Drag­ons blast fire

Balonne Beacon - - SPORT - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@west­ern­starnews.com

BAS­KET­BALL: It was a com­pe­ti­tion of the best of the west with Roma host­ing its’ fourth con­sec­u­tive an­nual bas­ket­ball car­ni­val.

Teams from St Ge­orge, Mount Isa and Toowoomba de­scended on Roma for the week­end se­ries for un­der-13s and U19s.

The U13 Roma Fire was strong on the court, mak­ing the fi­nal against city team Toowoomba Saints.

In a fight of the fittest, it was the Saints who pushed to the front and dunked their way to be­come cham­pi­ons.

Mara­noa Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mat Gane said it was a thrilling match to watch.

“They both per­formed well and the fi­nal was ex­tremely ex­cit­ing and Roma ended up only go­ing down by 10 points,” he said.

“For­mer Roma boys Jolon and Se­aby were dom­i­nant play­ers in the Saints game.

“Jolon had a stel­lar game and re­bounded re­ally well. He was hard to shut down.”

St Ge­orge Drag­ons were the un­der­dogs of the car­ni­val, putting their best team for­ward in the U19 com­pe­ti­tion.

Af­ter a tough match against Mount Isa Min­ers, the Drag­ons came away sec­ond best.

“St Ge­orge ended up beat­ing Mara­noa Heat in the semi-fi­nal by one point,” Gane said.

“They have been com­ing to the car­ni­val for four years and had never be­fore made a fi­nal.

“They made the fi­nal and played a very strong Mount Isa Min­ers team.

“Un­for­tu­nately they fell short but there was still a sense of re­spect af­ter the game.

“Mount Isa showed real class and strength and a re­ally well drilled, or­gan­ised and coached team.

“We look for­ward hav­ing them back next year,” he said.

Due to the car­ni­val’s Big Q game fall­ing through, an ex­hi­bi­tion match made up of two Roma U13 teams and the Toowoomba Saints was played in­stead.

“It was prob­a­bly the high­light of the car­ni­val where the Roma team ended up win­ning by seven points against the Saints,” Gane said.

“Mara­noa is re­ally blessed at the mo­ment with re­ally strong teams in U13s.

“Mara­noa is level with Toowoomba clubs and we are seek­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties to play against the Toowoomba clubs.”

An­gus Orchi­son was awarded the Mara­noa player of the se­ries af­ter dis­play­ing great lead­er­ship.

Gane ex­pressed a mas­sive thank you to the vol­un­teers, Toowoomba Bas­ket­ball, Roma PCYC and their spon­sors, es­pe­cially San­tos for mak­ing the car­ni­val pos­si­ble.

PHOTO: MOLLY HAN­COCK

BOUNC­ING AROUND: St Ge­orge Drag­ons com­peted in the Best of the West Roma bas­ket­ball car­ni­val at the week­end.

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