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Blasters blitz rivals at basketball tournament

Seymour under-12s shine at Wodonga.

February 19, 2014 4:56am

Seymour Blasters under-12 girls basketballBack: Team Manager Holli Furletti, Ruby Martin, Giselle Andrew, Georgia Pearce, Temisha Griffiths, Annalise Rimes, Coach Darren Cook, Taryn Furletti.Front: Layne Lewis, Abbey Cook, Brooke McLarty, Sophie Rutherford.


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The Seymour Blasters under-12 girls basketball side recently had a successful Wodonga tournament, playing well in the hot conditions to win the division two grand final.

The first game was against Myrtleford, a team we have played and beaten in previous tournaments. The girls won 19-15 in a game that was a bit scrappy, but it was their first game together since the last tournament in Shepparton.

Their second game was against Bendigo and was quite low scoring; the Blasters were up by just three points 6-3, At the end of the game the Blasters had pulled away to 13-8.

The Blasters’ third game of the day against Swan Hill was an even one, up until half time, with the score 4-4. Unfortunately the heat got to us, and the girls tired, letting Swan Hill have an easy win against us in the end.

On the second day of the tournament, the girls came out refreshed and ready to take on Shepparton.

By half time they had only let Shepp score one point, playing great defence. Their teamwork really stood out, with some fantastic passing to set up some nice goals. The whole team contributed to the score in this game, coming away with an easy win.

To find out if we made it to the grand final, the Blasters’ had to wait for the outcome of the next game between Swan Hill and Bendigo. Swan Hill won, which meant Seymour finished second. Therefore we were going to get another go at beating Swan Hill.

The grand finals were at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre in Albury. The Blasters had a good start, moving around quickly and making the early baskets count. Defence was good and Swan Hill were frustrated, getting themselves in foul trouble, giving us a few extra points. We were up by five points at half time.

The second half saw the Blasters keep the pressure on Swan Hill with some good rebounds, and some really nice passes under the ring which resulted in goals.

In the last couple of minutes Swan Hill made a few quick baskets which put them within two points, but the Blasters used all their fighting spirit and determination to stay in front and collect the trophy.

The girls played really well in such hot conditions, and should be proud of themselves for a great team effort all weekend. Congratulations to Sophie Rutherford who was awarded most valued player for the grand final.

Seymour Blasters under-12 boys also travelled to Wodonga.

The first game was against Bendigo. It was an even game from the outset with Seymour trailing by two points at half time. Some great play by Jack Davey and Matt Whitford led to an exciting finish with the Blasters holding on to win by one point, 13-12.

The second game saw the boys up against Shepparton. The team pulled together to play some good basketball resulting in another win, 23-17. Tom Allen, Rory Loder and Zac Wight were the major scorers.

The third game of the day against Myrtleford was a great team effort. Darcy Gleeson and Nic Quigg were strong in defence, with Jonty Mann scoring well with five goals, helping the Blasters to another victory, 17-12.

The next morning the boys fronted up to play Echuca. Scores were even for much of the game and resulted in Seymour holding on to tie the game 20-20. Alex Elliot was the major scorer.

Their fantastic efforts saw them advance to the grand final to come up against a strong Castlemaine side. After a big weekend of basketball the boys dug deep and kept the pressure on the skilful opposition. Castlemaine held out to be eventual winners by four points, with the Blasters worthy runners-up.

Congratulations to the boys for another successful tournament.

— Supplied by team managers

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