Manawatu Jets

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Manawatu Jets
Manawatu Jets logo
League National Basketball League
Founded 1982
History Palmerston North
Palmerston North Jets
Manawatu Jets
2002–2015; 2018–
Arena Arena Manawatu
Location Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand
Team colours Green, white, black
Main sponsor Go Media
President Richard Hansen
General manager Piers Finch
Head coach Tim McTamney
Championships 0

The Manawatu Jets are a New Zealand basketball team based in Palmerston North. The Jets compete in the National Basketball League (NBL) and play their home games at Arena Manawatu. For sponsorship reasons, they are known as the Go Media Jets.

Team history[edit]

The Manawatu Jets, then known as Palmerston North, were one of eight foundation sides for the National Basketball League's inaugural season in 1982, but after finishing last, they were demoted to the Conference Basketball League (CBL). They spent the next two years in the CBL, and after finishing as runners-up in 1984, they were readmitted to the NBL in 1985. However, they were demoted to the CBL again for the 1988 season after finishing last in 1987. After winning the CBL title in 1988, the team was back in the NBL for the 1989 season.[1] The 1989 season marked the team's best regular-season campaign in their history, finishing the year as minor premiers; they were subsequently defeated in the Semi-finals by the fourth-seeded Canterbury Rams[2] and finished with an overall win/loss record of 15–4. In 1992, the Jets made it to their first and so far only NBL Grand Final, where they were defeated 79–71 by the Rams.[2]

After 20 seasons known as Palmerston North, the team changed their name to Manawatu for the 2002 season, so as to reflect the wider Manawatu-Wanganui region.[3]

In November 2015, the Jets withdrew from the NBL. The decision was made by the Jets' board after a review of the organisation came to the conclusion that they had a fledgeling club structure.[4][5] In April 2017, the Jets lodged their application to Basketball New Zealand to compete in the 2018 NBL season.[6] Their application was successful, and on 29 August 2017, the Jets were readmitted into the league.[7][8]


Current roster[edit]

Manawatu Jets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht.
G 4 New Zealand Walker, Haize 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
G/F 7 New Zealand Johnson, Theo 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
8 New Zealand Borota-Angelich, Nikola
F 11 New Zealand Oswald, Oscar 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in)
G 12 United States Knight, Daishon (I) 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
G 14 New Zealand Mita, Rangimarie 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
C 15 New Zealand Temara, Troy 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
21 New Zealand Welch, Michael
C 23 New Zealand McRae, Callum 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in)
G 24 United States Lucas, Brandon (I) 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
26 New Zealand Muru, Kade
F 33 United States Iverson, Kuran (I) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
G/F 44 New Zealand Jones, Darryl 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
C 50 New Zealand Valentine, Ben (C) 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
G 55 New Zealand O'Connell, Matt 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
New Zealand Collis, Jacob (DP)
New Zealand Fa'amausili, Tama (DP)
New Zealand Marsh, Mikaera (DP)
New Zealand Riddell, Shaka (DP)
Head coach
  • New Zealand Tim McTamney
Assistant coach(es)
  • New Zealand Matt Te Huna
  • New Zealand Paul Bristol
  • New Zealand Simon Mori

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

Updated: 7 July 2018

Notable past players[edit]


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