May 10, 2021

TangataWhenua.com

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Basketball Future in Good Hands

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The Rotorua under 13 basketball teams sent a reminder to their bigger city cousins that not all talent resides in the bigger centres, when it comes to junior Basketball at least.

By Piki Thomas (Ngati Pikiao)

Over the weekend both the boys and girls representative teams qualified for the under 13 national championships by placing in the top four finishers over the weekend, however there was added success for the girls side.

For the second consecutive year the girls team, captained by Te Kura o Te Koutu student Takiri Emery-Raerino, took out overall honours after making a clean sweep of their competition at the tournament. With an average winning margin of 27 points the Rotorua girls side was clearly the form team of the tournament. Traditional rivals Waikato came closest to the Rotorua girls by finishing 19 points adrift at the end of play.

On their journey to the winners podium, the team saw off challenges from Ngati Porou, Waikato, Counties-Manukau, Lake Taupo, Tauranga & Thames Valley. The girls head coach, Sue Pene says that despite having won the zone 2 title, the national competition demands another level of performance, performance that we will be seeking to achieve over the next 11 weeks as we prepare for the national tournament in Christchurch.

The national tournament in Christchurch is being held from 4th 8th October. Girls results from Counties-Manukau: (Rotorua 74-35 Ngati Porou, Rotorua 62-43 Waikato, Counties Manukau 39-64 Rotorua, Lake Taupo 49-71 Rotorua, Tauranga 26-65 Rotorua, Thames Valley 40-63 Rotorua).

For enquries please contact: Sue Pene Head Coach 021 863120; Piki Thomas Manager 027 2448784

Many thanks to Piki Thomas (Ngati Pikiao) for this awesome sports panui

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