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Timaru's Sophie Beard enjoyed her experience with the New Zealand under-14 Koru basketball team in Australia.
Beard's team finished fourth in their section with three wins and three losses, and the 13-year-old saw plenty of court time as temperatures soared to 43 degree Celcius.
Beard said she really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot, and is hoping to trial for the team again this year.
She will not get much of a break as she has been included in a trial for the Canterbury County team early next month, together with two other South Canterbury basketballers Maggie Bolina and Grace Black.
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