Suc­cess for bas­ket­ballers

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Four Hor­sham ju­nior bas­ket­ballers have pooled their tal­ents to tri­umph in a Cham­pi­ons League Bas­ket­ball three-on-three com­pe­ti­tion in Hamil­ton.

Grace Manserra, Imogen Wor­thy, Jemma Thomas and Olivia Bril­liant tasted suc­cess in the un­der-15 girls di­vi­sion de­spite three of the play­ers be­ing el­i­gi­ble for un­der-13s.

Grace’s mother Pene­lope Manserra said the girls went through the tour­na­ment un­de­feated be­fore draw­ing in the grand fi­nal.

“They had to score two points to win, which they did,” she said.

“It was very ex­cit­ing. It was the first time the girls had played in a three-on­three com­pe­ti­tion and they loved it.”

Mrs Manserra said she had spo­ken with Hor­sham Am­a­teur Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent and coach Owen Hughan about run­ning a si­m­il­iar event in Hor­sham.

“In three-on-three there is a max­i­mum of four play­ers to a team and they have to coach them­selves, call­ing their own subs and time-outs,” she said. “A two-pointer is worth one point and a three-pointer is worth two points.

“They play for 10 min­utes and it’s re­ally in­tense.”

Mrs Manserra said Hughan’s coach­ing stood the girls in good stead.

“I was ex­plain­ing how the three-on-three com­pe­ti­tion would work to the girls in the car on the way down and they said, ‘oh, we al­ready do all that with Owen’.

They are very lucky to have him as a coach and men­tor,” she said. More than 60 teams from across Hamil­ton, War­rnam­bool, Port­land, Hor­sham, Mel­bourne and Ade­laide par­tic­i­pated in the three-day car­ni­val, in se­nior, ju­nior and corporate di­vi­sions.

“They played mu­sic all day and had run­ning com­men­tary,” Mrs Manserra said.

“It had a car­ni­val at­mos­phere and an Amer­i­can street bas­ket­ball feel – it was quite ex­cit­ing.”

EX­CIT­ING EVENT: Grace Manserra, Imogen Wor­thy, Jemma Thomas and Olivia Bril­liant celebrate win­ning a three-on-three bas­ket­ball com­pe­ti­tion in Hamil­ton.

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