New girls side tips off

Campaspe News - - SPORTS - By JESS GLED­HILL

IT WAS an ex­cit­ing week­end for Rochester Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion when rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams headed to Shep­par­ton for a tour­na­ment.

The three-day tour­na­ment hosted by Shep­par­ton Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion be­gan on Fri­day and in­cluded teams from Shep­par­ton, Echuca, Be­nalla, Kerang, Grif­fith, De­niliquin, Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala and Mans­field.

The newly-formed un­der 18 girls team had the chance to show off its pris­tine uni­forms and gave it their all, with in­di­vid­ual im­prove­ment and great team ef­fort the flavour of the day.

The group in­cluded Yolanda Fo­ley, Ella Roul­ston, Mikayla Palmer, Ge­or­gia Wa­ters, Macy McCaig, Gabby McCaig, Zara My­ers and Rosy Miechel.

The squad’s coach Karen Fuller could not have been prouder of her team who recorded two draws and three losses for their first out­ing.

They lost against Echuca in the open­ing game (10-35), then drew to Be­nalla (17-17), be­fore go­ing down to Kerang (13-35).

The sec­ond draw came in game four against Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala when the girls pro­duced a valiant ef­fort to score 16 points.

The team ended the day play­ing Mans­field and went down 11-47.

The un­der 18 boys side had great suc­cess, mak­ing their way through to the grand fi­nal.

Rochester played De­niliquin in the fi­nals, win­ning 39-32, thanks to strong re­bound­ing from Robert Bis­sell and Lach­lan Trewick.

Our guards Ian Fuller, Kyle Wa­ters and Rueben Hooper were out­stand­ing and Tom Hughes and Dy­lan Oaff were equally solid in their de­fense and shoot­ing.

Oaff was awarded most valu­able player for the fi­nals and coach Zac Cooke could not have been more pleased with the re­sults.

The first game was against De­niliquin, which saw a loss 24-20, be­fore a win against Kerang (30-20) fol­lowed by an­other de­feat to Grif­fith (46-40).

On Sun­day, Rochester played Grif­fith in a thrilling pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal which had the Tigers vic­to­ri­ous in over time.

All the boys gave it their all to win 43-38.

RBA has been over­whelmed by the won­der­ful sup­port from par­ents, fam­i­lies, friends and the en­tire com­mu­nity and would like to thank Fuller and Cooke for their coach­ing ef­forts.

The next tour­na­ment will be played through­out three days in Bendigo, start­ing Aus­tralia Day.

Rochester Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s un­der 18 boys squad.

Rochester’s un­der 18 girls squad warms up be­fore the match.

Dy­lan Oaff was awarded most valu­able player in the Shep­par­ton fi­nal.

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