Coach quiet on Sharks missing frontline player

Last updated 05:00 19/05/2014
Gareth Dawson
MISSING: Southland Sharks player Gareth Dawson.

Relevant offers


Breakers import Charles Jackson happy to make it off struggle street Former Philadelphia 76ers basketball star Darryl Dawkins dies of a heart attack NBA star Steven Adams reveals admiration for Tall Blacks captain Mika Vukona Wellington Saints up and down at the William Jones Cup NBA star Steven Adams a no-show at Motueka High School Mystics upsize shooting with signing of 2.04m Tall Fern Megan Craig Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose accused of rape in lawsuit filed by his former girlfriend New NZ Breakers import Charles Jackson ready to do whatever it takes Former NBA star Andrei Kirilenko to head Russian Basketball Federation NZ Breakers cool on Corey Webster link with NBA tryout

Southland Sharks coach Paul Henare says he can not elaborate on why frontline player Gareth Dawson did not play on Friday night but has indicated the Sharks big man is likely to also miss road games against the Waikato Pistons and Taranaki Mountain Airs this weekend.

Dawson was a notable omission in the Sharks 92-88 win over the Pistons in Invercargill with his height and rebounding abilities missed.

On Friday night Sharks officials said his absence was because of 'personal reasons' and were not keen to elaborate further.

Henare said yesterday it was a situation where he could not go into more detail.

He said at this stage he could not say when or if Dawson would be back in the orange singlet this season.

''It is something we can't really comment on too much unfortunately, he's got some things he's dealing with at the moment. We are missing him because he's such a big body and what he brings to the table, but it's out of our control and I can not really elaborate on it.

''At this stage it is not looking likely [for Thursday night] but we can get some more information on what is going on pretty soon.''

Dawson's absence puts a spotlight on the depth of the Zero Fees-sponsored Sharks squad.

James Paringatai was required to play a lot more minutes than he has previously under Henare's watch and is set to continue to do so if Dawson is missing for an extended period.

''It was a great opportunity for James. I think he can play a little bit better, but at the same time he come up with a huge offensive rebound in the second half and I think if he gets another opportunity like that next weekend he'll get more and more comfortable with more minutes,'' Henare said.

The headaches pounded more intensely on Friday night for Henare with Dawson's absence mixed in with the Sharks having foul trouble against the Pistons.

It was a game dominated by the referees whistle.

Shea Ili, Reuben Te Rangi, Leon Henry and Paringatai all went into the final quarter on four fouls.

Ili was the first to be fouled out of the game midway through the final quarter and was followed by Te Rangi.

''I think what disrupted the whole game was the foul trouble we had to deal with. Right from the start Luke Martin was the first to get in foul trouble, he picked up two fouls quickly. I felt myself having to manage the game and manage players minutes and fouls rather than coaching the game which is the frustrating bit.''

Ad Feedback

Pistons American import Corin Henry looked almost certain to be missing in the Sharks next showdown with the Waikato team in Hamilton on Thursday night after he went down in plenty of agony in the dying seconds of the game in Invercargill.

He had to be helped from the ILT Stadium floor but remarkably the next night he fronted against the Otago Nuggets in Dunedin and helped the Pistons to a 91-88 overtime win.

''They way he went down I thought he'd been shot by a sniper but he's obviously got healing capabilities like Wolverine or it wasn't as bad as he was making out to be,'' Henare said.

In the National Basketball League game played yesterday the Super City Rangers beat the Canterbury Rams 112-97.

- The Southland Times

Special offers
Opinion poll

How do you expect the Breakers to perform in this season's Australian NBL?

Last season was a blip, they'll be champions once again

They'll go close to another title, beaten finalists I'd say

Playoffs for sure, but can't see them going any further

Not too excited, they'll miss the playoffs again

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content