Auckland Dream

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Auckland Dream
2021
LeagueNBL
Founded2017; 4 years ago (2017)
History'Auckland Dream
2017–present
ArenaPulman Arena
LocationAuckland, New Zealand
Team coloursBlack, light blue, white
              
General managerBevan Murray
Head coachAik Ho
Team captainSharne Robati
OwnershipBreakers Basketball Ltd
Championships2" (NBL 2019) (3X3 2020)
WebsiteAuckland Dream
Uniforms
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Team colours
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The Auckland Dream (also known as Etco Auckland Dream) is a New Zealand based women's basketball organisation in Auckland. The Dream compete in the New Zealand National Basketball League and play their home games at Pulman Arena.

The team was founded in 2017 and in 2019, the Dream won their first NBL Championship.

History[edit]

The Auckland Dream were founded in 2017 to enter the 2018 WBC (Women's Basketball Championship). The 2018 season was the first year of a new tiered competition with 8 teams in the elite Tier 1. Dream applied and were subsequently accepted into the Tier 1 competition in January 2018. With Bevan Murray as their foundation General Manager, Dream's first coaches were Aik Ho (Head Coach) and Tania Hunter (Assistant Coach), and the foundation captain was former Tall Fern Amanda Buck (nee Harris). A key aspect of Dream's foundation season was the recruitment of Australian-based sisters Charmian Mellars and Natalie Taylor. Both Tall Ferns and former Olympians, the 2 sisters were key to Dream launching the organisation's first season with a legitimate challenge for the title. The team acquitted themselves well in their opening season finishing in 3rd place with a 75-53 win over Harbour Breeze in the 3rd/4th playoff.

Current Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Auckland Dream roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
F 11 New Zealand Pupuke-Robati, Sharne (C) 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
G 3 United States Buchman, Casyn 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
F 22 United States Wayment, Amanda 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
G/F 13 New Zealand McGoldrick, Ezra 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
G 10 New Zealand Berry, Olivia 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
G 8 New Zealand Cowley, Aria 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
G 17 New Zealand Cook, Savannah 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
G 6 New Zealand Finnigan, Darci 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
F 5 New Zealand Noyer, Katelin 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
G 14 New Zealand Vucinic, Jelena 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
G 15 New Zealand Leusogi-Ape, Allyah 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
G/F 35 New Zealand Nanai, Milomilo 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
F 25 New Zealand Whittaker, Lauren 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Head coach
  • New Zealand Aik Ho
Assistant coach(es)
  • New Zealand Tania Hunter

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 06 September 2021

Notable Past Players[edit]

Retired Jerseys[edit]

Auckland Dream Retired Numbers
No. Nat. Player Position Tenure
New Zealand
New Zealand
New Zealand

Development League Team[edit]

In 2021, Auckland Dream added a D-League team to their women’s basketball umbrella.

The D-League competition acts as a development league run by the NBL alongside the NBL proper (Sal’s NBL). Auckland Dream sees the D-League team as an opportunity to provide quality basketball for another group of female athletes, and a chance to develop younger players who would represent the NBL team in the future.

In 2021 the D-League featured 8 teams, including Dream, Harbour (2 teams), Capital, Rotorua, Tauranga, Taranaki and Northland.

The coaches of the 2021 Auckland Dream D-League team were Tania Hunter (Head Coach), and Darci Finnigan (Assistant Coach).

Current Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Auckland Dream D League roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
F 28 New Zealand Papa, Rionne 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
G 18 Samoa Motufoua, Summer-Jean 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
G 33 New Zealand Tuaiti, Elianna (C) 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
G 21 New Zealand Clarken, Waimanu 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
G 20 New Zealand Taingahue, Maya 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
G/F 19 New Zealand Leslie, Greissen 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
F 31 New Zealand Schuster, Aylesha 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
G 27 Canada Alize-Minty, Rebecca 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
F 30 New Zealand Robati, Patricia 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
G 34 New Zealand Leauanae, Courtenay 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
G 32 Tonga Latu, Mele 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
G 16 New Zealand Manase, Jada 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
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Head coach
  • New Zealand Tania Hunter
Assistant coach(es)
  • New Zealand Darci Finnigan

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

Arena History[edit]

  • Pulman Area (Present)

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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