Run­ners up in State Cham­pi­onships

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies -

The Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s (YMBA) Un­der 14 Girls Rep­re­sen­ta­tive team were run­ners up in the U14 Divi­sion 4 Grand Fi­nal on the week­end.

The cham­pi­onships were played in Ballarat over three days, with teams from all over coun­try Vic­to­ria com­pet­ing for ti­tles in four di­vi­sions.

The YMBA girls came up against Shep­par­ton, Won­thaggi, Sale, Mel­ton, Churchill and Co­lac in the qual­i­fy­ing matches and nar­rowly missed out on a divi­sion 3 berth by a small per­cent­age mar­gin.

With a divi­sion four po­si­tion, coaches Mark Chap­man and Amanda Wheaton knew the girls were play­ing well enough to push for fi­nals con­tention. Al­lanah Har­rap un­for­tu­nately suf­fered an achilles in­jury which left the team one player down for fi­nals, but the team of Georgie Hem­phill, Eliana Mar­tin, Sa­van­nah Wallden, Jemma Ad­kins, Abbey Coghill, Chloe Wheaton, Brodie Chap­man and Al­lanah sup­port­ing on the bench, blew the West­ern Port Steal­ers out of the wa­ter in the Quar­ter Fi­nal at 8am on Sun­day, and won this game 34-11.

They then met the War­ragul War­riors in the semi-fi­nal and the girls had their work cut out for them against some tough op­po­si­tion. The Laker girls played an out­stand­ing game though, with it be­ing the game of the week­end to watch. With tight de­fen­sive pres­sure, ac­cu­rate pass­ing, ac­cu­rate shoot­ing and ex­cep­tional team­work, the girls show­cased ev­ery­thing they had been work­ing on for eight months to win 43-19 and se­cure a place in the grand-fi­nal.

The grand-fi­nal against Moe was close from the out­set, with both teams head to head on the score­board through­out the game. Eliana Mar­tin used her height to the team’s ad­van­tage, pulling in re­bounds and post­ing up strongly. She was well sup­ported by Brodie Chap­man, Chloe Wheaton and Abbey Coghill who all worked tire­lessly in both of­fence and de­fence all game.

The team’s de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist, Georgie Hem­phill, was re­lent­less in her tag­ging role and shut down her op­po­nents in de­fence on many oc­ca­sions. Sa­van­nah Wallden and Jemma Ad­kins also worked hard all over the court, ini­ti­at­ing team plays, in­ter­cept­ing and con­trol­ling the play.

Moe were also on song for the fi­nal though, with ac­cu­rate shoot­ing and well-drilled of­fen­sive plays which caught the Laker girls out one time too many. In the last quar­ter, Moe held on to a 6 point lead which the girls just couldn’t peg back and so Moe ended up the vic­tors 36-30.

The girls can hold their heads up high though, as they fought ev­ery game to the end and kept play­ing hard, re­gard­less of the score­board.

Coaches Mark and Amanda are ex­tremely proud of how these girls have de­vel­oped and im­proved over this rep sea­son with two lo­cal tour­na­ment grand fi­nal wins dur­ing the sea­son and this week­end’s state cham­pi­onship run­ners up medal­lion to add to their achieve­ments. This is great for the as­so­ci­a­tion at a re­gional and now at a state level. Well done girls.

The YMBA Un­der 14 Rep­re­sen­ta­tive side at back: Mark Chap­man (coach), Chloe Wheaton, Eliana Mar­tin, Al­lanah Har­rap, Amanda Wheaton (Coach). Mid­dle: Brodie Chap­man, Jemma Ad­kins, Abbey Coghill. Front: Sa­van­nah Wallden, Georgie Hem­phill.

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