Tar Heels take aim at All Star ti­tles


The fu­ture of North Can­ter­bury bas­ket­ball is in good hands with both the Y5/6 boys and girls Tar Heels qual­i­fy­ing for the Ju­nior All Stars fi­nals on Satur­day at Cowles Sta­dium.

The Y5/6 girls will now play Bish­op­dale YMCA at 8am fol­lowed by the Y5/6 Boys also play­ing Bish­op­dale YMCA at 9.15am.

Last week­end’s fi­nal round of the Ju­nior All Stars was held in North Can­ter­bury at Ran­giora New Life and Ohoka on Sun­day.

The Y5/6 boys, coached by Liam Con­nelly, beat Ga­tors 57- 48 to earn a berth in the fi­nal while the girls, coached by He­len Mathews, crushed Ga­tors 53-0 and will look to make it back-to-back wins for the Tar Heels.

The NC Y7/8 boys, coached by Dean Towart, beat Waikirikiri (Sel­wyn) 67-23 to fin­ish in fourth place with a 2 win-3 loss record. The NC Y7/8 girls, coached by David Hines, went down 43-45 to Ga­tors to end up in fifth place.

Also at the Can­ter­bury Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (CBA) fi­nals day, Ran­giora HS will meet Cash­mere Gold in the U17 boy’s fi­nal while North Can­ter­bury chase a maiden cham­pi­onship against Lin­coln Univer­sity in the women’s premier fi­nal.

The premier women had a record 117-41 win over Hal­swell to ad­vance to their sec­ond cham­pi­onship fi­nal in three sea­sons.

Mean­while sev­eral North Can­ter­bury play­ers gained CBA first team hon­ours in their re­spec­tive grades they were; Premier Women: Esra McGoldrick, Char­lotte Whit­taker. U20 Men: Canaan Tarawa. U17 Boys: Noa Price (RHS). U17 Girls: Elsie McRobb, Lau­ren Whit­taker.

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