Basketballers star in Echuca
And it is starting off with the local rivals of Echuca.
Six boys and six girls from Rochester Primary School travelled to compete in the Echuca Basketball Competition.
The girls’ team was expertly coached by Ellie Cuttriss and it was fantastic to see them improve with every game they played.
They managed a draw with Twin Rivers and a win against Moama Public.
The girls played in an extremely strong pool, but were competitive in all the games they played.
Meanwhile, the boys’ team had a fantastic day.
They were in a very even pool and played off in some exciting and tight games.
They managed a first-up win against Echuca Central B but were beaten by St Augustine’s in their second game.
This meant they had to win every game to make the finals.
They beat Moama Public by one point in an absolute thriller before recording a comfortable 18–6 win over St Mary’s.
They had to win their last game against Echuca East to go through to the semi-finals.
They again played in a heart stopper, eventually being victorious by two points, and played against St Joseph’s Rochester in the semi-final — a game that pitted local kids against each other.
In what was an entertaining encounter, Rochy Primary proved too strong, winning by eight points.
This put them into the final against the undefeated Echuca Central.
In fact, no team had got closer than 10 points for the whole day against Central.
The boys started slowly and at one stage were down 6-16.
However, the team rallied and got on a roll playing some brilliant team basketball.
They narrowed the margin to two points with 20 seconds left, but unfortunately were unable to get off a final shot and were defeated by two points.
The boys played an inspiring final basketball is taking and were unlucky not to have pinched a win.
The result was still good enough to have them qualify for the regional finals in Swan Hill later this term.
Jack Seabrook of St Joseph’s, Rochester.
Zack Wileman of St Joseph’s.