A Christchurch Girls High star Sapphire (while still at school) was a key member of our 2017 championship team with her solid distribution and sharp shooting, not to mention great on-ball defense. A regular red and black age group rep, Sapphire has also represented NZ U16. She currently studies at Canterbury University.
Sapphire Wairau is proudly sponsored by our generous partner Adgraphix who also provided scholarships to Sapphire's two understudies Courtney Godinet and Mia Abercrombie.
Tessa is entering her 7th season in the red and black. Hailing from South Canterbury, Tessa began playing for the Wildcats as a school girl, and continued during her two year college stint at SNHU (New Hampshire). Now studying at Canterbury University Tessa will captain the Wildcats in 2019. On court she brings leadership, smarts, and pinpoint shooting.
Tessa Morrison is proudly sponsored by our generous partner Barnsy's who also provided scholarships to Tessa's two understudies Tia Roffey and Eva Marryat.
Our pocket rocket and a key member of the 2016 championship squad, captain Crotty is known for inspirational leadership both on and off the court and absolutely fearsome defense (as well as the occasional NBA range three). She's played for NZ as a Tall Fern, had a stint in Melbourne at the Sunbury Jets and now she's back wearing the red and black.
Rosalia hails from the Hawkes Bay where she was an age group rep and U18 NZ representative. She's currently studying at Lincoln University and playing for their club team. In her debut season for the Wildcats, Rosie is a dynamic shooting guard with a nice shot and a physical presence on D.
Rosalia Samia is proudly sponsored by our generous partner XCM sport who also provided scholarships to Rosalia's two understudies Ivy Brown and Kylah Lynch-Brown.
The 2016 WBC Most Valuable Player is looking to back it up again this year. Fran brings craftiness and poise to the post position and is a tough competitor.
Lauryn is a talented guard from Nelson who brings energy on defense and control on offense. She has great court awareness and gained NZ selection honours in 2017 for NZU18.
Terai hails from Taranaki where she was an age group rep and then had a very successful four-year college career at Crowder College and University of Central Arkansas. She's been a Tall Fern's triallist, and plays for the Cook Islands at the international level. She's also had a stint with the Mildura Heat in the Australian Big V. Terai is a dynamic small forward, a natural scorer with finesse and smarts on the court.
*** 2020 18in18 SQUAD ANNOUNCED ***
Coach Mel Downer has announced the players selected in her wider training squad for the 2020 18in18 Sal's NBL season. The squad has begun its full training regime, ahead of the pre-season schedule, with final team selections announced over coming weeks.
The 2020 Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats Training Squad: