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“A great problem to have” – BBNZ tries to meet demand as participation skyrockets

“A great problem to have” – BBNZ tries to meet demand as participation skyrockets
Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ) has released their annual community basketball calendar, covering the national championships and regional tournaments spread throughout the country. Due to the increase of secondary schools teams especially, BBNZ has created two new non-qualifying tournaments and additional junior divisions for schools. Basketball New Zealand Chief Executive, Iain Potter, says the rapid rise of basketball is “a great problem to have,” but it does come with growing pains. “It’s been well reported already the basketball participation is growing faster than ever. The 2016 secondary school participation figures show... Read More

Rosmini triumphs at NZSS Basketball Championships

Rosmini triumphs at NZSS Basketball Championships
Stuff: Rosmini College are the new national secondary schools boys’ basketball champions. Rosmini beat Rangitoto College 87-79 in the boys final at the Arena on Palmerston North on Saturday night, denying Rangitoto a second title in a row. The two North Shore boys schools had met in two finals earlier in the season with the silverware shared – Rangitoto winning the College Sport Auckland Premier Season and Rosmini the Zone 1 Qualifying Tournament. But it was Rosmini who won the top prize, repeating its national title success from 2011. Rangitoto, who beat one of the tournament favourites and... Read More

Four Auckland teams through to NZSS Basketball Semi-Finals

Four Auckland teams through to NZSS Basketball Semi-Finals
The semi-finalists of the Schick Championships ‘AA’ Boys Competition have been found. Multiple championship winners Westlake Boys High School were eliminated by Auckland rivals Mt Albert Grammar School. After only their second season in the Premier Grade after a eight year absence, and a tough season with injuries and sick players, MAGS are having a great tournament. Rangitoto College prevailed against Palmerston North Boys’ High for the second successive year in a thrilling game. Mt Albert will take on Rangitoto after the defending champions beat local favourites Palmerston North 65-54... Read More

NZSS Basketball quarter finalists found

NZSS Basketball quarter finalists found
College Sport Media: The quarter-final line ups have been resolved at the AA National Secondary Schools Basketball Championships in Palmerston North. The teams featured will surprise few, but one of last year’s boys finalists will not reach the decider in 2017 after Rangitoto College finished second in Pool D and as a consequence will face the top qualifier in Pool B, 2016 runners-up Palmerston North Boys’ High School. Defending champions Rangitoto College were pipped by Auckland Grammar School 74-72. Grammar has beaten Rangitoto three times this season, but Rangitoto had... Read More

Māori Television to live stream NZSS Basketball Schick Championships

Māori Television to live stream NZSS Basketball Schick Championships
Māori Television will again be giving viewers a chance to follow all the tournament highs and lows with the digital livestream coverage of the 2017 Schick Championships Secondary Schools Nationals, due to hit screens on the 2nd to the 7th of October. Coming in hot from the Central Energy Trusts Area in Palmerston North, Māori Television will be livestreaming 4 games per day during the tournament, screening 24 games in total. Viewers are able to choose between English or te reo Māori commentary through www.maoritelevision.com, and are also invited to... Read More

Rosmini defeat Rangitoto in Zone 1 Premierships Final

Rosmini defeat Rangitoto in Zone 1 Premierships Final
Lacey Lowdown: Rosmini College turned the tables on local rivals Rangitoto College to win the Schick Zone 1 Premierships Final 70-67 at North Shore Events Centre on Saturday. The result is a reversal of the College Sport Auckland Premier final and will give Rosmini number one seeding at the Schick National Championships in October. The result of a closely fought encounter was in doubt until the final play of the game. Rehana Maxwell-Topia was presented with a couple of free throws with 7 seconds remaining on the clock and his... Read More

Auckland Girls Grammar hold off Westlake Girls to complete double

Auckland Girls Grammar hold off Westlake Girls to complete double
Lacey Lowdown: Auckland Girls Grammar School completed the double of AA Zone 1 Premierships and College Sport Auckland Premier titles after withstanding a spirited Westlake Girls High challenge to win 70-66 at North Shore Events Centre on Saturday. AGGS, benefitting from double figure contributions from Mele Latu and Elianna Tuaiti, appeared to be heading for a comfortable victory when they led 57-43 at the three-quarter mark. However WGHS produced a string of baskets courtesy of Jess Moors and Emme Shearer to reel in the AGGS lead and when Shearer, who... Read More

Tayla Dalton follows in mum’s footsteps with some special sporting feats

Tayla Dalton follows in mum’s footsteps with some special sporting feats
Stuff: Somewhere up above a proud mum must have been bursting with pride. Maybe there really were tears in heaven. It’s six months since former Silver Fern netballer Tania Dalton was so cruelly taken from this world, at the age of 45, after collapsing from a brain aneurysm during a game of touch. But her spirit undoubtedly lives on. How else can you explain the remarkable sporting feats in Auckland this week of 15-year-old Tayla, the oldest of the three Dalton children left behind to soldier on with life under... Read More

In the zone – Mele Latu

In the zone – Mele Latu
College Sport Media: ​The Auckland Girls’ Grammar School basketball team won the regular season title in Auckland Premier Basketball and entered Friday’s final against Mount Albert Grammar School at the North Shore Events Centre as favourites to defend their overall championship. However for much of the game it was MAGS who led. AGGS player Mele Latu attempts to explain the difficulty in shrugging MAGS and how the coaches addressed the quandary. “We weren’t awake. I don’t know why, maybe we were nervous. The coaches were outspoken and demanded us to... Read More

Rangitoto hold off Rosmini to claim Premier Basketball title

Rangitoto hold off Rosmini to claim Premier Basketball title
Lacey Lowdown: By their lofty standard a 9-5 regular season effort in the College Sport Auckland Premier competition was nothing to write home about for Rangitoto College. However those following the fortunes of the National Champions know that the team has been plagued by injuries this season. All the leading Premier teams have had to cope without key players at various stages but Rangi have probably been the hardest hit. Comfortably securing the fourth play-off spot they took care of business in the semi-final last week against Auckland Grammar School... Read More