Under 20 National Tournament approaches finals

Under 20 National Tournament approaches finals

It’s been a big few days in the Under 20 Ivor Burge Championships in Maitland. As the competition moves towards finals, here’s a recap of how the teams have been going thus far:

Under 20 Women

In the Women’s division, it’s Victoria who has streamed out in front on four wins without a loss. After accounting for Tasmania comfortably in their opening encounter, the Victorians picked up strong wins over South Australia (96-66), NSW (61-51) and Queensland (81-49).

For Victoria, Rebecca Cole has the led offensively, averaging 15.8 points after four games. Sara Blicavs has also been dominant, averaging 13.3 points and 7.8 rebounds as they prepare for games against New Zealand and Western Australia.

Behind the Vics is NSW, who pushed the ladder leaders in their clash, but who have beaten all other competitors on their way through the tournament.

They snuck over the line in their clash with SA (76-74) before falling to the Vics after the bye. Since then, they have been solid, clinching wins over New Zealand (71-55) and Tasmania (69-55).

Lauren Nicholson has been a stand-out for NSW – she’s averaging 15 points and just under five boards each game. Ashleigh Karaitiana is enjoying 10.5 points and a gutsy 8.5 rebounds a game, while Paige Melvile is chipping in with 11 points each game across the tournament.

The Tasmanians have picked up strong wins against New Zealand and WA but fell to Victoria (45-97), NSW (55-69) and Queensland (64-72). Tayla Roberts has been outstanding for the side, averaging 21.8 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, shooting a sharp 52 per cent from the floor.

Katelyn Brooks has been adding 10 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

Queensland started their tournament strongly, picking up wins over NZ (65-53) WA. Then after the bye they snatched another good win against Tasmania before the Victorians (49-81) stopped them in their tracks.

Rising WNBL star Nadeen Payne has been putting up some impressive numbers – she’s averaging 19 points and almost 11 rebounds per game. Jodie Fyfe has been offering 12.3 points a game thus far also.

South Australia have split their games thus far and find themselves in fifth spot on the ladder. Dropping their opening game to NSW by only two points (76-78), they then suffered a big defeat at the hands of the Victorians (66-96). Since then, they’ve been solid, clinching comfortable wins of NZ (81-54) and WA (78-53).

Georgia Minear has led the way for the South Australians, with 15.8 points per game, while Ashleigh Spencer as added 11 points and 6.3 rebounds an outing.

The team from New Zealand dropped their first four games, before taking a big confidence-boosting win of the Western Australians (63-39).  They are currently poised to face Victoria in their last match-up later today.

Bayley Ross-Waitai leads the side offensively, giving the side almost 12 points a game. Terai Sadler is averaging 7.4 points and 7.4 rebounds after five rounds.

WA sits on the bottom of the table, yet to pick up any wins for the tournament. They have been well and truly in many of their contests but have just fallen short of the mark. Their tournament doesn’t get any easier, with their remaining two games against the two tournament leaders, Victoria and NSW.

Adrienne Jones has been a stand-out for the WA group, averaging more than 14 points per game.

Under 20 Men’s

On the Men’s side of the draw, it’s the Victorians again who remain undefeated in Pool 1, picking up wins over Western Australia (85-57), New Zealand (96-50) and Queensland (112-78).  Anthony Drmic is averaging 22 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game, while Mitchell Creek has been giving the side 18 points and 7.5 rebounds.

For Queensland, the loss to Victoria remains their only defeat thus far, accounting for New Zealand (89-59) and WA (89-79). Mitchell Norton has been impressive for the Queenslanders, averaging 21 points per game. Mitchell McCarron has also been impressive with 19.7 points and 9.3 boards an outing.

The New Zealanders have yet to notch a win,; they’ve fallen to QLD (59-89), Victoria (50-96) and WA (64-85) . For the New Zealand side, Nicholas Barrow is averaging 17 points and 7.3 rebounds throughout a great tournament for him. He’s been getting great help from Jordan Ngatai who has delivered 14 points and 7.3 rebounds an encounter.

Lastly in Pool 1, it’s the WA side who find themselves on only one win, accounting for New Zealand (85-64). Tyler Hickert has been the strong performer in WA’s unsuccessful tournament opening. His 16 points and nine boards have kept the side in many of their contests.

In Pool 2 it’s NSW who are out in front on top of the ladder with three-straight wins. South Australia is only team to have gotten within 10 points (75-68) after the NSW side picked up wins over Tassie (74-49) and the ACT (98-40).

Jackson Aldridge has had a stellar tournament to date; he’s averaging 16.7 points per game. Andrija Dumovic is next best on 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

The close loss to NSW was South Australia’s only blemish thus far, picking up solid wins over the ACT (86-45) and Tasmania (77-84) in the preliminary rounds.

Peter Hooley and Daniel Carlin have been two of the top players in the tournament. Hooley has delivered 21 points

Tasmania also found themselves without a win, until they met the ACT in Round 3, and notched up a big victory (76-45). One

For the Tasmanians, Hugh Greenwood has stood up, averaging an impressive 19 points per game to go with 11 boards. Ben Richmond has also been impressive, delivering 15.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.   

Finally, the ACT have played hard, but have been unable to notch up any wins thus far. Ozan Idehen has been the most productive of the group from the nation’s capital. He’s averaging 8.3 points and 7.7 rebounds a game.  

Look out for our finals wrap. Who will take out the national championship?