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Farnworth and Lynx get the double plus news on other Tall Ferns overseas

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There were some strong performances by New Zealand national team players based overseas at the weekend.

Perth are top of the Australian WNBL table with a 5-1 record after getting a road double by defeating Sydney 78-62 and Townsville Fire 79-71. Perth skipper Toni Farnworth came up with 10pts/3rebs/2a/2steals against Sydney and 7 points and 5 rebounds against the Fire.

For the Fire, that slip to 2-3 for the season, Micaela Cocks scored 10 points and added 4 rebounds and a pair of steals.

Josie Stockill made her WNBL debut for Melbourne Boomers in its 101-75 demolition of Dandenong. The Tall Ferns centre is a Development Player with the Guy Molloy coached Boomers and came on for the final two minutes of the tie and knocked down a free throw to get on the scoreboard.

On Melbourne Cup Day eve Melbourne were kept to just nine points in the closing quarter as they fell 60-58 to Bendigo Spirit in front of almost 3,000 of their own fans. Kalani Purcell snared 9 rebounds, including 5 off the offensive glass, for Melbourne in addition to 3 points, 2 assists and 3 steals but the Boomers slip to a 3-3 record.

In Italy Jillian Harmon will have taken quiet satisfaction from Ragusa’s 67-56 win against Lucca. Harmon played for Lucca in its 2017 championship winning season but on Sunday helped plot Lucca’s downfall scoring 13 points to go with 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Ragusa moved into the Serie A top four with a 3-2 record following the victory.

Tessa Boagni produced a monster double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds for Hatchers Valhyries in the Malaysian League. Hatchers beat Red Barron 58-48 and are fourth on the table with a 2-1 record.

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Former Olympians plotting Junior Tall Ferns course

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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.

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Farnworth shines in mixed weekend for Tall Ferns overseas

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Perth Lynx captain Toni Farnworth played a captain’s knock as the Lynx made the most of home court advantage to defeat Townsville Fire 98-88 in the second round of the Australian National Basketball League (WNBL).

The Cantabrian wing scored 13 points and dished a team high 6 assists in Sunday’s win.

Fourty-eight hours earlier the Fire had claimed a road win at Adelaide defeating the Lightning 75-65 with Micaela Cocks adding 6 rebounds to 10 points.

Penina Davidson totaled 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist for the Lightning.

Lightning struck twice for Adelaide as they suffered a second loss of the weekend – 79-75 in Canberra against the Capitals. A handy 8 points and 7 rebounds for Davidson in that one.

Meanwhile in Hungary Jacinta Beckley and Ujbuda tasted success at the third time of asking this season defeating MTK 65-60. Beckley came off the bench for 17 minutes of play scoring 7 points to accompany 3 rebounds.

Jillian Harmon netted 16 points for Ragusa but her new club was defeated 75-72 by Venezia in Italian League action.

13 points for Beckley in second professional outing

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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.

2018 Tertiary Champs begin on Friday

The 2018 New Zealand Tertiary Championships are being held at AUT Sports Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Canterbury will be looking to defend the Men’s title with Lincoln are doing the same in the Women’s tournament.

It’s a feast of basketball with games beginning at 8.00am each day.

Tall Ferns Deena Franklin and Georgia Agnew will be lining up for Massey University and AUT respectively.

Heading back to Auckland but now residing outside the City of Sails are the likes of Josia and Ben Williams (Lincoln University) and Samson Aruwa (Otago).

Can any teams prevent the trophies heading back to Canterbury? We only have to wait a few days to find out.

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Stockill and Kereama go back-to-back

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Defending champions Sunbury Jets, featuring Tall Fern Josie Stockill and coached by former New Zealand national coach Kennedy Kereama looked certain to cruise to the 2018 Big V State Championship after dismantling Southern Peninsula Sharks 85-50 in game one of the best of three series last weekend.

However, as Kereama predicted, the Sharks provided a lot more bite in the second encounter on Sunbury’s home court on Saturday – the Jets taken to the wire before eventually prevailing 72-69 to claim the title.

New Zealand forward Josie Stockill was once again to the fore adding 7 rebounds and a pair of blocks to a more than useful 14 points (6/8FG).

Remarkably it is Sunbury’s third consecutive title after they claimed the Division One title in 2016 to earn promotion to the top flight. Back-to-back Big V State Championship crowns have now been won to cap a sensational three years for Kereama and the Sunbury club.

Kereama has been at the helm for all three campaigns whilst Stockill has been a starter for the last two seasons during Sunbury’s domination of Big V Women’s basketball. Another Kiwi Rebecca van Kuyk has also featured in a back up forward role alongside Stockill for the past two seasons.

Kereama and Stockill one win away from defending Big V Championship title.

Defending champions Sunbury Jets, featuring Tall Fern Josie Stockill and coached by former New Zealand national coach Kennedy Kereama, are one win away from claiming the Big V State Championship title after dismantling Southern Peninsula Sharks 85-50 on Saturday.

What makes the win even more impressive is the fact that the Sharks had home advantage therefore Sunbury will have games two and three (unlikely to be needed) on their home court next weekend to wrap up the best of three grand final series.

Stockill, in her second season with the Jets, scored 10 points and claimed 7 rebounds in the win.

Sunbury are in search of their third consecutive title after claiming the Division One title in 2016 and the State Championship crown in 2017.

Kereama has been at the helm for all three campaigns and was naturally delighted by his team’s performance.

“Obviously for us it was a great team game of basketball and was good to see us string our best basketball together when it mattered. I’m proud of how the team played and thought the contribution made by all players was valuable. We will go into next week full of confidence and hope to close the series in two games.”

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It wasn’t such good news for fellow Tall Ferns Stella Beck and Micaela Cocks.

The two put together good individual numbers but Townsville Flames were beaten two games to nil in the best of three Queensland Basketball League Grand Final Series by defending champions Southern District Spartans.

Southern District Spartans won the opening game on Friday 76-63 and wrapped up proceedings with a 90-78 win on Saturday.

Beck threatened a triple-double on Saturday registering 16 points (6/12FG), 9 rebounds, 7 assists and added 2 steals for good measure. Cocks scored a team high 19 points (7/14FG) but it wasn’t enough for the Flames.

Stella Beck and Micaela Cocks hunting for QBL title

Tall Ferns Stella Beck and Micaela Cocks are headed to the Queensland Basketball League Grand Final Series after the Townsville Flames blew away the Rockhampton Cyclones 111-63 in their semi-final encounter.

With the regular season championship tucked away and home court advantage in their favour the Flames were the favourites to beat the Cyclones, featuring Brooke Blair in their lineup, but the margin of victory was certainly a surprise.

The Flames burnt the Cyclones 36-11 in the second quarter and with a 58-32 half-time lead had virtually sealed their visit to the best-of-three final with twenty minutes to play.

Beck claimed a double-double of 21 points (9/14FG) and 10 rebounds and added 5 assists and a steal for good measure. Cocks also came close to a double-double with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

Brooke Blair scored 11 points for the Cyclones but was cold from deep making just one from seven three-pointers.

The Grand Final series will be played this coming weekend with the Flames taking on defending champions Southern District Spartans in their bid for a second QBL title. Game one will be played in Townsville on Friday.

Defending champions Sunbury Jets, featuring Tall Fern Josie Stockill and coached by former national coach Coach Kennedy Kereama take on the Southern Peninsula Sharks in the Big V championship series beginning on Saturday.

The Sharks will have home advantage for game one on Saturday with the Jets claiming hosting rights for games two and three (if needed) the following weekend.

Tall Ferns in title chasing form in Australia

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Stella Beck in action for the Tall Ferns recently

It’s the business end of the season in the Australian State Basketball Leagues and Kiwi interest remains high in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL) and Big V League.

There is certain to be New Zealand representation in the QBL Final with Tall Ferns set to oppose each other in the upcoming semi-final.

Regular season champions Townsville Flames feature Stella Beck and Micaela Cocks with semi-final opponents Rockhampton Cyclones boasting Brooke Blair in their lineup.

Beck scored 12 points (5/7FG) and added 7 rebounds as the Flames doused North Gold Coast Seahawks 87-64 in the quarter-final. Cocks was a little subdued by her lofty standards scoring just five points to accompany 6 rebounds.

In another quarter-final Blair dropped 18 points (5/9 3PG) as the Cyclones blew past South West Metro Pirates 93-81.

The Purcell sisters combined for 52 points for the Pirates but it wasn’t enough to calm the Cyclones. Kalani Purcell came within a dime of a triple double (31 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists) while Natalie Taylor scored 12 points and Charmian Mellars contributed 9 points and 8 rebounds.

The Sunbury Jets, aided by 16 points (4/6FG, 7/7FT) from Tall Ferns forward Jess Bygate are through to their third consecutive Big V Grand Final series.

The defending champions, coached by former Tall Ferns Head Coach Kennedy Kereama, beat Knox Raiders 63-59 in the semi-final.

2016 Tall Fern guard Rebecca Ott scored a game high 31 points for Knox.

There is not such good news with regard to Tall Ferns playing in other leagues.

In Perth Toni Farnworth, playing for the defending champions Perry Lakes Hawks, has fallen out of contention in the State Basketball League play-offs in the quarter-finals.

In Adelaide Jordan Hunter, playing for Sturt Sabres, has been eliminated at the semi-final stage of the South Australia Premier League.

Back in Melbourne Chevannah Paalvast (Diamond Valley) and Jess Bygate (Sandringham Sabres) were knocked out in the early stages of SEABL play-off action.

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