Young Suns cop heaps of praise

UN­DER-18S OUT IN GRAND FI­NAL

Ellenbrook Advocate - - SPORT -

EAST­ERN Suns coach Jack­son Mews and the Un­der-18s team scored a win by play­ing in their first grand fi­nal.

Mews said the sec­ond di­vi­sion play­ers chased the heels of the Stir­ling Se­na­tors, at one point ahead by just seven points in the fi­nal quar­ter.

“This is the first time the Un­der-18s have made it to the grand fi­nal of the WA Bas­ket­ball League (WABL),” he said.

“In the end, we just didn’t have enough gas to get back on the line… all credit to the Stir­ling Se­na­tors.”

The Se­na­tors won 102-85 to net the sec­ond di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship at Ben­dat Sta­dium on Septem­ber 18.

Mews gave spe­cial men­tion to Dyson Lowe (16), of Maida Vale, one of sev­eral play­ers with the spe­cial­ist bas­ket­ball pro­gram at Wil­let­ton Se­nior High School.

“He hus­tled like crazy; he’s a strong de­fen­sive player and did ev­ery­thing a coach would want him to do,” he said.

“This Un­der-18s team are of an ex­tremely high char­ac­ter, good sports­men and team­mates, who have the abil­ity to lis­ten and adapt.

“These young men are a credit to the ‘never giv­ing up spirit’.

“They come to­gether for a com­mon goal, sac­ri­fic­ing per­sonal gain for team glory.”

The 24-year-old coach, of Wat­tle Grove, is study­ing for a Diploma in Sports Devel­op­ment at the ICol­lege Bas­ket­ball In­sti­tute WA.

By day he works as a fork­lift driver at Can­ning Vale Mar­kets.

Be­tween work and study, he is also an as­sis­tant coach for SBL, trains Year 8 A-grade play­ers at Guild­ford Gram­mar and the Swan Val­ley Storm for the KISS class Su­per 6 com­pe­ti­tion.

“Some of the team started play­ing bas­ket­ball when they were about eight years old,” he said.

“I be­gan play­ing when I was 13, then fell in love with coach­ing.”

Mews said SBL men’s coach Michael Clarke has trans­formed the Kala­munda Suns’ club and teams into a force.

“We are a pi­o­neer of his sys­tem and ex­pect more of the same in years to come.”

He also gave a shout out for Shane Lowe for his sup­port on the bench dur­ing games and team man­ager Al­i­son Crid­dle.

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