Pan­thers reach grand fi­nals

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TWO Heathcote Pan­thers Bas­ket­ball teams won their fi­nal last Fri­day to march straight through to their grand fi­nals on Septem­ber 9.

The un­der 12 girls will have their chance to fol­low when they play their qual­i­fier tonight.

With only five play­ers tak­ing the court, the un­der 12 boys (di­vi­sion three) were un­der pres­sure to keep fouls low and stay on their feet.

But the boys came out strong against their op­po­si­tion, and were ahead at half-time at 14-5.

Car­ry­ing out the de­fen­sive presses that they have been work­ing so hard on dur­ing re­cent train­ing ses­sions, the Pan­thers never let up.

Fi­nals score: Heathcote Pan­thers 35 def Gen­er­als Magic 11. Player of the match: Jesse Bruce.

The un­der 16 boys team went up against top of the lad­der team, Beaver Rock­ets.

In a fast mov­ing and phys­i­cal game, all Heathcote play­ers had to stay fo­cused and de­ter­mined.

Great team work and strong de- fence had the Pan­thers lead­ing at half­time.

The sec­ond half saw the Heathcote boys lift even fur­ther, with the bas­kets flow­ing freely.

Fi­nal score: Heathcote Pan­thers 45 def Beaver Rock­ets 24. Stand­out player of the match: Zavia Roberts.

Max, the Pan­thers mas­cot, would love to see Heathcote res­i­dents and friends come along dressed in the team's black and yel­low colours, to one or both of the grand fi­nals next week.

When: Fri­day 9 Septem­ber, game times to be con­firmed

Venue: Bendigo Sta­dium, 134 Marong Rd, West Bendigo.

HEATHCOTE Pan­thers bas­ket­ball club was proud to have 10 of its play­ers try out over the last four week­ends for a place in the Bendigo Braves ju­nior teams.

The Bendigo Braves are the rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams of the Bendigo Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (BBA). The Ju­nior Braves Pro­gram sits as an elite plat­form where ath­letes can be se­lect- ed to par­tic­i­pate in Bas­ket­ball Aus­tralia’s High Per­for­mance Pro­grams.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to those who made Braves teams this year:

Un­der 12 boys: Wal­ter But­ler and An­thony Wil­loughby; Un­der 14 boys: Daniel But­ler, Jesse Bruce and Dan Koop­mans; Un­der 14 girls: Ma­jella Roberts; Un­der 16 boys: Ri­ley Bruce

Teams will now train for two hours ev­ery week in Bendigo. They play in tour­na­ments across the state, with the first tak­ing them to Swan Hill at the end of Oc­to­ber.

Heathcote Pan­thers un­der 16 boys (l-r) Rhys War­ren, Zavia Roberts, Ri­ley Bruce, Josh Cole­man, Zayne Pearce, Jack Lawrence, Vic­tor But­ler, coaches Jack­son Pen­man and Liam Ton­s­ing, Cody Sau­varin (front).

Heathcote Pan­thers un­der 12 boys (l-r) Jai Sau­varin, Dan Koop­mans, An­thony Wil­loughby, Daniel But­ler and Jesse Bruce.

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