Monthly Archives: July 2019

Buzzer Beater heart break for Tall Ferns


After getting something of a whalloping in the opening ‘friendly’ against Japan on Wednesday the Tall Ferns put together a hugely improved performance on Friday.

Playing their third game in as many days the Tall Ferns went down 77-75 to the world #10 ranked side.

Despite the result the Tall Ferns will head to Taiwan on Monday, to defend their William Jones Cup title, in good heart. Three games and a good week of solid practice will see the Tall Fwerns primed for their first game at the William Jones on Wednesday against the Philippines.

Game report from loss to Japan here



Tall Ferns lose to Japan

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The Tall Ferns fielded five debutants in the defeat to Japan in the opening game of their eight-game tour of Japan and Taiawan.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom as Tall Ferns Head Coach Guy Molloy explains here

Japan 74

Tall Ferns 44 – Boagni 12, Beck 7, Paalvast 6, Purcell 6, Davidson 4, Goulding 4, Fotu 2, Farnworth 2, Cocks 1

Finalists found at Aon U17 Nationals

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Hutt Valley and Waikato will go head to head in the Girl’s Final at the Aon U17 Nationals.

That game, aolong with the Boy’s Final featuring Canterbury and Waitakere West, will be played at Eventfinda Stadium on Saturday.

Here’s how the teams got to the final link


2019 WBC Reflections

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Following a magnificent 2019 Women’s Basketball Championship (WBC) season I have spent the last few days reflecting on its success.

Here are some thoughts

And what’s ahead in 2020? More teams? More returning players from overseas? More coverage on Sky? More live streaming/

Shame we have to wait another nine months.



A Dream WBC Final


Auckland Dream staged a remarkable comeback to win its first Women’s Basketball Championship (WBC) title last night, an occasion that was a dream in so many ways.

The game, between two outstanding teams, was the best women’s basketball game seen in New Zealand for many a year.

Harbour Breeze would have been worthy champions but they run down by the Dream in a classic finish.

It was a dream finale with the game going into overtime and the result in doubt until the final posession.

It was a dream contest to have shown live on SKY Sport.

It was a dream to have so many high quality athletes showcasing their ability – ten current or former Tall Ferns on show amongst the two finalists and many others amongst the other ten teams.

It was a dream encounter with every possesion a contest.

In the end it wasn’t a dream it was reality and here’s an inadequate summary of the drama that unfolded link



St Mary’s edge Rangitoto plus wrap on other Girl’s Prem games

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The best game of Round 9 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier League was at St Mary’s College in Ponsonby where the hosts pipped Rangitoto College, but only just, 75-74 last Friday.

It was tight throughout as a half-time lead of 34-33 in favour of Rangi and the three-quarter advantage of 53-50 favouring St Mary’s suggests.

Into the final two minutes the lead was still back and forth with Hannah Wentworth levelling the scores (74-74) with 19 seconds to play.

Both teams forced turnovers only to immediately give possession away and it was Leata Te Nana-Williams who made the game winning free throw for St Mary’s with just three seconds left on the clock.

Aroha Riley scored a game high 28 points (including four threes) and backcourt buddy Wentworth threatened a triple double (27 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds) as the two masterminded the Rangitoto effort.

A more balanced St Mary’s effort saw five players notch eight points or more led by Riana Matiseni (16 points), Alex Moore (14 points) and Leata Te Nana-Williams with a team high 23 points.

The Girl’s Premier League needs far more of these close encounters.

St Mary’s 75– L Te Nana-Williams 23, R Matiseni 16, A Moore 14, S Te Nana-Williams 9, Z Kailahi-Fulu 8

Rangitoto 74– A Riley 28, H Wentworth 27, E Moore 14, E Blyth 5


Massey High wasted little time in stamping their authority on proceedings at Mt Albert Grammar School – 7 early points from Alyesha Schuster helping them to a 20-6 lead after 10 minutes.

MAGS continued to struggle in the second spell as Maya Taingahue paced Massey to a position of strength at half-time ahead 38-13.

The hosts were much improved after the break as Monica Kelly, Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lamalie, Rikki Fiatau and Danae Tait helped MAGS reduce the deficit to 54-35 at three-quarter time.

Shauna Povey and Ramona Fuaivaa re-asserted Massy dominance in the fourth as they recorded win number five for the season.

MAGS 42– M Kelly 13, T Cocker-Lamalie 9, R Fiatau 8, D Tait 8

Massey 72– S Povey 14, A Schuster 13, R Fuaivaa 12, M Taingahue 8


In a largely one-sided affair Carmel College beat Auckland Girls Grammar 127-44.

Leah Patuwairua was exceptional scoring a massive 35 points as she carried the Grammar offense on her shoulders even in the final quarter when the team were down to four players after Milika Fonohema (7 points) and Phayezon Vae fouled out.

The highlight for Carmel was half a dozen late points for rookie India Flavell.

AGGS 44– L Patuwairua 35, M Fonohema 7

Carmel 127– T Dalton 17, I Cattermole 14, K Linstrom 11, Q Stephano 11, J Cammell 10


Premier Girls Standings:

8-0 St Mary’s

6-1 Westlake

5-3 Massey

4-4 Carmel

3-4 Rangitoto

1-7 MAGS

0-8 AGGS

Grammar beat Rosmini in latest round of Premier action


The two top teams in the Auckland Secondary Schools Boys Premier League both won again as did Westlake and Auckland Grammar in the latest round of action last Friday.

After a couple of promising performances of late Mt Albert Grammar School found it anuphill battle against league leaders St Kentigern College going down 78-40.

In probably the lowest scoring opening quarter of the season visitors St Kentigern led 11-5 after 10 minutes.

It didn’t get any better for the hosts in the second period scoring just five points again to trail 33-10 at half-time – Levic Kerr, Kazlo Evans and Josh Child doing most of the damage for St Kent’s.

Nate Wilson (27 points and 16 rebounds) was playing something of a lone hand for MAGS although he did get support from Phoenix Sorensen in the third but triples from Martin Gan and Evans took St Kent’s out to 53-25 at the three-quarter buzzer.

More points from Wilson followed but half a dozen apiece from Kerr and Alex McNaught eased St Kent’s to the win and retention of top spot on the ladder.

 MAGS 40 – N Wilson 27/16r, P Sorensen 8, B Skelton 4
St Kent’s 78 –
K Evans 18, L Kerr 16, J Child 12, A McNaught 11, S Broughton 9


Rangitoto College had little trouble at Liston College winning 116-68 with young forward Tautoko Wynyard posting a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Liston guard Sefa Prasad scored seven early points but Rangi were racing and led 25-15 at quarter time.

Eight points from Ethan Skelton and six from Phoenix Leupolu in the second gave Rangi a 56-28 half-time lead.

Preston Karatau and Prasad kept the score ticking over for Liston in the third frame but eight points from Harry Payne and a triple late in the period from Joon Back took Rangi to an unassailable 86-42 three-quarter time lead.

Victor Ola’aiga scored in double figures in the fourth but a free wheeling Rangitoto chalked up win number nine to remain hot on the heals of leaders St Kentigern.

Liston 68 – V Ola’aiga 20, S Prasad 15, S Hickey 14, P Karatau 13

Rangitoto 116 – H Payne 19, P Leopolu 17, E Skelton 13, Z Riley 13/8a, J Thornton 12, T Wynyard 10/15r


 Macleans College forward Harry Smith scored a game high 20 points but a more evenly balanced Westlake scoring effort took Lake to a convincing 89-44 victory.

Smith had scored 11 points at half-time but by then Westlake had cleared out to a 43-18 lead.

Westlake had nine scorers in the half led by Josh Kooiman’s 11 points.

Westlake increased their lead as Paora Winitana, working his way back to match fitness after a long injury lay-off, regularly found his way to basket. Boston Caldwell added a brace of threes as Lake took a 66-26 lead into the three-quarter break.

Jesse Manuel scored six fourth quarter points for Macleans but it was small consolation for the hosts who were well beaten on the night.

 Macleans 44 – H Smith 20, R Jiang 7, J Manuel 6

Westlake 89 – P Winitana 16, J Kooiman 14, C Atkinson 9, C Silbiger 7


Despite 47 points from Taine Murray Auckland Grammar proved too good for Rosmini College winning 97-82.

Grammar, on the back of threes from Daniel Boyd and the outstanding Connor Ngan (26 points), were 15 points ahead (80-65) three minutes into the final period and having led for the duration of the game appeared to be heading for a comfortable win.

Rosmini then seized the initiative as Taine Murray scored ten straight points (including a pair of rim rattling dunks) and when Sean Murphy added a put back the margin was just two points (81-79) with four minutes to play.

However from there momentum swung back in favour of the hosts, Ngan controlling the tempo as Luka Vea, Caleb Landon and Ilasia Tela added the finishing touches to a polished AGS performance.

Earlier Grammar had forged a 25-20 opening quarter advantage extended to 52-43 at half-time – Tela up to 15 points at the break.

Murray was in fine form and his twelve third quarter points, coupled with contributions from Reihana Maxwell-Topia and Murphy, trimmed the AGS lead to 70-65 at the last break.

Rosmini made that run in the fourth but AGS stood firm – the two teams now locked in third spot on the ladder with identical 5-4 records.

AGS 97 – C Ngan 26, I Tela 20, D Boyd 19, L Vea 12, C Landon 11

Rosmini 82 – T Murray 47, S Murphy 11, R Maxwell-Topia 10


Premier Standings:

9-1 St Kentigern

8-1 Rangitoto

5-4 Rosmini, AGS

5-5 Westlake

3-6 MAGS

2-7 Liston

0-9 Macleans