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Parnell Basketballer starts at national tournament

“Playing for ACG Parnell this year has helped improve my confidence and independence as a player."
- Basketballer, April Liu

Congratulations to ACG Parnell College Girls Basketballer, April Liu, who represented Harbour Basketball at the AON U-15 National Tournament last month.

It was the 14-year old’s second stint at the event having represented the U-15 side in 2018.

Liu said the experience gained from her time in the squad for the 2018 campaign set her in good stead for this year.

“I was a bench player last year; I never went on for any of the important or close matches.

“My position was 3-4 and we had a few players who were much better than me in that position.

“It was a good learning curve though, I learnt that I needed to be more confident, especially in my drives, improve my fitness and I discovered my go-to move was the spin.”

Fast forward one-year and Liu found herself in the starting five.

“This year I got to play more than half of each game. Unfortunately, this year my free throw shooting wasn’t great but I was able to make up for that by drawing fouls and scoring through driving.”

Turning out for ACG Parnell College for the first time this year, the driving is a constant theme in Liu’s game, something she has been able to work on in the school competition week in week out.

“Playing for ACG Parnell this year has helped improve my confidence and independence as a player as I am playing with girls who don’t necessarily play Basketball as their main sport.

“It has also helped greatly with my fitness and court awareness.”

ACG Parnell’s only female Basketball side has had some pleasing results this year under coach Tane De Silva and the thrill of winning is something that excites Liu.

“The best part of this year’s Nationals was the thrill of winning; If you lost two games in your pool you would not make it to the quarter-finals so winning is a big thing.”

“It was especially thrilling when we played the eventual champions Waikato as we managed to get ahead of them at one point and even though we went on to lose by five, when reflecting, it was a great effort as all the other teams lost by more than 30.”