Davey Dominant At U15 Nationals
“Tell me when you’re ready to switch,” are the only words of persuasion Jyordanna Davey needed from a trusted basketball coach to quit playing netball.
Three years ago Davey wasn’t a competitive basketball player, but social participation coupled with the desire to dribble, shoot and be involved at both ends of the court has driven Davey from obscurity to the most valuable player award at the National Under-15 championships. “I was surprised to win it, but it was something I was aiming for,” Davey reveals.
Davey was captain of Capital Gold who claimed the title in a resounding fashion by defeating Tauranga 86-58 in the final. Wellington poached 43 turnovers and had 42 more shot attempts than their hapless Bay of Plenty opposition. Davey proved to be a popular and effective captain. “I tell them in a way they will listen,” Davey explains of her leadership approach. “I try and be positive and constructive,” Davey continued.
Wellington was destructive at the tourney overpowering Tauranga B (115-21), Tarakani (76-69), Counties (87-46) and Auckland (79-50) in pool play. In the quarter finals Waikato was tamed 68-51, before the toughest game of the competition in the semi-finals against North Harbour. “North Harbour was definitely the toughest team we played. They had lots of good players and all the girls had to be at their best to beat them,” Davey acclaims.
Wellington won 59-49. Davey describes her own strengths as “driving and shooting.” Davey attends Wainuiomata High School and plays for the schools’ top team and has done so since Year 9. She hopes more exposure will boast participation rates. Janina Buot was the only other Capital Gold player selected on the tournament team at Nationals. The Capital Gold team was coached by St Mary’s mentor and 2017 National Secondary Schools winner Nixon Penese.
Article and photo courtesy of College Sport Media