Pair hold focus on world titles push
TOWNSVILLE product Sam Froling and Fire development player Miela Goodchild are a step closer to wearing the green and gold at a World Cup after helping Australia to dominant Oceania under- 17 championship wins in Guam.
Froling racked up 22 points and 13 rebounds in just 21 minutes in a 93- 55 win over New Zealand in the final.
The centre was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as the Crocs brushed aside their minnow opponents with ease.
The Sapphires had to work a little harder to beat the Kiwis in the women’s decider after New Zealand began the game on a 12- 4 run.
But Australia’s class eventu- ally told, with Townsville Fire development player Goodchild contributing 17 points, four rebounds and three assists.
The guard finished with a tournament- high 23 points per game and was named in the tournament’s All Star Five alongside Australia teammates Shyla Heal and Isabelle Bourne.
Meanwhile Townsville junior Boston Mazlin played a pivotal role in helping Queensland North win the under- 16 national title in Perth on Saturday.
Mazlin nailed five threepointers in nine attempts to score 15 points in the 88- 63 win over Queensland South in the final. Highly rated Cairns youngster Tamuri Wigness was outstanding throughout the tournament and finished with 23 points, six rebounds and six assists in the decider.