Over 150 proud family members and friends attended the New Zealand Under 16 teams singlet presentation at North Shore Events Centre on Tuesday evening.
Under 16 Men’s head coach Dave Mackay complimented the 20 athletes on being chosen to represent New Zealand.
“The selection process began last July at Under 15 Nationals. Today is the culmination of a lot of hard work and sacrifice by both the players and their families. All concerned can be very proud of their achievements, he said.
First to be announced were the Under 16 Women’s team introduced by their head coach Angela Perrott-Hunt. Charlisse Leger-Walker, who has already worn the black singlet on two occasions this year, led the team out. She was a member of the Junior Tall Ferns team that toured China in April. Last month she was a member of the 3×3 team that attended the FIBA 3×3 Under 18 World Championships in Kazakhstan.
Following the introduction of the Men’s team members of Te Ropu Rangatira, representing Rosmini College Maori department, performed a stirring haka.
The haka was accepted by players Mitchell Dance and Marvin Williams-Dunn whoboth attend Rosmini.
The teams traveled to Melbourne today with the Australian Under 16 State Championships commencing on Saturday.
The Men begin with a tough assignment against perennial powerhouse Victoria Metro whilst the Women face Queensland on the opening day.
New Zealand U16 Women:
Ella Bradley – Waikato, Isabelle Cook – Taranaki Country, Gracie Hasler-Ewin – North Harbour, Charlisse Leger-Walker – Waikato, Jordyn Maddix – North Harbour, Caitlin O’Connell – Taranaki Country, Sharne Pupuke-Robati – Auckland Counties Manukau, Briarley Rogers – Tauranga City, Rosalia Samia – Hawkes Bay, Rashaan Smith – North Harbour.
New Zealand U16 Men:
Shalom Broughton – Tauranga City, Tom Cowie – Southland, Mitchell Dance – North Harbour, Joseph Hylton – North Harbour, Kainoa Lepou – Waikato, Logan McIntosh – North Harbour, Jared Thornton – North Harbour, Morgan Trott – Taranaki Country, Ezrah Vaigafa – Wellington, Marvin Williams-Dunn – Auckland Counties Manukau.