The Border Watch : January 29th 2014
32 SPORT SWIFT GA manual SOUTH Australian junior basketballers have returned from the 2014 Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup in Albury with its best ever success, bringing four titles back home. SA won the under 14 boys and girls titles plus the under 16 boys and girls title, and six Mount Gambier players were prominent in those victories. Kurt Rodis and Lachlan Hunter were part of the under 16 boys' winning team, Brenna McKay and Tenille Gray in the under 16 girls with Olivia Patzel and Madisyn Freeman also successful in the under 14 girls competition. In her 22nd year as an administrator for the competition, Mount Gambier basketball stalwart Beth Serle said she was very pleased with the performance of the SA Country teams and the Mount Gambier players in general. "It was without a doubt the best result for SA Country in any one year since the competition's inception in 1987," she said. "In the late 80s and early 90s we used to be really pleased if SA Country lost by less than 100 points. "In 2014 we had 12 teams entered, two in each of the boys and girls age groups through from 14-18. "We had six teams play in grand finals and won four cups." Serle said the players from Mount Gambier participating in the competition, 22 in all, represented the region admirably both on and off the court. "I have to mention Tenille for her outstanding work," she said. "Tenille would be one of the most outstanding players in that age group right across all the states. "She had a huge performance including scoring 22 points in the grand final, "Sam Stafford was outstanding in the under 18 men's division. "He was a prolific scorer – in one game he scored 48 points which was a fantastic effort. "Lachie Hunter hurt his ankle and didn't play until the Wednesday. $15,490 DRIVE FROM AWAY MORE FUN MORE SWIFT VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au MAC SUZUKI 635963 44 Mount Gambier Road, Millicent Phone 8733 1461 LMVD 45868 LMVD 45868 SA claims four basketball titles Six Mount Gambier players prominent in victories Bushrangers where the team finished the game up 62-61. "It was only his nous that got the kids over the line – it was most impressive." Serle said from Mount Gambier Basketball's point of view the performances off all attending from the region was something to be proud of, something she said speaks volumes about the programs run here. "Prior to the cup our development officer Trevor Semmens and Bryan Green put the kids through a really demanding home program and it showed up," Serle said. "You could see our kids were among the fittest of the SA Country kids, and nationally as well. "But we have had consistently strong representation in the cup, with up to 30 players some years attend the competition. VICTORS: Mount Gambier junior basketballers who competed in winning teams at the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup in Albury. Back: Kurt Rodis and Lachie Hunter. Front: Brenna McKay, Madisyn Freeman, Olivia Patzel and Tenille Gray. "When you look at their result, they won their grand final 57-53 but earlier in the week when they played Vic Bushrangers they were beaten 54-68. "The trip to the grand final was a hell of a ride. "They had to survive a doubleovertime game in the semi-final against NSW Kookaburras which they eventually won 73-70. "They played Kookaburras earlier in the week without Lachie and they lost 40-71. "I'm not sure it was just Lachie, but possibly that, combined with the fact they gelled very well and really improved as a team. "But he did have an impact, just with his sheer height." But Serle said it wasn't just the players having an impact on the competition. "Another individual performance I think deserves mentioning was Bryan Green," she said. "He went away as a coach for his first time in Country Cup and I think he did a great job. "There was a game against Vic "That speaks volumes about the commitment and dedication of the volunteers here in Mount Gambier – it's just second to none." The list of players from Mount Gambier who were members of the SA Country teams which competed in Albury are as follows: Under 18 Men: Sam Stafford, Stephen Sochacki, Braiden Ousey, Josh Jenner and Brad Rathjen. Bryan Green was coach of the under 18 Sharks team. Under 16 Boys: Zach deWit, Emmerson White, Kurt Rodis and Lachlan Hunter. Under 14 Boys: Mitchell Hunter. Matt Markiewicz was coach of the under 14 Magpies team. Under 18 Women: Rachael Hines. Under 16 Girls: Brenna McKay (captain), Tenille Gray and Mary Wilson. Under 14 Girls: Olivia Patzel, Madisyn Freeman, Bella Stratford and Jordy Adams. Trevor Semmens, Mount Gambier junior development officer was coach and Brianna Walters manager of runner-up team Magpies. Melissa Rathjen was group manager for the under 14 and 16 girls. West bats fail to fire in Warrnambool T20 TREVOR JACKSON WEST Gambier were bundled out of the Sungold Twenty20 Cup in Warrnambool with a loss to Noorat in its Australia Day-clash in the quarter-final round. Despite West's hot form in the XXXX Gold competition here on the Limestone Coast, the team was unable to make an impression with the bat after winning the toss and electing to wield the willow. Shane Stevens and Ryan Hosking were the only two batsmen to cause much bother to the SHINING LIGHT: West Gambier’s Shane Stevens was one of the only shining lights with the bat when the team was bundled out of the Sungold Twenty20 Cup in Warnambool on the weekend. 32 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, January 29, 2014 scorers, with Stevens' innings of 42 a solid opening knock. But the top order was unable to capitalise on the work and fell around Stevens in steady succession. Nick Martin was uncharacteristically dismissed without adding a score and Jason McRae, hot from his recent century in the same format against Penola, failed with just three runs. Bray Stephenson also failed to bother the scorers at all. Hosking (35) joined Stevens at the crease with the score on 26 and the pair set about saving the innings, but when Stevens fell with the score at 67, it was all but over. West then found the meagre total hard to defend, with Noorat passing the total in 17 overs. Hosking was the most economic with with the ball with 0/12 off two overs while Shane Dycer, Derek Sargeant and Mark De Jong managed a wicket each while McRae enacted a stumping. In other quarter-final matches Irrewarra defeated Panmure, Woodford defeated Portland Tigers and Grampians defeated Tatyoon to advance to the semifinal round. Irrewarra managed to account for Woodford in the semi to book a place in the grand final while Noorat was defeated in the semi final by eventual tournament winner Grampians. The competition has grown in popularity and significance with a prize pool of $26,000 shared among competitors. Grampians pocketed a cool $15,000 for taking out the tournament, Irrewarra made $5000 for runner-up while semi-finalists Noorat and Woodford took home $2000 each. The remaining quarter finalists, including West Gambier received $500.
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