Ea­gles un­der 16 boys win at Be­nalla

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By SUE GE­ORGE

THE un­der 16 boys trav­elled to Be­nalla for their last tour­na­ment to­gether as an U16 team.

First game they came out fir­ing, eas­ily de­feat­ing the Be­nalla B team.

All play­ers got into the swing of the tour­na­ment quickly with Will Fos­ter and Dan Walker com­bin­ing well and suc­cess­fully scor­ing off fast breaks and from the out­side.

The com­bi­na­tion of Tyler Humphrey, Bai­ley Vo­gelzang and Lochie Rev­ell en­sured they dom­i­nated the re­bounds and scored eas­ily un­der the bas­ket.

Ma­son Spier­ings showed his ver­ti­cal leap as he as­sisted with re­bounds and eas­ily in­ter­cepted the Be­nalla passes.

Louis Spier­ings and Toby Humphrey got into the ac­tion, mov­ing the ball quickly down the court and cre­at­ing scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

I n t he sec­ond match against Wodonga the Ea­gles had a huge height ad­van­tage, but didn’t an­tic­i­pate the speed and deft ball han­dling of their op­po­nents, how­ever, they soon set­tled into a rhythm and steadily scored off a range of fast breaks and from in­side the key.

Once again the Ea­gles came away with a con­vinc­ing win.

On Sun­day morn­ing the de­ter­mined Ea­gles took on De­niliquin.

The first half was neck and neck, but the Ea­gles showed great en­durance and slowly crept away to a healthy lead, team­work be­ing the key as the Ea­gles showed ex­actly how a team game should be played.

The fi­nal sched­uled game was against a huge Be­nalla A team.

In this very phys­i­cal game the boys stayed strong and calm.

They con­tin­ued to play hard and put points on the board and the game stayed within two to three points with the lead chang­ing nu­mer­ous times.

Un­for­tu­nately the fi­nal siren left the Ea­gles just short of the win.

There were some anx­ious mo­ments wait­ing to see if the boys had done enough to se­cure a grand fi­nal berth.

A grand fi­nal spot was theirs and they were to come up against the De­niliquin team they met ear­lier in the day.

The game was close at half time, but once again the Ea­gles’ de­ter­mi­na­tion and fit­ness, along with their cool heads, al­lowed them to win their first grand fi­nal of the sea­son.

SUC­CESS IN BE­NALLA: The boys un­der 16 team (from back, left) Tyler Humphrey, Lochie Rev­ell, Bai­ley Vo­gelzang, Ma­son Spier­ings; (front) Toby Humphrey, Dan Walker, Will Fos­ter and Louis Spier­ings.

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