Un­der 14s just miss grand fi­nal in Be­nalla

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By MEA­GAN THOR­BURN

ONCE again the un­der 14 boys stepped up and played their lat­est bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment with fierce de­ter­mi­na­tion, and hearts larger than their phys­i­cal size.

The team of Aden Phillips, Luke Mur­ray, Tom Fraser, Oliver Walker, Harry Mahoney, Sam King, Patrick Mahoney and Ty­nan Mims (out with in­jury, Con­nor Humphrey and Blake Az­zopardi), faced up to the chal­lenge at Be­nalla re­cently.

In their first game, the boys went down by seven points, to a much taller Be­nalla side, but that would be their only loss for the weekend.

A nail biter in the sec­ond round against Wodonga saw the boys down by one point, with only six sec­onds left on the clock.

A heroic in­ter­cep­tion and two point fast break by Harry Mahoney sealed the in­tense match for them.

Round three and Shep­par­ton had the height.

Pat Mahoney was now out with in­jury (to add to the grow­ing list), but the boys had the pa­tience and per­sis­tence to come away with a six point win.

Sun­day’s game against Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala was go­ing to be tough from the tip off.

Ev­ery sin­gle one of the boys kept a level head and they kept con­trol of the game. It was close right to the end. Yar­ra­wonga-Mul­wala was fight­ing hard and with the Ea­gle boys up by only one point, it was Tom Fraser this time, seal­ing the emo­tional win with a three point swish.

Though the boys took three hard fought wins, they missed out on a grand fi­nal plac­ing, only by a small per­cent­age.

An ef­fort to be proud of, well done to all the boys.

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