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Student Spotlight: Holly Williams

In today’s feature we get to know a bit about Holly Williams, a Year 11 student from Westlake Girls High School. Holly has been nominated by the Director of Sport at Westlake Girls, Liz Page, who says “Holly is the epitome of a true multi-code athlete and a real all-rounder. She has a natural athleticism, but also a competitive drive to succeed in all the sports she focuses on. Holly is also a great team member and even as a young player has shown a lot of leadership in representing... Read More

Student Spotlight: Valfh Sefuiva

Valfh Sufuiva is a year 12 student at Marcellin College. Over the past 12 months, Valfh has participated in a huge range of sports including Rugby, Netball, Volleyball, Basketball, Kilikiti, Softball, and Waka Ama. She is known as someone who can liven up any room and will always put a smile on your face. Valfh was nominated for our Student Spotlight feature by the Director of Sport at Marcellin College, Cameron Bitchener, who says “There is never a dull moment with Valfh in your team, and she is often making the team... Read More

Promising Kiwi basketball player Sam Mennenga gets scholarship to attend Steph Curry’s university

1 NEWS: One of New Zealand’s most promising young basketball players Sam Mennenga has confirmed he’s the latest to accept a university scholarship in the United States. After receiving over 30 offers from a host of US colleges, the Westlake Boys High student will study and play at Davidson College in North Carolina, where two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry went to school. “For me Davidson is the best of both worlds, academically it’s a really good school, basketball wise it really fits my style of play really well,” Mennenga said.... Read More

Jazz hitting the right notes for St Mary’s

College Sport Media: “We never had a basketball community until a couple of years ago. We are still a young team and more and more girls want to play,” Jazz Kailahi-Fulu of St Mary’s College, Ponsonby warns rivals. The Auckland outfit have just completed their best ever season, finishing with a 30-1 record. St Mary’s was third at the Nationals in Palmerston North last week and won their first Auckland and Zone 1 regional titles. “Our results don’t surprise me. We have worked really hard this season and had a... Read More

Saint Kentigern win Schick Championships ‘AA’ Boys Title

Basketball New Zealand: The ‘AA’ Basketball champions were crowned at the 2019 Schick Secondary Schools National Championships in Palmerston North on Saturday. In the Boys’ Final, Saint Kentigern College won their first ‘AA’ Schick Championship with a decisive 77-51 win against defending champions Rosmini College. The powerful presence of Shalom Broughton proved to be the difference as Saint Kentigern College defeated Rosmini College 77-51 for their maiden ‘AA’ title. The power forward put together a colossal performance, corralling 23 rebounds in addition to 24 points and 6 assists. He was ably... Read More

Schick Championships teams decided at close of Premierships

Voxy: The four ‘AA’ Schick Premierships concluded on Saturday – the competitions that determine which 48 schools will be attending the 2019 Schick Championships in October. Seven of the 24 spots available for the ‘AA’ Boys National Championship were on the line in Schick Premiership Zone 1. Saint Kentigern College made up for the disappointment of losing the College Sport Auckland Premier Final a couple of weeks ago by claiming the Zone 1 Premiership crown with an 88-79 win against defending National champions Rosmini College. As expected, the top six... Read More

Buzzer beater wins semi-final for Long Bay College

The College Sport Auckland Basketball Championship Semi-Finals were held on Friday 16 August at Eventfinda Stadium. In the Senior A Boys grade, Long Bay College had an incredible finish to win their semi-final against Northcote College by just one point. Northcote was the top qualifier for the semi-final with Long Bay fourth. Both teams had beaten each other in their two previous meetings going into the semi-final. It was close throughout the match with Long Bay holding a 20-18 lead at quarter-time and then at half time when Northcote led... Read More

Rosmini College student Taine Murray named in Tall Blacks squad

NZ Herald: Tall Blacks coach Paul Henare has made a surprise selection in his 14-man squad, naming schoolboy guard Taine Murray. Murray impressed during the team’s recent camp in Auckland and Henare said the 17-year-old simply worked his way into the 14. “He has a composure beyond his years and is going to develop into a very good player, but already at 17 has shown that he feels at home at this level,” Henare said. The 14-man squad was chosen from a shortlist of 20 and will go on to... Read More

Boucher thriving in big games

College Sport Media: “We love it. It’s a great feeling to play in front of a big crowd. It’s about bragging rights in Takapuna. If we lose, the whole school suffers,” Jayden Boucher responds when asked about the increasing hype surrounding the Rosmini College basketball fixture against Westlake Boys’ High School. This Friday, the two North Harbour powerhouses will clash in front of a crowd of more than a thousand at Eventfinda Stadium. With only three rounds remaining in the College Sport Auckland Premier Season, both schools are in desperate... Read More

Maama brothers share basketball

Times: Like many young men in New Zealand, Josiah and Sione Maama grew up believing that the only sport worth playing was rugby. In fact, the two former Pakuranga College students came across basketball purely by chance. As Josiah recalls, “One day, in Year 9, rugby training got cancelled as it was hailing so I went into the basketball gym to find shelter until my mum picked me up. To kill time I watched the basketball trials. Coach Reg Matenga thought I was a trialist and put me on the... Read More