NZSS Māori Cricket teams set for Te Whanganui-a-Tara double-headers

There will be a whanau-like feel to this year’s Māori Secondary Schoolgirls and Schoolboys teams with 12 returning players, as well as two sets of siblings, ready to take on the Governor General’s XI’s next week.

Two sisters from Rosehill College have been selected for the girls’ team – Kiri and Dale Anderson.

Siblings Anika Todd (Mt Albert Grammar School) and Jamal Todd (Auckland Grammar School) are both back for their second year representing the NZSS Māori teams.

The whanau feel flows through to the coaching setup too, with former BLACKCAPS Test wicket-keeper Adam Parore returning to assist boy’s Head Coach Duncan Murray.

“To have Adam involved once again is fantastic,” said Murray.

“He brings plenty of coaching nous to the table but is also a great person for the players to talk to and glean experience from,” he said.

Former WHITE FERN Maia Lewis is coaching the girls for a second season with help from WHITE FERNS and Wellington Blaze representative, Thamsyn Newton.

“I’ve always loved the act of giving back to young girls involved in sport,” said Newton.

“Being a Wellington local and having seen the success of Māori teams in previous seasons, I wanted to put my hand up and get involved.

“These school teams are a positive step towards increased Māori involvement in cricket and as a Cook Island Māori, I’m looking forward to meeting the players, learning more about the Māori culture and enjoying this unique experience.”

Players from both teams will assemble in Te Whanganui-a-Tara on Tuesday, February 9 and will stay at the Pipitea Marae for the remainder of the week.

Murray said the marae offers players a chance to engage in many activities, with a focus on connecting with tikanga.

“Staying on the marae offers a vast point of difference to the other cricket tours these players have experienced,” said Murray.

“The chance to connect with their iwi and ancestors makes it unique and special, building a strong team culture in the short time we spend together.”

NZC Network and Participation Advisor, Andrew Tara, said the NZ Māori Schools programme is helping give cricket more visibility to Māori communities.

“NZC’s overriding strategy is for cricket to be a game for all New Zealanders, irrespective of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation,” he said.

“We’ve noticed over the three years an increasing buzz around the matches. They are something players want to be involved with and represent their whanau, iwi and school.”

The teams will play a T20 double-header at Wellington College on Wednesday 10 February, before 50-over matches at Karori Park the following day.

Both Māori teams were selected by Northern Districts’ Pat Malcon.

Māori Secondary Schoolboys:

  • Lachie Bailey, Ngāti Kuia, Hutt International Boys School
  • Anthony Bolton, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Sacred Heart College (Auckland)
  • Elias Falanitule, Te Rarawa & Ngā Puhi, Sacred Heart College (Auckland)
  • Shale Foy, Tainui & Ngā Puhi, New Plymouth Boys High School
  • Curtis Heaphy, Ngai Tāhu, Palmerston North Boys High School
  • Bayley Latter, Ngāti Toa, Palmerston North High School
  • Angus Lyver, Ngāti Toa, Palmerston North Boys High School
  • Henry McIntyre, Ngāti Raukawa & Ngāti Toa, St. Patricks College (Wellington)
  • Kuwyn Price, Ngāti Porou & Ngāti Hauā, St. Paul’s Collegiate (Hamilton)
  • Payton Spencer, Ngati Kāhungunu & Muaupoko, Hamilton Boys High School
  • Alex Thompson, Ngā Puhi, Onslow College
  • Jamal Todd, Ngāti Whātua, Auckland Grammar School

Māori Secondary Schoolgirls:

  • Dayle Anderson, Tainui, Rosehill College
  • Kiri Anderson, Tainui, Rosehill College
  • Elle Archer, Tainui & Ngāti Māhanga, Tauranga Girls College
  • Ocean Bartlett, Ngāti Porou & Ngā Puhi, St. Matthews Collegiate
  • Waimarie Carter, Tūhoe, Ngāti Pikiao & Ngāti Manawa, Onslow College
  • Olivia Clark, Ngai Tāhu, St. Matthews Collegiate
  • Reese Drager, Ngāti Kāhungunu, Taradale High School
  • Tessa Dyzell, Ngā Puhi, Diocesan School for Girls
  • Ella Gibson, Tūhoe, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki & Ngāti Porou, Riccarton High School
  • Jess Smith, Tainui & Ngā Puhi, Kaipara College
  • Anika Todd, Ngāti Whātua, Mount Albert Grammar School
  • Estella Wallace, Ngai Tāhu, Christchurch Girls High School

Match Schedule:

Wednesday 10 February

NZ Māori Schoolgirls v Governor Generals XI
Wellington College, 10:30am

NZ Māori Schoolboys v Governor Generals XI
Wellington College, 2:30pm

Thursday 11 February

NZ Māori Schoolgirls v Governor Generals XI
Karori Park, 10:30am

NZ Māori Schoolboys v Governor Generals XI
Karori Park, 10:30am

**All matches will be LIVE SCORED on and on the NZC App.**