CSW Rewind – Basketball

Over the next few weeks College Sport Wellington are going to be taking a visual look back at some of the last few years of our sports, highlighting special moments, teams, players and more. In this rewind we take a look back at some basketball highlights over the last few years.

In last years Premier Basketball Boys final, arguable two of New Zealand’s top male prospects went head to head in Ben Gold (Tawa) and Tafara Gapare (Scot’s).

Before the lockdown Ben Gold had moved to Australia to be a part of the NBA Academy. See Wellington Basketball Associations video of him HERE 

Tafara Gapare is attending Scots under the Steven Adams Basketball Scholarship. Catch highlights of him at the 2018 U17 Nationals HERE

Both were selected this year to be apart of the New Zealand U17 Mens team.

Leah Mafua led the 2018 Hutt Valley High School girls team to the CSW Premier Girls Championship. A few weeks later she led her team to the National Championship Final, where they lost to St Peters. With a lightening quick first step and tight handles Leah was able to break down almost any defender in a one-on-one situation. She was a part of the Junior Tall Ferns team that traveled to India in 2018 and pre lockdown was playing her ball in America for Otero Junior College.

Catch Highlights of her HERE

In 2017 St Mary’s College took out the CSW Girls Premiership. Weeks later they found themselves in the National Championship final where they came up against girls basketball powerhouse St Peters, Cambridge. Unfazed by the challenge they went on to cause a major upset winning 68-62. Grace Hunter, Renee Savai’inaea & Saraiah Penese all made the tournament team and showed how great team play can lead to winning a national championship.

Catch the full National final on Maori TV HERE

In 2016 St Pat’s, Kilbirnie won the CSW Premier Boys competition. They went on to the regional qualifier where they upset locals Palmerston North Boys High School in the final. A stacked year for boys basketball they finished an impressive 10th at the national championships.

Catch highlights of the regional game against PNBHS HERE  and HERE