Manawatu basketballers get chance to rub shoulders with NBA stars in China

Cooper Boyce-Towler, right, is heading to the NBA's Asia Pacific Camp in China.
Warwick Smith

Cooper Boyce-Towler, right, is heading to the NBA's Asia Pacific Camp in China.

GOOD SPORTS: Three basketballers and a coach from Manawatu have been invited to the NBA's Asia Pacific Camp in Hangzhou, China.

Cooper Boyce-Towler, Tama Faamausili and Oscar Oswald will be joined by Manawatu-based New Zealand Under 18 coach Miles Pearce for the camp.

More than 70 boys and girls from Australia, China, India, Korea and New Zealand were invited to the camp with New Zealand sending 11.

NBA players Malik Beasley (Denver Nuggets), Andrew Nicholson (Brooklyn Nets) and Garrett Temple (Sacramento Kings) have been confirmed for the camp, which starts on Monday.

Lawrie leaves again

David Lawrie has stepped away from his role as referee development officer at Central Football.

Lawrie was Central Football's regional manager for four years, but resigned in 2009, citing incompatibility between himself and Hawke's Bay-based Central chief executive Milene Haakman.

In 2011, with Haakman gone, Lawrie returned to take on his role with referees.

Lawrie also spent six years as a national league referee.

Photo collection on display

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The New Zealand Rugby Museum has opened its Black Boots Legends Gallery as part of their British and Irish Lions celebrations.

A collection of more than 150 photos by Barry Durrant of the All Blacks from before 1995 are on show.

The museum is expecting bumper numbers through their doors as the Lions tour moves to Wellington for matches against the Hurricanes and All Blacks on June 27 and July 1 respectively.

Charity match

The Manawatu teachers' rugby team will take on the Central Region Police in a charity match on June 30.

They are collecting money for Youth One Stop Shop and Palmerston North Surf Lifesaving Club.

The team, dubbed Mana in Education, was established last year. They played two matches, beating the Taranaki and Hawke's Bay teachers, but this will be their first home game.

Kick off is at 7pm on the Arena backfields with entry by donation.

 - Stuff

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