Manawatu Jets

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Manawatu Jets
Manawatu Jets logo
League National Basketball League
Founded 1982
Folded November 2015
History Palmerston North
Palmerston North Jets
Manawatu Jets
Arena Arena Manawatu
Location Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand
Team colours Green, white, black
President Richard Hansen
Championships 0
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The Manawatu Jets were a New Zealand basketball team based in Palmerston North. The Jets competed in the National Basketball League (NBL) and played their home games at Arena Manawatu.

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 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]


2015 roster[edit]

Manawatu Jets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
SG 5 United States Harris, Dion (I) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
PG 7 New Zealand Fee, Nick 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
PG 8 New Zealand Raukawa, Derone 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
PG 9 New Zealand Ruscoe, Brook 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
10 New Zealand Snaith, Baylee (DP)
PG 11 United States Jenkins, Brandon (I) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
C 12 Australia Hunter, James 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
G/F 15 New Zealand Nicklin, Zeb 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
F 20 New Zealand Ngatai, Jordan 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
F/C 25 New Zealand Trueman, Jeremiah (C) 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
31 New Zealand McRae, Callum (DP)
SF 33 New Zealand Adams, Sid 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
SF New Zealand Lavey, Bridge 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
New Zealand Walker, Haize (DP)
Head coach
  • New Zealand Darron Larsen
Assistant coach(es)
  • New Zealand Miles Pearce
  • New Zealand Ryan Dubbledam

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

Updated: 22 May 2015

Notable past players[edit]


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