time –6pts/8rebs/5assists/4steals –, are you watching Mika Vukona!

Third placed Southern Peninsula Sharks (12-4) had a win and a loss at the weekend.

The third on the table Sharks had a very disappointing result on Saturday when they entertained second placed Ringwood Hawks. Unfortunately the Sharks were completely dominated by the Hawks losing 86-50.

Chevannah Paalvast was outstanding for the Sharks registering a double double of 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Things improved for the Sharks on Sunday as they bounced back to beat Melbourne Tigers 89-54 with Paalvast contributing 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Good performance from Bartlett

Napier mail. Photo: Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz. Hawks' Everard Bartlett drives against Rangers' Shea Ili. 2013 National Basketball League, Super City Rangers v Hawkes Bay Hawks, Trust Stadium, Auckland. Sunday 19th May 2013. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz

Good news for coach Paul Henare is that Everard Bartlett, with the Tall Blacks trial taking place next week, appears to have found his scoring touch at the right time. He followed up his 16 points effort last week with a game high 22 points on Saturday as the Ballarat Miners accounted for the Brisbane Spartans 106-82 in the South East Basketball League.

The Spartans are winless on the road this season and didn’t look like reversing that trend as they lost every quarter to the Miners who improve to 7-8.

Bartlett had another productive night from behind the arc converting 6 from 11 from long range, which makes it 11/19 3PG (58%) from the past two games for the former Hawkes Bay sharpshooter.

Dyson King-Hawea gained release from the

Taranaki Mountain Airs final Bartercard NBL game of the season to debut for Ballarat against Brisbane. The Kiwi small forward played just 8 minutes, scoring two points, but can expect increased court time if Bartlett exits the team on Tall Black’s duty.

News from Auckland Schools Premier Basketball

Onehunga High School came close to upsetting Westlake Boys High School in the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Basketball competition last week but on Friday they were always in arrears against Rangitoto College.

The scores were even mid way through the first quarter but when Rangitoto coach Kenny Stone has the luxury of introducing Tai Wynyard, Dan Fotu and Isaac Davidson off the bench you get the impression most teams are going to buckle against such quality.

Onehunga trailed 24-17 at the end of quarter one but the gap had widened to 56-31 at half time. Sam Waardenburg had 11 points at the break and Semisi Tu’ufetua, demonstrating some nice touches close to the basket had 12 points for OHS.

The second half threatened to be one-way traffic but all credit to Onehunga, with a two man bench, Lesae Coe and Tu’ufetua in particular kept the host defenders busy. Zack Te Puni enjoyed some extended court time for Rosmini and responded with a double double of a dozen points and rebounds.

Final Score:

Rangitoto College 90 – Waardenburg 19p/11r, Wynyard 14p/10r, Te Puni 12p/12r, Davidson 8p/6a

Onehunga High School 62 – Coe 20p, Tu’ufetua 16p Marvin Brown 8p

In the earlier game the Rangi girls proved too strong at home for Mount Albert Grammar winning 57-42.

It was fairly even at the main break with Rangitoto just ahead 26-23, Tabatha Jenkins (7pts) displaying a willingness to fight for the rebounds and loose ball.

Gracie Hasler-Ewin was forced to the bench with a fourth foul in the third period but a 16-8 run in the stanza extended the Rangi lead to a comfortable 42-31 with 10 minutes remaining – Casey McFadden slotted in 6 points in the period.

Khyannon Poto kept the scoreline respectable for MAGS, Ivana Botica sealing the deal for Rangitoto with a late flourish, including a step back three, to cap a solid win for the hosts.

Final score:

Rangitoto College 57 – Tessa Gush 14p, Jenkins 9p, Hasler-Ewin 8p, McFadden 8p

MAGS 42 – Poto 15p, Ang Lousi 10p, Trinity Paeu 8p

Elsewhere there were wins for Rosmini at St Kentigern in the Boys competition and a controversial win for Westlake in the Girls League.

It appears Auckland Girls Grammar Coach John Subritzky got ejected from the game after multiple technical fouls with his team 17 points ahead of Westlake.  His behavior resulted in the game being awarded to Westlake 20-0.

Current Standings


Westlake Girls 9-0

Rangitoto Coll 9-1

Auckland GGS 6-3

Orewa Coll 4-4

MT Albert GS 3-6

Massey High 2-5


Westlake Boys 8-1

Rangitoto Coll 8-1

Auckland GS 7-2

Onehunga HS 5-5

Liston Coll 4-5

Rosmini Coll 3-5

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