Global Games: Aussie Pearls into Gold game, Boomerangs finish fifth

Global Games: Aussie Pearls into Gold game, Boomerangs finish fifth

The Australian Pearls have advanced to the Gold Medal Game at the 2009 Global Games after defeating Japan 54-30 in Liberec, Czech Republic yesterday.

The Pearls commenced this must win game with seven players with injuries and the knowledge that this game would be even more demanding than yesterday's match.

The Pearls took early control of the game enabling us to rest our two big players in the second half.

This put more pressure on the guards to carry the game, but this was excellent preparation for tomorrow's gold medal game against Mexico which will be another tough physical encounter.

Top Scorers were Mina Aldobasic 18, Eliza Barden 8, Karina Baines 8, Kim Larkin 6.

Today the Pearls play in the Gold Medal game against Mexico at 2pm local time.

For a photo gallery of the Pearls Game click here.

The Boomerangs have finished off their tournament with a 107-48 routing of Japan to claim fifth place at the Games yesterday.

Two basketballers were acknowledged as part of a number of Australian Athletes who were honoured for their outstanding efforts in competition to date at the INAS-FID 2009 Global Games in Liberec, Czech Republic. Held at ‘The Village’, the meeting gave the 80 -strong Australian team the opportunity to reflect on the first three days of competition and recognise those who were not only competing well but doing an outstanding job representing Australia.

Coaches and Team Managers identified athletes who have gone above and beyond competition to date for performances as well as pride, team commitment and overall behavior when representing their country.

Southern Cross Awards were given to a number of athletes, recognising the part they have played to date in the Global Games. Louise Mogg, Australian Head of Delegation described the Australian Team as the Southern Cross with the fifth star being the individual athlete, highlighting the team is in it together.

Boomerang Clinton Jee and Pearl Nicoel Skerman were honoured at the event.

Jee scored 48 points on his international debut, with special mention to co-captains Evan Johnson and Adam Meredith for their outstanding leadership.

Skerman was honoured for her commitment to the Pearls over many years and willingness to support her team mates and those in the Australian delegation.

Photos courtesy of Jaroslav Appeltauer and Marcel Kratochvíl for