The 2021 Division One and Two Country Championships for the Under-16 and Under-18 age groups have concluded from Traralgon and Bendigo.
A jam packed Country Championships has concluded across both Bendigo and Traralgon as the Division One and Two champions were crowned in both Under-16 and Under-18 age groups.
Across the course of the two-day event, associations from all across regional Victoria came together to display fantastic basketball abilities, despite the challenges the athletes may had faced over the past twelve months.
All the focus was squarely on the Under 16’s at Traralgon as the girls Division One was taken out by a determined and loud Sale squad, who were buoyed by the trio of Jemma Birss, Sienna Wynd and Kyra Webb. The Sonics defeated Geelong in the final to raise the trophy.
In Division Two it was Ballarat who put the clamps down on Portland in the final, holding the Coasters to just 22 points, while Georgia Bodey led the way on the offensive end with 13 of her own, a team high.
There were a number of thrilling finishes in the Under-16 boys division throughout the weekend, none bigger than Horsham’s semi-final winner against Wodonga! It wasn’t to be in the Division Two grand final for the Hornets however, going down to a rampant Hamilton squad where Jack Jennings went off for 25 points in the final. The Division One grand final was a top contest as the Geelong boys edged out a victory over Warrnambool as Jesse Ombega dropped a tournament high 29 points for United.
Bendigo was the host of the top age talent this past weekend when the Under-18’s were in town. The Division One girls saw Ballarat victorious after the star of the show Jemma Amoore (11pts) led the Rush to another championship, defeating Mildura in the final. In Division Two it was the home side who took advantage, as the Bendigo Braves eked out a win over Bellarine to raise the banner. Caitlin Richardson the difference in the final dropping 24 points.
In the boys divisions there were two classic finals that went the distance. Division One saw Geelong secure their second championship of the weekend, defeating a gallant Wangaratta by five. Oliver Northam (16pts) and Joe Pike (13pts) the two leading the charge on the offensive end. Finally, in Division Two it was an intense defensive contest which ultimately saw Wonthaggi’s boys scrape past Wallan 29-26 in the final.
Basketball Victoria’s Country Championships – Grand Final Results
Under 16 Boys – Division Two
Hamilton 64 defeated Horsham 48
HAM: Jack Jennings 25, Josh Miller 13
HOR: Freddy Frew 14, Hugh Dougherty 11
Under 16 Girls – Division Two
Ballarat 37 defeated Portland 22
BAL: Georgia Bodey 13, Emily Lewis 11
POR: Tigrha Cleary 8, Tyleah Barr 7
Under 18 Boys – Division Two
Wonthaggi 29 defeated Wallan 26
WON: Harrison Scott 8, Dominic Tomasi 7
WAL: Ryan Philippe 13, Unnamed 8
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Under 18 Girls – Division Two
Bendigo 46 defeated Bellarine 41
BEN: Caitlin Richardson 24, Ronell Masiboy 10
BEL: Aimee Wookey 11, Alivia Osborne 10
Under 16 Boys – Division One
Geelong 49 defeated Warrnambool 44
GEE: Jesse Ombega 29, Zac McInnes 6
WBOOL: Amon Radley 15, Wil Rantall 10
Under 16 Girls – Division One
Sale 54 defeated Geelong 39
SAL: Jemma Birss 14, Sienna Wynd 13
GEE: Unnamed 13, Macey Bowie 7
Under 18 Boys – Division One
Geelong 47 defeated Wangaratta 42
GEE: Olivier Northam 16, Joe Pike 13
WAN: Tyler Barker 14, Brodie Paul 12
Under 18 Girls – Division One
Ballarat 55 defeated Mildura 34
BAL: Georgia Cox 12, Jemma Amoore 11
MIL: Brianna Behsmann 12, Indiana Spratt 6