It wasn’t the result NZ U17 Women were looking for but to come away from the Asian Champs with a ticket clipped for the 2018 World Cup is an outstanding achievement.
Here is the wrap on the Bronze Medal game.
New Zealand U17 Women will take on China Later today (Saturday) in the Asian Championships Bronze Medal game.
New Zealand, despite a 22 points haul from the classy Charlisse Leger-Walker, were outgunned by a slick Japanese outfit in the semi-final game overnight.
NZ U17 Women still have the small matter of an Asian Champs semi-final to play overnight against Japan – tip-off 1.15am Saturday morning – but the initial goal of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup was ticked off in style in Bangalore last night.
For once the team didn’t have to rely on the mercurial talents of Charlisse Leger-Walker as the Kiwis won their quarter-final tie 80-52 against Thailand.
Sharne Pupuke-Robati was immense in the first half with Wellington forward Paris Lokotui demonstrating her considerable potential in the second frame.
It took a couple of blockbuster performances from Charlisse Leger-Walker and Sharne Pupuke-Robati to see off a determined Chinese Taipei outfit.
Double-doubles from the pair drove the ’17’s to a hard fought 71-66 win.
A poor shooting night pus a few too many turnovers cost New Zealand in the opening game of the FIBA Women’s Asian Championship.
New Zealand went down 61-43 in the opening game of the tournament. Nine Kiwis contributed points but only one reached double figures.
At the weekend the New Zealand Under 17 Girl’s team will become the first New Zealand age group team to take part in an FIBA Asia Zone tournament.
Following in the footsteps of the Tall Ferns the team are playing in Bangalore, India and will play Australia in its first game on Sunday.
Basketball New Zealand has named the Aon New Zealand Under 17 girls team, ahead of the FIBA Under 16 Girls’ Asia Cup, which will be played in Bangalore 22-28 October.
Head Coach Lori McDaniel, who has a strong coaching resume with two Women’s Basketball Championship titles to her name with the Canterbury Wildcats, says the Asia Cup is this young team’s pinnacle event for 2017 and their training has been focused on this event.
“We have had multiple camps during the year to gel as a group and become familiar with our systems and expectations. We have put the girls through some ‘outside the box’ activities in order to prepare them to be adaptable and embrace adversity,” says Coach McDaniel.
There’s no doubt that adversity will come in a number of ways, with Bangalore presenting conditions similar to those the Tall Ferns battled in July this year when they played in the Women’s Asia Cup. The Tall Ferns not only had strong opponents to contend with, but they were hindered by food poisoning, and hot and humid playing conditions. Coach McDaniel says these conditions might not change much for this young age-group team, especially when it comes to the opposition teams.
“The Asian teams play very fast and aggressively, and we all know how skilled and disciplined the Australian players are. Most of the teams we encounter will play a style similar to their women’s teams, which we saw in July when the Tall Ferns played. So we expect a high level of competition with some very fit and skilled athletes.
“It’s a big tournament in a big country, but travel and heat are factors all the teams have to contend with.”
Coach McDaniel says the team will travel to Bangalore early, to allow four days to adjust and finish off their preparation ahead of stepping into their very first Asia Cup.
“We have a talented group of young ladies who are in the unique situation of being the first New Zealand age-group to play in the Asia Zone. We will strive to embrace this opportunity to showcase our skillset on such a large stage.”
As for how this event will test McDaniel as a coach, she says that too is a team effort, alongside Assistant Coaches Jody Cameron and Gina Farmer.
“I am fortunate in my coaching role to be supported by two former Tall Ferns who have a great deal of experience in international travel within the Basketball New Zealand system.”
Aon New Zealand Under 17 Women:
· Ella Bradley (Waikato Basketball Council)
· Isabelle Cook (Taranaki Country Basketball Association)
· Tayla Dalton (North Harbour Basketball)
· Charlisse Leger-Walker (Waikato Basketball Council)
· Paris Lokotui (Wellington Basketball Association)
· Jordyn Maddix (North Harbour Basketball)
· Helen Matthews (North Canterbury Basketball Association)
· Kyra Paniora (Brisbane, Australia)
· Sharne Pupuke-Robati (Auckland Counties Manukau)
· Briarley Rogers (Tauranga City Basketball Association)
· Rosalia Samia (Basketball Hawkes Bay)
· Tessalonia Talo-Tomokino (North Harbour Basketball)
· Head Coach – Lori McDaniel
· Assistant Coach – Gina Farmer
· Assistant Coach – Jody Cameron
· Manager – Ushma Shah
· October 15 Assemble
· October 15-16 Preparation Camp – Auckland, New Zealand
· October 17 Travel to India
· October 18-21 Preparation Camp – Bangalore, India
· October 22-28 U16 FIBA Asia Championships – Bangalore, India
Photo caption – U17 squad photo:
· Back row: Kyra Paniora, Brairley Rogers, Rosalia Samia, Helen Matthews, Charlisse Leger-Walker, Jordyn Maddix, Tessalonia Tomokino-Talo
· Front row: Isabelle Cook, Rikki Fiatau (not in team travelling to India), Rashaan Smith (not in team travelling to India), Tayla Dalton, Sharne Pupuke-Robati, Ella Bradley.
The teenage Tall Black has had a year he will never forget. He reflects on his full international debut, epic campaign with the Junior Tall Blacks and of course securing a scholarship at prestigious Ivy League School, Dartmouth College. I spoke with Isaac before he left for the USA.
The Aon New Zealand Under 17 team has been officially named today ahead of their tour of the Philippines, departing on Wednesday.
They will be traveling to Manilla in preparation for the Under 16 FIBA Asia Championships, to be held in October although FIBA has yet to announce the host nation.
The Kiwi’s will be hosted by Ateneo University, which is one of the highest profile universities in the Philippines, known for its academic and sporting reputation.
The visit has been made possible through the help of Tab Baldwin. The former Tall Blacks coach has established himself in the Philippines since 2014, where he was appointed head coach of the famous Gilas, the national Filipino team.
Baldwin has since stepped down from the Gilas Head Coach role. While he still advises the Filipino national programme, his coaching duties have been employed by Ateneo University as the schools premiere’s men’s basketball coach.
Head Coach of the Aon New Zealand Under 17 team, Dave Bublitz, says Tab Baldwin has been instrumental in arranging this amazing opportunity for this young New Zealand team.
“Tab has set up an eight day programme consisting of seven games against local universities, high schools and two games against the Filipino National U 16 team.
“The squad will stay, eat and play in the University compound. The athletes will experience the style of basketball that they will most likely come up against in the FIBA Asia Championship, as well as acclimatizing to the local cuisine and the different levels of heat and humidity.
“It is an exciting opportunity for the athletes to cement their spots for the Asia Champs in October.”
Aon New Zealand Under 17 Men’s Squad:
· Shalom Broughton (Tauranga Basketball Association)
· Tom Cowie (Southland Basketball Association)
· Mitchell Dance (Harbour Basketball Association)
· Haven Dixon (Wellington Basketball Association)
· Hayen Druce (Harbour Basketball Association)
· Kainoa Lepou (Waikato Basketball Association)
· Cullen Marsters (Waikato Basketball Association)
· Louis Oskam Waitaha (Canterbury Basketball Association)
· Sharne Perham (Rotorua Basketball Association)
· Te Tuaio Rautangata (Waikato Basketball Association)
· Anzac Rissetto (Auckland Basketball Services Ltd)
· Jaylin To’o (Waikato Basketball Association)
· Marvin Williams-Dunn (Auckland Basketball Services Ltd)
· David Bublitz – Head Coach
· Doug Courtney – Assistant Coach
· Aaron Young – Assistant Coach and Stats
· Delwyn Whale – ManagerNZ Under 17’s