Category Archives: Tall Ferns

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.”


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.

Tall Ferns win William Jones Cup

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A bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games, a gold medal at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup and now triumphant at the William Jones Cup.

The Tall Ferns have had a very good 2018 international campaign,

Read how they beat Japan to clinch the Cup

Tall Ferns win but U17’s lose in overtime

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Oh the agony of giving up a handy fourth quarter lead only to be run down and lose in overtime. That’s what happened to New Zealand at the U17 World Cup in Belarus.

Read how it happened

The Tall Ferns made life hard for themselves in the first half against Chinese Taipei B at the William Jones Cup. However they dominated the second half and now play Japan – the winners will take home the trophy.

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Two cities, Two teams, Two wins

NZ U17 team

Both the Tall Ferns and NZ U17 teams triumphed against local opposition yesterday.

The U17 recorded an historic win against Belarus at the Fiba World Cup.

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And the Tall Ferns triumphed against hosts Chinese Taipei at the William Jones Cup.

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Tall Ferns two from two at William Jones Cup



The Tall Ferns are two from two at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan after beating a feisty South Korea 93-74.

New Zealand started well winning the opening period 28-19 but had to work hard to see off the 16th ranked team in the world – a 14-4 run over the closing minutes seeing them home.

“The Tall Ferns played excellent basketball at both ends of the court’, enthused Head Coach Guy Molloy.


Tall Ferns thump India in William Jones Cup opener


TF v India

Only three places separate New Zealand and India on the Fiba World Rankings but on the court the gap appears a lot wider.

According to those rankings India are placed 45th in the world and New Zealand 42nd but after last night’s 114-39 victory in favour of the Kiwis those rankings look decidedly skewed.

After some tough losses in Japan New Zealand, led by 38 points from Melbourne based guard Ashleigh Karaitiana, were far too strong for India and romped to a very easy win.

Next up on Thursday night are South Korea who will be a far tougher proposition.

Game report here


Chev Paalvast scores 35 points – Kiwis in Australia wrap



Unsure if it’s a career best but Tall Ferns guard Chevannah Paalvast scored a monster 35 points (14/24FG) at the weekend as Diamond Valley beat Ballarat Miners 99-62 in South East Basketball League (SEABL) action.

The Commonwealth Games bronze medalist added 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals in a complete all round performance – Diamond Valley to meet Geelong Supercats in the first round of SEABL play-off action on Saturday.

Also in Melbourne Sunbury Jets (12-5) solidified third spot on the Big V ladder with an 83-56 victory over Bulleen Boomers.

Josie Stockill scored 11 points for the Jets and former Tall Ferns trialist Bex Van Kuyk posted 10 points and 5 rebounds.

Queensland Basketball League leaders Townsville Flames (14-2) had a win and a loss on their road trip at the weekend.

They slipped up at Rockhampton Cyclones going down 86-71 having the day before beaten Gladstone Port City Power 91-84 with Micaela Cocks (20 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists) threatening a triple double.

Kiwi forward Ash Kelman-Poto made a double double-double (not that there is officialy such a thing!) She scored 20 points and snared 23 rebounds in an outstanding performance for Gladstone.

Over in Perth Toni Farnworth scored 12 points for Perry Lakes Hawks as the SBL defending champions went down 62-50 against Willetton Tigers.

Meanwhile the Tall Ferns are in Taiwan ahead of the William Jones Cup that tips-off on Wednesday. New Zealand takes on India in the tournament opener.

Tall Ferns in good form ahead of trip to Japan and Taiwan


Kalani Purcell – photo credit Fiba

The Tall Ferns team heads to Japan on Tuesday morning with a number of the young, inexperienced squad displaying good club form of late.

On Friday Stella Beck scored 16 points and added 8 rebounds and 4 assists as league leaders Townsville Flames proved too hot for USC Rip City in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL) winning 82-66.

Also in the QBL Brooke Blair scored 9 points for Rockhampton Cyclones as they blew away Toowoomba Mountaineers 103-60. Blair is averaging 16 points per outing for the Cyclones.

Kalani Purcell, who will captain the Tall Ferns on the trip, was in double-double form as South West Metro Pirates enjoyed twin successes at the weekend with an 81-72 win against North Gold Coast Seahawks and a 79-70 victory at Brisbane Capitals. Against the Seahawks she racked up 11 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and was even more dominating against the Capitals(20points, 12 rebounds, 8assists and 5 steals).

Newcomer Ashleigh Karaitiana scored 15 points for Bendigo Lady Braves as they remain unbeaten in SEABL action with a 91-83 win at Geelong Supercats.

Tessa Boagni, Penina Davidson, Alyssa Hirawani, Nicole Ruske and Tera-Akiene Reed have enjoyed a week off since the New Zealand Women’s Basketball Championship (WBC) concluded in Dunedin.

Both Ruske and Davidson were named to the WBC All-Star Five. Ruske played a key role for the Gold Rush as they claimed the 2018 WBC title averaging 16.2 points per game.

Davidson, recently graduated from Cal Berkeley, averaged 16.8 points and 14 rebounds per game for Harbour Breeze. Reed, also paying for the Breeze, averaged 23 points per outing.

Hirawani, despite carrying an ankle injury, still averaged 16.2 points per game for Waikato Wizards and Boagni logged 13 points and 12 rebounds for Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats.

The Tall Ferns will play three games in Japan at the end of this week before heading to Taiwan to compete at the William Jones Cup (July 25-29).

It will be the 40th edition of the William Jones Cup. In addition to New Zealand (ranked 42nd in the world) the tournament will feature Korea (16th), Japan (reigning FIBA Asia Cup champions and No 13 ranked team in the world), Chinese Taipei (40th), Chinese Taipei B and India (45th).

New Zealand Tall Ferns Team

Stella Beck (Townsville Flames/Formerly St Mary’s College, California)

Jacinta Beckley (Formerly Seattle University)

Brooke Blair (Harbour Breeze/ Rockhampton Cyclones/Formerly Idaho State University)

Tessa Boagni (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats/Formerly California State University, Northridge)

Penina Davidson (Harbour Breeze/Formerly University of California, Berkeley)

Alyssa Hirawani (Waikato Wizards/Formerly Murray State College)

Ashleigh Karaitiana (Bendigo Spirit)

Kalani Purcell (Melbourne Boomers/South West Metro Pirates)

Tera-Akiene Reed (Harbour Breeze/Virginia Commonwealth University)

Nicole Ruske (Otago Gold Rush)