Rangi Ruru Athlete Only Canterbury Rep in Junior Tall Ferns

 Year 12 Rangi Ruru student, Esra McGoldrick, has been named in the Junior Tall Ferns, the only Canterbury representative in the team.

Esra on the court shooting for goal
Esra on court shooting for goal

The school’s Director of Sport, Jo Fogarty says Esra has been at Rangi Ruru since the beginning of 2016, with one of the reasons she was attracted to the school being the highly regarded Basketball programme and coaching personnel.

“Darcy Rose is our head Basketball coach and a former Canterbury Wildcats player. Caleb Harrison who runs the development programme for Canterbury Basketball is also Rangi’s basketball programme manager. This very talented duo together with their highly respected coaching team, are invaluable in further developing our basketball programme and players,” she says.

It’s not been an easy year for Esra McGoldrick says Fogarty.

“She spent the first part of this year recovering from an ACL reconstruction and has only been playing basketball again fully since June. In addition to being named in this squad Esra has also been named in a tournament team following the National under 19 championships. She was one of the 10 best players at the tournament. Esra is an outstanding young athlete who has worked very hard to achieve what she has.”

The 14 player squad will play a two-game home series against the China under 19s. The series will be played at Cowles Stadium, Christchurch on 7 and 8 September:

Game 1: Wednesday, 7 September, tip off 1.00pm
Game 2: Thursday, 8 September, tip off 7.30pm

Earlier this year, two Rangi Ruru students, Bailey Chamberlain (Year 11) and Millie Knight (Year 10) both made the New Zealand under 16 Basketball team. The young Rangi athletes were two of only four South Islanders in the squad.

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