Near double-doubles from Jacinta Beckley (26 points and 11 rebounds) and Letava Whippy (11 points and 8 assists) propelled Te Wānanga O Raukawa Capital Swish to a dominant 83-51 victory against Firebrand Gold Rush in the early game on Day 2 of the Sal’s NBL at Pulman Arena on Friday.

Beckley, back from a stint playing for Sunbury Jets in Melbourne, scored the first 6 points of the game and Maia Jean Watene added two more before Savanna Handevidt got Gold Rush on the board.

Beckley was up to 13 points as Swish took a 26-9 lead into the quarter time break.

A Watene three extended the Capital lead before Josie Stockill unconventionally headed the ball out of play to thwart a Gold Rush fast break. 

Handevidt was getting through a ton of work under the boards but unfortunately had to depart the action for the rest of the first half after incurring a head knock.

Gold Rush slipped further adrift as Stockill and Bulou Tuisue made baskets before Hannah Beede scored from deep.

Caitlin O’Connell scored 5 points for the Gold Rush late in the half but they had a mountain to climb at the interval trailing 54-22.

Gold Rush scored the first 8 points of the second half as Sophie Adams did some good work down low before Letava Whippy reignited the Swish offence.

Debutant Lauren Tewhata knocked down a contested three and although Millie Simpson replied Swish were almost out of sight at three-quarter time leading 69-35 enabling coach Brendan Polyblank to give extended minutes to his young brigade in the last ten minutes.


Capital Swish (83) defeated Otago Gold Rush (51)

GOLD RUSH: J Beckley 26pts/9rebs, L Whippy 11pts/8a/5stls, J Stockill 8/9r.

SWISH: S Adams 9, C O’Connell 5, H Beede 5.


Talking Points

  1. Capital lost the services of Stella Beck, due to an ankle injury, on the eve of the competition and Lisa Wallbutton was missing for Gold Rush due to illness. Safe to say Gold Rush felt the absence of their most senior player more than Capital.
  2. Samara Gallaher made an unheralded return to top flight basketball after a four year absence. So good to see the 14-cap Tall Fern make a seamless return to the Gold Rush ranks.
  3. Gold Rush will need to regroup quickly before facing in-form Waikato Wizards on Saturday.


Bartercard MVP Votes

10 points J Beckley (Swish)

6 points – L Whippy (Swish)

6 points – J Stockill (Swish)

3 points – S Gallaher (Gold Rush)

3 points – S Adams (Gold Rush)

1 point – C O’Connell (Gold Rush)

1 point – T Clement (Gold Rush)





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