In a country where Rugby is a national obsession, Basketball has always struggled to find a place in the sun. The success of Kiwi Steven Adams in the NBA, the signing of 17 year old Tai Wynard to the University of Kentucky and the NZ Breakers fourth ANBL win are all contributing to a surge in popularity. Young New Zealanders are inspired to not only to take up the sport but to aim high.
At Sacred Heart College we have over 110 students from Years 7 to13 playing Basketball each year. The development of the younger age groups, particularly Year 7 and 8 and Under 15, are seen as key in the development of the sport. Our aim is to develop team orientated players that are coachable, fundamentally well skilled and team focused.
With the recent appointment of ex-NZ U17 player and experienced coach Yaran Ghasemi to our 1st V team, along with Teacher-in-Charge, Ngatia Vaike, the Basketball programme at Sacred Heart is strong and focussed on the future for both our players and our coaches. We are also very fortunate to have a supportive and enthusiastic group of parents who help with administration duties.
The Year 7 and 8 teams play all year round on Thursday afternoons in the Auckland Mini Ball Competition. This gives the players a great opportunity to develop their fundamental skills like passing, dribbling, shooting and defence, as well as giving them lots of game time. Over the last two years we have had more boys selected to play Under 13 and _Under 15 representative Basketball for both Auckland and Counties Manukau than previous years and we expect this to continue.
For Basketball players in Years 9 to 13 we enter teams in the Auckland Central competition at Under 15, Under 17, Senior and Open levels. We currently have two teams of Under 15s, two teams of Under 17s and one Under 19 team. Our Premier team is made up of 12 players and plays in the Open grade.
School teams train in the College gymnasium either before school, at lunchtimes, or after school. In 2015 trials were held early in Term 1 and all teams were selected and training by week 4. With all our players working hard on their fitness and skills, we are looking forward to a successful year.
The following boys have been selected for representative teams in 2015;
George Hyslop - Auckland U17
Jared August - Auckland/Counties Manukau U17, Kiwis U17 Tour to Australia
Theo McNamara - Kiwis U17 2015 Tour to Australia
Leo Ennis - Auckland U15
Joe Hooker - Auckland U15
Louis Corbett - Auckland U15/ACM U15
Liam Regan - Auckland U15
Leyton Vaike-Hunt - Auckland U13
Ryan Sturt - Auckland U13
Fergus Wood - Auckland U13