Two Kāpiti Boys Teams make it to the Grand Final at their grade.
The KBA entered two winning Boys Teams at this year’s BBNZ U13 Regional Championships in New Plymouth. Both local teams battled it out at the Grand Final in the C Grade. What an awesome achievement for basketball on the Coast!
The event was held over four days, from 9-12 October and the teams travelled to New Plymouth with coaches, managers and plenty of supporters.
The teams were entered as Kāpiti Raukawa and Kāpiti Suns. Kāpiti Raukawa is an Ōtaki team coached by Paxman Taurima. The team was a strong force at the tournament, winning all their games convincingly and taking the gold trophy for the C Grade. Well done Raukawa for a stunning result!
The Kāpiti Suns Team is coached by Darren Davis and Ben Brown. The team trained hard during Term 3 at Paraparaumu College Community Gym and played two pre-season tournaments in Levin in the run-up to the Championships.
They won all their games to get to the Final, beating off some tough competition from Levin (placed 3rd), Gisborne (5th), Manawatu (6th) New Plymouth (7th) and Taranaki (8th).
The BBNZ U13 Regionals is the calendar highlight for young basketball players and provides a fantastic opportunity to play competitively at a high level.
The Kāpiti Suns Team was ably Captained by Freddie Kreuzer and assisted by Vice Captain Te Waere Carr-Tepeeti. These two talented players showed great commitment and courage to ensure their team reached the finals. The boys played hard and fair in all their games and look forward to returning next year to go for gold!
Back Row L to R: Darren Davis (Coach), Taysian Davey-Tiotio, Theo Hobley, Tristan Chambers, Sam Scriven, Dayne MacInnes, Bailey Brown, Ben Brown (Coach) Front Row L to R: Niamh McManus (Manager), Isaac Davey-Tiotio, Nikau Davis, Freddie Kreuzer (Captain), Te Waere Carr-Tepeeti (Vice Captain), Jack Blake
Travelling as a team to New Plymouth for a 4-day tournament is a costly venture and the team could not have done it without the generous support of the community.
We’d like to thank all of our sponsors and donors who helped us get there – it was much appreciated and we think it paid off!
Published: Tue Oct 15 2019 8:23 AM