Players

Players

Twenty-four players from the National Performance Squad will compete in the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton League, representing their franchise teams.

Abhinav Manota

Abhinav Manota leads the new Starship Rockets team for 2021. Mani is the current national and Oceania Men's Singles and Men's Doubles champion. Abhinav has represented New Zealand at the BWF World Championships (2018) and is aiming to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games. It was incredible to be a part of the league last […]

Adam Jeffrey

Adam Jeffrey joins the Plenty Bay Whales for the 2021 NZBL season. He won the U19 Men's Doubles title at the National Championships in 2019 and the U19 Mixed Doubles title at the Australian Junior International in 2019. Adam has also represented New Zealand at the Oceania Junior Team Championships in 2019. My focus for […]

Alyssa Tagle

Alyssa Tagle is a New Zealand badminton player. She was a Women's Doubles finalist at the 2020 National Championships and Oceania Championships. Alyssa has represented New Zealand at the World Junior Championships (2017), Oceania Junior Team Championships (2017), Sudirman Cup (2019) & Oceania Team Championships (2019, 2020). New year, new teams - looking forward to […]

Andy Rouse

Andy Rouse is a new addition to the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton League in 2021, joining the Plenty Bay Whales. The men's singles player has recently joined the NZ Development Squad and looks forward to the high-pressure of playing in a Golden Game. It's not about the dog in the fight, but the […]

Angelina Ung

Angelina Ung is a newcomer to the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton League. She joins the Mighty JAZZ Apples. She has won a host of regional and national titles throughout her junior career and will be looking to add an NZBL title to her record. I'm looking forward to the 11-point games. Consistency will […]

Anna Ryu

New to the NZ Badminton League in 2021, Anna Ryu is one of New Zealand's up and coming young talents. Currently in the NZ U17 National Squad, she maintains the top ranking across all three disciplines in the U17 age category. "I'm excited for this opportunity (in the NZBL) and look forward to the tournament […]

Anona Pak

Anona Pak moves to the Tiger Brokers Tigers for the 2021 season of the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton League. She won the North Harbour International Mixed Doubles title in 2018 & was Mixed Doubles Runner-Up at the Sydney International in 2019. Anona has represented New Zealand in the Uber Cup Qualifications (2016, 2018, […]

Catelyn Rozario

Catelyn Rozario joins the Starship Rockets in the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton League this year. Catelyn has represented New Zealand at the World Junior Championships (2019), Oceania Womens Team Championships (2020) and Oceania Junior Team Championships (2019), and won the Women's Singles title at the North Island Open in 2019. This is such […]

Chris Benzie

Chris Benzie enters the season in hot form, having won the Boys Singles and Boys Doubles titles at the 2020 New Zealand Under 17 National Championships. A focus on a strong work ethic on and off court is key to his recent successes. Competing in the NZBL gives me the opportunity to play against senior […]

Courtney Trillo

Courtney Trillo is a New Zealand badminton player. Courtney represented Waitakere in the Division 1 (Wisden Cup) Final in 2019. I love the intensity of the short-scoring format - it definitely leaves no room for mistakes!

Dacmen Vong

Dacmen Vong moves from the Tiger Brokers Tigers to the Mighty JAZZ Apples for the 2021 NZBL season. Dacmen has represented New Zealand at the BWF World Junior Championships (2016, 2017, 2018) and Sudirman Cup (2019). We love playing 3v3 in training, so it's going to be awesome to play it in a competition.

Dylan Soedjasa

Dylan Soedjasa brings his fire and energy to the Starship Rockets in 2021. He has represented New Zealand at the Sudirman Cup (2017), Thomas Cup (2018) & Oceania Mens Team Championships (2018). Dylan also won the Men's Doubles title at the North Island Open in 2020. Now that I've had a feel of the last […]

Edward Lau

Edward Lau is a New Zealand badminton player. He won the Oceania Championships Junior Men's Singles in 2018 and was the Oceania Championships Men's Singles finalist in 2020. Edward was also finalist in Men's Singles & Mixed Doubles at the 2020 National Championships. Edward has represented New Zealand at the World Junior Championships (2016, 2017, […]

Erena Calder Hawkins

Erena Calder-Hawkins is part of the Mighty JAZZ Apples for the new season of the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton League. She won the Women's Doubles title at the National Championships in 2019. Erena has represented New Zealand at World Junior Championships (2015, 2016), Oceania Junior Team Championships (2015, 2016), Oceania Team Championships (2019) […]

Evan Wong

Evan Wong joins the Mighty JAZZ Apples in 2021 after playing for the Wolves last season. Evan has previously competed for New Zealand in the Junior Trans-Tasman Series (2015) & June Bevan Trophy (2017). The energy and intensity of the league is incredible. This season I'll be focusing on staying relaxed but confident.

Jack Wang

Jack Wang is a new player joining the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton League in 2021. He'll be joining last year's winners - the Tiger Brokers Tigers. Jack finished 2020 strongly, winning the Men's and Mixed Doubles titles at the U19 National Championships, and will be looking to carry that form into the league. […]

Jasmin Ng

Jasmin Ng will represent the Plenty Bay Whales in the upcoming season. She represented New Zealand in the Oceania Womens Team (2018). She loved the fast-paced games and team spirit of the 2020 New Zealand Badminton League. The matches are really short, so it's essential to recognise what's happening and change tactics quickly.

Jonathan Curtin

Jonathan Curtin is New Zealand badminton player. He was the Men's Doubles Runner-Up at the 2019 New Zealand National Championships. Jonathan has represented New Zealand in the Oceania Thomas Cup Qualifying Event (2018) & Oceania Mixed Team (2019). It was a highlight to win the 2020 NZBL season - I can't wait to compete again […]

Josh Feng

Joshua Feng joins defending champions the Tiger Brokers Tigers in 2021. He has represented New Zealand at the World Junior Championships (2019) & Oceania Junior Team Championships (2019). Being exposed to high-quality badminton on a weekly basis is great - it really tests your limits and pushes you even further.

Oliver Leydon-Davis

Oliver Leydon-Davis joins the Plenty Bay Whales for 2021. He is the current national champion in men's and mixed doubles, as well as winning Oceania titles in 2014 and 2020. Oliver has represented New Zealand at three Commonwealth Games (2010, 2014, 2018) and is aiming to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games. It's going to […]

Oscar Guo

Oscar Guo is a New Zealand badminton player. He won the Oceania Championships Men's Singles title in 2019 and the Oceania Junior Men's Singles title in 2015 & 2017. Oscar has represented New Zealand at the Youth Olympic Games, winning a silver medal in the team relay. He has also represented New Zealand at the […]

Ricky Cheng

Ricky is a newcomer to the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton League, joining the Starship Rockets. Ricky has been playing badminton since he was 11 and is the current U19 national champion in men's singles. I'm excited to compete this year and play against some of New Zealand's best players.

Roanne Apalisok

Roanne Apalisok is a New Zealand badminton player. She won the Women's Doubles & Mixed Doubles title at the recent 2020 U19 National Championships. Roanne has represented New Zealand at the World Junior Championships (2018), Australian Junior International (2018) & Oceania Junior Team Championships (2019). I'm excited for the short-scoring format - it'll makes the […]

Ryan Tong

Ryan Tong joins the Plenty Bay Whales for the 2021 season after representing the Hawks in 2020. He'll be looking to fire-up his team with plenty of energy on-court. I love training with the music pumping, everyone yelling and giving 110%.

Sally Fu

Sally Fu joins the Mighty JAZZ Apples, after tasting victory in last year's league with the Tiger Brokers Tigers. She has won the Women's Singles & Women's Doubles titles at the Oceania Junior Championships in 2017, and was a Women's Doubles finalist at the North Harbour International (2018) & Oceania Championships (2020). Sally has represented […]

Shaunna Li

Shaunna Li is a New Zealand badminton player. She won the Women's Singles & Women's Doubles titles at the 2020 National Championships. She also holds the Women's Singles title at the Oceania Junior Championships (2019), U19 National Championships (2018, 2019) and U17 National Championships (2017, 2018, 2019). Shaunna has represented New Zealand at the World […]

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