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14/07/2015 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday 14 July 2015
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 15 July) for the Tall Ferns three-test series against Japan, including their game at the EA Networks Centre on Sunday 9 August.
The Ashburton game will be the first international sporting event to be held at the new Centre.
EA Networks Centre manager Steve Prescott said he is delighted that the Tall Ferns have chosen to play in Ashburton. "It is a really big event on the basketball calendar as it is the first home series for the Tall Ferns, outside of an Oceania Championship, in almost ten years. And the great thing is that we get to host the final."
About 300 tickets are available for the event, with costs varying depending on the location of the seats.
Children’s seats will cost $10 anywhere around the court. Corporate tables will also be available. Tickets can purchased online from www.rams.org.nz
The first two games in the Series will be played at Cowles Stadium, Christchurch on Wednesday 5 August, starting at 11am and Friday 7 August, starting at 7pm. The Ashburton game on Sunday 9 August will begin at 2pm.
The series is part of the Tall Ferns build up to the Oceania Championships in August and qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Head coach Kennedy Kereama says the focus of the series will be twofold. Firstly, to perform well against world-class opposition and secondly, to conclude preparations for the Melbourne and Tauranga Oceania Championships against the Opals, with the winner to qualify for Rio 2016.
"This series gives us a great platform to finish our preparation before playing the Opals. The Japanese are fierce competitors and boast some of the best talent in Asia including Asami Yoshida and Mamiya Yuka. Both were named in the all-star five at the 2013 Asian Championships. The Japanese play a very unique and quick style of basketball, which will be a great test."
Director of Japan’s Women’s National Team, Mr Masahiro Takahashi says, he hopes that this series will be "the beginning of a mutual friendship" among the Japanese and New Zealand basketball families.