Redbacks young guns deliver in grand finals
THE Perth Redbacks seem to be on the right path with their development of young players after a number of successes in the WA Basketball League on September 18.
The club had three winners and two runners-up in the grand finals at the Bendat Basketball Centre.
In the under-14 3 Boys competition, the Redbacks beat the Stirling Senators 56-49, while the under-14 4 boys team beat the Perry Lakes Hawks 69-67 and the D-League women’s team beat the Senators 72-61.
The Redbacks lost the under-12 2 grand final 65-53 to the Rockingham Flames, and went down to the South-West Slammers 52-43 in the under-12 4 boys grand final.
Club administrator and under-12 2 coach Michelle Fletcher said the club’s development program had set up a solid foundation. “We’ve got programs in schools and we’ve been working with Basketball WA and Basketball Australia,” she said.
“The club had a few game MVPs too – Victor Komaiya was the best player in the under-14 3 boys grand final and Lachlan O’Dea won the MVP trophy in the under-14 4 grand final.”
Mrs Fletcher said the success of the club was not confined to the teams that played in grand finals.
“We had nine All Stars from the under-12s to the under-20s, which shows we are developing as a whole club,” she added.
“The club also had two referees in the grand finals, Tahlia McDonald and Mitchell Nixon, so we are improving in all facets.”
Left: The Redbacks under 14-4 boys team beat the Stirling Senators to win their grand final. Right: The Redbacks 12-2 girls team pushed the Rockingham Flames, but ultimately fell 65-53.