U18 National Championships - VIC Metro defend titles

U18 National Championships - VIC Metro defend titles

Congratulations to both Victoria Metro men's and women's teams who have just been crowned U18 Champions at the U18 National Championships in Gawler, South Australia.

The women’s grand final saw VIC Metro defeat state rivals VIC Country 68-51. Rebecca Allen led all scorers with 21 points and eight rebounds for VIC Metro, supported by Rebecca Cole with 20 points and five rebounds. Their Australian Gems teammate Kerryn Harrington led VIC Country with 16 points. SA Metro claimed bronze over Queensland North, 85-77, in the Women’s 3rd v 4th playoff.

In the men’s final VIC Metro took on a determined NSW Metro and came out victorious 65-47. VIC Metro’s Stefan Izelac top-scored with 19 points, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, while NSW Metro’s Daniel Trist posted 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Women’s Gold Medal Match
VIC Metro 68 (Rebecca Allen 21, Rebecca Cole, 20, Rosemary Fadjacvick 8) def VIC Country (Kerryn Harrington 16, Hannah Kasar 9, Alex Sheedy 9)

Men’s Gold Medal Match
VIC Metro 65 (Stefan Izelac, Igor Hadziomerovic 17, Izaak Woodley 13) def NSW Metro 47 (Daniel Trist 15, Michael Claus 7, Daniel Hill 6)

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2009 Australian U18 Championship Final Placings

Women’s Placings

1 - VIC Metro

2 - VIC Country

3 - SA Metro

4 - QLD North

5 - NSW Metro

6 - QLD South

7 - NSW Country

8 - WA Metro

9 - SA Country

10 - Tasmania

11 - ACT

12 - WA Country

13 - Northern Territory

14 - New Zealand

Men’s Placings

1 - VIC Metro

2 - NSW Metro

3 - VIC Country

4 - QLD South

5 - SA Metro

6 - NSW Country

7 - WA Metro

8 - Tasmania

9 - WA Country

10 - SA Country

11 - QLD North

12 - ACT

13 - New Zealand

14 - Northern Territory

Congratulations to Queensland South for winning the Fair Play Award at the U18 Championships. This is in recognition of exceptional sportsmanship and respect throughout the week.

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Day 7

SA Country Women 71 defeated WA Country Women 60

SA got off to a flying start, jumping to a 8-0 lead. Once WA settled they were able to bring themselves back to level the scores at 11-11. SA went into quarter time 17-15 up. The intensity picked up in the second term and again it was another close ten  minutes. SA held their lead to enter the half 31-27. SA ran the ball hard and created fast breaks in the third, allowing them to stretch out their lead to 14 points. WA fought back in the last but SA’s lead was too much to overcome, 71-60 was the final score.

TAS Women 66 defeated ACT Women 60

A tightly fought contest with ACT holding a 7 point half time lead.   Tasmania came back strong in the third to lead by 7 points heading into the last quarter. In a game of momentum swings, ACT mounted  another comeback in the last to get within 2 points of Tasmania. The girls from Tassie held their nerve and skipped away to a 6 point win.  

NSW Metro Women 68 defeated NSW Country Women 57

An exciting first half saw both NSW’s teams going head to head. After a close battle throughout the first two quarters, Country were able to obtain a 4 point lead going into the main break, 32-28. NSW Country made an early break in the third but Metro fought back to trail by a single point at three quarter time. NSW Metro were far too physical in the last   quarter for their opponents and shot very well from the field, running away with the game, 68-57.

VIC Metro Women 98 defeated SA Metro Women 58

2008 Women’s Champions Vic Metro went up against 2008 5th placed SA Metro for a place in the 2009 Gold Medal Game. Vic Metro finishing 1st and undefeated in pool 1 and SA Metro finishing 2nd in pool 2. SA full of confidence, before the game, that they can pull off a win. Vic Metro came out hard a physical which led to a 6 point break before SA worked back to hold a narrow lead at quarter time 23-22. In the second quarter Vic Metro had scored 9 unanswered points before SA Metro found the hoop. Vic’s full court  defense dropped back to half court and both teams went basket for  basket. SA Metro in foul trouble sent Vic to the line several times and   turnovers from SA proved costly on the scoreboard. Vic Metro lead at the half by 13. Both teams traded baskets in the third with Vic Metro gaining the ascendancy and broke away to finish with a 28-15 quarter. The last quarter saw a stronger and bigger Vic Metro finish the game with a 24-10 last quarter. The gold medal game now awaits the Vic girls who appear    certain favorites to retain their Championship.

SA Country Men 81 defeated ACT Men 79

A game SA Country won on a strong third quarter as ACT fought back strongly in the last quarter. SA   Country kept their nose in front for most of the last quarter which developed into a tense nail biting finish.

WA Country Men 62 defeated QLD North Men 55

Qld North had a poor shooting game in the first half, which they were not able to overcome. WA Country Men however deserved the win and will have plenty of confidence heading into Saturdays game.

Queensland South Women 83 defeated WA Metro Women 43

Qld’s height was too much overall for the WA girls. Lots of turnover from WA also contributed to the 42-22 score line, Qld well and truly in control. WA did however step up in the second half and played all round better basketball. Qld held continued to build on their lead and put the game out of reach, 83-43. Gretel Tippett's 22 points again had her at the top of South’s scoring list.

VIC Country Women 79 defeated QLD North Women 66

No doubt many of the Victorian   supporters had smiles on their faces after this game was done and dusted. Vic Countries 79-66 victory over Qld North meant they booked a gold medal game against Metro, an all Victoria affair. Qld fought hard all game and always kept the Vic in their sight. An extraordinary 9 from 15 performance at the 3 point line from Kerryn Harrington was devastating to the Qld defense. We will find out Saturday night whether Vic Country have what it takes to take down the red hot Metro team.

SA Metro Men 108 defeated WA Metro Men 101 (2OT)

In a sensational game that went to double overtime, SA held its nerve at the foul line to win 108-101. The game was always close with no more than a few points separating the side at any stage. SA must have though they would struggle to compete on the boards with Carlin fouled out early in the third quarter and Marriot on 4 fouls not long after. However A great team effort saw them won the rebound count 58 to 43. For SA,  Lachlan Prest was great with 27 points and 14 rebounds, Nathan Spehr had 25 with an impressive 10 of 13 from the foul line. For WA Metro, Jackson Hussey stood out with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

NT Women 46 defeated NZ Women 35

New Zealand’s result this week have not been a true indication of their commitment, persistence and overall  basketball ability. NT were simply better on the day in this contest and edged out the NZ Women for 13th spot of the Championship. Both teams have showed great spirit throughout the entire week and should be congratulated.

VIC Metro Men 72 defeated VIC Country Men 53

Only one Victorian team could progress to the Championship game. Like they have been all week, Vic Metro proved too strong and advanced past Vic Country quite comfortably in the end, 72-53. Jordan Hughes led all scorers with 23 points. Mitchell Creek continued to be consistently good for Country with 13 points and 17 rebounds.

NSW Country Men 95 defeated TAS men 82

Hugh Greenwood’s 32 point game wasn't enough to get Tasmania over the line in this contest. NSW shot the ball at a higher percentage and were just that little bit better down the stretch to take the victory. An even spread of points from the NSW Country boys meant they had too many options. Jack Duck’s 18 was valuable.

ACT Women 82 defeated WA Country Women 49

ACT played well in the first quarter setting up a 21-5 lead. They continued to outplay WA in the second with the half time score 45-15. An improved second half by WA, matching ACT in scoring and general field play. ACT won comfortably however, 82-49.

NZ Men 79 defeated NT Men 65

NZ Men rapped up 13th spot in the Championship as they took on NT Men. Both teams were relatively well matched which proved for a great game. Shaquille  Hohipa-Wilson played big with 25 points and 17 rebounds. Arjen Smit played very hard for his 23 points, ending his tournament on a high note.

NSW Metro Men 88 defeated QLD South Men 73

It was raining threes in the first quarter for NSW Metro with six long bombs (3 from point guard Jackson Aldridge). This gave them a handy 17 point lead at the first quarter break. Qld fought back from there by outscoring NSW 26-18 in the second to be down by 9 at the long break. NSW’s height become more of a factor as the game went on and although Qld managed to get the lead down to 8 a couple of times in the last quarter, they couldn't bridge the gap. For NSW, Aldridge had 36, whilst Rowley had 15 points and 13 rebounds. For Qld, McCarron had 20 and a team high 7 rebounds. NSW metro will now face the Vic Metro Men in a gold medal match that you don't want to miss.

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Day 6 

It was an exciting day on Thursday at the championships as the final pool placings were decided.

On the Women’s side of the draw VIC Country and VIC Metro finished on top of their respective pools with unblemished 6-0 records. 

VIC Metro Men’s team completed the same feat in Pool 1 of the Men’s tournament, matched by NSW Metro in Pool 2.

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NSW Metro Women 73 defeated  NZ Women 43

Both sides played a terrific team game with scores spread evenly between   players. A competitive first quarter from NZ would have had the girls from NSW worried. However a big second quarter showed that NSW would be too strong. Bayley Ross-Waitai continued her great shooting with three more 3-pointers. Samara Gallaher was the stand out for NZ with 11 points and 9 rebounds.

SA Country Women 61 defeated  NT Women 41

A great game played in good spirit which continued to see NT make improvements and were very competitive. Although NT had a greater  percentage of ball control, they were  unable to convert. SA however were able to make the most of their opportunities.

SA Metro Women 87 defeated  WA Country Women 63

After a close opening period in which both teams struggled to find cohesion, SA Metro took control in the second period, outscoring WA Country 34-13. It was a step up in defensive pressure that was the difference. While WA Country displayed great spirit in the second half, the half time margin of 26 points proved too great. A 24 point win adds to the growing confidence of the SA Metro girls.

QLD South Women 70 defeated  ACT Women 55

The final score is not a true indication of how this game was played. ACT fought hard all game and only trailed by 7 points at the final break. However ACT let themselves down in the last giving up 21 points to their 13. Gretel Tippett again a stand out with 19 points and 15 rebounds.

VIC Metro Women 92 defeated  WA Metro Women 42

In the first quarter, Vic Metro showed their height was going to be an issue for WA by gaining an early quarter time lead 30-14, With some strong inside baskets. WA attacked the basket well in the second half but Vic Metro continued to pull away, leading at three quarter time 75-34. WA continued to battle in the last but Vic Metro had put the game out of reach, winning 92-42.

VIC Country Men 83 defeated  QLD North Men 66

The half time score in this game indicated that the game was well and truly over with Vic country ahead 37-13. This was due to some great defensive pressure by Vic Country and some poor decision making by Qld North. However the second half saw Qld fight back mainly through Mitch Norton (24 points) and Mitch Gamblin (11 points) who really took it to Victoria. The     margin was back to 11 with just over a minute to go and whilst Vic were probably never going to lose, it made for an    exciting second half.

NSW Country Women 61 defeated  Tasmania Women 35

A low scoring first quarter had Tasmania just in front 10-11. NSW battled back in the second. It was another low scoring quarter but NSW managed to enter the half with a 7 point lead, 25-18. With some strong rebounding, NSW stretched out their lead to 16 at three quarter time. The intensity slowed down in the last as NSW cruised to a comfortable 61-35 victory.

TAS men 79 defeated  NT men 42

A game where despite the final 37 point margin, the Territory boys made it competitive.  Tasmania’s scoring was spread across the entire team; (Hugh Greenwood #7 was the stand out with 25).  The NT Men relied on Arjen Smit #13 with 15, the only player in double figures.  The NT turnover count of 33   didn’t help their cause and their shooting percentage of only 26% is something they will no doubt want to improve.  A good win to the Tassie boys in the end

VIC Metro Men 90 defeated NZ Men 33

This was always going to be a tough assignment for the NZ Men given the height difference and this was most obvious in the rebounding  (VIC 52 : NZ19) and points in the paint (VIC 48 to NZ 6).  The margin was 15 at quarter time and grew at every change to reach 57 at the finish.  Will Sinclair #6 was excellent at both ends for VIC finishing with 21 points and 12 rebounds.  Brandon Iskra #9 was also good with 14 points and 7 rebounds.  For NZ Men Ruihana Te Nahu #11 tried very hard along with Shaquille Hohipa-Wilson #8  

SA Metro Men 90 defeated  ACT Men 59

SA got away to a good start early in the first and ACT had to play catch up for the entire game.  Both teams used all their players and there was some great shooting by both teams.  An enjoyable game to watch.

QLD South Men 80 defeated  WA Country Men 56

QLD South in control of game in first half.  A more controlled third quarter by WA made the game interesting but QLD South were able to regain control in the last to run out comfortable winners.  QLD South’s Corban Wroe #4 finished with 13 and WA Country’s Tyler Hickert #11 also finished with 13.

NSW Metro Men 72 Defeated SA Country Men 50

NSW slowly ground SA Country into submission with a workmanlike performance. Top scorers for NSW #15 21, #10 20 & #5 with 10 points; Top scorers for SA #8 with 11 pts, #7 10pts and #14 with 9 points. 

**Many thanks to David Todd, Manager NSW for displaying great sportsmanship in assisting with an injury to a SA Country player.

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Day 5 - photo gallery

Victoria continues to dominate the championships and VIC Metro could repeat their performance from last year as both Men’s and Women’s champions.

But in the Women’s competition the decider could see a battle between two Victorian teams; Metro and Country. VIC Country is a clear standout in their pool with a 6-0 win-loss record, while VIC Metro (5-0) and QLD North (5-1) will fight to see who will finish Pool 2 on top.

NSW Metro men’s team has emerged as a challenger for VIC Metro. NSW Metro is the only other undefeated team in the men’s division (5-0) after five rounds.

WA Country 81 defeated  NZ Men 55

WA Country were far too strong for NZ Men.  WA scored very easily in the 1st half and were too strong inside to lead 41-21 at half time.  All WA Country men played well and NZ’s Nick Davies was a stand out for his team with 17 points and 10 rebounds.  WA Country’s Jeremy Paull finished with 12 points.

QLD South Men 67 defeated  NSW Country Men 61

Queensland South Men had a fantastic first quarter with NSW unable to buy a basket.  Slowly NSW pegged it back and outscored Queensland easily in the second half.

VIC Metro Men 85 defeated  ACT Men 41

VIC Metro proved to be very strong on the rebounds and pushed the ball well up the floor. ACT battled hard but turnovers proved costly as VIC Metro capatalised on these opportunities to stretch the steadily stretch the lead out. VIC Metro’s defense was very intense as they managed to take 20 steals throughout the game and close out the comfortable Victory by 44 points.

SA Metro Women 77 defeated  NSW Metro Women 71

A close fought first quarter with only 1 point separating the teams at the 1st break.  Some accurate shooting from Allyson Brown kept NSW’s nose in front with a 6 point lead at the half.  SA stepped up in the 2nd half and fought hard to take a 3 point lead heading into the last quarter.  A valuable last quarter from Tess Keenan saw SA run out VICtors by 6 points.

VIC Country Women 60 defeated  QLD South Women 59

A very entertaining game with both teams displaying very high skills.  VIC Country started well and led by 10 going into the 2nd quarter.  QLD South came back strongly in the 2nd quarter to only be 2 points down at half time.  QLD South outscored VIC Country by 7 in the 3rd quarter and a determined effort by both teams in the last quarter saw VIC Country win by the narrowest of margins.  Qld South’s Gretel Tippett (#11) finished with 20.

VIC Metro Women 90 defeated  SA Country Women 41

VIC Metro were always in control of this game despite in the 1st quarter, when SA Country really took it to them. From the start of the 2nd quarter, VIC Metro turned up the defensive pressure causing SA Country to turn the ball over too often (35 turnovers in total). As VIC Metro’s shooting improved the margin steadily increased. Rebecca Allen (#6, VIC Metro) was the standout with 24 points and a couple of steals, whilst Alissa Hampton (#7) battled hard for SA Country.

TAS Women 48 defeated  NT Women 43

This was a hard fought game from start to finish. The turning point in the game was the last 2 minutes of the final quarter as TAS took the lead and the game in the dying seconds of the match, taking the win by just 5 points. TAS’s Tayla Roberts (#11) top scored with 19 points and for NT, Claire O’Bryan (#4) finished with 12 points.

SA Country Men 69 defeated  NT Men 52

SA Country started this game like a house on fire, putting plenty of pressure and scoring with layups. The quarter time score of 20-10 was a fair reflection of the play. The 2nd quarter was similar with a half time score of 44-18. But in the 2nd half, NT came out with strong and outscored SA Country 34-25. In the final quarter, SA Country suffered 3 game eding injuries to Peter Hooley (#6), Nelson Magor (#10) and Fraser Marshall (#4) which didn’t help. For NT, Arjen Smith (#13) never gave up and scored 16 points. Turnovers were an issue for both teams with SA Country having a final count of 23 and NT with 30.

ACT Women 61 defeated  WA Country Women 56

A close game between the ladies from opposite sides of Australia, with both teams having their chances at VICtory throughout the game. However it was ACT who prevailed, winning by a close margin of 5 points. Top scorers were Bianca Dufelmeier (#15) for ACT with 20 points and Shannon McRobert (#7) with 12 points for the WA Country Women’s team.

VIC Country Men 92 defeated  TAS Men 63

A close 1st half tied at 31 all before VIC Country edged ahead to lead by 7 at the main break. VIC Country’s Mitchell Creek (#4) again dominated with 21 points at the half. VIC Country pulled out all the stops and ran out comfortable winners. Foul trouble hampered TAS as well as tough pressure on the ball during the 2nd half from VIC Country.

NSW Metro Men 71 defeated  WA Metro Men 64

A very even game, reflected by the close scores at the breaks (16-20, 30-30, 48-47 and 71-64 respectively). NSW Metro managed to capitalize on WA Metro’s numerous turnovers often converting them to points. A low field goal shooting percentage of only 35 hurt WA Metro’s chances, ultimately going down by 7 points in the last quarter.

QLD North Women 71 defeated  NSW Country Women 51

A closely matched game with NSW Country going into the 1st break with the lead. However, this was short lived as QLD North took over the lead for the remainder of the game. QLD North managed to dominate the rebounds as well as the points, ultimately winning by 20 points. A huge 28 points for QLD North’s Nadeen Payne (#10) and 26 from Jillian Haughton (#6) helped the ladies to Victory.

QLD South Men 105 defeated  NZ Men 65
The game started evenly but ultimately blew out due to QLD South’s strong offensive and defensive rebounding ability. At half time NZ trailed by just 13 points and what they lacked in height, they more than made up with agility and energy, consistently fired throughout the game. QLD South’s height, strength and quick ball handling ultimately proved too much for NZ, winning by 40 points. A highlight was the athleticism shown by QLD South’s big #10, Joshua Ogunmokun.

SA Metro Men 86 defeated  WA Country Men 53

SA Metro attacked the basket well in the 1st quarter and were able to gain a 22-9 lead at the 1st break. WA Country made some early outside shots in the 2nd quarter but SA Metro were able to hold onto their lead, going into half time 35-21 up. An explosive 3rd quarter had SA Metro extend their lead by 30 points, 70-40. WA Country fought hard in the last quarter but the game was already out of reach, SA Metro winning by 33 points.

NSW Country Men 70 defeated  ACT Men 29

NSW Country had more desire to keep the pressure on ACT ultimately creating a lot of errors which lead to early points from NSW Country. Eventually NSW Country were just too strong, taking the win by 51 big points. NSW Country’s Will Ozolins (#6) helped, contribute to the win with 15 points.

Day 4 Recap

After five rounds VIC Country is on top in Pool 2 of the U18 Women’s division. The team is undefeated and has a gap on the rest of their pool. The competition is tighter at the top end of Pool 1; QLD North has a 4-1 record and is just one point in front of VIC Metro (4-0).

On the Men’s side of the draw VIC Metro and NSW Metro lead their respective pools, both undefeated after three rounds.

QLD North Men 82 defeated NT Men 70

NT led for the majority of the 1st half. The QLD North players did not shoot as well as they could have under the NT defensive pressure. After half time, the QLD North team calmed down and shot much better and    managed to break away from NT. NT boys fought strong until the end, going down by 12. A great game to watch with a humorous moment when the ref tripped over, whoops!

WA Metro Men 76 defeated TAS Men 72

A very tight game from start to finish with an amazing 20 lead changes. Hugh Greenwood (#7) showed how valuable he is to the Tasmanian team, playing the full 40 minutes and scoring an easy 40 points! The difference was in the rebounding as WA Metro made the most of their 2nd chances. WA Metro held on to win by just 4 points but a fantastic effort from both teams.

VIC Country Men 101 defeated SA Country Men 74

On the back of a sensational opening quarter by Mitchell Creek (#4) with 15 points helped VIC Country jump to an early 11 point lead. Despite SA Country giving their all defensively, they just could not catch up. The game was fast paced but the 20 point quarter time margin proved to be match winning. The 2nd and 3rd quarters were close (VIC Country outscored SA 46-45) and the last was also competitive for SA Countrys Peter Hooley (#6, 21 points) and Dylan Rawson (#8, 17 points) did their utmost and for VIC Country, Mitchell Creek (#4) finished with 33 points, 16 rebounds, 6 steals and 7 assists.

VIC Metro Men 65 defeated WA Country Men 45

With WA Countrys talls in foul trouble early on in the game, VIC Metro took full advantage and led well by half time. Although the 2nd half was 1 way traffic in favour of VIC Metro, WA   Country never gave up the fight but eventually being defeated by 20 points. VIC Metros Igor Hadziomerovic (#12) finished with 18 while WA Countrys Ryan Smith (#8) finished with 8 points.

NSW Metro Women 99 defeated WA Country Women 54

A dominant performance from NSW Metro in this fiery encounter against the ladies from WA Country. Accurate shooting by NSW Metro was the       difference, scoring 62% from the 3 point line and a solid 71% from the free throw line. Bayley Ross-Waitai (#15) was lethal from long range with 6 3-pointers,    contributing to her 20 points.  For WA Country, Stephanie Waycott  (# 12) was strong, finishing the match with 16 points.

NSW Country Men 72 defeated NZ Men 53

An interesting game that never saw the lead blow out with NZ working hard to stay in touch. Some good shooting early on from NZs Ihaka Steel (#11, 18 points) kept them in touch for the 1st quarter. Both sides rebounded strongly and NSW Country proved    dominant inside with 54 points in the paint to NZs 14. NZ relied more on their outside shots, but their shooting percentage was not what it needed to be at only 31%. NZs Nick Davies (#7) also finished strong, with 18 points.

QLD South Men 78 defeated SA Metro Men 73

QLD South gathered an early lead with their explosive running game to lead 25-18 at the end of the 1st quarter. With some great rebounding in the 2nd quarter, SA Metro fought back to take the lead at half time, 39-36. A close 3rd quarter saw the score even at 3 quarter time, setting up an exciting final     quarter. It was full on energy, going right down to the last play. SA Metro had one final play to even the game, but with a steal and a dunk by Mitchell McCarron (#8), QLD South sealed the victory.

VIC Country Women 71 defeated  NZ Women 49

A fairly evenly matched game heading into the first break, with NZ only trailing by 7 points. VIC Country managed to push that margin out to 17 points at half time. Although both teams had similar   shooting percentages, VIC Country had more opportunities which was reflected in the half time score of 37-20. Kerryn Harrington (#6) top scored for VIC Country, finishing with 19 points, and Samara Gallaher (#9) finishing just shy of that with 18 points for NZ.

SA Metro Women 72 defeated QLD South Women 67

With SA Metro leading for most of the 1st quarter, QLD South worked their way back to lead at quarter time, 15-14. A close 2nd quarter saw a physical  battle between both teams. With a few late steals, SA Metro was able to take the lead, going into half time 5 points up. An intense 3rd quarter had both teams going score for score with SA Metro holding on to lead 58-56. Both teams continued to battle in the final quarter, but SA Metro were able to hold on to the game and win 72-67.

VIC Metro Women 79 defeated NT Women 24

NT were always going to find it tough against a much taller and stronger VIC Metro side. In saying that, NT did put pressure on the VIC Metro offense,   forcing them to have more than 20 turnovers for the match. VIC Metro had far too many weapons and were the clear winners by 55 commanding points. At this stage, VIC Metro appear to be the team to beat in the Women’s pools.

NSW Country Women 62 defeated SA Country Women 52

Excellent defense from both side made this game I tight tussle with half time score only separated by 8 points, NSW Country up 32-24. NSW 3 point shooting was the turning point and allowed them to maintain their lead throughout the rest of the game. NSW eventual winners, 62-52.


QLD North Women 85 defeated WA Metro Women 74

QLD North were simply hitting more shots at a higher percentage than WA Metro which gave them a steady lead throughout the game. The big story here was an extraordinary game from Nadeen Payne, 40 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks was clearly a game winning          performance. Jennifer McKenzie worked hard with 18 points and 5 assists for WA Metro.

WA Metro Men 94 defeated SA Country Men 83

It was a very physical game which   resulted in 5 players being fouled off.  Some wonderful dunks by the WA Metro Men talls got the crowd to their feet.  SA Country Men toughed it out, but WA Metro Men were too tall.

TAS Men 85 defeated QLD North Men 57

Dylan Warren (#10) topped scored for TAS Men with 18 points followed by Hugh Greenwood (#7) with 16 points.  Top Scorer for QLD North was Mitchell Norton (#8).  TAS Men got off to a good start leading at quarter time by 17 points.  This was too difficult for QLD North to peg back despite keeping level with TAS Men in the second and last quarters.

NSW Metro Men 100 defeated NT Men 46

NT Men were able to keep up with NSW Metro Men for the first quarter and a half.  Unfortunately, NT  began to tire as NSW Metro Men picked up the pace.  NSW Metro Men took complete control with a 60 to 18 last half.

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Day 3- photo gallery

NSW Country Women 76 defeated NT Women 48

NSW Country proved to be too strong and too tall for the NT team in the first half, though to their credit, NT never gave up and had some fantastic passages of play during the 1st half. During the 2nd half, NT managed to play a more controlled game and came back to trail by just 11 points at 3 quarter time. NT lost speed and momentum in the 4th quarter, eventually going down by 28 points.

WA Metro Women 80 defeated SA Country Women 62

There were a lot of turnovers during the 1st half for both teams, with guards dominating the match until half time. Unfortunately for SA Country they continued to turn the ball over which was capitalised on by the WA Metro team who managed to break away and finish their shots, ultimately leading to at 18 point win.

QLD North Women 69 defeated TAS Women 54

QLD North jumped off the blocks early but TAS dragged it back to a point at quarter time, 18-17. The game was tight through the 2nd and 3rd quarters with neither team able to break away. QLD North’s centre Nadeen Payne (#10) had a terrific game for the winning side with 24 points and 8 rebounds. TAS’s centre Tayla Roberts (#11) had a massive impact with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks.

NSW Metro Men 65 defeated TAS Men 56

TAS had a 19-8 2nd quarter to put them in front at half time. NSW Metro played a better 3rd quarter scoring 15-8, leaving them just 2 points down at 3 quarter time. NSW Metro continued the pressure in the 4th quarter running out winners 65-56. A handy score of 22 points from TAS’s Hugh Greenwood (#7) helped their cause, but at the end of the day, NSW Metro were victorious by 9 points.

VIC Country Men 115 defeated NT Men 39

VIC Country looked to push the ball quickly up the court as some slick ball movement gave them an early 31-10 lead. NT fought hard but VIC Country kept piling on the points, with a half time score of 53-20. The VIC Country bench played some valuable minutes as they were relentless for the second half of the game. VIC Country’s Mitchell Creek (#4) and Riley McFarlane (#9) were the games standouts.

WA Country Men 88 defeated ACT Men 60

An untidy game at times with both teams applying lots of defensive pressure which was evidenced by the total of 66 turnovers in total (WA Country 29, ACT 37). ACT kept in touch until half way through the 3rd quarter when Nathan Smith (#8) was fouled off and several others also suffered from too many indiscretions. Stephen Rowe (#5) worked hard for ACT with 17 points and 3 rebounds and WA Country’s Luke Wrensted (#4) was always dangerous with 20 points and 3 steals.

VIC Country Women 75 defeated WA Country Women 46

VIC Country were the stronger of the 2 teams on the day. They managed to pull away in the 2nd quarter. However, WA Country fought back in the 3rd quarter but their shots let them down in the final quarter, going down by 29 points.

WA Metro Men 100 defeated QLD North Men 64

Both teams came out with a lot of energy in the 1st half of the game but due to some great outside shooting and big inside pressure in defense, WA Metro led 20-14 at the 1st break. QLD North made an early run in the 2nd quarter but WA North were able to stretch their lead out to end the half, 52-29. QLD North stayed aggressive in the 2nd half but WA Metro proved to be too strong, running away with the win, 100-64.

NSW Country Men 84 defeated SA Metro Men 59

NSW Country won this game comfortably in the end with a margin of 25 points based on numerous factors. They outrebounded SA Metro 40-23, they had less turnovers 18-40 and they shot better from the field with a field goal % of 47 to SA Metro’s 35. But to their credit, SA Metro’s defense kept them to within 10 points in the 1st quarter, 14 in the 2nd and only 9 in the 3rd. Nicholas Kay (#11) with 17 points and 8 rebounds and William Ozolins (#6) were solid for the winning team, whilst Nathan Spehr (#11) was the loan offensive threat for SA Metro with 21 points.

QLD South Women 66 defeated NSW Metro Women 63

The close score line resembles the quality of the game. Both teams played in excellent spirit with Qld just too tall and fast. Gretel Tippett is having a great Championship and again stood out with 27 points. NSW fought hard all game.


ACT Women 88 defeated NZ Women 50

NZ have showed many promising signs over the past few day but the women from ACT were too strong in this encounter. Leading the entire game ACT displayed some very accurate shooting with 13 from 25 three-pointers at 52 percent.

VIC Metro Women 88 defeated TAS Women 40

Vic Metro continued their winning ways with a commanding victory over Tasmania. In the first quarter the Vic’s showed they were too strong for Tasmania, taking a 26-7 lead early. Tas stepped up in the second quarter as the Vic girls shooting dried up and Tas outscored them 17-14. The third quarter saw Vic put defensive pressure on the Tasmanian guards and force many turnovers. 69-35 was Vic’s lead heading into the last period. Vic Metro were too strong, tall and fast in the end as they ran out comfortable winners.

QLD North Women 70 defeated SA Country Women 67

Close game all the way. QLD in front for vast majority of the game. Some great shooting from both sides, SA were terrific from the foul line shooting a high percentage. Was an enjoyable game to watch by all.

NT Women 60 defeated  WA Metro Women 57

In what ended up being one of the games of the day, NT snatched a thrilling three point win in front of a large crowd gathered on court 2. A last second shot from WA unfortunately could not send the game to overtime as the NT Women celebrated their first win of the Championship.

Day 2 - photo gallery

After two days competition at the Under 18 Championships in Gawler, South Australia, Victoria is dominating the women’s tournament. VIC Metro Women are leading Pool 1 and VIC Country leads Pool 2, both undefeated with two wins.

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WA C Women 60 defeated NZ Women 55

A tight tussle between WA Country and NZ produced close scores throughout the game. Both teams controlled the game at various stages with WA Country eventually victorious, winning by just 5 points.

NSW M Women 68 defeated ACT Women 64

An obviously taller NSW Metro team led for the entire game but ACT hustled and would not give in. At times, the game became very physical but neither team would back down. A great game to watch with ACT going down by just 4 points at the final buzzer.

VIC Country Women 93 defeated SA Metro Women 86

VIC Country's Kerryn Harrington (#6) dominated all scorers with 36 massive points in a side too strong for SA Metro. At half time, the scored differed by just 7 points, in favour of VIC Country. Eventually, they managed to finish off the game with a win by just 7 points.

QLD North Women 79 defeated NT Women 67

QLD North's overall strength on court was the clincher for this game. Their dominance was maintained throughout the game and in the 3rd quarter, NT could not maintain their scoring eventually going down by 12 points.

WA Metro Men 88 defeated NT Men 45

WA Metro managed to hold NT 19-8 at the end of the 1st quarter. WA Metro had plenty of shots in the 2nd quarter but they couldn't convert them until the last 2 minutes, going into the half time break 37-21. The 3rd quarter defensive pressure by WA Metro saw NT turn over the ball many times and WA Metro pushed the lead out to 66-32. WA Metro maintained their dominance in the final quarter, taking the game by 43 points.

WA Metro Women 85 defeated NT Women 79

This was a close game right to the end of the last quarter when WA Metro managed to break away from NT to end up winning by 6 points. A highlight of the game was the amount of 3-pointers that WA Metro started to hit in the 4th quarter

NSW Metro Men 75 defeated VIC Country Men 71

In a great game NSW Metro hung on to win by 4 points in a thrilling finish, after having led by 23 at three-quarter time. The lead seesawed for most of the 2nd quarter with a half time score of 36-30 to NSW Metro. The 3rd quarter was all NSW Metro's, outscoring VIC Country 25-8. Ultimately, NSW Metro were victorious, winning nail bitingly close by just 4 points/

VIC Metro 54 defeated NSW Country Women 42

VIC Metro's aggression at the basket was the difference in the 1st quarter which gave them a 16-10 lead. Errors from both teams resulted in a low 1st half score of 23-15. NSW Country played tough but VIC Metro's defense was to strong in the 3rd period. A 3 quarter time score of 41-28 meant it was still anyone's game. 4 points was the closest NSW Country got to VIC Metro in the last quarter. VIC Metro held on to claim the win.

VIC M Men 85 defeated NSW C Men 50

Both teams started slowly in this game finding scoring difficult which was reflected in the quarter time score of 13-13. The main highlight was some great shot blocking at both ends and some excellent rebounding. Brandon Iskra (#9) for VIC Metro provided a spark, finishing with a game high of 8 rebounds (3 offensive). The 3rd quarter saw VIC Metro pull away from their 7 point lead at half time to lead by 21 with a quarter to go. Despite some good pressure from NSW Country, the lead blew out to a final winning margin of 35. A good, steady start by VIC Metro who improved as the game progressed.

SA Country Men 100 defeated QLD North Men 60

An interesting game with lots of scoring opportunities for both teams. The contest was close until half time then SA Country ran away with it to a degree. QLD North's 33 turnovers made their task very difficult. SA Country also scored 58 points in the paint where they dominated QLD North with only 28. Tom Pinyon (#14) was consistent for SA Country with 22 points, while Mitchell Norton (#8) had a great game for QLD North with 28 points.

VIC Metro Men 82 defeated SA Metro Men 51

VIC Metro were too strong and quick for SA Metro creating pressure at all times which SA Metro failed to handle and were therefore no match for VIC Metro. The turning point for the game was during the 2nd quarter when VIC Metro increase the pressure with crisp ball handling.

NSW Country Men 75 defeated WA Country Men 72

A scrappy 1st half saw both teams with a lot of fouls. Through this, NSW Country managed to steady their game and gained the lead. WA Country staged a great 4th quarter comeback but unfortunately, fell just short of the win, going down by just 3 points.

ACT Men 78 defeated NZ Men 66

A reasonably even game through until 3 quarter time where it was anyone's game. From the 4th quarter however, ACT managed to break away and win the match by 12 points. A fantastic effort of 34 points from   ACT's Nathan Smith (#8) helped seal the game for ACT.

QLD South Women 76 defeated WA Country Women 32

QLD south cruised through the 2nd half of the game without a lot of problems. At half time WA Country trailed by 23 points, with QLD South sitting on 38. QLD South had a lot more height and their impressive skills helped them secure the game by 44 points

VIC Country Women 52 defeated ACT Women 40

A close game for both team with VIC Country and ACT fighting until the end. A nice game to watch with both teams playing well, but ultimately VIC Country were victorious on the day, winning by 12 points.

SA Metro Women 89 defeated NZ women 39

NZ showed promise in the first half, with a bit of spark added by Rebecca Lough (#38). Although they had the height, they did not take advantage of this with many turnovers and fumbled passes throughout the game. SA Metro's quick feet, hands, tough defense and 3 point shooting in the first half set the games pace, and ultimately by 50 points

Day 1

SA M Women 94 defeated ACT Women 61

ACT in team foul trouble half way into 1st quarter. SA Metro led 33-21 at quarter time. In the 2nd quarter, SA Metro defense stood strong and helped SA Metro to a 57-28 half time lead. ACT started the 3rd minus the nerves and full of confidence. This was evident as they outscored SA Metro 21-12. SA Metro still holding the lead 69-49 at the end of the 3rd quarter. SA Metro settled and returned a 25-12 final quarter to finish off the game.

QLD S Women 84 defeated NZ Women 34

A close 1st quarter at 16-14 with QLD  South leading. Great pressure and defense from both teams. A big 2nd quarter sparked by Tippet (#11) saw QLD South take a 39-20 lead into half time. QLD South too strong as the game opened up 62-25. A strong start to the Championships for QLD South Women.

NSW M Men 84 defeated QLD N Men 62

From beginning to end NSW Metro showed superior strength and skill to win their first round game. A highlight of the games was watching the point guard for QLD North, Aaron Bin Tahal (#4).

VIC C Women 71 defeated NSW M Women 55

After a slow start to the game, VIC Country were comfortable winners.  A lack of cohesion saw NSW Metro unorganized in their offense. Their tall players weren't utilized as much as they could have been but they managed to level the game in the 3rd quarter. Overall, Vic Country's ability to play as a team saw them control not only the ball but also the game.

VIC C Men 91 defeated WA M Men 64

VIC Country were the winners on the day with better execution of offense being the key. An outstanding performance from  VIC Country's Mitchell Creek (#4) helped secure their 27 point win.

TAS Men 92 defeated SA C Men 66

TAS lead strongly from the start of the game against SA Country, eventually winning by 26 points. A strong performance by TAS's Hugh Greenwood (#7) helped them to victory. He showed strong leadership and good decision making skills on court.

QLD S Men 96 defeated ACT Men 60

Both teams came out strong with ACT having  a bit of trouble putting the basket in the hoop. In the 2nd quarter, QLD South came out strong with ACT struggling to stay in the game. For the 2nd half of the game, it was quite competitive but QLD South finishing their shots a lot better to win the game.

VIC M Men 85 defeated NSW C Men 50

Both teams started slowly in this game finding scoring difficult which was reflected in the quarter time score of 13-13. The main highlight was some great shot blocking at both ends and some excellent rebounding. Brandon Iskra (#9) for VIC Metro provided a spark, finishing with a game high of 8 rebounds (3 offensive). The 3rd quarter saw VIC Metro pull away from their 7 point lead at half time to lead by 21 with a quarter to go. Despite some good pressure from NSW Country, the lead blew out to a final winning margin of 35. A good, steady start by VIC Metro who improved as the game progressed.

SA C Women 90 defeated TAS Women 54

SA Country led throughout the game, although TAS were in the game up until early in the last quarter where SA Country's height and strength reigned supreme.

VIC M Women 87 defeated QLD N Women 68

Fairly even 1st quarter between VIC Metro and QLD North Women. VIC Metro became the dominant team in the 2nd quarter. QLD North had a brief turnaround in the 3rd quarter, outscoring VIC Metro. Ultimately VIC Metro won by 19 points.

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