Shepparton Junior Gators completed a remarkable few months of representative basketball with victory.DAMEN FRANCIS February 26, 2013 9:20am
Shepparton Junior Gators Under-16 girls side that won the Basketball Victoria Country division two championship in Bendigo on the weekend
The spectacular success of Shepparton Junior Gators’ under-18 girls team this season represents the epitome of true teamwork, coach Chris Judd says.
The Junior Gators completed a remarkable few months of representative basketball with victory in the division one grand final at the Basketball Victoria Country Junior Championships on Sunday.
Judd said it was the team’s ability to work hard and seize the moment that proved the difference all weekend.
‘‘The team worked particularly well with each other and and for each other,’’ Judd said.
‘‘Against Southern Peninsula they threw everything at us, man-to-man, a press and a zone and we just broke through all of it.
‘‘All seven players made their contributions, even Lauren Murray and Janie (Burn) in limited minutes.’’
A little bit of luck didn’t hurt either.
‘‘At the end of (grand final) game Shelby (Britten), Mikaela (Owen), Sarah (Down) and Rhianna (Barton) had four fouls each and Ash (Lancaster) had fouled out, so a few more fouls and we would have been in serious trouble,’’ Judd said.
On day one, Shepparton had to get past talented opponents Warnambool and Southern Peninsula just to reach division one.
Overtime was required against Ballarat in the quarter-final and only via a Britten trey with 0.6 seconds on the clock to level scores.
Wangaratta proved no match in the semi-final, before the final against Traralgon, which ended 44-40.
The association’s success continued in the under-16 girls competition, with victory in the division two final.
Shepparton crushed Sale in its opening game, but came up short against powerhouse associations Geelong and Southern Peninsula on day one.
The results left the Gators third in pool C and earned them a spot in the division two quarter-final, where they beat Swan Hill, before accounting for Warragul and Maffra in the semi-final and grand final respectively.
Prior to the weekend coach Tony Long said he would be satisfied with a division one appearance or victory in division two and he stuck by that.
‘‘The girls played really well, they pushed Geelong and Southern Peninsula all the way, they were just not quite good enough to get over the line,’’ Long said.
‘‘The grand final was tough, because Maffra had played one less game, but the girls hung tough and it was a top effort.’’
Genna Ogier was the stand-out player for the team, of which most will move on to under-18s next season.
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.
History is recorded to inspire the next generation, author John Northage said at the launch of, Mending the Goulburn Broken, in Shepparton last week.
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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