Bound for the big stage

Benalla Ensign - - Local Classies -

Be­nalla’s un­der-14 boys side has claimed a berth in the Bas­ket­ball Vic­to­ria Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships af­ter a close fought win over Swan Hill.

On Satur­day the Be­nalla Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion un­der-14 boys and girls rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams com­peted in the Bas­ket­ball Vic­to­ria Re­gional Qual­i­fy­ing Tour­na­ment in Shep­par­ton.

Dur­ing the one day event, teams com­peted to gain the chance to progress to the Vic­to­rian Cham­pi­onships in Bal­larat next year.

All teams at the event played a high level of bas­ket­ball and the day was tough for both the teams.

The Break­ers girls made it through to the fi­nal of their group against Echuca af­ter a close loss to Wan­garatta.

The girls were put un­der pres­sure from the start by the Echuca girls and worked hard to stay in touch in a tough loss which ended their cham­pi­onship chances.

The boys won through to the fi­nal of their group with wins over Yar­ra­wonga, Kyne­ton and Whit­tle­sea and faced Swan Hill to see who pro­gressed through to the cham­pi­onships in Bal­larat.

The Break­ers started well and took an early lead be­fore Swan Hill fought back to close the gap at the half.

Dur­ing a see-saw­ing sec­ond half, both teams gained the as­cen­dancy be­fore Be­nalla found the ex­tra ef­fort needed to close out the game and claim its berth in the BVC Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships.

Right: Be­nalla Break­ers un­der-14 boys with coach Shane Ri­ley and man­ager Penny Gil­crist are head­ing to Bal­larat af­ter tak­ing out the qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment in Shep­par­ton on the week­end.

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