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Territory golden girl’s top moment

- JOSH SPASARO

THE popularity of the game and achievemen­ts of our elite young players have exploded within Territory basketball over the past decade.

And now, we finally have a verdict on our No.1 during this period.

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1. OUR AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTA­TIVES

IT doesn’t get any better than the Territory producing a gold medallist on the world stage.

Tracy Village junior Abby Cubillo did just that for Australia at the FIBA 2016 Under-17 World Championsh­ips in Spain.

It is a truly remarkable story.

The year before she was still playing for the Jets in Darwin.

Cubillo’s Sapphires team crushed Italy 62-38 in the final.

The superstar guard scored the first basket for her side, after a stunning upset over the United States in the semi-final stage.

Cubillo averaged 5.5 points on 55 per cent shooting, 2.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals at the FIBA Under-17 World Championsh­ips, as her Sapphires side went unbeaten in six games.

If that is not all, the 22year-old is a two-time WNBL champion with Canberra Capitals.

She became the first Territoria­n to play at that level in 2018.

Fellow Territoria­n Tom O’Neill-Thorne also deserves to be mentioned in the same bracket.

The now 24-year-old was part of the Rollers’ wheelchair basketball team that won gold at the 2014 Incheon World Wheelchair Basketball

Championsh­ips. He was the youngest ever Roller to play in a World Championsh­ip back then.

And he went on to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

O’Neill-Thorne’s fellow gold-medal winner at the 2019 Asia Oceania Championsh­ip and Territory product, CJ McCarthy-Grogan, has also had an outstandin­g wheelchair basketball career.

 ??  ?? Star Tracy Village product Abby Cubillo after winning gold at the FIBA 2016 Under17 World Championsh­ips.
Star Tracy Village product Abby Cubillo after winning gold at the FIBA 2016 Under17 World Championsh­ips.

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