De­ter­mi­na­tion and ef­fort sees boys in grand fi­nal

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By MARY DUN­STAN

THE Mans­field bas­ket­ball un­der 12 squad re­cently made the jour­ney to Be­nalla to com­pete in the an­nual tour­na­ment.

Fol­low­ing the trek to Be­nalla early on Satur­day morn­ing, the un­der 12A team dis­played many skills through­out the tour­na­ment.

The first game was against Sey­mour, and the boys be­gan dis­play­ing a strong team ap­proach, lis­ten­ing to their di­rec­tions and im­ple­ment­ing them on court.

They pushed harder and harder in de­fence and en­joyed a con­vinc­ing win.

Jimmy Payne was strong in de­fence and man­aged to move the ball around quickly, and he also com­pleted some very stylish drives to the bas­ket.

Beau Vo­gelzang made great po­si­tions in of­fence which al­lowed him to re­ceive the ball and make good plays to the bas­ket.

Next up was Wodonga, and the boys were feel­ing con­fi­dent.

Luke Men­hen­nett used some pow­er­ful re­bound­ing and pass­ing to cre­ate ex­cel­lent pas­sages of play, as the boys re­lied on each other to make good po­si­tions to re­ceive the ball, and en­joyed a lot of suc­cess on the score­board.

Kade Spencer held the op­po­si­tion back with great de­fence and hus­tling at the ball, mak­ing good de­ci­sions on the court and shoot­ing some very stylish bas­kets as a re­sult.

The boys en­joyed an­other great win, and moved on to a match up against Echuca.

Mac Greene was on a mis­sion to in­ter­cept and drive that ball to the bas­ket.

He made some fan­tas­tic moves, help­ing the whole team to con­tinue their win­ning form.

Tom Dun­stan was steal­ing the ball and com­plet­ing fast breaks through­out the game, his de­fence pow­er­ful, clever and con­tin­u­ous, while man­ag­ing to score lovely drives to help the team to an­other con­vinc­ing win.

The fi­nal game for the day was against Castle­maine, with the boys dis­play­ing de­ter­mi­na­tion and guts against this di­vi­sion one team.

Un­for­tu­nately Castle­maine made some quick bas­kets in the first 10 min­utes of the game which they man­aged to hold un­til the end.

The boys set­tled in af­ter the ini­tial shock and matched them for the rest of the game, how­ever, they couldn’t quite make up the ini­tial gap cre­ated ear­lier.

Con­tin­u­ing to lis­ten to their di­rec­tions and man­ag­ing to keep the emo­tions in check, they fin­ished the game with good team work and sup­port for each other.

With the early wins, the team made it into the grand fi­nal, only to meet Castle­maine again.

The Ea­gles were pumped and con­tin­ued to push in de­fence and of­fence, how­ever, were un­lucky in the end and left the tour­na­ment as gal­lant run­ners-up.

A fan­tas­tic ef­fort boys, Mans­field is very proud of your ef­forts.

Thankyou to the team man­ager Michelle Spencer and all the par­ents and friends who put up with the side line coach­ing (scream­ing).

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