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Basketball pair drop in on Porirua
By KRIS DANDO
Porirua proud: Tall Blacks Jordan Ngatai, left, and Brook Ruscoe don't get to spend a lot of time in their home town
Photo: KRIS DANDO
They might be among the best bas-
ketballers in the country, but Jor-
dan Ngatai and Brook Ruscoe still
love being put through their paces
by their childhood coach.
The pair were in Porirua for a
flying visit last week. Jet lag had
taken its toll -- the Tall Blacks two-
week, eight-game tour of China
wrapped up just days earlier.
But they wanted to stay sharp,
so organised a skills sessions at Te
Rauparaha Arena with Deslea
Wrathall, whom they enjoy train-
She treats us the same as any-
one else; we don t get any favours,
said Ruscoe, a guard who plays for
the Nelson Giants in the national
There are great coaches here
and it s a real family feel for us in
Ngatai and Ruscoe are regularly
away from Porirua these days, but
love returning home.
The two got valuable game time
in China and were better for it,
22-year-old Ruscoe said.
New Zealand played China,
Cameroon and several Chinese
club sides, and finished the tour
with a five win, three loss record.
It s a level up from what we re
used to. The coaches come down
more on you and you get pushed
hard, but it s great experience.
Ngatai, 20, a forward, said
focusing on the little stuff and
learning from the likes of Mika
Vukona and Casey Frank were cru-
cial to his development.
Ruscoe said questionable
Chinese officiating reared its head
more than once, but that the
atmosphere made up for it.
Playing the Chinese in China is
tough. You don t get the calls, but
most of us knew what to expect. It
was cool playing in front of their
fans, though -- they make plenty of
Ngatai and Ruscoe hope to be
involved in the two-test series
against Australia, starting tomor-
row in Auckland.
After that, they will go their very
Ngatai will be off to Brigham
Young University-Hawaii, where
he will continue his education on
and off the court. Ruscoe will be
pursuing television and basketball
Ruscoe has trialed for the New
Zealand Breakers, hoping to make
their development set-up, and has
been presenting sports items for
The Erin Simpson Show.
He said he hoped to be in the
Nelson Giants squad again next
Constable Perkins ready to bowl 'em over
By MATT SHAND
Celebration: Katie Perkins becomes Constable Perkins. Photo: MATT SHAND
White Ferns cricketer Katie Per-
kins has begun a new innings.
Perkins was one of 40 trainees of
Wing 278 to graduate from the
Royal New Zealand Police College
in Papakowhai last Thursday.
The New Zealand women s cric-
ket team has a busy summer
ahead, but Perkins will have other
things on her mind before that.
She said she always felt she had
a heart for helping others and
thought the New Zealand Police
would be a place she could make a
positive impact on society.
While Perkins aced her physical
training and defensive tactics
strategy parts of the course, plac-
ing first in her class for both, the
academic work proved difficult.
The academic course work about
law was the hardest, because I
don t have a background in that,
But in saying that, what you are
learning about is what you love,
which makes it easier.
It was fitting in her sports com-
mitments around course work that
proved most difficult, but she was
able to attend the White Ferns
training camp in Lincoln last
It is a juggling act she will need
to get used to.
I came into policing knowing
that there have been sports people
who have successfully combined
the two jobs, said Perkins, 25.
I left my old job because it didn t
allow much time for cricket, but the
police say they are supportive of
international sports representa-
That s good because I want to
excel in both careers.
When asked which one she would
pick if it came down to it, she reluc-
tantly sided with the police.
It would be a really tough
decision -- cricket is my passion.
But I m confident the balance will
work out because everyone is very
Aucklander Perkins has played
27 matches for New Zealand since
making her international debut in
January 2012. She has been chosen
for the White Ferns team that will
tour the West Indies in October.
Perkins has discovered that the
New Zealand Police does not have a
women s cricket team.
I guess I ll have to bat in the
men s team. That ll shake things
up and cause some real contro-
Promising: Hampton Hill School
netballers bonded at a boot camp
Hampton Hill School s netball
squad experienced a boot camp
recently to strengthen their team
spirit and on-court skills.
The 16 year 5 and 6 students,
along with coach Lynaire Marino
and other parent volunteers,
stayed a night in the school hall.
They did drills and went through
ball-handling basics, along with
plenty of fun games, Ms Marino
It was a very successful first
event and a promising part of the
school s future sports pro-
gramme, she said.
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