Women's Indigenous All Stars Ready For Mighty Maori Basketball Contest

Pictured: Leichan Williams (Left), Naomi Pedro (Centre) and Bibi Baker (Right) represent the Cairns contingent who were selected in the 2017 Apunipima Australian Indigenous All Stars Women’s Basketball Team.

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Women’s Indigenous representative basketball teams will write the opening chapter of their Trans-Tasman rivalry story next week, when they match-up for the very first time in Cairns.

The Apunipima Australian Indigenous Basketball Women’s All Stars will face the New Zealand Maori National Team in a three-game series, as part of the 4th Annual Trans-Tasman Basketball Clash being held at Early Settler Stadium from December 5-7. Coaching the women’s All Stars is Australia’s first-ever Torres Strait Islander Olympic athlete and President of the National Indigenous Basketball Academy, Mr. Danny Morseu, who said he was thrilled to be a part of the history-making event.

“Over the past three-years we’ve seen how successful the series has become with the two men’s sides, it’s great to take the event to the next level by now including female participation,” Mr. Morseu said.

The Apunipima Women’s All Stars have announced an invitational team of twelve players to battle the Maori squad and Mr. Morseu said he was thankful to the athletes for their commitment to this year’s series.

“It’s always challenging logistically when you put a representative side like this together and due to the timeframes and financial resources available, we unfortunately weren’t able to conduct a full selection trial for
female Indigenous players from all over the country.”

“We had to do things on an invitational basis, simply because there were only a few months to get a competitive team on the floor, ready to play.”

“However, now that a national women’s Indigenous All Stars program has been established at this Trans-Tasman level, we’ll be sure to look at conducting trials on a much broader scope next year.”

"Our objective for the women's program is to create a national squad of approximately thirty-players that we could select from annually to play against New Zealand.”

“We are certainly excited about the team that has been put together for this year and our collective goal will be to win the inaugural series in Cairns,” Mr. Morseu added.

Naming sponsors of the men’s Indigenous All Stars, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, have also stepped up their support to now include assistance to the women’s Indigenous All Stars for this year’s event.

Apunipima Chief Executive Officer Paul Stephenson said the organisation was proud to encourage growth in women’s sport.

“It’s fantastic to see the event now including female sides and Apunipima are delighted to support the women’s Indigenous All Stars this year,” Mr. Stephenson said.

“Both the female and male teams are outstanding role-models and we’re pleased to have such positive ambassadors in the community helping to promote our Apunipima healthy lifestyle campaigns,” he added.

The Trans-Tasman Basketball Clash commences with game one being held next Tuesday (Dec 5) at 6pm. Game two will be played the following night (Dec 6) with game three scheduled for Thursday (Dec 7).

For more information please contact Apunipima Australian Indigenous Basketball Women’s All Stars Head Coach Danny Morseu on 0448 200 801 or


Alana Fraser - Townsville, QLD
Bibi Baker - Cairns, QLD
Courtney Bowden - Melbourne, VIC
Denesha Bobongie - Mackay, QLD
Jessica Bamlett - Melbourne, VIC
Klarindah Hudson - Melbourne, VIC
Leichan Williams - Cairns, QLD
Maddie Allen - Brisbane, QLD
Rashada Kaigey - Townsville, QLD
Sophie Atkinson - Shepparton, VIC
Thamar Atkinson - Shepparton, VIC
Tyler Atkinson - Shepparton, VIC
Head Coach: Danny Morseu
Assistant Coach: Naomi Pedro
Team Manager: June Bamlett

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