Category Archives: Womens Basketball

Daysh and Murphy added to NZ Premier Women’s team


The New Zealand Premier team to take on the Penina Davidson led University of California, Berkley at North Shore Events Centre on Sunday shows a couple of changes from that originally named.

Harbour Breeze guard Georgia Agnew has been nursing a leg injury for a while and following an arduous Tall Ferns tour has been forced to withdraw from the team. Her place has been taken by livewire Capital Swish guard Luye Murphy.

In addition Waikato Wizards guard has pulled out due to college commitments. The Premier team have opted to improve their rebounding arsenal by calling in Tauranga City Coasters forward Makayla Daysh.

Daysh was outstanding at the Women’s Basketball Championship finals in Christchurch leading the competition in scoring (18.0 points per game) and rebounding (14.4 per game).

The game will tip off on August 13th at 4.00pm at North Shore Events Centre and tickets are still available.

NZ Premier Team

Makayla Daysh (Tauranga City Coasters)

Deena Franklin (Harbour Breeze)

Hayley Gray (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats)

Charlisse Leger-Walker (Waikato Wizards)

Luye Murphy (Capital Swish)

Esra McGoldrick (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats)

Sariah Penese (Capital Swish)

Connie Poletti (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats)

Sharne Pupuke-Robati (Auckland Lady Rangers)

Darcy Rose (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats)

Nicole Ruske (Site Weld Otago Goldrush)

Sapphire Wairau (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats)

Coaches – Jody Cameron and Lori McDaniel


Cal Berkley Golden Bears are only 17 days away

Coach Lori McDaniel says the New Zealand Premier team is looking forward to the challenge of facing the University of California Berkeley Golden Bears when they touchdown in Auckland early next month. And they better be, because there is no doubt NZ Premier are in for a tough match.

The UC Berkeley Golden Bears are one of the top women’s college teams in the US, boasting nine appearances at the NCAA tournament and playing in the prestigious Pac 12 Conference.

New Zealand Tall Fern Penina Davison will headline the Cal challenge. Davidson will be lining up for Cal’ where she attends College. Now in her fourth and final year the formidably talented 21 year old has made 98 appearances for the Golden Bears. This is her first time playing in Auckland since the start of her college career.

“This is a great opportunity for New Zealand youth to see what it takes to play at a large Division One College,” says Lori McDaniel.
“We’re ready to show them what New Zealand has got.”

The game tips-off at 4pm on 13 August, at North Shore Events Centre. Tickets at

New Zealand Premier Team

Georgia Agnew (Harbour Breeze)

Deena Franklin (Harbour Breeze)

Hayley Gray (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats)

Alyssa Hirawani (Waikato Wizards)

Charlisse Leger-Walker (Waikato Wizards)

Esra McGoldrick (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats)

Sariah Penese (Capital Swish)

Connie Poletti (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats)

Sharne Pupuke-Robati (Aucland Lady Rangers)

Darcy Rose (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats)

Nicole Ruske (Site Weld Otago Goldrush)

Sapphire Wairau (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats)

Coaches – Jody Cameron and Lori McDaniel

Canterbury Wildcats retain WBC Title

Canterbury Wildcats

It wasn’t all straight forward but Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats held off a gutsy Taranaki Thunder to win back to back WBC titles.

Taranaki were hamstrung by injuries and foul trouble but didn’t go down without a fight.

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WBC Placings confirmed as Wildcats win regular season title


With the last round of regular season games completed at the weekend the Women’s Basketball Championship Play-offs groups are now completed. Check out which five teams will contest the Plate and the six that will compete for the Championship title.

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Exciting Tall Ferns Squad named


The Tall Ferns squad named by coach Kennedy Kereama for the upcoming international programme is close to a full strength lineup.

But for a knee injury Jordan Hunter would have been in the point guard mix and college commitments have ruled out regulars Penina Davidson and Stella Beck.

Otherwise this is a team with a nice blend of veteran experience and youth.

Take a look link

Wizards and Breeze win WBC derbies

Deena Franklin

The Waikato Wizards and Harbour Breeze won their respective Women’s Basketball Championship local derbies at the weekend. Tall Ferns trialists Charlisse Leger-Walker, Deena Franklin and Georgia Agnew all made an impact link

Some good performances ahead of Tall Ferns Selection Camp


On the eve of the Tall Ferns Selection Camp taking place in Auckland during the coming week a number of those selected appear in good form judging by their performances in the various Australian State Leagues at the weekend.

In the Queensland League (QBL) the Purcell sisters, Charmian, Natalie and Kalani did battle in Brisbane with the Spartans beating Gladstone Port City Power 95-57.

Natalie scored 15 points (3/4 3PG) and Kalani contributed 8 points, 8 rebounds and a couple of steals for Brisbane. At the other end of the court oldest sister Charmian, now retired from international basketball, made 7 points and corralled a team high 11 rebounds for Gladstone.

Also in the QBL Chevannah Paalvast and Micaela Cocks combined well for the unbeaten Mackay Meteorettes (7-0) as they defeated Rockhampton Cyclones 97-71.

Paalvast scored 16 points, including 4 from 6 threes, whilst Cocks landed 8 points and a team high 5 assists.

Out west Perry Lakes Hawks are also unbeaten in the WA State League. Boasting a 14-0 record they were way too strong for East Perth Eagles winning 80-51. Toni Farnworth (nee Edmondson) came up with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the Hawks.

Entering the weekend Sunbury Jets, coached by Tall Ferns coach Kennedy Kereama, boasted an 11-0 record in the Big V League. That record took a dent on Sunday when the Jets went down to Hume City Broncos losing 70-67.

Sunbury centre Josie Stockill contributed 4 points, 5 rebounds and a brace of steals and blocks in a losing cause.

The players invited to the Selection Camp beginning on Monday are:

Georgia Agnew –Harbour Breeze / NZL

Jessica Bygate – Melbourne Boomers/ Sandringham Sabres /AUS

Tea Charlton – Nottingham Wildcats/Nottingham Trent University /ENGLAND

Micaela Cocks – Townsville Fire/ Mackay Meteorettes /AUS

Antonia Farnworth (nee Edmondson) Perth Lynx/ Perry Lakes Hawks /AUS

Deena Franklin – Harbour Breeze /NZL

Jillian Harmon – Le Mura Lucca /ITALY

Charlisse Leger-Walker – Waikato Wizards /NZL

Kayla Manuirirangi – Tulane University /USA

Katelin Noyer – Fresno State University /USA

Chevannah Palvaast – Townsville Fire/ Mackay Meteorettes /AUS

Kalani Purcell – Melbourne Boomers/ AUS

Erin Rooney – Artego Bydgoszcz /POLAND

Josephine Stockill – Sunbury Jets /AUS

Natalie Taylor – Brisbane Spartans /AUS



A Good Day for Canterbury Women


Saturday was a good day for Canterbury Women’s basketball.

Not only did the Canterbury Women’s  team win both games at Under 19 Nationals but the Wildcats registered a win also.

A couple of weeks ago the Wildcats were upset by Harbour Breeze but on Saturday they had no trouble disposing of Taranaki Thunder.

For a full report click here link

W’s for Coasters, Breeze, Wizards and Cannons in WBC action


Deena Franklin

Week 5 of the Women’s Basketball Championship saw two wins for Harbour Breeze plus success for Tauranga Coasters, Waikato Wizards and Waikato Country Cannons.

Georgia Agnew, Deena Franklin and Charlisse Leger-Walker, all selected for the Tall Ferns Selection Camp next week, were each in good form.

Click here for a full roundup link


Wildcats unbeaten run ended by Harbour Breeze

Georgia Agnew

Georgia Agnew

Harbour Breeze travelled to Christchurch with an 0-4 record for their WBC encounter with the Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats. The Wildcats were 7-0 this season and 21-0 all up.

see what happened next link