The Southland under-17 girls basketball team produced a pleasing sixth place finish at the national tournament in Auckland held last week.
It was the best finish by a South Island team at the event.
Southland Basketball Association general manager Jill Bolger said their performance was one of the best results for a Southland team for many years.
''The girls and their coaching staff and management are to be congratulated for both their preparation and tournament performance,'' Bolger said.
Coach Tania Culhane said ''it was wonderful to hear the positive feedback at the tournament about the girls'' team and their style of play.' Bolger added that for other teams to be worried about playing a team from Southland was exactly how they want to be viewed.
While the boys team did not fare so well finishing in the bottom four of their 20-team tournament Bolger, said the experience gained was invaluable.
Their qualification to the nationals was a step in the right direction for future development, she said.
Southland's Aliyah Dunn, a player who has excellent prospects, was rewarded for a great showing by being named in the 10-strong girls tournament team.
The national basketball campaigns continue with the Southland under-15 boys and under-19 boys and girls tournaments in Wellington and Nelson respectively.
SOUTHLAND BASKETBALL TEAMS
Under-15 boys: Tom Cowie, Nathan Walker, Luka Williams, Sam Cullen, Xavier Wright , Morgan McIntosh, Richard Hancox, James Parkes, Kupa Hawea-White, Jack Mockford. Coach: Richard Hamilton. Manager: Donna Cowie.
Under-19 girls: Meg Griffin, Christy Barron, Tanya Dobson, Grace Holland, Georgia Holt, Sarah Martin, Courtney O'Callaghan, Laura Overton, Tia Tuhukaraina, Tina Wright, Helena Graham. Coach: Diane Newton. Manager: Kirsten Kane.
Under-19 boys: James Scobie, Joel Findlay, Scott Kingsbury, Joshua Mckenzie, Andrew McColl, Cory Thompson, Mark Welsh, Matthew Hancox and Nigel Goulstone. Coach: Peter Howes. Manager: Kerianne Borlaise.
- The Southland Times