Red­backs young guns de­liver in grand fi­nals

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

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.

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