A NUMBER of Korumburra Wildcats players and coaches were involved in the recent Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup (ACJBC) and Southern Cross Challenge.
Three of the players, Sam Flanders, Flynn Materia and Tyla Angwin, had stellar tournaments, impressing enough to be selected in the Australian Country sides to play in the Pacific Rim Championship at Easter this year.
Sam, playing for the Vic Country Goldminers made the Gold medal game but went down to the other Vic Country side in a see-sawing affair.
Sam had a fantastic tournament, his athleticism a dominant factor against many of his opponents.
Flynn was the player everyone was flocking to watch, becoming somewhat of a cult figure in the Vic Country squad and scoring over 30 points on a number of occasions for his U14 Goldminers team.
Tyla’s accurate perimeter shooting was a big part of her selection, knocking down a huge number of 3pt shots over the week for her U14 Bushrangers team.
Her unrelenting attack at the basket was another factor in her selection. The three athletes will now be putting in some extra training sessions before they head over to New Zealand at the end of March.
Brylee Angwin also played in the Albury competition but unfortunately suffered a concussion in her second match and had to sit out a number of games.
However, her U16 Goldminers team made the Bronze medal match, playing against the Bushrangers, coached by the Wildcats’ Mat Holmes.
Brylee, back for her third game for the week, almost turned the game hitting three 3pt shots in the space of two minutes, but it wasn’t enough with Mat’s Bushrangers taking the Bronze.
The Wildcats director of coaching Bill Jeffs also had a major role and a busy week at ACJBC, acting as a mentor to the coaches in the U14 division.
The Southern Cross Challenge kicked off a few days after ACJBC at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna with a number of Wildcats involved. Coach Scott McKenzie took the helm of the U14 Girls Bushrangers and won through to the Bronze medal game, but unfortunately Vic Metro was too strong on the day.
Brodie Mabilia gained valuable experience playing with the U14 Goldminers, as did Nick Prowd (Poowong) who played with Goldminers in U15 competition.
In the U15 Girls, Gemma Thomas (Wonthaggi), Grace McRae (Wonthaggi) and Lanni Pryor (Wonthaggi) who all play in the Wildcats U16 VJBL team had great tournaments, with Grace and Lanni’s Bushrangers losing their final in an overtime thriller.
Wildcats referee Zoe Allen did herself and the association proud with her standard of refereeing at the Southern Cross Challenge.
Zoe was critiqued on every game she umpired over the five days learning a lot and making some great improvements by her last game.