AUSTRALIAN UNDER-20 AND IVOR BURGE CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY 3 REVIEW IVOR BURGE WOMEN They faced their biggest tests of the tournament so far, but our Ivor Burge Women emerged victorious…
AUSTRALIAN UNDER-20 AND IVOR BURGE CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAY 3 REVIEW
IVOR BURGE WOMEN
They faced their biggest tests of the tournament so far, but our Ivor Burge Women emerged victorious over the international side from Japan and backed it up against New South Wales to maintain its standing atop the ladder.
The Ivor Burge Women were sensational in a back-and-forth epic against Japan. The speed and tenacity of the visiting nationals versus our strength, size and stamina under the basket. It was a brilliant match that more than likely has played out as a preview for the gold medal as these sides have distinguished themselves as the ones to beat. It was a three-pronged attack from the Victorians that put the Japanese on the back foot as Jessica McCulloch (25 points, 14 rebounds), Kaitlin Zonneveld (23 points, 14 rebounds) and Dani Phillips (23 points, 12 rebounds) used their might to their advantage.
Our Ivor Burge Women backed up later that afternoon against New South Wales to continue their clean sweep, with a 79-42 win. Zonneveld (29 points, 20 rebounds) was magnificent once more and was strongly supported by Kate Leckenby (15 points) and Dani Phillips (15 points, nine rebounds). It leaves the Victorian Ivor Burge Women with one last round robin clash against ACT to get through before the gold medal match on Sunday morning.
Squaring off in its quarter-final against Australian Capital Territory, the Victorian Under-20 Men proved far too strong in an 83-45 demolition. It was fairly even through the first term as the Victorians looked to stabilise, but once #TeamVic united it was all over bar the final margin. The Victorian effort was mighty and ACT struggled to keep pace with that intensity.
Coach Chris Anstey got the most from his full roster on Friday morning, giving the secondary a fantastic opportunity to run riot and take control of the clash. It was through the likes of Puoch Puoch (15 points, 13 rebounds), Deng Dut (11 points) and Tyler Robertson (11 points). Puoch had the highlight of the day as he ripped the roof off Gosford Stadium with an amazing dunk in the second half to cap off the incredible 38-point triumph.
As far as clinical victories go, it was a fine four-quarter performance from the Victorians who now stand a win away from a chance at the championship. The win puts Victoria on the warpath with Queensland in the semi-final. With plenty of old rivalries brought across from last year’s Under-18 Championships, it is primed for a history-making encounter.
In another clinical triumph over the ACT, the Under-20 Women left no stone unturned as they etched an 84-46 victory. There was nothing the nation’s capital could do to stop the likes of Chelsea D’Angelo (13 points), Kara Tessari (12 points, five rebounds) and Bec Pizzey (11 points, eight rebounds) from running riot.
It put the earlier 63-80 loss to Queensland on Friday morning to rest as the side refocused following the tough defeat. The size and power of the Queenslanders, coupled with Victoria’s back-to-back double header schedule, made going tough… but our finest shone in their usual fashions. Chelsea D’Angelo (19 points), Kiera Rowe (15 points) and Steph Gorman (nine points) struggled gallantly against the tall timber of the Queensland offence, but in the end there was too much power for the Victorians to hold back.
After a gruelling couple of days, to emerge from that period with three wins and a loss, including the overtime thriller against New South Wales, it proves Victoria’s strong credentials heading towards the medal matches. It sets the stages for a potential rematch against the undefeated Queenslanders in the gold medal match, with the Victorians all but assured a spot in the finale regardless of today’s result against South Australia today from 12pm.
IVOR BURGE MEN
The juggernaut continued to roll on towards the title match with the Victorians taking a staggering 158-22 win over New South Wales. The home state was no match for our charges as the margin ballooned rapidly. Terrorised from pillar to post, the New South Welshmen were no match for the Victorians as Jake De La Motte (45 points, eight rebounds, six assists) led the scoresheet in league with the rebound king Cameron Slacik (18 points, 26 rebounds) and fellow double-doublers Daniel Bell (17 points, 11 rebounds) and Frazer Dawber (16 points, 11 rebounds). It was as complete of a performance as we’ve come to expect from the Ivor Burge Men, who now head into their final pool game against South Australia this morning from 8am.