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Sports Talk: Global Game

Monday, September 17, 2018

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

At the international level, the Tall Blacks have had a camp in Qatar and played Syria in Lebanon this month (September 13), followed by a home game in Rotorua against Lebanon on September 17. Last month the Tall Ferns won the William Jones Cup in Japan.

At age group level, the New Zealand Under 18 Boys’ and 18 Girls’ 3x3 sides have competed at the FIBA Asian Cup in Malaysia and a Boys’ squad will compete at the Youth Olympics in Argentina. Our very own Briarley Rogers and Kay Phillips did us proud in the Under 18 Girls’ side. The Boys came away Asia Champs and the girls were runners up.

Briarley Rogers

Domestically on the women’s side of the game the Women’s Basketball Championship (WBC) finals weekend was played in Otago during July. Teams included professional overseas players from countries such as the USA, Germany and Canada. The Bay of Plenty was represented in this competition by young sides from Rotorua and Tauranga.

During July the University of Hawaii, a US First Division College, travelled to New Zealand for a series of games. Tauranga was represented in a WBC All Star team by Mikayla Daish.

William Raisbeck, one of our Tauranga players who has come through the ranks, has just started his college year at the University of Notre Dame (Div. 2) in the USA. We wish him all the best and will watch his journey with interest.

Tauranga City Basketball has also had great results at National Championships with our Under 15 Girls finishing second in New Zealand.

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

Locally our spring leagues and development programmes will kick off in October, so 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.

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