Enemies one day, teammates the next. So it was for Shepparton Lady Gators Shelby Britten and Rhianna Barton, who went head-to-head in the under-18 girls’ final of the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup in Albury on Saturday.DAMEN FRANCIS January 23, 2013 4:05am
Shepparton pair Shelby Britten and Rhianna Barton hope to spend more time on the same side, after going head-to-head in Albury last weekend.
Enemies one day, teammates the next. So it was for Shepparton Lady Gators Shelby Britten and Rhianna Barton, who went head-to-head in the under-18 girls’ final of the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup in Albury on Saturday.
The pair of promising 16-year-old prospects were chosen to represent Victoria Country, but with three teams making the trip, they found themselves lining up on opposite sides of the court.
Both teams were undefeated going into the final, but there could only be one winner and Britten’s Bushrangers came out on top of Barton’s Goldminers 67-46.
Given Britten plays as a point guard and Barton a power forward or centre, the two players did not often cross paths on the court, but they were wary of each other’s strengths.
‘‘It wasn’t really that different because we weren’t really playing directly against each other,’’ Britten said.
‘‘It was good because I knew how she played and she knew how I played, so we would give tips to our players.’’
Britten was a driving force for the Bushrangers, both as a distributor and an outside shooter, while Barton dominated the rebounds and steals categories for the Goldminers.
The week-long tournament features teams from regional NSW, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia as well as New Zealand and Oceania.
It was also part of Victoria Country’s state selection process for the Australian Under-18 Championships.
‘‘(The final) was a tough game, we knew we had competition, especially because we knew that was the game we had to show ourselves for state selection,’’ Barton said.
The day after the final, the pair played a key role in Shepparton Lady Gators’ Country Basketball League win against Echuca Lady Pirates.
Meanwhile, Michael Reidy and Bellamey Sims were part of the Victoria Country Settlers team that won four of eight games in the under-18 boys’ competition.
Will Brodie and Harry Boyd were on opposing teams in the under-16 boys’ draw, with Boyd’s Bushrangers finishing runner-up to NSW Kookaburras.
In the semi-final, the Bushrangers handed Brodie’s Goldminers their only loss of the tournament, winning 69-54.
At the Southern Cross Basketball Challenge in Ballarat, Ellie Dowling, Ryan Sarkady and Christie Down won one game each as part of the under-14 girls’ Goldminers, under-14 boys’ Bushrangers and under-15 girls’ Bushrangers teams respectively.
The tournament pitted Victoria Country teams against each other and their Victoria Metro counterparts.
The representative basketball season hits top gear this weekend, with Shepparton Junior Gators sending 14 teams to the Bendigo Tournament.
The under-18 girls will head to Eltham for a tournament.
It will be the first hit-out since the Christmas break, as teams prepare for Junior Country Championships in the coming months.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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