12 Sep NZ Basketball Secondary Schools A Premierships
Both Opunake High School Basketball Senior A Boys and Girls teams attended the NZ Basketball Secondary Schools A Premierships which were held in Tauranga on September 5 – 8, 2017.
For the Senior Girls team, the goal was to qualify for the Secondary School Nationals in October and win the Nationals for the second straight year. The tournament was split into two sections based on last year’s results. Our pool consisted of Manukura, Te Aroha, Nga Taiatea, Te Rangi Aniwaniwa and Te Kura Kokiri. It was a very difficult pool and our team was ready for the challenge.
The first game against Manukura which we won 67 – 40. Later that afternoon playing against Te Rangi Aniwaniwa, the girls had a decisive win of 73 – 6. It was a perfect start to the tournament with two wins on the first day.
Day two was going to be tougher with games against Nga Taiatea and Te Kura Kokiri. Against Nga Taiatea we had a comprehensive win 93 – 10. This set us up to play Te Kura Kokiri, the last time they played each other was for the championship game in 2015, which was sadly lost, so the ladies wanted some revenge for that loss. It was a very physical game with the lead going back and forth throughout the game, and managed to take a one point lead into the halftime break 30 – 29. The second half was even more physical, with neither team willing to give in but the Opunake girls maintained their composure to pull out a 60 – 56 win, securing the first placed position in our pool. On the third day, an early start against Te Aroha for the last of the pool games, taking it out 57-34. Putting us in the final match against our Taranaki mates Stratford High School for the championship game once again, in which Opunake High School Girls Basketball Team one decisively 49 – 35.
I am very proud of the effort and the mana shown by these ladies throughout this tournament. We are determined and in the right mind set for the bigger prize, which is to go back to back SCHICK Secondary Schools A Champions.
Back: Catherine Cook (Assistant Coach), Sharon Nuku (Manager), Iritana Hohaia, Alyscia Lang, Hayley Quinnell, Isabelle Cook, Mr Angelo Hill (Coach)
Front: Tanaeya Sutcliffe, Jessica Roach, Simone Cook (Captain), Krysten Johnson. Olivia Bright
Angelo Hill (Coach)
The Senior Boys basketball team travelled with the commitment to compete to their full potential and to come away knowing that they had all given 100% on the court. As the coach, I would like to acknowledge the team; for their determination, great team work, support for each other on and off the court. What a great group of young men that represented themselves, their whanau and their school with pride, composure and purpose. They pulled themselves back from a couple of games where they were down, took control and came away with the win. At the end of the pool games, the team placed 3rd in their pool. The boys finished the tournament by placing 9th overall (out of 20 teams), a great achievement placing inside the Top 10 category for Premier A teams (Small schools) in the North Island. Well-deserved accolades to the Opunake Senior Boys team for all that they have achieved.
The boys played a total of 6 games over the 3 ½ days:
- vs Onewhero, Waikato 58 – 67
- vs Sir Edmund Hillary, Otara 67 – 45
- vs Te Aroha, Te Aroha 43 – 61
- vs Kokiri, Papamoa 59 – 51
- vs Cullinane, Wanganui 67 – 51
- vs Te Rangi Aniwaniwa, Kaitaia 103 – 59 Placing 9th overall for the tournament
Team Photo: Back row: (L – R) Robyn Davey (Manager) Ahurei Karena, Anthony Kidd, Kenan Sionetama, Harley Loveridge-Seymour, Janine Luke-Taamaru (Coach)
Front row: (L – R) Shyden Preston, Jacob Maxwell, Joel Clement, CJ Taamaru, Regan Bloemen
Janine Luke-Taamaru (Coach)