Tall Ferns Back in Action


The Olympic Qualifying Tournament only ended ten days ago but a trio of players that were in action for the Tall Ferns in France suited for their club sides in Australia at the weekend.

Chevannah Paalvast showed good form for Townsville Flames in the Queensland Basketball League. The Kiwi guard scored 20 points for the Flames but they were doused 94-67 by Mackay Meteorettes (not sure about that name). Townsville were just ten down at three-quarter time but were dominated 28-5 in the final period as they slip to a 5-3 record.

The Perth based pair of Lisa Wallbutton and Toni Edmondson had contrasting fortunes. Edmondson put up an impressive stats line of 23 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals as Perry Lakes Hawks (12-6) cemented a place in the top four of the State League with a 91-57 mauling of Cockburn Cougars.The Hawks set up the win with a dominant 29-9 second quarter.

Lisa Wallbutton found points hard to come by making just one of ten shots from the field as the Perth Redbacks were bitten 70-55 by Willeton Tigers. Wallbutton only managed three points but she did top the Redbacks rebounding count with 10 boards.

Samara Gallaher withdrew from Tall Ferns consideration due to injury but she has made a comeback recently for Hume City Broncos in the Victorian Big V League.

On Saturday the Broncos (13/1) had a top of the table clash with Ringwood Hawks (14/2) and in a possible Grand final preview Hume came out on top 78-63. Gallaher didn’t score any points but did contribute 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the win.

The Sunbury Jets have continued to dominate Division One of the Big V League. Whilst Kennedy Kereama was away on Tall Ferns duty assistant Lisa Townsend took up the coaching reins and she ensured the Jets unbeaten run was maintained.

Kereama was back on board on Sunday as the Jets soared away from Western Port winning 89-41 and now boast a 13-0 record. Tall Fern forward Jess Bygate followed contributed 12 points to Sunbury’s latest success.

Tall Black forward Duane Bailey has recently joined the CJ Bruton coached Brisbane Spartans. The Spartans sit second on the SEABL Eastern Conference table with a 10-6 record after defeating Dandenong Rangers 98-73 on Saturday.

Bailey, playing his second game for the Spartans, had 10 points (4/8FG) and 6 rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

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