All eyes on Porirua

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The best of New Zealand and Aus­tralian un­der-19 bas­ket­ball will be show­cased in Porirua this week­end.

The Ju­nior Tall Ferns and Ju­nior Tall Blacks take on their Aus­tralian ri­vals at the 2012 FIBA Ocea­nia Men’s & Women’s Un­der19 Cham­pi­onship at Te Rau­paraha Arena from Septem­ber 20 to 22.

The win­ners will go on to com­pete at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Cham­pi­onships.

Porirua sport­ing star Deslea Wrathall coaches the Ju­nior Tall Blacks and says her team has had a good build-up.

‘‘ We know what we are up against. This age group has never beaten Aus­tralia be­fore and much of the team com­ing over has just played at the Worlds and came sec­ond to the United States. That’s pretty amaz­ing . . . we’ve had a good run-up and the guys are feel­ing good.’’

It’s the first time the un­der-19 Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onship has been held in Porirua, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful bid by Porirua Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and Te Rau­paraha Arena.

It will be a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case the city and its lo­cal tal­ent, says Ju­nior Tall Blacks man­ager and PCC community re­cre­ation man­ager Wil­lie Tau­rima.

Around 400 chil­dren from 20 lo­cal schools have re­ceived tick­ets to the event.

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