Club Champs – Day 1 and 2 Review

BRIGHT lights beckoned the next group of under-14 stars as leagues of brilliant juniors descended on Shepparton and Kilsyth for the Basketball Australia Under-14 Club Championships.


Our sides might be 100s of kilometres apart but the boys and girls are united by a singular goal – to keep the Club Champs trophies here in Victoria!

Make sure to head to the venues to support our stars, but if you can’t make it there’s plenty of action broadcast live on the Basketball Australia Facebook page. All Court 1 action from Kilsyth and Shepparton respectively will be on their page, so make sure you head across to see our stars shine at the Club Championships!


Knox has started life in Shepparton strongly with a trio of impressive wins over Darwin, Willetton and Taree to tip off the Club Championships. They were taken all the way by Taree in a thrilling 50-47 clash on Tuesday afternoon as Gemma O’Donnell (17 points), Jaida Reid (nine points) and Paige Burrows (six points) did the Raiders’ heavy lifting. It catapults the Raiders into Pool BB as they will battle North West Tasmania today from 10.30am.

Winning ways started strongly for Sandringham with a trio of dominant victories to tip off the Club Championships. Knocking over Coffs Harbour Suns 73-39 and Townsville Flames 76-37 on Monday, the superb start continued yesterday with a 46-33 win over Canberra. Hannah Wickstrom (11 points) maintained her stellar efforts for the Sabres in league with Ella Razga (10 points) and Christina Roberts (eight points). They head into Group DD action today to maintain their unbeaten record.

Melbourne has also swept its start to the Club Champs with emphatic wins over Southern Tasmania, Manly Warringah and South Adelaide. Scarcely challenge and scarily potent across all aspects of 2018, the Tigers have announced themselves as the side to beat in the Girls competition. The likes of Amy Kurkowski (32 points), Camille Letts (15 points) and Neve Giddey (10 points) were running riot over South Adelaide to cap off the pool in style. Pool AA action starts this afternoon as the Tigers battle Townsville from 12.30pm.

Taking a pair of wings over Shepparton and Cairns, Dandenong is right in the midst of the championship race, even in spite of its heartbreaking 37-39 loss yesterday to Hills Hornets. The Rangers shook off the narrow defeat to star on Tuesday evening as Meg Robertson (16 points), Georgia Taylor, Rania Edwards and Tahlia Soukop (seven points each) led a superb 61-22 win. Dandenong has earned a place in Pool BB and has an epic cross-town showdown tonight against Knox.

Altona’s up and down championships continued on Tuesday in Shepparton as the Gators battled bravely against North West Tasmania, losing 28-42, before taking a thrilling one-point triumph over Stirling Senators 54-53 in one of the clashes of the day. Lucy Barth (seven points) nailed the match winner in league with Chelsea Randich (14 points), Trinity King-Hawea (11 points) and Tess Woltsche (seven points). Altona now faces Cairns in Pool GG this afternoon.


Also riding the ups and downs of national competition were Wodonga Wolves. After a day one loss to Gold Coast Waves 33-56, the Wolves regrouped to split their clashes yesterday. Knocking over Mandurah Magic 44-41 in an epic at Shepparton, Tahli Smith (seven points) caught fire to make a pair of at-the-death field goals to seal the win. Wodonga was led by Christine Oguche (21 points). The Wolves were downed 39-48 by Eastern Mavericks to cap off Tuesday but there’s plenty of life yet in the side as they battle it out in Group HH today.

The home town stars Shepparton continue to battle bravely in spite of its three early losses. In their gallant 45-59 loss to Cairns yesterday, Hannah Onley (20 points) was superb in league with Isabel Whitelaw (11 points). Shepparton moves to Pool FF to battle Taree Tornadoes today at 10.30am.



Taking a trio of triumphs, Bulleen has stepped up to the plate as one of the premier sides in the Club Championships’ boys competition this year. Highlighted by a resounding 56-46 win over Central Districts Lions yesterday, the Boomers were led by the likes of Joel Foxwell (17 points), Oliver Louey (10 points) and Oscar Kapa (seven points) to take top billing in their pool and advance to Pool DD and face off against Nunawading at noon today.

Equally impressive have been the Spectres, with the young stars flying past Townsville Heat, South West Slammers and Hills Hornets. Starting strongly, the boys knocked over Hills Hornets 79-58 last night to secure top billing in their pool. Mathew Mcwilliams (23 points), Tristan Devers (19 points), Tiernan Stynes (11 points) and Oscar Dunn (seven points) had a field day over the Hornets. It sets up the Pool DD for an All-Victorian mega-clash against Bulleen today.

You can’t discount a quality side – no matter where they’re from. Warrnambool has surged its way to an unbeaten record following three thrilling wins on Monday and Tuesday, including a buzzer-beating, game-defining steal to take a 70-68 win over Illawarra. George Stevens (43 points) has been awe-inspiring for the Seahawks and took the Hawks by shock. He made the critical interception and made the match-winning shot to take the brilliant triumph as he was supported well by Connor Byrne (15 points). They move on to Pool CC and face Sydney Comets today from 10.30am.

Wins aplenty for Eltham have given the Wildcats plenty to smile about. They’ve marched into the next round emphatically with three wins including a stand-up 66-46 rout of North Adelaide yesterday. Dominating the clash from the get-go, the Wildcats were led by Mitchell Ferronato (20 points), Kristian Ferronato (20 points) and Emett Wise (11 points). The reigning champions will head off to Pool AA in style and will battle Newcastle today from midday.

Shrugging off an early loss to Sydney Comets, the Werribee boys have surged since as they knocked over Brisbane Capitals and Northern Tasmania Tigers emphatically on day two. Surging home against the Tigers, the Devil-ish performance was a shared affair as Lucas Koch (16 points), Maximus Bakker (15 points), Jake Meyers (13 points) and Hakaraia Tahi (10 points) shone in unison. Their efforts have pushed the Devils into Pool BB and will battle Blacktown this morning.

Kilsyth is riding the ups and downs of national championship life with a solitary win over Norwood the highlight of the first two days. The 72-55 win over Norwood was led by Wyatt Stewart (18 points) – who has also racked up 38 and 28 in his other two matches – as well as Isaac Ghosn (15 points), Camberwell Wyss (11 points) and Cooper Rouget (11 points). They move on to Pool CC to face Warrnambool from 5.30pm today.


Feature image courtesy of Kangaroo Photos. 

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