Tall Ferns return to the court following Commonwealth Games success.


Most of the Tall Ferns that tasted success at the recent Commonwealth Games are back on court.

The quartet of Toni Farnworth, Micaela Cocks, Chevannah Paalvast and Kalani Purcell have been in China collecting more silverware at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup.

In Australia Jordan Hunter, Jess Bygate and Josie Stockill were in action in three different State Leagues last weekend.

Stockill plays for the Kennedy Kereama coached Sunbury Jets in the Big V League. She landed 18 points (8/11FG) and added 5 rebounds as the Jets beat Kellor Thunder 69-54. The defending champion Jets snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 3-3 for the season.

“Everyone wants to beat the team that won it last year, so by default we have a target on our backs,” Kerama told the Herald Sun.

“We’re not going to surprise people like we did last year, so we’ve just got to be on our A-Game all the time,” he added.

Jess Bygate and Sandringham Sabres clinched the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) Tasmanian road trip double with a 97-69 win in Launceston and a closer 97-90 victory win against Hobart. Bygate shot an impressive 17 from 24 (71%) from the floor over the two games on her way to 14 points against Launceston and 21 points in Hobart. The Sabres are up to sixth on the table with a 4-2 record for the season.

Jordan Hunter continued her good form from the Games with 11 points (4/9FG) as Sturt Sabres beat Woodville Warriors 75-63. Hunter was one of three players in double figures as the Sabres solidified second spot on the South Australia Premier League ladder with a sixth win in seven outings.

Meanwhile Deena Franklin (Harbour Breeze) and Charlisse Leger-Walker (Waikato Wizards) will be heading to Tauranga on Friday for the first round of games in the 2018 Women’s Basketball Championship (WBC).

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