New girls side tips off
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.