Monthly Archives: October 2013

Wilkinson replaces Lazare at Breakers

The sudden move by the Sky City Breakers to replace import Darnell Lazare after just four appearances is not totally unexpected. Although the return of two-time championship winner Gary Wilkinson is a surprise it is one that will please Breakers fans. He will add scoring punch in a league that has become offensive orientated with the new refereeing interpretations implemented this season. In 65 previous appearances for the club Wilkinson scored 1053 points at 16.2ppg. Continue reading

Bailey and Tait Star for Youthtown Clique

Two exciting games showcased round seven of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam.

First up, The Birdmen looking for their first win of the campaign took on the Youthtown Clique. The Birdmen made a promising start leading at quarter time, trailing by one point at the half and ahead 85-80 with a quarter remaining. Both teams began the game with just seven players and their shortened bench hurt The Birdmen more than the Clique. Nelson Giants forward Rory Fannon, playing his first game in the competition had helped Casey Frank and Johnny Fesolai form a formidable front court for them but when he fouled out late in the third period the bench became threadbare. Continue reading

2013 Age Group National Championships Reviewed

With the 2013 National age group championships now complete it’s worth reflecting on who the Championship winners were.

North Harbour collected four trophies, Waitakere West Auckland two and four other associations collected one piece of silverware each including Hibiscus Coast, winners of their first ever national championship. Continue reading

Burton and Henare Star in Latest Round of Mexicali Summer Jam

The Block City Brawlers featured three former or current Tall Blacks in their line up against The Birdmen in round six of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam at Youthtown on Tuesday night. Former internationals Paul Henare and Darryl Cartwright were joined by Jack Salt, who made his first appearance in the competition. Continue reading

A Good Week for the Boucher’s

Last week was a particularly pleasant one for the Boucher household. On Thursday Dillon had his number 24 playing singlet retired in front of his family and 6000 fans at Vector Arena. That was a special occasion and a fitting tribute for the now retired foundation player.

However, on Saturday Dillon and wife Nikki would have been equally proud that son Jayden picked up his first national title. Jayden was a member Continue reading

Henare Debuts in Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam

Paul Henare made his long awaited debut for the Block City Brawlers as they took on the Youthtown Clique in the feature game in round five of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam. Henare missed the earlier rounds due to Breakers commitments but despite lacking a bit of pace compared to his Tall Blacks days his court savvy and leadership will be a big help to the Brawlers. Thanks to the scoring ability of Houston O’Riley and Alonzo Burton the Brawlers kept pace with the Clique in the first half, trailing just Continue reading

Breakers v Wollongong Hawks Preview

The SKY CITY Breakers begin their 2013-2014 NBL campaign at home to the Wollongong Hawks on Thursday night at Vector Arena. Games against the Gordie McLeod coached Hawks are usually tight affairs and this encounter is unlikely to be any different. Continue reading

Harbour Schools Dominate but Where to From Here?

Congratulations to Westlake Boys High School on retaining the Secondary Schools National Title. I doubt that the top three places (Rangitoto College finished second and Rosmini third) have ever before been occupied by schools from the same local association /catchment area.  Continue reading

NBL Dream Team

The NBL Dream Team competition is up and running. If you are interested in joining the Low Down League register via the NBL website and use 91730 to log a place in the league

Lindsay Tait Returns From Injury

Lindsay Tait made his long awaited return from injury last night in the fourth round of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam.

Tait, sidelined with a hand injury since the closing stages Continue reading