Girl’s Prem review highlighted by Tayla Dalton’s 56 points


Tayla Dalton

Tayla Dalton scored 56 points as Carmel College beat Massey High in Auckland Premier League Round 7 action on Monday night.

There were also wins for the top two teams Westlake and St Mary’s College.

In other news Botany Downs Secondary College have withdrawn from the Premier League.

There was something of a one-woman show at Massey High as Tayla Dalton amassed 56 points as Carmel College beat the hosts 95-75.

Allyah Leusogi-Ape scored six first quarter points for Massey but Qaizden Stephano bettered that by two as Carmel forged an early 20-15 lead.

Ramona Fuaivaa, Shazaleah Henry and Maya Taingahue led a second quarter Massey fightback – the hosts ahead 34-30 at half-time.

Alyesha Schuster reeled off 18 of Massey’s 22 third quarter points yet they were outscored by 14 as Carmel put their collective foot down.  Stephano and Katie Linstrom notched a couple of baskets but the Dalton storm was gathering momentum as she nailed 19 points in the period.

The Dalton storm became a tornado as a further 22 points followed in the final period – the last two buckets a brace of threes to put the exclamation mark on a stunning individual performance.

Massey 75– A Schuster 23, A Leusogi-Ape 18, R Fuaivaa 13, Y Tevao 6

Carmel 95– T Dalton 56, Q Stephano 12, E Davidson 6


If it was an individual scoring storm at Massey it was a collective hurricane at Westlake as the hosts blew past Auckland Girls Grammar 138-21 in a totally one-sided affair.

Emma Pugh led the way for Westlake with 27 points while Jordyn Maddix continued her good perimeter shooting form with six triples on her way to 22 points.

Leah Patuwairua scored 15 points for Grammar.

Westlake 138– E Pugh 27, E Shearer 24, J Maddix 22, I Pugh 16, P Manolas 15, C Leyson 11

AGGS 21– L Patuwairua 15, M Fonohema 4


St Mary’s continued their unbeaten run with a comfortable 75-40 win against Mt Albert Grammar.

Paced by a game high 22 points from Jazz Kailahi-Fulu St Mary’s won every quarter except the last.

MAGS forward Rikki Fiatau scored six early points but so did Kailahi-Fulu as the hosts won the opening period 17-13.

The second stanza was far more convincing with St Mary’s rattling off 29 points to lead 46-23 at half-time. Leata Tenana-Williams had joined Kailahi-Fulu in double figures by the break.

After the interval Riana Matiseni found her range from deep and with Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu scoring inside the lead grew to 64-28 with ten minutes to play.

MAGS to their credit won the final quarter (12-11), Tiger-Lily Cocker-Lemalie leading the way with a team high 15 points.

St Mary’s 75– J Kailahi-Fulu 22, L Tenana-Williams 13, Z Kailahi-Fulu 11, R Matiseni 11

MAGS 40– T Cocker-Lemalie 15, R Fiatau 13, M Kelly 6


Last Friday the Round 6 fixtures had seen wins for Westlake, St Mary’s and Massey High.

Westlake cruised to another easy win defeating local rivals Carmel 111-48 with Rosie Dil scoring 20 points in a game transferred to Eventfinda Stadium.

Westlake 111– R Dil 20, M Boucher 13, P Manolas 11, H Williams 10, J Maddix 10

Carmel 48– E Broomfield 12, E Davidson 9, J Cammell 5


There was also an easy win for St Mary’s as they comfortably took care of business against Auckland Grammar winning 81-39. Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu led all scorers with 20 points although Imogene Noble performed admirably in a losing cause scoring 17 points.

St Mary’s 81– Z Kailahi-Fulu 20, M Malolo 14, L Tenana-Williams 10, T Tevaga 9

AGGS 39– I Noble 17, L Patuwairua 8, P Vae 6, M Seuiavatele 6


Massey High School entertained Rangitoto College in a much tighter affair with Massey prevailing 85-75.

An even first quarter ended with Rangitoto one point to the good (20-19) – three triples from guard Hannah Wentworth the feature of the period.

Massey exerted some control in the second frame with Yzabelle Tevao and Allyah Leusogi-Ape scoring ten points apiece for the hosts to lead 39-30 at half-time.

Aroha Riley knocked down a couple of threes for Rangi in the third and with Kellie Tawhiao and Wentworth chipping in the Massey lead was narrowed to 60-53 at the last break.

Wentworth sunk her fifth triple and Emily Blythe made a couple of plays but Shauna Povey and Shazaleah Henry saw Massey to the win.

Massey 85– S Povey 24, Y Tevao 13, R Fuaivaa 13, A Schuster 10, A Leusogi-Ape 10

Rangitoto 75– H Wentworth 30, A Riley 16, K Tawhiao 12


Premier Girls Standings:

6-0 St Mary’s

5-1 Westlake

4-2 Massey

3-3 Carmel

3-2 Rangitoto



St Kent’s and AGS register significant victories

St Kentigern College completed a notable double during the latest round of Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier Basketball.

Rangitoto College and Auckland Grammar were also in the winner’s circle in Round 7 action whilst the Liston College v MAGS fixture was postponed until next Monday.

St Kentigern defeated Rosmini earlier in the season and on Monday night, on their home court, again overturned the defending champions winning 79-73 despite Sean Murphy scoring 35 points for the visitors.

The industrious Elliot Watson opened the scoring for St Kent’s and his six points along with an identical contribution from Martin Gan took their team to a 21-17 first quarter lead.

The rapidly improving Levic Kerr (23 points) and Shalom Broughton (21 points) were a constant menace on the offensive boards, the pair scoring 15 consecutive points for the hosts in the second. Rozza were relying heavily on Murphy as his 19 first half points kept them in touch at the main break trailing 40-36.

Kerr and Alex McNaught fired the opening shots in the third stanza and when Sam Chan dropped a long three in the shadows of three-quarter time the St Kent’s lead was a healthy 60-48.

Rosmini rallied at the outset of the fourth as Murphy, Cian Emery and Thomas Morgan struck from deep. With the lead reduced to two points (62-60) St Kent’s Head Coach Aaron Young needed a timeout.

The chat worked a treat as McNaught knocked down a triple and Broughton reeled off three straight buckets and when Josh Child put down a two handed dunk the hosts were ahead 75-67 with three minutes to play.

Murphy moved his outstanding contribution into the thirties with a fifth three but to the delight of the home support Broughton put the icing on a solid victory with an alley-oop play off a McNaught pass.

St Kentigern 79– L Kerr 23, S Broughton 21, A McNaught 10, E Watson 10, M Gan 8

Rosmini 73– S Murphy 35, M Williams-Dunn 10, T Abdon 9, T Martin 6


In a high scoring affair at Westlake visitors Auckland Grammar prevailed 113-104 with the Junior Tall Blacks pair of Sam Mennenga and Jaga Mete in sensational shooting form.

The duo will be teammates when they board a plane on Wednesday headed to the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece but on Monday engaged in a pre-tournament shoot-out.

Westlake forward Mennenga scored 42 points while Mete went a couple better scoring 44 points for Grammar. For a while it looked as if they may be upstaged by AGS guard Connor Ngan who scored 35 points including six made threes.

Grammar made a lightning start amassing 34 first quarter points to lead by 16 at the first break. Ngan and Mete did most the damage but a couple of baskets from Caleb Landon were also handy.

Stung into action Westlake outscored the visitors 35-22 in the second with Mennenga scoring 19. A timely trey from Dylan Wilkie pulled the hosts to within three points at half-time (56-53).

The two teams traded baskets in the second with Grammar relying mainly on threes – Mete made four and Ngan three from the land of plenty. Not to be outdone Reuben Natusch, Liam Spencer and Mennenga joined in the three-point shooting exhibition – Westlake down (82-77) at three-quarter time.

Mennenga, Wilkie and Jett Thompson provided scoring impetus for Westlake in the final period but it’s tough to get a win when the opposition back court duo rack up a combined 79 points – the pair made twenty of those in the closing ten minutes to seal a third straight win for Grammar as they moved into a share of third place on the ladder.

Westlake 104– S Mennenga 42, D Wilkie 14, J Thompson 13

AGS 113– J Mete 44, C Ngan 35, D Boyd 9, C Landon 8


A 27-11 opening salvo up in the Bays set the tone for a comfortable home victory as Rangitoto College won every quarter on their way to a 111- 41 victory against Macleans College.

Phoenix Leupolu, settling into his new surrounds, scored 7 early points and Ethan Skelton 6.

Liam Judd enjoyed a profitable second quarter making 11 points and Joon Back knocked down a couple of threes to extend the Rangi lead to 54-23 at half-time.

It was a similar story in the second Half as Harry Payne compiled a game high 23 points – Daniel Powell. Leupolu and Judd joining him in double figures.

Kraus Reyes was a stand out for Macleans scoring 21 points and Regan McGregor made 9.

Rangitoto 111 – H Payne 23, P Leupolu 15, L Judd 14, D Powell 14, J Back 9, D Clayton 8

Macleans 41 – K Reyes 21, R McGregor 9


Premier Standings:

6-1 Rangitoto, St Kentigern

4-3 Westlake, Rosmini, AGS

2-4 Liston

1-5 MAGS

0-7 Macleans

Rangitoto pipped by St Kentigern


In Round 6 of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League the only unbeaten team, Rangitoto College, had that record expunged going down 79-77 at St Kentigern College.

Rosmini College defeated Westlake in front of a big crowd at Eventfinda Stadium and there were also wins for Auckland Grammar and Mt Albert Grammar.

St Kentigern College beat Rangitoto College 79-77 as the top two teams in the competition went head to head in east Auckland on Friday.

St Kent’s point guard Alex McNaught (24 points) converted an acrobatic layup to edge his team ahead with 45 seconds to play. Rangitoto created an opportunity for Zach Riley to put up a potential game winner on the buzzer but his three-pointer fell just short – Riley was outstanding compiling a Premier career best 36 points.

The first quarter favoured the visitors as Riley and Harry Payne (20 points) went to work but St Kent’s fought back in the second via McNaught and Levic Kerr (22 points) to close within two points at half-time (45-43).

Heading into the fourth it was just a one point game, 59-58, as the two teams went toe to toe. St Kent’s forward Levic Kerr was proving a handful on the offensive boards and he made 8 of his 22 points in the fourth.

Payne and Riley shared 14 points in the final frame and Tautoko Wynyard chipped in with some handy points but Elliot Watson and Kerr held firm before McNaught’s athletic play sealed the win.

St Kentigern 79– A McNaught 24, L Kerr 22, K Evans 9, M Gan 9, E Watson 8

Rangitoto 77– Z Riley 36, H Payne 20, P Leopolu 10


In front of a vibrant 1,000+ crowd at Eventfinda Stadium Rosmini College edged local neighbours Westlake Boys 86-80.

Josh Kooiman made a couple of early triples but they were cancelled out by similar efforts from Sean Murphy (20 points) and Tyler Martin to help Rosmini to a 19-15 quarter-time lead.

That lead increased to 43-36 at the main break as Jayden Boucher and Marvin Williams-Dunn (22 points) featured strongly in the second.

Westlake fought back in the third as Dylan Wilkie, Sam Mennenga and Kooiman all hit from deep to lock the scores up at three-quarter time (63-63).

Wilkie, Jett Thompson and Mennenga, who scored a game high 25 points, had the Westlake fans roaring as they controlled the early stages of the fourth frame and when Kooiman landed a prayer as the shot clock expired a Lake victory looked a strong possibility.

However after a brace of buckets from both Boucher and Thomas Morgan, Terence Abdon made a crucial long three to put Rosmini in the ascendancy.

Jason Mitef sealed the win in a game that was a fine advertisement for high school basketball.

Westlake 80– S Mennenga 25, D Wilkie 18, J Thompson 14, J Kooiman 14

Rosmini 86– M Williams-Dunn 22, S Murphy 20, T Abdon 15,  J Boucher 13


Daniel Boyd scored a Premier career best 33 points as Auckland Grammar outscored Liston College 54-20 in the second half to canter to a 90-47 victory.

Boyd had 18 points in the opening half and with Jaga Mete (19 points) contributing 9points Grammar were 37-27 ahead at the interval – Kiani Saxon and Preston Karatau helped keep Liston in touch.

Shawn Hickey (13 points) and Victor Ola’aiga posted points for Liston in the third but they were outscored 29-14 in the frame as Connor Ngan, Luka Vea and Boyd took control.

Grammar cruised through the closing ten minutes to ensure a third win of the season.

Liston 47– S Hickey 13, K Saxon 7, P Karatau 6

AGS 91– D Boyd 33, J Mete 19, C Ngan 15, L Vea 8


A dominant display on the boards from Nate Wilson helped Mt Albert Grammar to their first win of the season. Wilson added 20 points to a colossal 27 rebounds as MAGS beat Macleans College 80-56.

It was all MAGS in the opening quarter as they strode to a 19-11 lead. Tyson Kempton had 8 first half points for Macleans but MAGS steadily built there advantage through Josh Leger (a game high 21 points) and Phil Mengistie.

MAGS welcomed back Sataan Tawera after injury and the point guard helped MAGS control proceedings as they won every quarter to kick start their season.

Jesse Manuel top scored for Macleans with 9 points – Macleans head to Rangitoto College on Monday searching for their first win whilst MAGS take on Liston College in a crucial game.

Macleans 56– J Manuel 9, T Kempton 8, H Hanson 8

MAGS 80– J Leger 21, N Wilson 20, P Mengistie 14, S Tawera 9


Premier Standings:

5-1 Rangitoto, St Kentigern

4-2 Westlake, Rosmini

3-3 AGS

2-4 Liston

1-5 MAGS

0-6 Macleans

Rangitoto edge Carmel in high scoring encounter

Rangi Girls 2019

In a fast paced entertaining Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League game played on Wednesday night Rangitoto College defeated Carmel College 89-84.

Tayla Dalton, back from her heroics in Mongolia with the New Zealand team that claimed silver at the FIBA U18 3×3 World Cup, scored 44 points for Carmel.  However a more balanced scoring effort from Rangitoto, with five players in double figures, eased them to their fourth win of the season.

Early on it was Carmel that started the stronger building a 14-9 advantage although that was turned into a 21-17 lead in favour of Rangi by quarter time courtesy of a pair of threes from Hannah Wentworth.

The second quarter belonged to the hosts as Aroha Riley and Ella Moore dropped a bunch of triples to take Rangitoto to a 50-33 lead at the main break.

Whatever Carmel coach Gareth Teahan said to his team in the locker room at half-time worked a treat as they almost wiped out the entire 17-point deficit in the ensuing ten minutes.

Dalton did most the damage but Emily Broomfield, Estelle Davidson and Qaizden Stephano were all significant contributors in a revival that saw them enter the final ten minutes just six points adrift (66-62).

Moore made her third triple of the game to open the fourth quarter but Dalton replied with an And-1 play. Young Rangi guard Kellie Tawhiao reeled off 8 straight points as they led 79-68 with 6 minutes to play.

Broomfield and Davidson scored the next six points before the two leading scorers in the game, Dalton and Aroha Riley, exchanged scores from beyond the three-point arc.

The impressive Moneesha Barrett put Rangi 89-78 to the good with just under two minutes to play and although Carmel scored the last six points of the contest it wasn’t quite enough to steal the win.

Next up for Carmel is a game against Westlake Girls with that fixture to be played at Eventfinda Stadium (North Shore Events Centre) on Friday. Josh Davis and his charges will  take on Massey High on the same evening with the two teams boasting identical 4-1 records.

Rangitoto 89– A Riley 22, K Tawhiao 20, H Wentworth 16, E Moore 13, M Barrett 11

Carmel 84– T Dalton 44, E Broomfield 15, E Davidson 11, Q Stephano 8


League Standings

5-0 St Mary’s

4-1 Massey, Westlake, Rangitoto

2-3 Carmel

1-4 AGGS

0-5 Botany Downs, Mt Albert

Massey High defeat Auckland Girls Grammar

Massey High bench

Westlake Girls High School and Massey High School reinforced their Auckland Secondary Schools Premier League top four spots with emphatic Round 5 wins on Friday.

Massey, led by Ramona Fuaivaa (23 points) and Alyesha Schuster (20 points) proved too strong for Auckland Girls Grammar winning 103-56.

An opening quarter lead of 18-9 in favour of the visitors was extended to 43-21 at the break Imogene Noble and Leah Patuwairua did most of the scoring for AGGS but contributions across the board from Massey were the order of the day.

Noble, the game’s highest scorer with 26 points, scored 11 of those in the third quarter but Kharylle Ruiz scored 8 points in the frame as Massey steadily built their lead.

Maxine Seuravatele and Hina Devery chipped in with points for AGGS but Massey had too many weapons and cruised to a fourth win of the season. Allyah Leusogi-Ape, Yzabelle Tevao and Tahlya Waikiki were the other Massey players in double figures.

AGGS 56– I Noble 26, L Patuwairua 12, H Devery 4, M Seuravatele 4

Massey 103– R Fuaivaa 23, A Schuster 20, A Leusogi-Ape 13, K Ruiz 12, Y Tevao 12, T Waikiki 11

Westlake Girls High beat Mt Albert Grammar103-44 in the only other game played on Friday. Jordyn Maddix was on fire from the three-point line draining eight triples. Unfortunately we don’t have any further details of the game.

Botany Downs forfeited their game for the second time this season handing league leaders St Mary’s the two competition points.

The Rangitoto College versus Carmel College fixture has been postponed until Wednesday June 12th.

In other news Tayla Dalton has been in Mongolia with the New Zealand team that played extremely well to win silver at the FIBA U18 3×3 World Cup. Former MAGS standout Sharne Pupuke-Robati was also in the team alongside Chaerlisse Leger-Walker and Ashlee Strawbridge

League Standings

5-0 St Mary’s

4-1 Massey, Westlake

3-1 Rangitoto

2-2 Carmel

1-4 AGGS

0-5 Botany Downs, Mt Albert

Rangitoto beat Rosmini in double OT



Zach riley

Zach Riley

Rangitoto College are the outright leaders of the Auckland Secondary Schools Boy’s Premier League. Rangitoto beat Rosmini College in double overtime and with St Kentigern losing at Auckland Grammar the ‘Boys from the Bays’ are the only unbeaten team after five rounds of competition.

The Rangi versus Rozza clash was a hugely entertaining game punctuated by extreme fluctuations of scoring form that was eventually decided after 49 minutes and 57.4 seconds of action.

With 2.6 seconds of play left in the second extra period young Rangitoto guard Zach Riley stepped to the free throw line with the scores locked at 99 points apiece. He calmly knocked down his first attempt and with so little time left on the clock intentionally missed the second. Dallas Clayton grabbed the offensive rebound for added security enabling him and his teammates to celebrate a fifth straight win.

Earlier Rosmini had made the better start as Marvin Williams-Dunn found his way to basket on multiple occasions to give the visitors a 24-18 first quarter lead. A fairly even second period ensued – Rosmini still ahead 41-32 at the interval.

The relatively sedate first half was followed by carnage in the third! Inspired by Harry Payne, Jared Thornton and Obadaiah Paea Rangitoto unleashed a 24-0 run , yes twenty-four points to zero, before a Terence Abdon three stopped the bleeding. Rangitoto amassed 33 points in the quarter with the afore mentioned trio sharing all but five of those points.

Reeling at the three-quarter mark with a 65-49 deficit Rosmini turned the game on its head at the start of the fourth. Rangi could hardly get the ball out of there own half as the defending champions, inspired by Jayden Boucher’s work, ramped up the defensive effort. They couldn’t quite match the second quarter run of Rangitoto but it was mighty close. 22-2 to be precise as Sean Murphy, Reihana Maxwell-Topia and Abdon capitalised on numerous Rangi turnovers to forge a 71-67 lead.

The regular time drama hadn’t finished. Murphy (32 points) knocked down his third triple of the period to tie the scores (77-77) inside the last two minutes and when Williams-Dunn converted a trademark slashing dive with 10 seconds to play a Rosmini win looked likely. However Payne had the last say – a composed close range finish from the Rangi captain tying the scores. Fouled in the act of shooting, the game’s leading scorer (33 points) saw his potential match winning free throw rim out.

The two teams traded baskets in the first overtime period, a Williams-Dunn triple cancelling out a similar effort from Ethan Skelton –  the raucous crowd given an extra five minutes entertainment with the score locked at 90 points each.

A Thornton tip-in was cancelled out by Maxwell-Topia and despite losing Williams-Dunn, Boucher and Murphy with five fouls apiece Rosmini led 99-97 with 45 seconds to play. However it was the impressive Riley that had the final say, scoring on the next play before landing the all important game winner.

Rangitoto 100– H Payne 33, Z Riley 27, O Paea 17, J Thornton 12, E Skelton 8

Rosmini 99– S Murphy 32, M Williams-Dunn 22, T Abdon 20, R Maxwell-Topia 17, J Boucher 8


Auckland Grammar unleashed a double-barrel assault, in the form of Jaga Mete and Connor Ngan, to inflict a first defeat of the season on St Kentigern College (93-79).

The heaviest shots were fired in the fourth quarter as Ngan released a barrage of threes (he had seven in the game with five landed in the final ten minutes) and Mete took his tally to 45 points with St Kent’s outscored 29-17 in the last period.

St Kent’s, after shading the first half 40-38 were very much in the hunt at the three- quarter mark trailing by a single point (63-62) with Kaslo Evans and Alex McNaught leading their effort.

Josh Child and Kaea Rangiehaeata scored early in the final frame for St Kent’s but once Ngan found his range from beyond the arc there was only one winner.

AGS 93– Jaga Mete 45, C Ngan 28, L Vea 7

St Kentigern 79– K Evans 24, A McNaught 17, M Gan 10, J Child 9, E Watson 7


Despite double-doubles from the forward duo of Josh Leger (23 points and 12 rebounds) and Nate Wilson (20 points and 15 rebounds) Mt Albert Grammar went down 89-63 to Westlake Boys on their home court.

The pair shared 14 first quarter points but 11 in the period from Dylan Wilkie edged Westlake ahead 20-18.

On the back of his MVP performance at the U19 National Championships in Dunedin earlier in the week Sam Mennenga got to work in the second. On his way to a game high 25 points he scored 11 points in the period as Westlake moved out to a 44-32 half-time lead.

Campbell Atkinson was prominent for Westlake after half-time and although Phil Mengistie dropped a triple for MAGS they still had a lot to do at the last break trailing 71-53.

Wilkie landed his fifth trey of the game and Reuben Natusch another for good measure as Westlake eased to a fourth win of the season and equal second on the table.

MAGS 63– J Leger 23/12r, N Wilson 20/15r, P Mengistie 7, M Aiono 6

Westlake 89– S Mennenga 25, D Wilkie 17, C Atkinson 12, J Kooiman 11


Harry Smith and Richard Jiang combined for 53 points for Macleans College but a more balanced scoring effort from Liston College propelled them to a 100-80 victory.

Smith had 11 points in the opening stanza but threes from Logan Hamilton, Ben Grant, Ryan Fabian and Desmond Helu gave Liston a 25-22 lead. The scores were tied by the interval (43-43) as Tyson Kempton had the last say of the half.

Preston Karatau (25 points) made three of his five triples in the third and with Helu making useful points Liston were 68-60 to the good at three-quarter time.

Sefa Prasad scored all his 12 points in the fourth as the hosts put their foot down (winning the period 32-20) to record a valuable second win of the season.

Liston 100– P Karatau 25, K Saxon 16, D Helu 15, S Prasad 12, S Hickey 11

Macleans 80– H Smith 28, R Jiang 25, K Reyes 7, T Kempton 6, R Dio 6


In other news Taine Murray is currently attending the Nike Asia Camp in Shenzen, China.


Premier League Standings after 5 rounds:

5-0 Rangitoto

3-1 St Kentigern, Westlake

3-2 Rosmini

2-3 AGS, Liston

0-5 Mt Albert, Macleans

Who are the new Tall Ferns?

Ella fotu

Tall Ferns coach Guy Molloy has included five debutants in a 14-player squad for the tour to Japan and theWilliam Jones Cup defence inTaiwan in July.

Matangiroa Flavell, Ella Fotu, Esra McGoldrick, Amy West and Charlotte Whittaker have all been selected for the senior national team for the first time.

“This is an intentional strategy to build depth, increase competition for positions, and satisfy the increasing demands of FIBA for international basketball competition,” said Molloy.

“The team selected to tour Japan and Taiwan features a blend of senior players such as Toni Farnworth, emerging new team leaders such as Penina Davidson, and exciting young potentials.”

What do we know about the five debutants? For a start all five have spent time in the American college system after graduating from high school in NZ.

Ella Fotu probably has the most recognisable name amongst the quintet of newbies with brothers Dan and Isaac having already played for the Tall Blacks.

Ella, like her brothers and Tall Fern Penina Davidson, schooled at Rangitoto College before having a three-year career in the States. She attended Boise State initially before moving on to Hawaii Pacific where she won a PacWest Conference title with the Sharks in 2018. Currently she is playing with Harbour Breeze in the Women’s Basketball Championship (WBC).


Matangiroa Flavell is also a member of the Harbour Breeze. The 21-year old played representative basketball for Rotorua while at Western Heights High School. Post school she played Junior College ball at Midland College, Texas for two years. After graduating from Midland she moved on to Houston Baptist University for a season.

Coach Molloy says that, for the team to compete with the basketball giants in the top 10, New Zealand must develop players with natural height. With this in mind he has selected three teenage forwards for the trip.

Amy west (14)

Amy West (No 14)

Palmerston North Girls High alumna Amy West (195cm) has just completed her freshman year at Liberty University in Virginia playing 20 games for the Flames. She is currently averaging 8.7 points and 6.3 rebounds for North Canterbury Spirit in the WBC.

esra mcGoldrick

Also coming off a college freshman year is former Rangi Ruru standout Esra McGoldrick. The Cantabrian forward played 21 games for North Carolina State University last season where the Wolfpack finished the 2018-19 season ranked ninth on the USA Today Coaches Poll, after making the semi-finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament and the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Tournament.

McGoldrick leads the WBC Division 2 scoring averaging 24 points per game for the North Canterbury Spirit.

charlotte whittaker

The youngest debutant is 18-year old Charlotte Whittaker out of St Andrew’s College, Christchurch. Whittaker, the leading scorer for the Junior Tall Ferns at the Asia Cup in India last year averaging 13.8 points per game, has spent the last six months at the University of Colorado where she was a redshirt freshman. Whittaker created a favourable impression when making her senior international debut for New Zealand Select against China B in 2016 at just 16 years of age.

Molloy says the tour ahead will see the team play possibly two games against Japan in Japan, before defending the William Jones Cup that New Zealand won in 2018.

“Our goal in 2019 is to make it to 2020! What I mean by that is we give ourselves a great shot of qualifying for the Olympics, for which the key event is in February 2020. To do this will be very difficult, but I am expecting our culture and style of play will hold us in good stead.”

Indeed, it will be difficult. Only 12 women’s teams will compete at the 2020 Olympics. To qualify, 16 teams will battle it out in four FIBA qualification tournaments in February 2020. To get there, the Tall Ferns need to go through a pre-qualifying Asia-Oceania tournament in November this year where eight teams will compete for four spots in the 2020 qualifiers. The future is looking bright and Coach Molloy believes great things can happen for New Zealand women’s basketball.

“Everyone can feel the momentum surge in basketball in New Zealand. As I toured the country in May, doing workshops and clinics, I was really impressed with the talent on display. It’s an exciting time to be involved and an exciting time to be a Tall Fern,” said Coach Molloy.


  1. Stella Beck (Launceston Tornadoes/Townsville Fire)
  2. Tessa Boagni (Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats)
  3. Micaela Cocks (Townsville Fire)
  4. Penina Davidson (Harbour Breeze/Adelaide Lightning)
  5. Toni Farnworth (Ringwood Hawks/Perth Lynx)
  6. Matanigiroa Flavell (Harbour Breeze)*
  7. Ella Fotu (Harbour Breeze)*
  8. Charlisse Leger-Walker (Waikato Wizards)
  9. Esra McGoldrick (McAlpines M10 Mega North Canterbury Spirit / NC State University)*
  • Chevannah Paalvast (Sunshine Coast Rip)
  • Kalani Purcell (Auckland Dream/Melbourne Boomers)
  • Natalie Taylor (Auckland Dream)
  • Amy West (McAlpines M10 Mega North Canterbury Spirit / Liberty University)*
  • Charlotte Whittaker (McAlpines M10 Mega North Canterbury Spirit / University or Colorado)*


St Mary’s beat Westlake on the buzzer



The game of the round in the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Girl’s competition featured unbeaten teams Westlake Girls and St Mary’s College.

In a terrific game where the lead changed hands several times it looked as if Westlake would protect home court advantage leading 69-68 inside the final seconds. However possession was with St Mary’s and Leata Te-Nana Williams was entrusted with the last shot. Much to the delight of her teammates and the travelling St Mary’s fans she connected with a floater from the elbow on the buzzer to clinch a 70-69 win.

Earlier it was Westlake that established the early advantage (23-21) although St Mary’s had the better of the second stanza to lead 41-37 at the break. Westlake wing Emme Shearer led all scorers with 15 points in the half, Riana Matiseni not far behind with a dozen for St Mary’s.

Izzy Pugh made 10 points in the third as Westlake reclaimed the lead at the end of the frame (55-53).

It remained close in the fourth – Shearer and Makenzee Boucher made buckets, Matiseni and Zaaliyah Kalahi-Fulu replying for the visitors. Jess Moors appeared to have made the winning basket for Westlake but it was Te-Nana Williams that had the final say, the win meaning St Mary’s are the only unbeaten girl’s premier team.

Westlake 69 – E Shearer 23, I Pugh 16, J Maddix 11, J Moors 11

St Mary’s 70 – R Matiseni 17, Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu 14, K Leslie 13, S Te-Nana Williams 7


Tayla Dalton was named to the New Zealand team attending the FIBA U18 3×3 World Cup in Mongolia earlier in the week and she warmed up for the 23,000km round trip with 30 points as Carmel inflicted a 78-59 defeat on Mt Albert Grammar.

Carmel opened up with consecutive threes from Dalton and the Izzy’s, Cattermole and MacGregor, as they forged an 18-13 first period lead.

Monica Kelly  and Rikki Fiatau led the MAGS scoring but their chances were dented when Kelly picked up her fourth foul midway through the second quarter.

The hard working Emily Broomfield was providing good support for Dalton, the home team 35-20 to the good at half-time.

Dalton joined Kelly on four fouls early in the fourth and MAGS, sensing an opportunity to eat into the Carmel lead, scored six straight points via Danae Tait, Destiny Leef-Milner and Fiatau. However, led by Broomfield and young guards Marina Lough and MacGregor, Carmel held their ground to lead 57-34 with ten minutes to play.

Both coaching staff’s gave playing opportunity to their bench players in the final period as Carmel eased to a second win of the season.

Carmel 78– T Dalton 30, E Broomfield 16, Qaizden Stephano 9, I Macgregor 8

MAGS 59– M Kelly 15, R Fiatau 15, D Leef-Milner 6, Harmony Brown 6


Rangitoto College put on a 3-point shooting exhibition against Auckland Girls Grammar knocking down 21 shots from beyond the arc. Ella Moore (35 points) and Hannah Wentworth (30 points) landed eight and five threes respectively as a total of seven different players converted from the land of plenty.

Moneesha Barrett began the triple treat and with Wentworth landing four in the opening half the lead was a whopping 62-11 at half-time.

Imogene Noble and Sera Taea both contributed double figures for Grammar but they could do little to stop the Rangi onslaught as Kellie Tawhiao, and sisters Waiaaria and Aroha Riley joined Wentworth and Moore in double digit territory for the hosts.

Rangitoto 125– E Moore 35, H Wentworth 30, A Riley 18, K Tawhiao 12, W Riley 10

AGGS 43– I Noble 15, S Taei 14, L Patuwairua 8


Sophia Herewini scored 8 first quarter points for Botany Downs but Shauna Povey was in double figures at the quarter mark with her team a healthy 30-11 to the good.

The gap widened in the second period as Kharylle Ruiz and Alyesha Schuster carried Massey to a 62-16 lead.

Sophia and Tiana Herewini scored 13 points and 9 points respectively for Botany in the second half but multiple Massey players made double figure contributions – Shazaleah Henry scoring the last six points of the game to round out the win

Massey 109– S Povey 31, A Schuster 16, Allyah Leusogi-Ape 14, S Henry 10, Yzabelle Tevao 10, Ramona Fuiavaa 10, Mercedes Gray 10

Botany Downs 43– S Herewini 24, Tiana Herewini 13, Selestina Mataia 5

League Standings

4-0 St Mary’s

3-1 Massey, Rangitoto, Westlake

2-2 Carmel

1-3 AGGS

0-4 Botany Downs, Mt AlbertSt

Top four all win in Boy’s Premier competition.

harry payne

Rangitoto captain Harry Payne

The Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Boy’s competition featured the bottom four teams against the top four in Round 4! The results went exclusively with form as Rangitoto College, St Kentigern College, Rosmini College and Westlake Boys all chalked up wins.

Once again Rangitoto College made a fast start on their home court – Harry Payne scoring nine early points against Auckland Grammar.

Grammar found it difficult to score early on taking almost four minutes to get on the board. Once underway Jaga Mete, named to the Junior Tall Blacks FIBA U19 World Cup bound squad this week, scored 8 straight points but they trailed 24-14 at the first break.

Rangitoto were very efficient in the second, 10 points between Ethan Mandeno and Liam Judd helping them to a 19-point lead by the half (43-22).

Threes from Connor Ngan and Daniel Boyd improved Grammar’s scoring production in the third but they were unable to put much of a dent in the host’s lead, winning the quarter by just one point, as Jared Thornton and Zach Riley regularly found routes to the hoop.

Grammar found it difficult to connect from range but Ngan righted that in the final frame making three of his five triples in the spell. However the more balanced Rangi scoring effort prevailed, the hosts recording a fourth straight win.

Rangitoto 84– J Thornton 14, Z Riley 14, H Payne 13, L Judd 13, E Mandeno 9

AGS 65– J Mete 20, C Ngan 17, Blake Manning 11, Ilasia Tela 9


Also with four consecutive wins are St Kentigern College after a 110-65 home win against Macleans College in the East Auckland derby on Friday.

St Kent’s took a firm grip of the contest in the opening ten minutes charging to a 32-14 lead as threes from Martin Gan, Kaea Rangihaeata, Shalom Broughton and Elliot Watson rained down.

Michael Barbaran had 18 of Macleans first 23 points and although Tyson Kempton dropped a triple the St Kent’s lead was 59-30 at the break.

Harry Smith found his scoring touch for Macleans in the third but St Kent’s were relentless as Levic Kerr, McNaught and Gan, on his way to a game high 24 points that included six made threes, piled on the points for the home side as they led 96-46 with a quarter to play.

Year 9 guard George Turner had the St Kent’s bench on their feet as he dropped three triples to round out the ‘Feast in the East’.

St Kentigern 110– M Gan 24, S Broughton 20, L Kerr 15, A McNaught 15, G Turner 9

Macleans 65– M Barbaran 23, H Smith 15, T Kempton 10


Rosmini College, in a frenetic start, jumped out to an early 11-0 lead at the Tom Gerrard Gymnasium before Dakota Stephens got Mt Albert Grammar on the board.

Sean Murphy scored seven points either side of the quarter time break and Taine Murray six as the hosts extended their lead. Phoenix Sorenson responded for the visitors but a Murray dunk, and threes from Tyler Martin and Jayden Boucher fuelled a 15-0 Rosmini run as they entered half-time with a 43-21 lead

Forwards Josh Leger and Nate Wilson made scores for MAGS in the third but Murphy, Murray and Terence Abdon extended the advantage in front of a third consecutive full house – the biggest ovation of the day accorded Matt Drury when the young forward made his first points in Premier basketball.

MAGS will be hoping point guard Sataan Tawera makes a speedy recovery from a fractured ankle as they look for their first win of the season.

Rosmini 82– T Murray 20, S Murphy 14, J Boucher 11, T Abdon 10,

MAGS 50– N Wilson 12, Dakota Stephens 10, Josh Leger 7


Sam Mennenga celebrated being named in the Junior Tall Blacks team for the upcoming FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece by scoring a game high 26 points as Westlake boys protected home territory with an 80-63 victory against Liston College.

Westlake were out to a 19-10 first quarter lead thanks to a brace of buckets apiece from Mennenga, Joe Wuthrich and Caton Silbiger.

An early second quarter three from Victor Ola’aiga and additional scores from Troy Baker and Shawn Hickey kept Macleans in the hunt although points late in the half from Liam Spencer kept Lake ahead 38-25 at the break.

Kiani Saxon and Ola’aiga led a strong Liston effort in the third as the visitors closed to within single figures (51-43) at the three-quarter mark.

Desmond Helu scored all of his 11 points in the final period as Liston fought desperately for a second win of the season but Mennenga matched that number and with Josh Kooiman, Silbiger and Dylan Wilkie making threes it was the hosts that emerged with the W.

Westlake 80– S Mennenga 26, C Silbiger 12, Jett Thompson 11, D Wilkie 9

Liston 63– S Hickey 14, V Ola’aiga 11, D Helu 11, T Baker 8, K Saxon 8

All teams get a break next week as many of the players will be attending U19 Nationals in Dunedin over Queens birthday weekend.

Premier League Standings after 4 rounds:

4-0 St Kentigern, Rangitoto

3-1 Rosmini, Westlake

1-3 AGS, Liston

0-4, Macleans, Mt Albert

St Mary’s come from behind to beat Carmel and remain unbeaten

Tayla Dalton

A quality game of Auckland Secondary Schools Girl’s Premier basketball at St Mary’s College on Monday night saw the hosts prevail 66-63 against Carmel College – a win that takes St Mary’s to equal top of the league standings alongside Westlake.

Carmel will rue a missed opportunity as, paced by 37 points from Tayla Dalton, they led for all but the last two minutes of the game.

Eight points from Emily Broomfield helped Carmel shade the opening period (16-14) and a similar number from Kataleena Leslie meant it was still a one possession game at half-time in favour of the visitors (31-28).

Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu, Alex Moore and Leata Te-Nana Williams kept the score moving for St Mary’s in the third quarter which was just as well as Dalton helped herself to 16 points in the frame to keep her team ahead 50-48 at the three-quarter mark.

Katie Linstrom, Isobel MacGregor and Broomfield aided Dalton with the scoring in the final period but Leslie, Kailahi-Fulu and Safena Te-Nana Williams scored the important points in the closing couple of minutes to secure a St Mary’s victory.

Carmel will look to bounce back to winning ways against Mt Albert Grammar on Friday whilst St Mary’s will travel to Westlake where the two unbeaten teams will go head to head.

St Mary’s 66– Z Kailahi-Fulu 15, K Leslie 12, A Moore 10, T Atiga 8, L Te-Nana Williams 8

Carmel 63– T Dalton 37, E Broomfield 11, I MacGregor 6


League Standings

3-0 Westlake, St Mary’s

2-1Massey, Rangitoto

1-2 AGGS, Carmel

0-3 Botany Downs, Mt Albert