Bas­ket­ballers star in Echuca

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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.

Photo: Luke He­mer

Jack Seabrook of St Joseph’s, Rochester.

Zack Wile­man of St Joseph’s.

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