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Lisa Wallbutton selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - May 27, 2017


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We bring you last week's top performances from New Zealanders who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Lisa Wallbutton
Lisa Wallbutton
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Lisa Wallbutton (183-86, currently plays in Australia). Wallbutton could not help Redbacks (12-6) to beat Lightning (6-6). She recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. her team were crushed 94-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Lightning (#6) in the SBL group. It's Wallbutton's first season with the team. This year Wallbutton averages: 3.8ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.0% and FT: 30.8%. She is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Antonia Edmondson
Antonia Edmondson
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Antonia Edmondson (181-87, currently plays in Australia). Edmondson contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Flames (4-8) 87-72 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. She recorded 9 points in 20 minutes. Perry Lakes Hawks (15-3) are placed in SBL group. Edmondson has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 68.8% in seven games she played so far. She is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international guard Shannon Perrett (175-93, currently plays in Australia). Perrett was not able to help Sabres in their game against Spectres (5-5) in the Australian State League (second division). She recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The fifth-placed Sabres (4-6) were defeated 74-70 in East Burwood by the higher-ranked Spectres (#3) in the SEABL-South group. Perrett has been at the team for four years. Perrett's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 21.9% and FT: 64.3%. She played for the New Zealand U18 national team eight years ago.

Jessica Bygate
Jessica Bygate
   #4. Forward Jessica Bygate (186-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Shannon Perrett and both played together in the last Australian State League game. Bygate was not able to secure a victory for Sabres (4-6) in their game against Spectres (5-5). She recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. Sabres (#5) lost 70-74 in East Burwood to the higher-ranked (#3) Spectres in the SEABL-South group. This year Bygate has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg and 5.5rpg in 10 games. She is also New Zealand national team player.


The list of other players, who all have New Zealand passport but never been selected to any of New Zealand national teams:

   #1. Experienced Alicia Poto (166-PG-78, currently plays in Australia) led Spireds to a 3-point victory against the third-ranked North Bears (6-1) 65-62 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. She had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds. Poto also added 7 assists and 2 blocks in 37 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group WARATAH. Hornsby Spiders (9-0) are placed first. So far her team won all nine games in the Regular Season. Poto has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 7.0apg and 3.1spg in eight games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: New Zealand and Australian.

   #2. Shanice Swain (165-G-93, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves to win against the leader Tigers (11-2) 74-67 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. Swain recorded 5 points. Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves (5-6) are placed seventh in SBL group. Swain's overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg.


Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Erin Rooney (173-G-90) plays for Artego Bydgoszcz in Polish TBLK
Jayden Fuiava (99) plays for Logan Thunder in Australian State League
Chevannah Paalvast (180-G/F-91) plays for Meteorettes in Australian State League
Natalie Taylor (182-F-84) plays for Brisbane Spartans in Australian State League
Moengaroa Subritzky (178-G-93) plays for Power in Australian State League
Kayla Kiriau (173-G-93) plays for Power in Australian State League
Kalani Purcell (188-F-95) plays for Brisbane Spartans in Australian State League
Savannah Au (175-F-96) plays for Pirates in Australian State League
Khaleisha Barnett (178-F-79) plays for Flames in Australian State League
Micaela Cocks (174-G-86) plays for Meteorettes in Australian State League
Jordan Hunter (172-G-90) plays for Sabres in Australian State League

Notice: The list above includes only some of the New Zealand playing currently abroad. Go to New Zealand Abroad Page to see completed list.  




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