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.