Ju­niors, maxis set for big fi­nals show­down

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT -

BAS­KET­BALL: Hur­ri­canes and Devils face each other in the ju­nior bas­ket­ball grand fi­nal to­mor­row night. This should be a great game as th­ese teams fin­ished one and two at the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Devils won the ma­jor semi-fi­nal two weeks ago but Hur­ri­canes won a close pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal last Fri­day night to give them an­other shot at Devils.

The fairy­tale story of the Maxis com­pe­ti­tion is the Pan­thers who have come from nowhere to book their spot in the grand fi­nal against the high-fly­ing Croc­o­diles.

Pan­thers fin­ished in fourth spot at the reg­u­lar sea­son and have de­feated the two teams above them to reach the big game – but have they got enough left in the tank to chal­lenge Croc­o­diles?

This is a classic David and Go­liath match up – Pan­thers will need to be at their best, but they are full of con­fi­dence and should have lit­tle fear con­sid­er­ing what they have achieved over the last two weeks – should be a classic en­counter.

Don’t for­get the all-im­por­tant end of sea­son player awards which will be pre­sented af­ter the maxis’ grand fi­nal game.

There are a num­ber of play­ers who are not play­ing in the grand fi­nal who are up for th­ese awards so please come along and watch the grand fi­nals and en­joy the end of sea­son break-up.

Free sausage siz­zle will also be pro­vided.

Game times

■ 5.15pm Hur­ri­canes v Devils, refs Lisa and Jac­que­line;

■ 6pm Croc­o­diles v Pan­thers, refs Michael and Lisa.

Ju­niors

Hur­ri­canes

Harry Whi­taker: Won­der­ful ball skills and great in both de­fence and at­tack, a key player for Hur­ri­canes.

■ Alyssa Burgess: Strong de­fender who is not afraid to chal­lenge big­ger op­po­nents for the ball, has a handy shot as well.

■ Kyle McCarthy: Lead­ing point scorer in the comp and his team need him to con­tinue that trend on

Fri­day night.

■ Mikaela Mayne: Works hard off the ball and ca­pa­ble de­fen­sive re­bounder, a cou­ple of turnovers will re­ally help Hur­ri­canes’ chances.

■ Daniel Ricca: Big im­prover this sea­son who has ben­e­fited from the ex­tra train­ing ses­sions, can score buck­ets and re­bounds well.

■ Aneka Ir­win: New to bas­ket­ball but keen to learn about the game, works hard for the team when on the court.

■ Coach Justin Wheat­ley: Ex­pe­ri­enced bas­ket­baller who is keen to pass on his knowl­edge to his play­ers and he has en­joyed his role this sea­son.

Devils

■ Luke Muir: Has good vi­sion and knows what he wants to do with the ball be­fore he gets it. He is ca­pa­ble of scor­ing plenty of points and is a key player.

■ Brooke O’Brien: Sec­ond lead­ing points scorer in the com­pe­ti­tion and she’s not afraid to mix it with the boys. Brook is vi­tal to Devils’ suc­cess.

■ An­thony Pearce: Has the skills and knowl­edge to have a ma­jor im­pact in the re­sult. If he clicks into gear Hur­ri­canes will have to work hard to shut him down.

■ Isaac Hall: Keen de­fender who’s de­fen­sive skills will be needed to keep hur­ri­canes at bay.

■ Ash­ley O’Brien: Hard work­ing and fit de­fen­sive player, ev­ery shot she stops is one less her team-mates have to score.

■ Jack Lewis: In­jured and his whole round game per­for­mance will be missed.

■ Coach Michael O’Brien: Veteran Stan­thorpe bas­ket­baller who knows what it takes to win a grand fi­nal – he will have his team pre­pared.

Maxis

Croc­o­diles

■ Kirby Morunga: Big strong re­bounder who loves to drop a three-pointer ev­ery now and again and hard to hold out.

■ Brody Pearce:

Ex­pe­ri­enced player who should have a big in­flu­ence on the game and has a great pass­ing game.

■ Ky Rash­liegh: All round and ex­pe­ri­enced player who is un­stop­pable at his best

■ Harry Wil­liams: Strong in both de­fen­sive and of­fence re­bounds, he’s fast on the breaks which Pan­thers will have to watch.

■ Jack Wat­son: Tends to stay back in de­fence to dif­fuse any op­po­si­tion quick tran­si­tional breaks. He will not score many buck­ets but will block a few.

■ Coach Jon Wat­son: New to Stan­thorpe bas­ket­ball this year, keen to coach and to help play­ers bet­ter un­der­stand the game.

Pan­thers

■ Lan­don Gemp­ton: Skil­ful player with good vi­sion and a strong pass­ing game. Pan­thers need him to be at his best.

■ Gabe Mayne: Big im­prover in the comp, works hard at both ends of the court and can score points when needed.

■ Dy­lan Li­hou: Runs all game and is keen to be in­volved in the re­bound chal­lenges and will have a heavy in­flu­ence on the game.

■ Tris­tan Smith: Pas­sion­ate bas­ket­baller who prac­tised a lot in his spare time, can score when needed and sets up team mates well.

■ Dan Davies: Gets him­self in good po­si­tions to score points which is vi­tal to Pan­thers chances and needs to put all op­por­tu­ni­ties away Fri­day night.

■ Wil­liam Wen­ban: Team player who puts in ev­ery time he takes the court. He would love to help his team to vic­tory on Fri­day night.

■ Coach Cole Har­ris: Stepped up to help the comp this year. A knowl­edge­able coach who has taken his team all the way to the big game and will be in­stru­men­tal in Pan­thers’ chances.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FI­NALE: Ju­nior bas­ket­ball fi­nals will take place to­mor­row night.

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