National U20's & Ivor Burge Championships

National U20's & Ivor Burge Championships

The National Under 20 & Ivor Burge Championships – which tipped off last Sunday at the Ephin Sports Centre in Launceston – reach the semi-finals stage today before closing out tomorrow night with the gold medal women’s and men’s matches.

The Championships, held in conjunction since 2003, bring together teams representing each state for the titles of the U20’s National Men’s and Women’s Champions and the Ivor Burge Championship – the men’s and women’s competition for people with an intellectual disability.

The competition this week has eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams in the U20’s and Ivor Burge men’s competitions – divided into two pools of four, with those competitions consisting of prelims, quarter finals, semi-finals and finals. The Ivor Burge women’s competition has six teams in one pool with a play-off system.

In the men’s U20’s competition both Victoria and New South Wales remained undefeated in the preliminary rounds and both won their quarter finals with Victoria crushing the ACT 109-47 and NSW just pipping the host state at the post 65-63. The women’s competition mirrored the men’s with both Victoria and New South Wales undefeated and easily winning their quarter finals with Victoria downing Tasmania 80-42 and NSW accounting for New Zealand 66-28.

The Ivor Burge men’s competition has seen Queensland and Vic Country without a blemish on their record and they continued that run into their quarter finals with emphatic victories over the ACT 89-73 and Tasmania 78-46 respectively.* In the women’s Ivor Burge competition, Vic Metro have been the sole team to remain undefeated and they will play in Saturday’s gold medal game against NSW Country.

The top scorers in the competition to date have been Tai Webster of New Zealand in the U20’s men’s with 80 points, averaging 20 points per game and 6.5 rebounds, Maddy Willey from Queensland in the U20’s women’s with 94 points, averaging 18.8ppg and 7.2rpg Brad Lee from Qld in the Ivor Burge Men’s with 111 points, averaging a staggering 27.8 ppg & 20.5 rpg and Eliza Mills from NSW in the Ivor Burge Women’s who has scored 128 points, averaging an outstanding 25.6 ppg and 9.2 rebounds.

Today’s schedule in the U20 men’s has Victoria taking on South Australia in one semi-final at 1.30pm and New Zealand will meet New South Wales in the other at 5.00pm. Click here for results. In the under 20 women’s division semi-finals, Victoria clashes with Western Australia at 3.00pm and South Australia meets New South Wales at 3.30pm. Click here for results. In the Ivor Burge Men’s competition, results for the men’s semi-final clashes featuring Queensland playing South Australia and Victoria Country taking on Victoria Metro can be found here. *

The tournament wraps up tomorrow with the action beginning at 8:30am with the U20’s women’s bronze medal match and culminating with the gold medal matches at 5:30pm (women’s) and 7:30pm (men’s).

The prestigious Bob Staunton Medal will be awarded to the most outstanding male and female player at the competition who will join an honour roll boasting illustrious names who have gone on to represent Australia – Olympians such as Lauren Jackson, Trish Fallon, Sam McKinnon and two time winner Patty Mills.

Click here for all the latest news, stats and information on the 2013 Australian U20 & Ivor Burge Championships.

*At the time of writing the Ivor Burge Men’s semi-finals were in progress.