Monthly Archives: October 2018

13 points for Beckley in second professional outing


Tall Ferns guard Jacinta Beckley knocked down 4 from 8 three-point attempts in her second outing for BEAC Ujbuda in the Hungarian League.

Commencing her first professional contract the former Seattle University Redhawks championship winner  finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals but Ujbuda slumped to a second straight loss to begin the season going down 86-55 at Atomeromu.

Beckley was of course a member of the successful Tall Ferns team that won the William Jones Cup back in July.


Australian WNBL underway but only Penina Davidson gets the W

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Four Tall Ferns appeared in the opening round of the Australian National Basketball League (WNBL) at the weekend but only Penina Davidson enjoyed a win.

Melbourne Boomers, coached by Tall Ferns mentor Guy Molloy, are tipped by many to win the 38th edition of the WNBL but they were surprisingly beaten 82-72 by Bendigo Spirit in front of nearly three thousand fans at the Melbourne State Basketball Centre on Saturday.

Kalani Purcell added four rebounds to one free-throw as Melbourne was outscored 29-5 in the second period giving up 23 turnovers in the contest.

It wasn’t a happy occasion for Micaela Cocks as she began her eighth season with Townsville Fire. Playing her 183rd game for the club (second highest all-time for Townsville) Cocks scored six points and added 8 rebounds but the Fire were doused 73-68 by Dandenong Rangers.

Stella Beck has joined Cocks at Townsville following her successful four year career at St Mary’s College California. Unfortunately Beck will be sidelined for the first couple of weeks of the season as she recovers from a stress fracture in her foot.

Davidson began her professional career on a winning note on Saturday as Adelaide Lightning stole) an opening round win in Perth beating the Lynx 78-66.

“Fans are going to love New Zealand ‘big’ Penina Davidson,” observed respected Adelaide based basketball journalist Boti Nagy before the game.

The former University of California Berkeley standout contributed 3 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks in 17 quality minutes off the bench for the Chris Lucas coached Lightning.

The win was based around a solid defensive effort from Adelaide as they held Perth to just twenty points in the middle two quarters to carry a decisive 58-41 lead into the final ten minutes.

Cantabrian Toni Farnworth, in her seventh campaign with the Lynx and her tenth WNBL season overall, scored 7 points but it wasn’t a great shooting night for Tall Ferns wing making just 3 from 12 from the floor.

Australian WNBL underway with strong Kiwi presence

It’s not just the Men’s Australian NBL that is underway this week but the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) also tips-off.

Beginning Friday there are four first round games with three featuring New Zealand Tall Ferns players.

The Sydney against Canberra clash on Friday has no Kiwi presence but on Saturday Perth Lynx featuring Toni Farnworth entertain Penina Davidson and Adelaide Lightning.

Also on Saturday Kalani Purcell and Josie Stockill will be suiting up for the Melbourne Bomers at home against Bendigo Spirit.

The first round concludes on Sunday with champions Townsville Fire hosting Dandenong Rangers. Veteran Micaela Cocks will once again be in the Fire lineup but unfortunately injury has ruled our Stella Beck.

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Tall Blacks in action in Europe and Australia

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There are five Tall Blacks on the SKYCITY Breakers payroll but where are the other Kiwi national players earning a living?

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Breakers debutants most since 2003


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The SKYCITY Breakers look set to give debuts to five players in the Australian NBL season opener against Brisbane tonight. Barring injury Shawn Long, Majok Majok, Armani Moore, Patrick Richard and Jarrad Weeks will all take the floor tonight.

If all five players debut it will be the most first time appearances for the club in a single game since the inaugural fixture against Adelaide 36ers in October 2003.

Tom Abercrombie has accumulated 3,211 points and needs 16 points to pass Kirk Penney (3,226) points to become the Breakers all-time leading scorer.

In addition Abercrombie (1,285 rebounds) requires 8 rebounds to pass Alex Pledger (1,292 rebounds) and become the Breakers all-time second highest rebounder behind Mika Vukona.

Abercrombie has played 275 NBL games – the sixth highest number of games played by active players in the NBL.

Corey Webster (1794 points) needs 7 points to pass Aaron Olson (1800 points) and become the Breakers 5th highest scorer all-time.

Kevin Braswell becomes the sixth Breakers head coach following in the footsteps of Jeff Green, Frank Arsego, Andrej Lemanis, Dean Vickerman, and Paul Henare.

Like Henare he also played for the club making 41 appearances as a player.

Rosmini and St Peter’s extend winning sequence at Schick Nationals.


The successes of Rosmini College and St Peter’s School Cambridge in claiming 2018 Schick Championships ‘AA’ National Secondary School Basketball titles has followed a continuing trend.

Rosmini claimed the Doug Harford Trophy for the second successive year and the third time in eight years beating St Patrick’s College Kilbirnie 114-62 in the final.

Following the successes of Westlake Boys High School and Rangitoto College, the three North Shore schools have between them claimed ten titles in the last fourteen years with only Otago Boys High, Fraser High and St Pat’s Kilbirnie (twice) interrupting the winning sequence.

The Tom Abercrombie led Westlake team of 2005 claimed the first of Westlake’s five titles. Corey Webster was also prominent that year and ensured a repeat in 2006.

Rob Loe featured in the aforementioned triumphs and was also the dominant figure in Westlake’s 2009 triumph.

Rosmini got their hands on the Doug Harford trophy for the first time in 2011 with Anamata Haku and Tohi Smith-Milner proving formidable.

Tai Webster in 2012 and Jack Salt in 2013 ensured Westlake would go back to back and after Otago Boys High clinched the 2014 title Rangitoto also went back to back in 2015 and 2016.

Tai Wynyard was a formidable force in 2015 and Sam Waardenburg a shining light in 2016 although it is the memory of the buzzer beating effort from Cam Stone, that broke the hearts of Palmerston North Boys High in 2016, that lives longest in the memory.

The consecutive wins by Rosmini College prompts the question can any other school buck the trend in 2019?

St Peter’s School Cambridge won the C.A. Clarke Trophy for the third time in four years by defeating Hutt Valley High School 92-51 on Saturday.

With St Peter’s returning the vast majority of their players in 2019, including the prodigious Charlisse-Leger Walker, it is hard to envisage anything but another victory for the Cambridge school next year.

If it is North Shore schools ruling the roost in the Boys competition of late, Waikato schools have dominated the Girls’ competition for the past four decades.

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Church College lifted the C.A. Clarke Trophy for the first time in 1981 and remarkably lifted that trophy another 19 times in the following 28 years – the last success in 2009, the year the school closed.

Sacred Heart College, Hamilton (1988) and Hamilton Girls High (2012) have also stood atop the podium meaning Waikato schools have totaled 27 victories in the 50 years the championship has been contested.

It’s a pity we have to wait another twelve months to witness another Schick Secondary Schools Nationals.

Rosmini and St Peter’s claim third National Championship titles



Rosmini College added to its 2011 and 2017 titles whilst St Peter’s Cambridge made it three wins in four years as the Schick National Championships came to a close in Palmerston North on Saturday.

The bronze medal games were won by Westlake Girls and St Kentigern College Boys.

Game reports here

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2018 Schick Finalists found



The finalists have been found at the 2018 Schick Championships ‘AA’ National Secondary School Basketball Championships.

The Girl’s Final will feature Hutt Valley High School and, returning for a fourth straight final, St Peter’s School Cambridge.

St Patrick’s College Kilbirnie, that last won the title in 2008, will take on defending champions Rosmini College  in the Boy’s Final.

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‘A’ titles decided on Day 4 at Schick Nationals plus ‘AA’ quarters sorted




Day four at the 2018 Schick Secondary Schools National Championships produced some memorable games.

Manukura beat Ellesmere College 91-70 in the Girls ‘A’ Final and Stratford High School outlasted Te Aroha College, deprived of a couple of starters due to injury, 97-75 in the Boys ‘A’ Final.

The ‘AA’ semi-finalists have also been found with St Pat’s Kilbirnie, Rosmini College, St Kentigern College and St John’s Hamilton prevailing in the boys quarter-finals.

St Kent’s convincingly won the all-City of Sails encounter against Auckland Grammar 91-60 whilst Rosmini were equally dominant against hosts Palmerston North Boys (100-63). St Pat’s Kilbirnie beat Hamilton Boys on the show court 90-75 but Waikato prevailed in the other quarter as St John’s College beat Napier Boys 97-79.

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The girls quarter-finals victors were Westlake Girls High School, Hutt Valley High, Queen Margaret College, Wellington and St Peter’s, Cambridge.

Westlake ousted Mt Albert Grammar on the buzzer 70-69 and Hutt Valley outlasted Hamilton Girls (76-69). Queen Margaret College and St Peter’s won one sided contests against St Andrew’s College (69-38) and Auckland Grammar (77-33) respectively.

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Play-off berths decided on Day 3 at Schick Nationals

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It was moving day on Wednesday at the 2018 Schick Secondary Schools National Championships with the finalists found in the A Tournaments and play-off berths confirmed in the AA competitions.

The A Girls Final will feature local favourites Manukura against Ellesmere College.

Manukura accounted for Stratford High 78-63 and in a cliffhanger Ellesmere conceded an eight points advantage in the final minute to Te Aroha College before clinching a 59-57 win on the buzzer.

Stratford Boys High, the 2017 champions have the opportunity to defend their crown after beating Nga Taiatea Wharekura 88-75 in the A Boys semi-final. Te Aroha College boys made up for the loss by the girls team claiming a 67-61 win against Opunake High School in the other semi-final.

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The Girls and Boys AA tournaments have adopted the new FIBA style format with the top team in each of the four pools progressing to the quarter-finals. The second and third placed teams in each pool are faced with quarter-final qualifying fixtures on Thursday morning.

The teams benefitting from the additional recovery time after winning their respective pools are Hamilton Boys High, St Kentigern College, Palmerston North Boys High and Napier Boys High.

On the girls side St Peters, Cambridge, Westlake Girls High, Hamilton Girls High and Queen Margaret College, Wellington can have a sleep in on Thursday morning.

 Highlighted below are the teams that will play the quarter-final qualifying ties at 9am on Thursday morning to earn a slot in the last eight. In both the boys and girls competitions teams from Pool A will crossover against Pool B opposition (eg 2nd in Pool A v 3rd in Pool B) with the same scenario between the pool C and D teams.

Boys AA Tournament standings at conclusion of Pool play

Teams listed in order of seeding with 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams progressing to play-offs.

Pool A

2nd Rosmini College 4-1

Rongotai College 2-3

1st Hamilton Boys HS 4-1

New Plymouth Boys HS 0-4

St Andrew’s College 0-4

3rd Mt Albert GS 4-1


Pool B

1st St Kentigern College 5-0

3rd Westlake Boys HS 3-2

Shirley Boys HS 1-4

2nd St John’s College 4-1

Rotorua Boys HS 2-3

Fraser HS 0-5


Pool C

Rangitoto College 1-4

Auckland GS 3-2

1st Palmerston North Boys HS 4-1

Middleton Grange 1-4

Otago Boys HS 3-2

Hastings Boys HS 3-2


Pool D

2nd Cashmere HS 4-1

1st Napier Boys HS 4-1

3rd St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie 3-2

Waimea College 1-4

Tauranga Boys HS 2-3

Macleans College 1-4


Girls AA Tournament standings at conclusion of Pool play

Pool A

2nd Sacred Heart Girls College, New Plymouth 4-1

1st Westlake Girls HS 5-0

3rd Rangitoto College 3-2

Christchurch Girls HS 1-4

Melville HS 2-3

Hillcrest HS 0-5


Pool B

1st St Peter’s, Cambridge 5-0

2nd Hutt Valley HS 4-1

3rd St Andrew’s College 3-2

Otago Girls HS 1-4

Wellington Girls College 2-3

Tauranga Girls College 0-5


Pool C

2nd Mt Albert GS 4-1

Rotorua Girls HS 2-3

Rangi Ruru 2-3

1st Queen Margaret College, Wellington 5-0

3rd St Mary’s College, Ponsonby 2-3 (advance on points differential)

Massey HS 0-5


Pool D

1st Hamilton Girls HS 5-0

2nd Auckland Girls GS 4-1

3rd Napier Girls HS 3-2

Fraser HS 1-4

Waimea College 1-4

Palmerston North Girls HS 1-4


Boys A Semi-Finals

Stratford High School 88 – M Trott 34, C Trethewey 29, F Jennings 12, W Ratu 11

Nga Taiatea Wharekura 75 – H Edwards 24, W Ake 20, M Short 14, C Marsh 11


Te Aroha College 67 – C Garnier 15, S Schuler 14, L van den Heuvel 14, J De Young 12

Opunake HS 61 – N Hill 23, H Loveridge-Seymour 23, R Bloemen 5


Girls A Semi-Finals

Manukura 78 – R Fourie 29, H Coleman 19, H Stanshall 11

Stratford HS 63 – R Utton 23, L Almazan 9, K Jones 9


Te Aroha College 57 – D Schuler 20, B Schuler 15, M Ross 8

Ellesmere 59 – M Ellis 30, S Irvine 11, K Timpson 8