Under 20 and Ivor Burge Championship tips off

Under 20 and Ivor Burge Championship tips off

The first day of competition in the U20 and Ivor Burge Championship in Maitland was fierce but well-spirited.

Under 20 Men

In Pool 1, Victoria had a convincing win over Western Australia in their first outing, the Vics winning the match-up 85-57.

A 22-6 first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game, as Victoria had more than double the field goal attempts in the first term and were more accurate from the field to boot.

WA settled in the second and matched the Vics for much of the remainder of the contest. But damage had already been done and the lead proved too great for WA to make any significant inroads, Victoria extending in the end to clinch the 28-point win.

For Victoria, Igor Hadziomerovic finished with a dominant 18 points and eight rebounds while Anthony Drmic added 14.

For WA, Lewis Thomas was best with 11, while Tyler Hickert added nine points.

In the second game of Pool 1, Queensand faced-off with New Zealand’s Under 20s line-up and after a tight first term, which saw Queensland go into the first huddle up by four, they turned on the after-burners in the second period to break out to a 42-28 half-time lead.

The Queensanders would extend after every subsequent quarter, running away with the game in the last term to seal the 30-point victory.

For Queensland, Mitchell McCarron dropped 21 points to go with eight boards, while Brendon Carrol added 15.

For the New Zealanders, Nicholas Barrow was impressive — he had 20 for the game. Teammate Jordan Ngatai added 12 points to the tally. 

Over in Pool 2, NSW Men handed the Tasmanians a 25-point loss in their opening clash for the tournament.

Despite a tight first quarter, the Tasmanians were only able to put eight points on the board in the second term as NSW were able to get on a roll offensively. They dropped 22 at the other end of the floor to sneak out to 15-point half-time lead. 

Despite a gallant effort from the Tassie side in the second half, the NSW team were too strong, running away with the 74-49 loss.

For the NSW side, Andrija Dumovic top-scored with 19, while Nicholas Kay added 16 points. For the Tasmanians, Ben Richmond was in impressive form, dropping 19 points for the game. Hugh Greenwood double-doubled with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

In the South Australia versus ACT match-up, it was the SA boys who were victorious, by a large 41 points.

A 40-18 first half all but had the contest sewn up. The ACT were better in the second half, dropping 27, but this wasn’t enough to bridge the gap as they fell further behind, eventually succumbing 86-45.

Peter Hooley was impressive — he finished with 16 points, while Daniel Carlin added 13. For the ACT, Ozan Idehen was their best scorer. He dropped nine points for the game.

Under 20 Women

In the first day of competition, South Australia faced New South Wales in a nail-biting contest which saw the NSW outfit steal a two-point win 78-76.

Up by three points after the first term, NSW struggled from the floor in the second period as the SA line-up clawed back into the lead and took a two-point buffer at the long break.

NSW steadied in the third term, but despite this, South Australia were able to extend the lead to four heading into the final term thanks to some impressive shooting from the field.

But NSW ran home stronger in the end. They put together a 23-17 final period to snatch the two-point win.

Lauren Nicholson was almost unstoppable finishing with 27 points. Emma Mahady added 11 points.

Georgia Minear had 22 points for the South Australians, while Ashleigh Spencer finished with 17 points.

In the second contest for the day, Victoria ran away with an impressive 97-45 win over Tasmania.

After a reasonably even first term, with five points separating the two sides, the Victorians exploded in the second stanza, dropping 32 points to Tasmania’s 12 to take control of the contest. And after a 30-5 final term, the Vics had sprinted away to the massive 52-point win.

Rebecca Cole finished with 20 points, while AIS teammate Rebecca Allen added 19 points. For Tassie, Olivia Howard ended the game with 12 points, while Tayla Roberts finished with 11.

Ivor Burge Men’s and Women’s Competition

In the Ivor Burge Men’s competition, a tight contest saw the Vic Country Men pinch a win over the Queensland men. New South Wales Country were also in the winners group as they had a great win over Tasmania.

In the third and final contest in the Ivor Burge Men’s division, it was Victoria Metro Men who put on an impressive display running away with the win over South Australia

In the Women’s competition, Victoria Metro had a great game to seal victory over Queensland. The Vic Country team weren’t as lucky, going down to New South Wales country in the second contest of the day. Finally it was New South Wales Metro who were victorious in their game with South Australia.

It was an exciting day of competition in the Ivor Burge tournament. We expect more of the same as the tournament moves into its second day of competition.