Teams take on tour­na­ments

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Un­der-18

Tatura’s un­der-18 and un­der-12 boys’ bas­ket­ball teams com­peted at the Swan Hill tour­na­ment on Oc­to­ber 27 and 28.

The un­der-18 boys had a tough draw on Satur­day play­ing four games.

They made a great start to the com­pe­ti­tion with a com­pre­hen­sive win, 47-29 against De­niliquin Gi­ants. Team­work showed with seven out of the nine play­ers putting points on the board.

Next game saw them meet a much tougher op­po­nent in­Mil­dura Heat, and the boys went down 34-41.

Game three saw the team re­group and get a solid win against Rochester 45-39.

Back on court for game four — 8.30 pm and their fourth game in 10 hours — the boys dug deep and pushed through the fa­tigue to se­cure a thrilling come-frombe­hind win against War­rackn­abeal 33-31.

This kept their fi­nals hopes alive — a win on Sun­day morn­ing would see them fin­ish in the top two and play off for the ti­tle.

Un­for­tu­nately it was not to be, go­ing down to a well-drilled Bendigo team 20-34.

It was a great ef­fort by the boys in their first tour­na­ment for the sea­son.

Josh Evans and Floyd Vinci­to­rio were stand­outs for the team, aver­ag­ing 10.8 and 9.4 re­spec­tively, and they were well sup­ported by team mates Kel­ham Tyson, Lewis Walker, Liam Camp­bell, Ryan Hatch, Thomas Doo­ley-Heath, Oliver Watt and Darcy Back­way.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to coaches Madeleine Rijs and Daryl Wil­son on this great first out­ing for the team.

All are look­ing for­ward to the Shep­par­ton and Castle­maine tour­na­ments in De­cem­ber.

Un­der-12

On the week­end of Oc­to­ber 25, Tatura un­der-12s played in the Swan Hill tour­na­ment.

The week­end started off early Satur­day at 8 am fol­lowed by two more games.

The boys won all three games con­vinc­ingly — against Kerang 44-14, De­niliquin 2 74-4 and Mil­dura 52-4.

This put them into the semi­fi­nal against Bendigo 3 on Sun­day — the win­ner to go in to the grand fi­nal.

Af­ter a ner­vous start the boys set­tled into the game well to come away with the win 33-15. This was ex­cit­ing for the team, coach Mad­die and all the par­ents.

With this squad team only win­ning three games in all their tour­na­ments last year, the change of win­ning four games and­mak­ing the grand fi­nal was ex­cit­ing, and nerve-rack­ing for their sup­port­ers.

At 3.45 pm Sun­day the boys matched up against De­niliquin 1. The game started out close, goal­for-goal, un­til Deni got out to a 10-point mar­gin, but the Tat boys had the never-give-up, keep­fight­ing at­ti­tude that got them within three points with one-anda-half min­utes to go, but un­for­tu­nately Deni scored an­other quick goal and the boys lost by five points.

Cooper Gow won the most valu­able player in the fi­nal.

Over­all it was an amaz­ing tour- na­ment with all the boys play­ing strong, smart bas­ket­ball led by their proud coach Mad­die.

The un­der-12s’ next tour­na­ment is Shep­par­ton, and Tatura Bas­ket­ball will host games in our sta­dium.

Hope­fully the boys will get to play at home so head down to the courts to sup­port them and watch our lit­tle cham­pi­ons in ac­tion.

For re­sults on tour­na­ments please fol­low the Tatura Bas­ket­ball Face­book bas­ket­ball page for up­dates.

In the zone: The Tatura un­der-12 bas­ket­ball team was ready to play a big week­end of bas­ket­ball.

Com­peted: Tatura’s un­der-18 and un­der-12 bas­ket­ball teams.

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