More youth opting for Basketball over Rugby

  • Waikato/Te Waiariki

Kei te tupu hoki te tokomaha o ngā rangatahi e aro atu ana ki te poitūkohu, ā, nā te toa NBA a Stephen Adams i pēnei ai, e ai ki te kaiako o te kapa o Waikato.  I tīmata ake ngā whakataetae ā-motu mō te reanga tekau mā rima tau te pakeke ki Te Whanganui a Tara, ā, kei reira ngā pūru taitama o te kōti e tukituki ana.

Koinei ngā kanohi o apopo mo te poitukohu ki Aotearoa, he apōpō e ai kia Mason Lepou mā Steven Adams e ao ake ana.

“The Breakers, NZ Basketball the Tall Blacks, they compete well of course and Steven Adams it becomes a legitimate choice and more people are turning to the game.”

Ko Lepou te kāiako o te kapa A o nga tamatane nō Waikato mo te tau tekau ma rima heke iho, ko tetahi uri o Te Arawa, ara ko Kemu Allen, ekau ma wha ona tau tetahi o ngā whetumaiangi.

Hei tā Kemu, “My goals for basketball is to play my hardest and make the NZ team, who are some of your idols? Steven Adams, he made the NBA so yeah he's a New Zealander so I've got to idolise him.”

E ai ki a Lepou, ko Kemu tetahi o te hunga kua huri mai i te whutuporo ki te poitukohu.

“Back in rugby I used to play a lot but I started getting too many head injuries so my Dad pulled me out and then I started playing basketball because of my height,” hei tā Kemu.

I tuki atu te kapa Waikato A ki te kapa Waikato B i te tukinga tuatahi engari e mohio ana ratou ka uaua te anga whakamua.

E ai ki a Caleb Smiler, “Our goal as a team was to come to Nats and we've done that and now it’s to make the top eight.”

Koinei te wāhi i ako ai a Steven Adams i tana mahi, heoi ko ana hū nui ka whakakīia e enei rangatahi e whai ana i te iti kahurangi.