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NZ Secondary Schools power-base remains in Auckland and Hamilton

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Following the conclusion of the Schick National Championships at the weekend it appears that the Secondary Schools power-base shows little signs of shifting – at least in the Boys’ competition.

Not only did the Boys’ National title remain in Auckland for the third straight year, and the 10th occasion in the past 14 years, the City of Sails schools occupied five of the top eight spots.

The story was similar in 2016 with six schools, Auckland Grammar, Rangitoto, Rosmini, Westlake, Mt Albert and Kelston cementing top nine finishes.

Kelston fell to 21st this year but all three podium places last week were taken by Auckland schools with Rosmini champions, Rangitoto runners-up and Mt Albert a highly creditable third after finishing fifth at the Zone 1 Premierships. It is believed that third place is the best ever finish by Mt Albert.

There is a ray of hope for the schools further south as a number of the Auckland schools were heavily laced with Year 13 boys this year and may not be as powerful next year.

Rongotai College from the capital, Cashmere High from Christchurch and Hamilton Boys High amongst others will be licking their lips at the prospect of turning over teams from Zone 1 in 2018.

2017 Boys’ Schick Championships ‘AA’ Competition Final Team Placing’s

1st Rosmini College

2nd Rangitoto College

3rd Mt Albert Grammar

4th Christ’s College

5th Palmerston North Boys High School

6th Auckland Grammar School

7th Westlake Boys’ High School

8th Rongotai College

9th Hamilton Boys’ High School

10th Middleton Grange

11th Hastings Boys’ High School

12th Napier Boys’ High School

13th Cashmere High School

14th Burnside High School

15th St John’s College Hamilton

16th Wellington College

17th Shirley Boys’ High School

18th Fraser High School

19th Waimea College

20th Melville High School

21st Kelston Boys’ High School

22nd New Plymouth Boys’ High School

23rd St Peter’s Cambridge

24th St Peter’s Auckland

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The picture is not quite so clear-cut in the Girls’ arena although there is little doubt the balance is in favour of the Waikato region despite St Mary’s victory on Saturday. Waikato had won three of the previous five titles and prior to the double by Hutt Valley in 2011 and 2010 Church College had been the dominant force.

This year the Waikato schools occupied 3 of the top 8 places (three in the top six to be precise). Auckland matched that with three and Wellington two.

Last year Waikato boasted St Peter’s as champions and also had Hamilton and Melville again in the top eight. Mt Albert, Westlake and Auckland Grammar, as they were this year were in the top echelon with New Plymouth and Waimea rounding out the eight.

St Peter’s look likely major contenders for at least two more years, as the prolific Charlisse Leger-Walker is only a Year 11 student. St Mary’s, unbeaten in 2017, only lose a couple of players as do Westlake, Massey and Mt Albert.

Challenges will also come from the likes of Hutt Valley and St Andrew’s College but for now the Girl’s from ‘Mooloo Country’ rule the roost.

2017 Girls’ Schick Championships ‘AA’ Competition Final Team Placings:

 1st St Mary’s College, Wellington

2nd St Peter’s Cambridge

3rd Auckland Girls’ Grammar School

4th Melville High School

5th Mt Albert Grammar School

6th Hamilton Girls’ High School

7th Hutt Valley High School

8th Westlake Girls’ High School

9th Massey High School

10th St Hilda’s Collegiate

11th Middleton Grange

12th Palmerston North Girls’ High School

13th Rotorua Girls’ High School

14th Hastings Girls’ High School

15th Rangi Ruru

16th St Andrew’s College

17th Western Heights High School

18th Sacred Heart Girls’ College, New Plymouth

19th Rangitoto College

20th Ashburton College

21st New Plymouth Girls’ High School

22nd Christchurch Girls’ High School

23rd Napier Girls’ High School

24th Carmel College

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Rosmini and St Mary’s are the new Schick Secondary Schools Champs

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A fantastic festival of Secondary Schools basketball has concluded.

Read my wrap on the Girls’ and Boy’s Finals here

 

Finalists found at Schick Secondary Schools Nationals

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Can Rosmini College and St Mary’s, Wellington prevent Rangitoto and St Peter’s Cambridge retaining its National titles?

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Schick Secondary Schools – Day 4

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Day 4 saw the Girls and Boys ‘A’ Champions crowned and the ‘AA’ semi-finalists sorted.

Features of the ‘AA’ Boys quarter-finals were the elimination of multiple championship winners Westlake Boys and last year’s finalist Palmerston North.

In the ‘AA’ Girls tournament there were local derby wins for St Mary’s, Melville and Auckland Grammar.

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Some surprises at Day 3 of the Schick Secondary Schools Nationals

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The big guns advanced to the quarter-finals in the AA competition although Auckland Grammar beating Rangitoto was definately an upset. The result sets up a mouth watering quarter-final between the 2016 finalists Palmerston North and Rangitoto.

The feature of the Girls AA quarter-finals is that three local derbies have been created after a day of fluctuating fortunes.

Thursday is Grand Finals Day for the A tournament – see who won the semi-finals below.

AA Championships – Boys

Pool A: Rosmini Coll 5-0, Mt Albert GS 4-1, Napier Boys 3-2, John’s Coll 2-3, Fraser High 1-4, St Peter’s Coll 0-5

Despite trailing at the mid point of the third quarter Rosmini had enough composure to overcome Mt Albert Grammar 77-67 in the game that decided the top two finish in the pool. Rosmini held a 3-0 record over their Auckland rivals this season entering the contest but for long spells, particularly in the first half, Mt Albert held the upper hand.

St John’s edged Fraser 90-88 in the battle for Hamilton bragging rights.

Pool B: Palmerston North BHS 5-0, Christ’s Coll 4-1, Cashmere High 3-2, Wellington Coll 2-3, New Plymouth BHS 1-4, Kelston BHS 0-5

Shooting guard Max de Geest was absent from the Christ’s College lineup for the top of the pool clash with Palmerston North but despite the set back the Cantabrians gave the 2016 finalists a mighty scare. Such a fright that they led 47-45 with 90 seconds to play before Palmy prevailed 50-47.

Earlier in the day Palmy beat Wellington 83-66 and the Zone 4 champs Christ’s accounted for New Plymouth 88-76. Cashmere finished third in the pool after beating New Plymouth 89-79.

Pool C: Westlake BHS 5-0, Rongotai Coll 4-1, Hastings BHS 3-2, Burnside High 2-3, Shirley BHS 1-4, St Peter’s Cambridge 0-5,

Westlake comfortably beat Burnside 83-60 and Rongotai dealt with St Peter’s, Cambridge in the morning games 102-68.

The much anticipated match up between the two top seeds in the pool ended up being dominated by Westlake. The 2014 champions led from start to finish eventually prevailing 76-56.

Pool D: Auckland Grammar 5-0, Rangitoto Coll 4-1, Hamilton BHS 3-2, Middleton Grange 2-3, Melville High 1-4, Waimea Coll 0-5

Auckland Grammar beat Middleton Grange 81-69 to set up a showdown with Rangitoto College to decide the Pool D winners, Rangi cruising past Melville 97-60 in the morning games.

In a pulsating finish Rangi managed to turn the ball over three times in the final 60 seconds to go from 72-67 ahead to lose 7-72 – the first defeat at the Schick National Champs for Rangi since 2014.

 Quarter-Final draw

Rosmini v Rongotai

Auckland Grammar v Christ’s

Westlake v Mt Albert

Palmerston North v Rangitoto

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 AA Championship – Girls

Pool A: St Peter’s Cambridge 5-0, Hutt Valley HS 3-2, St Hilda’s Coll 3-2, Palmerston North GHS 3-2, Western Heights HS 1-4, Napier GHS 0-5,

St Peter’s retained its unbeaten status but only just as they hung on desperately to beat St Hilda’s 74-70. It was a plucky display by the Zone 4 champions who pushed the reigning champions all the way but have to contend themselves with playing off for places 9-16 despite finishing

Hutt Valley progress with St Peter’s to the quarter-finals despite losing 83-73 on Day 3. Three teams finished with a 3-2 record but it was Hutt that advanced on count back.

Pool B: Hamilton GHS 4-1, Auckland Grammar 4-1, Middleton Grange 3-2, Massey 2-3, Christchurch Girls HS 1-4, Ashburton Coll 1-4

Auckland Grammar maintained its position at the top of the pool with a solid 79-47 victory against Auckland rivals Massey but came unstuck in the late game going down 65-62 to Hamilton Girls.

The win sets up a quarter-final encounter with Melville for Hamilton while Auckland will have to face local rivals Mt Albert.

Pool C: St Mary’s Coll 5-0, Westlake Girls HS 3-2, Rotorua Girls HS 3-2, Rangi Ruru 3-2, Sacred Heart New Plymouth 1-4, Carmel Coll 0-5

As forecast yesterday the Westlake v Rotorua game proved to be a cracker. Westlake needed to win by 15+ to edge Rotorua and Rangi Ruru out of a quarter final appearance. The Zone 1 runners-up did just that building on a 20-6 start to win 66-50.

St Mary’s were untroubled beating Sacred Heart 107-59 and Westlake 84-61 to move serenely into the play-offs.

Pool D: Mt Albert GS 5-0, Melville HS 4-1, Hastings Girls HS 2-3, St Andrew’s Coll 2-3, New Plymouth Girls HS 1-4, Rangitoto College 1-4

Mt Albert accounted for Hastings 91-52 and Melville beat New Plymouth 79-55 to set up a showdown to decide the top two places in the pool.

It was a tight encounter but Mt Albert maintained its perfect record with a 68-57 victory.

Quarter-Final Draw

St Peter’s v Westlake

Mt Albert v Auckland Grammar

St Mary’s v Hutt Valley

Hamilton Girls v Melville

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A Championship – Boys

The A Boys Final will see Canterbury representatives Hillmorton High take on Stratford.

 In the televised semi-final Nga Taiatea Wharekura took on Hillmorton and trailed 35-29 at half-time, 59-42 at the three-quarter mark before eventually falling 74-62.

In the other game Stratford, a losing semi-finalist last year, was too good for Te Aroha winning 82-63.

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A Championship – Girls

The A Girls Final will feature local side Manukura and defending champions Opunake High.

Opunake took care of business in the first semi beating Te Kura Kokiri with Manukura overturning Te Aroha 59-54 in the later game.

Day 2 wrap – 2017 Schick Secondary Schools National Champs

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There were few upsets on Day 2 of the 2017 Schick Secondary Schools National Championships but there is plenty still to play for ahead of Day 3.

The defending champions in both the AA Boys and Girls competitions, Rangitoto College and St Peter’s Cambridge remain unbeaten.

The A Championship is moving to the sharp end of proceedings with semi-final action scheduled for Wednesday.

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AA Championships – Boys

Pool A: Rosmini Coll 4-0, Mt Albert GS 4-0, Napier Boys 2-2, Fraser High 1-3, St John’s Coll 1-3, St Peter’s Coll 0-4

Fraser High gave Rosmini College a run for their money before losing 111-94 and Mt Albert were pushed all the way by Napier Boys before prevailing 72-64 in the morning games. Fraser were then defeated 95-76 by Mt Albert in the late game and Rosmini also moved to 4-0 with a resounding 110-53 win against Auckland rivals St Peter’s.

Mt Albert and Rosmini will squabble over top spot in the pool at 12.30pm on Wednesday.

Pool B: Palmerston North BHS 3-0, Christ’s Coll 3-0, Wellington Coll 1-2, New Plymouth BHS 1-2, Cashmere High 1-2, Kelston BHS 0-3

Palmerston North kept their championship claims on track with a 100-37 demolition of New Plymouth Boys High and Christ’s College did the same beating Kelston Boys 95-75. Both teams appear on track to make the quarters with their match up set down for 4pm on Wednesday.

Pool C: Rongotai Coll 3-0, Westlake BHS 3-0, Burnside High 2-1, Hastings BHS 1-2, St Peter’s Cambridge 0-3, Shirley BHS 0-3

Rongotai won a cracker against Hastings 78-76 in the key round four match to keep its campaign on track and Westlake held off St Peter’s Cambridge winning 99-81

The pair remain unbeaten and both look set to for top eight action – they lock horns on Wednesday afternoon.

The game of round 2 in Pool C saw Burnside High edge St Peters, Cambridge 85-83.

Pool D: Rangitoto Coll 3-0, Auckland Grammar 3-0, Middleton Grange 2-1, Hamilton BHS 1-2, Melville High 0-3, Waimea Coll 0-3

Auckland Grammar were given a fright by Hamilton Boys before eventually prevailing 71-68 and Middleton Grange accounted for Melville 74-71 in the morning games.

In the afternoon Auckland coped more comfortably with Melville (76-55) while Rangitoto also remained unbeaten. The back to back champions beat Hamilton Boys 101-69 to rack up 100+ points for the third straight game.

AA Championship – Girls

Pool A: St Peter’s Cambridge 4-0, Hutt Valley HS 3-1, St Hilda’s Coll 3-1, Palmerston North GHS 2-2 Napier GHS 0-4, Western Heights HS 0-4

The game of the day featured defending AA Shick National Champions St Peter’s, Cambridge and Zone 3 Runners-up Hutt Valley. Twitter correspondent described the game as one of the best games to date as St Peters overturned a 12 points half time deficit to win 84-75.

Barring an upset in the final round of games on Wednesday afternoon both teams will feature in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Pool B: Auckland Girls GS 3-0, Hamilton GHS, 2-1 Massey HS 2-1, Christchurch Girls HS 1-2, Middleton Grange 1-2, Ashburton Coll 0-3

Wednesday will be the moving day in Pool B with two rounds of games to be played. In theory all but Ashburton are vying for the top two spots in a very competitive section.

Auckland Grammar remains unbeaten after beating Christchurch Girls 76-53. After two losses on Day 1 Middleton Grange moved back into contention with a vital 65-60 win against the previously unbeaten Massey High.

Pool C: St Mary’s Coll 3-0, Westlake Girls HS 2-1, Rotorua Girls HS 2-1, Sacred Heart New Plymouth 1-2, Rangi Ruru 1-2, Carmel Coll 0-3

Teams in Pool C also had just the one game on Day2. Rangi Ruru couldn’t repeat the exciting victory gained against Westlake on Day 1 as they were downed 70-48 by Rotorua Girls High.

The other winners were pool favourites St Marys over Carmel (106-53) and Westlake beating Sacred Heart, New Plymouth 61-43.

Rotorua v Westlake on Wednesday morning should be a cracker.

Pool D: Mt Albert GS 3-0, Melville HS 3-0, Hastings Girls HS 1-2, Rangitoto College 1-2, St Andrew’s Coll 1-2, New Plymouth Girls HS 0-3.

Melville High won the key match up with Hastings 72-63 in the morning game.

Mt Albert Grammar continued on its merry way thumping Zone 1 rivals Rangitoto 100-45 and New Plymouth 105-57.

Melville are also unbeaten after wins against St Andrews (95-49) and critically Hastings 72-63.

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A Championship – Boys

Pool A: Hillmorton High 4-0, Te Aroha Coll 3-1, St Kevin’s Coll 2-2, Otaki Coll 1-3, Catholic Cathedral Coll 0-4

The key game of the day was the Hillmorton v Te Aroha match up with both teams boasting a 3-0 record and semi-final bound. Hillmorton proved too strong for the team from the Waikato winning 83-65.

Pool B: Stratford HS 4-0, Manukura 3-1, Nga Taiatea Wharekura 2-2, Greymouth HS 2-2, Onewhero Area School 1-3, Te Kuiti HS 0-4

Stratford and Manukura will meet each other in the final pool game on Wednesday morning with the top two spots still up for grabs. Stratford solidified its top ranking with wins against Onewhero and Nga Taiatea Wharekura although that was a close one 78-74. If Stratford defeat Manukura a three way tie for second place could arise with count back coming in to play.

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A Championship – Girls

Pool A: Te Aroha Coll 4-0, Opunake HS 3-1, Buller HS 2-2, Te Wharekura o Mauao 1-2, Aquinas Coll 0-4

Te Aroha College head directly to the semi-final after wins over Aquinas and Te Wharekura o Mauao on Day 2.

Defending champions Opunake High and Buller will cross over to play in the preliminary semi-finals on Wednesday morning.

Pool B: Te Kura Kokiri 4-0, Manukura 3-1, Stratford HS 2-2, Ellesmere Coll 1-3, Hillmorton HS 0-4

 Te Kura Kokiri head directly to Wednesday’s semi-final with a perfect 4-0 record after beating Stratford and Ellesmere. Manukura defeated Stratford 74-35 in the late game on Tuesday however both teams will suit for preliminary semi-final games on Wednesday morning.

Day 1 wrap – 2017 Schick Secondary Schools National Champs

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Here is a look at the winners and losers on Day 1 of the 2017 Schick Secondary Schools National Championships.

The defending champions in both the AA Boys and Girls competitions made solid starts. Rangitoto College defeated Middleton Grange 104-46 and St Peter’s Cambridge proved far too strong for Palmerston North Girls High winning 86-50 and later defeated Western Heights High 102-68.

AA Championships – Boys

Pool A: Rosmini Coll 2-0, Mt Albert GS 2-0, St Peter’s Coll 0-2, Fraser High 1-1, St John’s Coll 0-2, Napier Boys 1-1

Rosmini College and Mt Albert Grammar took a firm grip of Pool A with both teams comfortably winning their opening two games. The only minor surprise was the defeat of the third seeded Fraser High at the hands of Napier Boys High, 92-88.

Pool B: Palmerston North BHS 2-0, Christ’s Coll 2-0, Wellington Coll 1-1, New Plymouth BHS 1-1, Cashmere High 0-2, Kelston BHS 0-2

Christ’s College beat Cashmere 79-68 in a critical opening round game in Pool B. The teams had shared the silverware down south with Cashmere winning the Canterbury title but Christ’s claiming the Zone 4 Premiership trophy, however it was Christ’s that prevailed in this one.

Christ’s followed that with a 77-53 win against Wellington College while Cashmere appear to be eliminated from the quarter-finals after being downed by Palmerston North Boys 80-52. The win was the second in the day for the 2016 beaten finalists as they smacked Kelston Boys 94-43 in the morning round.

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Pool C: Rongotai Coll 1-0, Westlake BHS 1-0, Hastings BHS 1-0, St Peter’s Cambridge 0-1, Shirley BHS 0-1, Burnside High 0-1

Westlake were dealt a severe blow in the week before the tournament with captain James Moors sustaining a broken hand in a training game. In their only game on Day 1 Westlake defeated Shirley High 76-65. There were also wins for Rongotai and Hastings Boys High.

Pool D: Rangitoto Coll 1-0, Auckland Grammar 1-0, Hamilton BHS 1-0, Melville High 0-1, Waimea Coll 0-1, Middleton Grange 0-1

There were comfortable first up wins for the top three seeds in this pool – the narrowest margin being 25 points as Hamilton Boys won the Waikato derby 74-49 against Melville – the result a repeat of the Zone 2 Premiership Final and the margin almost identical.

AA Championship – Girls

Pool A: St Peter’s Cambridge 2-0, St Hilda’s Coll 1-1, Hutt Valley HS 2-0, Napier GHS 0-2, Western Heights HS 0-2, Palmerston North GHS 1-1

As expected St Peter’s made a solid start in defence of their title with big wins over Palmy North and Western Heights. They were joined on a brace of wins by Hutt Valley High who gained a crucial 76-57 win against Zone 4 champions St Hilda’s College and also defeated Napier Girls High.

Pool B: Auckland Girls GS 2-0, Hamilton GHS, 1-1 Massey HS 2-0, Christchurch Girls HS 1-1, Middleton Grange 0-2, Ashburton Coll 0-2

Pool B was the most competitive group on Day I with Massey High defeating Zone 4 Premiership runners-up Christchurch Girls High 63-61. In another tight affair Hamilton Girls prevailed 75-70 against Middleton Grange but fell 54-51 to Massey in the late game.

Zone 1 champions Auckland Girls Grammar made it two from two with victories against Middleton Grange and Ashburton. In yet another close encounter Christchurch Girls High beat Ashburton 66-65 in a Canterbury derby.

Pool C: Westlake Girls HS 1-1, St Mary’s Coll 2-0, Rotorua Girls HS 1-1, Sacred Heart New Plymouth 1-1, Rangi Ruru 1-1, Carmel Coll 0-2

St Mary’s College Wellington, the Zone 4 Premiership champions made a statement of intent hammering Rangi Ruru 61-30. They followed that with an 85-60 defeat of Rotorua Girls High.

Rangi Ruru recovered well and downed Westlake 75-68 after being down 68-67 with 30 seconds to play in the late game – the Canterbury champions kept its quarter-finals chances alive with the win.

Pool D Mt Albert GS 1-0, Melville HS 1-0, Hastings Girls HS 1-0, New Plymouth Girls HS 0-1, Rangitoto College 0-1, St Andrew’s Coll 0-1

There were few dramas in this pool with the top three seeds each winning their only game on Day 1. The tightest fixture saw Hastings Girls High defeat New Plymouth Girls High 64-59.

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A Championship – Boys

Pool A: Hillmorton High 2-0, Te Aroha Coll 2-0, Catholic Cathedral Coll 0-2, Otaki Coll 0-2, St Kevin’s Coll 1-1

Hillmorton High, the South Island Premiership champions, made a strong start to its campaign with resounding wins against Otaki College and St Kevin’s College.

St Kevin’s, the 2016 Schick A Champions bounced back later in the day beating Catholic Cathedral College 88-56.

Te Aroha joined Hillmorton on two wins with success against Cathedral and Otaki.

Pool B: Stratford HS 2-0, Manukura 1-1, Nga Taiatea Wharekura 1-1, Onewhero Area School 0-1, Greymouth HS 1-1, Te Kuiti HS 0-2

Manukura, the 2016 beaten finalists dropped its opening game to Greymouth 88-81. Stratford finished third last year and look set to emerge as a top four challenger after completing Day 1 as the only unbeaten team in Pool B.

Manukura bounced back in the later game defeating Nga Taiatea Wharekura 83-61.

A Championship – Girls

Pool A: Opunake HS 1-1, Te Wharekura o Mauao 1-1, Buller HS 1-1, Aquinas Coll 0-2, Te Aroha Coll 2-0

Defending champions Opunake High were beaten 67-59 by Te Aroha in the opening game of the A Championships. Te Aroha followed that with a nail biter against Buller High winning 60-58. Opunake got its title defence back on track later in the day defeating Aquinas College 74-46. Buller put the disappointment of a narrow defeat behind them to beat Te Wharekura o Mauao 82-42 in the late game.

Pool B: Stratford HS 2-0, Manukura 1-1, Te Kura Kokiri 2-0, Ellesmere Coll 0-2, Hillmorton HS 0-2

Stratford High was beaten semi-finalists last year and aiming to go one better in 2017 began its campaign with big wins against Ellesmere College and Hillmorton High. The game of the day in Pool A saw Te Kura Kokiri grab its second win of the day with a 61-60 defeat of Hillmorton.

The Fotu’s have something special going on

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At some stage in mid 2018 Daniel Fotu will head to San Francisco to link up with the players and coaching staff at St Mary’s College.

The St Mary’s play in the NCAA Division 1 West Coast Conference and the Rangitoto College senior this week signed a letter of intent to suit up for the Randy Bennett coached Gaels for the 2018-19 season and beyond.

There is nothing new of course about Kiwi’s heading to college in the States, after all over thirty young New Zealand players are at Division 1 universities heading into the new season that begins at the end of October.

However what may be unique is that three siblings from the same family have gained basketball scholarships to the USA.

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The first Fotu to dip his toes in the US was Isaac who headed to the University of Hawaii in 2012 playing two seasons with the Warriors before turning pro.

The 23-year-old Tall Black regular has recently signed with leading German club Ratiopharm Ulm for the 2017-18 European season. The power forward has spent the last three seasons playing in Spain firstly for La Bruixa d’Or Manresa and for the past two seasons CAI Zaragoza.

Sister Gabriella (Ella) had a less than happy time at Boise State in 2015-16 but enjoyed a successful 2016-17 campaign at Hawaii Pacific. The 21-year-old guard averaged 7.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season for the Sharks earning an honourable mention in the All-PacWest Conference. Ella scored a season high 19 points at Notre Dame de Namur in January.

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18 year-old Daniel, was a member of the Junior Tall Blacks team that recorded an historic win against Australia at the 2016 Oceania Championships in Fiji last December. Dan averaged 7.5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in the tournament but injury ruled him out of the subsequent 2017 U19 World Cup in Cairo last July

All three Fotu’s have attended Rangitoto College on Auckland’s north shore. A school that has produced, in addition to Isaac, full internationals Penina Davidson, Brooke Blair, Tai Wynyard and most famously Sean Marks.

Dan already has two Schick New Zealand Secondary Schools National Championships winner’s medals to his name and heads to Palmerston North next week hoping to make it a trifecta.

Neither Ella nor Isaac enjoyed the thrill of winning a Secondary Schools championship but both picked up national titles playing for North Harbour. In fact the pair received the unusual distinction of claiming the MVP title at the same tournament – the Under 23 National Championships in Tauranga in 2013. Ella led Harbour to the Women’s title against Waikato and Isaac the men’s as they defeated Counties Manukau to claim gold.

 

All three have turned out for Harbour whenever possible, with Ella giving up part of her recent summer break from Hawaii to play for Harbour Breeze in the Women’s Basketball Championship. She made an immediate impact on her return averaging a team high 18 points per game as the Breeze clinched the Plate title in Christchurch back in July.

Perhaps basketball in New Zealand can bottle the genetics of the Fotu seniors Manu and Jenny because whatever they have seems to be a potent potion.

Oh, and the Fotu’s may not be finished yet – 13 year old Jacob, a budding hoopster, is in year 9 at Rangitoto – watch this space.

Carmel College heading to Nationals

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Carmel College will be heading to the Schick Secondary Schools National Championships after all.

Carmel was disappointed to finish eighth at the Zone 1 Premierships tournament in Auckland last week and with only seven teams qualifying thought their bid for a trip to the major event on the Secondary Schools basketball calendar had been thwarted.

Carmel lost 90-60 to St Mary’s Ponsonby in the critical 7th/8th play-off game at North Shore Events Centre last Saturday. However they have since been thrown a lifeline with St Mary’s opting to withdraw from the National Championships.

Carmel’s qualifying campaign was thrown into disarray with the unavailability of a number of players. A total of six players missed all or part of the Premierships including influential Harbour U19 representative Millie Simpson.

Tayla Dalton had an outstanding tournament but even she only played in half of the games. Her scoring feats were well documented in a nice article in the Sunday Star Times last weekend. read story here

Carmel coach Gareth Teahan is pleased his team has the opportunity to appear on the national stage. “The team is delighted to attend Nationals. We will have a full strength squad available and hope to make a strong showing at the tournament.”

Carmel finished sixth in the Auckland Premier Grade in the recently completed season and will be hoping that first foray in top flight basketball for a number of years will stand them in good stead next month.

With the majority of players only in Year 11 2017 may just be a reconnaissance mission with bigger things anticipated in 2018 and 2019.

The other six girls teams that have qualified for Nationals from Zone 1 are Auckland Girls Grammar, Westlake Girls High, Mt Albert Grammar, Massey High, Rangitoto College and St Kentigern College.

The Schick National Championships will be held in Palmerston North from October 2nd to 7th.

Summary of 72 qualifiers for Secondary Schools Nationals

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24 boys and 24 girls teams have qualified for the Schick AA Secondary Schools Nationals to be played in Palmerston North next month.

In addition12 teams from each gender will contest the Schick A Secondary Schools Tournament.

It has been confirmed that Zone 1 qualifiers St Mary’s College, Ponsonby have withdrawn  despite finishing seventh in the Girl’s Zone 1 qualifying tournament. It is yet to be established if they will be replaced by Carmel College, the eighth placed team in Zone 1.

Check out the qualifiers