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Monday, August 5, 2019

This month has again highlighted to me how basketball is a truly global game that provides numerous opportunities.

At the International level, the Tall Ferns have had a camp in Japan and played in the William Jones Cup in Taiwan, finishing with the silver. The Tall Blacks head into camp soon to start their preparations for the World Cup. They have games in Australia versus Canada coming up.

The NZ Breakers have announced a new coach - Dan Shamir from Israel - and have signed two imports from the USA.

The NZNBL wound up last month with Wellington winning. It was a notable season as it saw what I believe is the first Australian professional sports team play in a New Zealand based competition for any sport (the Tasmanian Huskies).

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Domestically Tauranga City Basketball (TCBA) has also had great results at National Championships with our Under 17 Girls finishing sixth in New Zealand, the Under 17 Boys finishing seventh and our Under 15 Boys finishing fourth. TCBA secured the hosting of the Under 15 event which saw well over 1,000 people in Tauranga for five days and was a welcome boost to the local economy.

This week our Under 23 Men and Women will travel to Porirua to compete in their national championships.

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The above is just a sub set of the numerous and ever-growing opportunities basketball now presents Kiwi players. I’m sure these opportunities are contributing to the huge increase in participate we are experiencing.

Locally our adult social leagues run year-round as does our player development programmes. New elite and age based leagues will kick off in October. If you are interested in getting yourself or family involved please contact us on admin@taurangacitybasketball.co.nz or check the website www.tauranga.basketball.co.nz.

Yours in basketball,

Mark Rogers
General Manager – Tauranga City Basketball.

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