Hawks ju­nior sides prove their met­tle

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

THE Perry Lakes Hawks proved them­selves one of the best WA teams in last week’s U14 Boys Club Cham­pi­onships in Floreat, fin­ish­ing higher than the other three lo­cal teams in­volved.

In their pool round-robin, the Hawks won games against the North Ade­laide Rock­ets 63-56 and Sun­shine Coast Rip 81-65, be­fore go­ing down to the Bulleen Boomers 81-43, fin­ish­ing the pool in sec­ond and be­ing the only WA team to make the cham­pi­onship rounds.

In the cham­pi­onship pool, they lost to Keilor Thun­der 6549 and Syd­ney Comets 70-50.

They fin­ished 10th out of 12 af­ter beat­ing the Gos­ford City Rebels 77-32, but los­ing to the Bendigo Braves by two points.

Nathan Thomas was a stand­out dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, net­ting 124 points at an av­er­age of 17.71 per game and also led the com­pe­ti­tion for free-throws, sink­ing 39.

Team­mate Blake Costello fin­ished fourth for three-point shots, net­ting 11.

Three other WA teams – Cock­burn, Wil­let­ton and Joon­dalup – com­peted.

The Perry Lakes Hawks U14 girls also played in a Club Cham­pi­onship com­pe­ti­tion in NSW.

They went down 62-40 to the Knox Raiders and 54-48 to New­cas­tle Hunter be­fore beat­ing the North West Tas­mani a Thun­der 61-38 to fin­ish third in their pool.

Their quest for the shield prize got off to a flyer, beat­ing Norths Bears 55-43 and the Gos­ford City Rebels 69-31, and fin­ish­ing the round on top of the lad­der, be­fore beat­ing the Won­thaggi Coast­ers 58-47 in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

It was a WA af­fair in the semi­fi­nals with the Hawks tak­ing on the Rock­ing­ham Flames, but Perry Lakes was beaten 46-45 in the tight, see­saw­ing game.

The Hawks fin­ished fourth out of 12 teams af­ter los­ing the bronze medal match 70-47 against the Hornsby Spi­ders.

Ruby Hamil­ton was dom­i­nant around the bas­ket, scor­ing 115 points at an av­er­age of 14.38 a game.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d443624

Perry Lakes Hawks’ Nathan Thomas in ac­tion against the Sun­shine Coast Rip.

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