U12 girls take bite out of Gators
U12A Boys The U12A boys had another solid tournament.
They came up against some very tough competition in metropolitan teams such as Whittlesea, but gave their best. They produced a stellar performance against Benalla and did well against Wangaratta.
We now look forward Shepparton tournament. U12B Boys The U12B team had a really great team effort at the Wangaratta tournament.
The boys posted a 67-7 win over Deniliquin then a 43-3 victory against Tumut.
Finally, after a 39-18 win over Mansfield Blue the boys finished top of the ladder in our pool.
The side played Mansfield Gold in the semi-final to get in to the grand final, unfortunately going down in a nail biter, 20-22. U12A Girls The under 12 girls were rewarded at the Wangaratta Tournament for their persistence, effort and team work, making it to the grand final again, this time winning over a very strong and tall Shepparton Gators team.
An opening round loss by eight points saw some dissapointment early, but the girls were determined to fight back.
The following three games saw three straight wins, winning every game by six points or more, securing their place in the grand final.
The grand final was such a fantastic game, the girls had the fire in their belly and were looking to finally take out a win, claiming the tournament by nine points. U14A Girls U14 girls had a great start to the Wang tournament winning their first two games comfortably against Wangaratta and Albury, before a round three loss to Wodonga.
We missed a spot in the grand final after losing by one point to Yarra Mulwala. U14A Boys to the The U14A boys played down to the wire in their first match against Shepparton, being overrun in the final seconds to lose by two points.
Poor shooting resulted in a loss to Wodonga in their second game, before a win against Wangaratta got the boys on the board.
Our final match was against Whittlesea, with a much improved team winning 27-20 to finish the tournament 2-2. U14B Boys The development of the U14B boys team at Wangaratta was excellent to see.
The highlight of the tournament came in their third match, with an incredible final 10 minutes resulting in a one-point win against an experienced Tumut Timberwolves. U16A Girls The girls faced tough opposition to start the tournament, coming up against much taller sides in Wodonga Wolves and Shepp Gators. But our girls delivered some great plays and defensive pressure and rattled their opposition, losing in close games.
The following matches saw wins, despite reduced numbers, for a suc- cessful all around tournament. U16B Girls No report provided. U16A Boys Echuca Pirates Under 16 boys A team played four pool games at the Wangaratta tournament.
On Saturday the boys had victories against Seymour 45-18, Wodonga 29-14 and Myrtleford 28-18. On Sunday morning they had a strong win against Benalla 47-11.
These results put them into the grand final against Wangaratta on Sunday afternoon.
A tough grand final saw the lead changing hands throughout, but a strong Wangaratta side held the Pirates off to win. U16B Boys The Wangaratta tournament was a great success for the U16B boys.
They entered into division three and played some great defence and offence motions throughout the weekend, which earned them a place in the grand final, going down to a very strong Deniliquin side by 13 points. U18A Girls Our under 18 girls had a good tournament in Wangaratta, winning three out of the four games and just missing the final on percentage to Wangaratta.
Opening against a strong Wodonga Dee side, our girls started the game slowly.
Wodonga were too strong in the end coming out with the win.
An improved performance saw a win againt Wodonga Lozza in game two.
Our night game was a strong team performance against Rochester, with the side producing another good showing. On Sunday morning we came up against Deniliquin, which saw a final win to close out the tournament. U18 Boys The Pirate boys team started the Wangaratta tournament strong with a convincing win against Wodonga.
Unfortunately, Myrtleford came out very strong in defence and Echuca had difficulties sinking buckets, unable to catch up and get the win.
The final game on Saturday was against Wangaratta, and the boys came out hard.
They gave it a push, but were unable to get past Wangaratta.
Sunday saw a showdown with Myrtleford in the semi-finals, and after the Pirates took a lead at stages, Myrtleford fought back and won their place in the grand final.
CHAMPIONS: The victorious girls under 12 side.
SO CLOSE: The U14A girls team narrowly missed a place in the grand final.
STRONG PERFORMANCE: The U16B boys team.