Three Shepparton basketballers have been selected to pull on the singlet for Victoria Country at the Under-18 Australian Junior Championships.DAMEN FRANCIS January 23, 2014 4:15am
Michael Reidy, Shelby Britten and Genna Ogier continue to set the bar for Shepparton basketballers, with selection in the under-18 men’s and women’s Victoria Country teams.
The talented trio is getting used to the big stage and will travel to Belconnen in the ACT for the Under-18 Australian Junior Championships in April.
Reidy and Britten return to their respective teams as top-age players, while Ogier gets an opportunity to showcase her skills as a bottom age member of the squad.
Although a point guard by trade, Britten expects to take on more of the scoring load than facilitating the offence.
Having only returned to the court at last week’s Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup, Britten was looking forward to another opportunity to compete at national level.
‘‘I’ll probably play as more of a scorer,’’ Britten said.
‘‘We’re a pretty small team and I work really well with another girl that plays more as a point guard.
‘‘It’s my last year, so hopefully I get to finish on a high. We got silver last year and came fourth the year before that.’’
Ogier, who is at the Australian Institute of Sport as part of the under-17 National Development Squad, will be vying for the starting small forward spot and to make the most of any minutes that come her way.
Reidy has been juggling a full schedule, splitting training time between his Shepparton Junior Gators under-18 team, the senior Gators’ Country Basketball League side and state commitments, but he is reaping the rewards with solid form at the ACJBC in Albury-Wodonga last week.
‘‘I’m a small forward, but I’ll probably play as more of a three or four man at nationals,’’ Reidy said.
‘‘My role will probably be more as a defensive worker and rebounder than a scorer.
‘‘It’s a strong team and we’re going to have a strong chance of taking it out.’’
Reidy is one of three players that were part of the team that finished fourth at last year’s championships in Brisbane.
Meanwhile, Ogier’s younger sister Ella was one of three Shepparton Junior Gators in action at the Southern Cross Challenge at Wantirna South at the weekend.
Ogier’s Victoria Country Goldminers under-14 girls’ team won three games for the weekend and finished third in division one, defeating SA Metro Blue 51-39 on the final day.
Ogier tallied 27 points in six games.
Kior Zito scored 17 points in six games for the under-14 girls’ Bushrangers team.
The Bushrangers lost their first three games, but won all three of their games in division two.
Ryan Sarkady enjoyed an excellent tournament for the under-15 boys’ Bushrangers, who won three of their five games.
Sarkady scored 33 points in five games to be the Bushrangers’ third top scorer for the tournament.
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
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.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
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A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
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.
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A sophisticated hydroponic cannabis system was discovered by police at the Victoria Hotel last week.
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