The New Zealand Junior Tall Ferns fly out of Auckland on Thursday bound for the Asian Championship in India. The team will be guided by former Olympians Jody Cameron and Leanne Walker (plus Tim Dennis) as they aim to qualify for the 2019 FIB U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup.
The top four teams from next week’s tournament will progress to the World Cup.
The Junior Tall Ferns open their campaign against Japan at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangaluru on October 28th (tip-off 01.15am October 29 NZ time).
New Zealand will be led by Leanne’s daughter Charlisse Leger-Walker playing at her third major tournament in 2018.
The team has three international debutants but also boasts a number of players with international tournament experience including Charlotte Whittaker, Tayla Dalton, Grace Hunter and Ella Bradley.