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Recently a 25 strong contingent returned from the 37th Australasian police basketball champs held in the heat of Darwin. This was the biggest traveling New Zealand team since 2010.
New Zealand was represented in men’s division one and woman’s division two competition.
The tournament was held over 8 days and was attended by over 320 police from all Australian sates, this is the first time the competition has had representation from all states and New Zealand.
The week was opened with a linking of arms by all states in a show of support for the Northern Territory “No More” domestic violence campaign showing great commitment police have in both Australia and New Zealand to stop domestic violence.
Earlier in the week 5 of the New Zealand team joined with the Australians to visit the local children’s hospital and hand out some New Zealand police soft toys as part of the “cops for kids” campaign where police donate time and money to help sick children and their families the New Zealand toys went down very well and created a lot of smiles for a number of sick children.
The men play 6 games in total coming away with 2-4 record, this included narrow 1 point loses to West Australia and Queensland. This was the first time the men’s team had played together since being selected at the Duncan Taylor tournament back in March. The team MVP went to David HOPOI from Auckland who was a strong all-round performer for the men’s team narrowly missing out on selection for the all starts team.
The women were led by Captain Loretta Hunt-Tevaga and played 7 well fought games in total finishing with a 4-3 record coming 3rd overall in their pool. An outstanding achievement considering it is the first year the team had played together and playing against the Australian teams who have played together for many years. The women's MVP was awarded to Ashleigh Curtis from Auckland whose fitness and speed shone through with multiple point scoring fast breaks and also getting back to shut down opponents on defence.
All Australian states where so happy to see New Zealand with a good turn out to this year tour given the location. This was thanks to the Police association and Police sport for the help they provided to both teams.
Next year New Zealand police basketball is celebrating 30 year and are calling all past and present members to join us on tour in the Perth Western Australia from the 9th to the 14 of October 2016.
For more information on police basketball please contact:
Tim COUDRET or Mary NEW.
2017 Duncan Taylor Tournament
Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th March 2017
Contact Mary New 0211913705 Turangi. Local organiser is Tracy Daly in Nelson on 0211323666.
This tournament will also be a trial for the New Zealand Men's and Women's Police Basketball team.