Ivor Burge Championships Heats up

Ivor Burge Championships Heats up

The competition in the Ivor Burge Tournament is heating up, as finals are on our doorsteps. Here's a look at some recent results.

Men's Division
Queensland tackled South Australia as the day tipped off. After a tight first half,  with things all tied up at both quarter time and half time, it was the Queensland side who finished the stronger, holding SA to just six points in the third term and, despite a hard fight from SA ,ran away victors 63-46
Then it was time for the side from the ACT to do battle with the Victorians. It was another very even first half, with Vics taking a slender four point lead into the second term. But the ACT responded, and fought back to take a one point lead into the long break. Things didn't change much in the third period, as the scores tied up, preparing for what would be a cracking final term. In the end defensive wins games, at it was the ACT who lifted a notch, causing plenty of turnovers from the Vics to take out the big win for the capital side, 74-66.
Victoria didn't have to wait long to make up for their previous loss. They met the Tasmanians, and established a lead early in the first half. Tasmania fought gallantly but were unable to convert their shots resulting  in the final score: VIC 104 def TAS 54 with does not reflect the intensity of the game.
It was the battle of the two Victorians — the Metro and the Country. In a hard fought and fiery contest both teams clearly wanted the win.  While Country remained in touch for the first half, Metro proved too strong, out-scoring and out-rebounding to win 74 – 57.
Queensland and the ACT where next up on the list to do battle. In an inconsistent first half, where both teams let some opportunities slip, it was the ACT who came to the break up by 14 (35-21). The ACT side were determined to run away with a big victory, and although there is talk of them chasing a big margin, they should certainly be pleased with the big 78-49 scoreline when the final buzzer sounded.
NSW Country were too strong for South Australia in their match-up. With some great defense and plenty of steals NSW raced away to a whopping lead, taking a 56-5 lead at half-time — they held SA scoreless in the second period. 
South Australia showed great spirit and outscored NSW in the third term  quarter but NSW were too strong going on to win 92 to 37.
Reports that both teams joined in in a combined huddle was another great moment in the Ivor Burge championship.

Women's Division
First up for the women, the two Victorian sides, Metro and Country, met in what was expected to be a mismatched contest. Despite this witness reports are that both sides played the game in great spirits and professionalism — the teamwork, regardless of the scoreline was commendable. The final score saw Metro take a 90-24 win over Country.
Up next, NSW Country battled SA and it was the NSW group who shot the better early. Despite this, South Australian team worked hard defensively and never let up. Both teams displayed great sportsmanship throughout the entire game with NSW coming out the victors, 82–18.
It was NSW Metro's turn to take to the floor, when they faced the side from Queensland. The NSW team were an impressive line-up and played together beautifully to over-run a gallant Queensland outfit. They just couldn't match the NSW team's, excellent teamwork, streamlined plays and great ball control. The final score was NSW 78 – QLD 31.