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Newcomers chase Tall Ferns selection

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/06/2017

Guard Georgia Agnew is one of four new faces vying for selection in the Tall Ferns basketball team to contest next month's Women's Asia Cup in India.

Coach Kennedy Kereama has named 15 players to trial in Auckland next week, with 23-year-old Agnew joining fellow newcomers Kayla Manuirirangi, Charlisse Leger-Walker and Tea Charlton.

Agnew has returned from four years based in the US with Utah Valley University, and is now spending her time off-court studying physiotherapy in Auckland.

One of only three triallists currently living in New Zealand, Agnew plays for Harbour Breeze in the women's basketball championship where she is averaging 16.8 points per game.

The former Waikato guard wasn't sure if returning to New Zealand would impact on her chances of playing for the Tall Ferns.

"The main thing I wanted to do after coming back to New Zealand from college was to have a really good break," she said.

"I needed to allow my body to recover after all the pounding you do on the court when playing full time."

Agnew has her eye on a spot in Kereama's team to tour China and Singapore before the Women's Asia Cup in Bengaluru from July 23-29.

New Zealand will compete alongside six teams in division A, including perennial powerhouse China, Taiwan and South Korea.

The top four teams from the tournament will qualify for the 2018 women's World Cup in Spain.

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