ADELAIDE TOURNAMENT TEAM REPORTS 2019
With our two 5-men being late withdrawals and Charlie contracting a flu on Day 1, the team’s balance was thrown out and it showed in our first two games on Good Friday. However by game 3, the boys had worked out the adjustments and had progressed well in the development areas that the coach had set , and we played an exciting draw against our nemesis opponent Keilor3. However, the celebration was short-lived – less than 30 seconds – as administrators pointed out that there was to be 3 minutes of overtime! Oh well, you can guess what happened next. Later that day we had a strong win against a Norwood team. This set the scene for our match of the tournament which was a arm wrestle against grand-finalist Blackburn 1. In the end we fell short in a high-quality, entertaining game. Off the court there were lots of visits to beaches, wineries, bars, pizza places,water parks. Did I mention wineries? A very successful tournament which should help with the rest of the season. (Mike Muntisov – coach)
The 14-3 boys were placed in B grade for the Norwood Easter Classic in total we won 3 games and lost 2 one of which was the grand final.
We started the tournament on Friday afternoon with a hard fought 5-point victory over Port Phillip who are situated 3 divisions higher than us in the VJBL.
Our second game saw us come up against Melbourne 3. After a slow start being down 11-2, the boys started to get into the game however were not able to beat Melbourne going down by 3 points.
Our final pool game Saturday saw the boys run away with a 39-point win over Norwood 3 and gain a place in finals.
Our semi-final saw us come up against South Adelaide 1, they jumped out to an early lead mainly due to three banked 3 pointers in the first quarter. However, the boys were able to close the game and after a few tense moments the boys were able to grab a 3-point win and a place in the Grand Final.
Our Grand Final once again saw us up against Port Phillip, however this time unfortunately we were unable to pull off another victory against them as Port Phillip were ultimately too strong this time around. Even though we went down in the grand final Dave and I couldn’t have been happier with the way the boys played and we are looking forward to a successful season.
Special mention to Jordan and Jonno who came to Adelaide with us from their respective teams. Also, special mention to Joy whose work as team manager was amazing over the weekend from sorting out activities for the boys to team dinners. I know Dave and I would be lost without you. (Stephen McGuinness – Asst. Coach)
What a great tournament this awesome team of athletes played. Each game getting better and stronger before reaching the Grand Final on centre court of Titanium Security Stadium (Adelaide Arena) on Monday morning. Our Grand Final game against Blackburn Vikings 3 was titanic battle with scores held even for three quarters. The end result of 28:39 reflected the foul trouble we found ourselves in not the ability of the opposition. While a loss it was a great lesson in the discipline of possession, position and poise against a stronger opposition (this team is ranked two pools above us) and demonstrates the improvement we are making as a team.
On reflection it was a special weekend for the team, and I would like to note a special thank you to our team parents and siblings for the commitment to the holiday. Apart from the basketball, the boys will always remember the shark-free oasis of the Stamford pool, sauna and spa (apologies to the house guests for the noise and splashing of books, phones and towels).. the fun of the Beach House for dodgem cars (aka smash up derbies) and water slide action, and our team dinner allowing the parents some time to enjoy each other company.
Finally a thank you to our supporters from other Camberwell teams, families and coaches throughout the tournament… we could hear you all weekend cheering and clapping which is a wonderful testament to the values and spirit entrenched in the Camberwell club culture. (Peter Stephens – Coach)
We came, we saw, we kicked some butt…….. (Mark Jeffers – Coach).
This year we ventured over to Adelaide to play in A grade with the intent of working on game play both on and off the court. When the fixtures were released we were up against a lot of teams who we will be playing against on Friday nights.
Game 1 was on Friday afternoon against Craigieburn. We started well getting a lead but fell away at the end. We coughed up a good chance for a win and ended up losing 45-48 after a buzzer beater 3 pointer with 0.01 seconds was unfortunately not counted. The boys looked a little sluggish and a rev up by the coaches had them reset for game 2 later that evening. We came up against Broadmeadows who had beaten us a couple of weeks ago in regular season. We lead for the most part of it, but again gave up the lead. The boys were 2 points down with 0.4 seconds to go. Timeout called and a set play resulted in Huddo been fouled on his shot under the ring and his 2 free throws made meant we went into overtime. The boys showed composure to take the win in extra time 44-41.
Saturday, the boys had time at the Glenelg Beach House adventure park where lots of laughter and no injuries was the objective. The strong supporter group had a team meeting at the local pub and team strategies were played out on the pool table. Game 3 was in the evening against host club Norwood. Having played them at Eltham Tourney, we knew what we were up against. A win 68-34, the only game where the lead was held the entire game.
This meant after our round robin games we had finished 2nd. We were lined up to play against Keilor 2 (also in VJBL1) and they had beaten team Craigieburn and others in regular season, so they would’ve thought they were a strong chance for the weekend. The other semi final was played before our game so as we watched Sandringham 2 beat Craigieburn we knew who would be playing in the GF. We started well and lead comfortably by 10 points into the 3rd quarter. A zone defence played by Keilor caused some offensive issues and saw Keilor come back and close the gap. The boys showed strong composure (something that we have been lacking and working on) and held on to win 44-38. A lovely BBQ dinner in the local park was a just reward for all.
Monday means Grand Final day and a Grand Final against Sandringham 2. We had seen them play last night and the coaching panel had a game plan worked out. The boys started strongly with a 10-0 lead which was then comfortably continued at every break. Their defence was very strong and resulted in limited scoring opportunities for Sandringham and many forced turnovers for us. A last ditch effort by our opponents was met with an equal if not better defence and a quick transition resulted in positive results on the scoreboard. Winners – 53-35.
Well done to our U16-1 boys and their coaches. A few things still to polish up, but much was gained over the 4 days. If not by the boys on the court, then that parent’s discovery of WhatsApp and .gif files and videos of Pete dancing to late night tunes.
A big thank you to Mark and Pete and all those made the trip over and especially to our social committee who kept everyone entertained between games!! (Geoff O’Hoy- Team Manager)
The Boys 16.2 team played in the Boys Under 16 B Grade competition. A few players were not able to make the trip and we had another couple of long term injuries, so we only had 6 fit players from our usual squad, but we were joined by Jack Beaumont from the 4’s, who was a great addition to the team.
Game 1 was on Friday night against the Keilor 4 team. This was a very physical game and while we led for much of the game, unfortunately they snuck in a baseline basket on the buzzer to beat us 35-33.
We had three games on Saturday. First up was a game against local team Forestville 4. After a slow start we kicked into gear and ran out winners 58-21. Following the obligatory visit to the Beach House water park in Glenelg for a few hours of relaxation, our next match was against Keilor 5. Again, another physical match, but we were able to prevail 42-30.
Our final game on Saturday was against Hawthorn 3. This was probably our best win for the tournament, with a strong opposition (who had beaten Collingwood 1 earlier in the day) and a basket for basket run to the finish. It was great to be able to control the game down the stretch and run out winners 37-34.
After an enjoyable team lunch we had our final pool game on Sunday afternoon against Collingwood 1. They were a skilful and athletic team, with a very strong transition game. They got away to a fast start but we fought back to almost level by quarter time. However they were again able to build a lead during the second quarter that we could not bridge, and we ended up going down 47-27.
Overall we came away with 3 wins and 2 losses. The win over Hawthorn was the highlight of the tournament (along with the alley oop play by Charlie and Quentin in the game against Forestville!) and if we can bring that level of intensity to our Friday night games, it will set us up well for a successful season.
Many thanks to coach Luke, and the scorers and supporters. A big shout out to Matt Mayes and Fin Hanson for making the trip even though they were injured and not able to play. (Matt Bubb – Team Manager)
For the Adelaide Easter Tournament we had our full complement of 10 boys in attendance, a great effort by all the boys and parents. We played five games, had three wins and two losses, finishing third in our pool and missing the semi-finals by just one win. Apart from the local Adelaide team, all other teams in our pool are competing at higher rep levels than us on a Friday night back in Melbourne, so it was a great performance by our boys.
The tournament started with a first up win by 25 points against Norwood 3.1 on Good Friday. On Saturday we beat Craigieburn 2 and Blackburn 1 both by 5 points, leaving us an early leader in the pool. Our last game on Saturday was a hard-fought loss to Keilor 3 (eventual winners of our section of the tournament) by 10 points, leaving us needing to win our final game to make the semi-finals. Our last game was a difficult match facing the land of the giants and highly skilled Knox 2. While we battled hard early, we ended up losing by 20 points.
All boys played well over the long weekend and I am sure they have learned a lot from the experience, placing them is a great position to tackle the remainder of the Rep season.
The boys also had a great time bonding over the weekend with the team brunch, session at the beach house and numerous visits to various apartment pools. The parents also enjoyed these events culminating with an end of tournament event at the Pier.
Thank you to all parents for scoring, making the long journey over to Adelaide and attending the games.
The most special thank you is to our Coach Mitch for his ongoing work in developing the boys. The way the boys continue to play high quality basketball with a smile on their faces and laughter on the bench is always a highlight.
The quality of opposition over the weekend will put us in a great position to tackle the remainder of our rep season.
Go Dragons (Dane Truscott – Team Manager)
Wow where to start.
What an amazing time we had with all the girls experiencing their first Adelaide tournament – playing that is; some of the team have previously followed and watched their fabulous big sisters compete in prior years, but this was a first for all of them playing in this tournament.
I must say it was especially fantastic to have the whole team and most of the families in Adelaide for Easter and to have our incredible coach Prue along with us. Tee and Vic we missed you and can’t wait to get back into training and games with you involved.
So, lets talk basketball, we headed into the weekend with six games scheduled over the three days, championship division was looking tough, but we all entered into it with optimism, hope and excitement.
The games were tough, we came up against some strong and forceful teams, oh and some loud and powerful cheer squads as well. Our first game was a bit of a shock to the system and ended up being a big loss to Frankston 1. That did not deter our girls, coach or parents every game we turned up with the same commitment, hope, determination and excitement to take on the next team – we lost our first 5 games, but we learnt a lot and had some amazing highs and fun times in those games and in between the games as well.
Amongst those 5 losses we had some terrific celebrations, a birthday and the first minutes back on court after nursing a long injury for Lexi, such a key player in our team. We celebrated Sienna F’s birthday down at the Beachouse in Glenelg, with 90 minutes of waterslides, arcade games and ice-cream cake, hardly good preparation for our next game that day.
In our 5th game, we had the most wonderful experience of watching Lexi return to the court after a long injury and recovery process which has seen her cheering the girls on from the bench for most of our season so far. We are so proud of her and it was just pure joy to see the look on her face when she realised she was going to be able to make that first step back onto the court. Definitely a massive highlight of the weekend.
Another highlight in our final game – after 5 straight losses, the girls were on a mission and at half time we where equal on 18 points each, at ¾ time we had clawed our way ahead 29 to 24 points, in the last quarter with both teams exhausted the girls accelerated to a strong 12 point winning margin, the last 2 minutes of the game were very tense and the final winning margin was 7 points to us – yay. The girls saved their best till last and with the enduring encouragement of a fantastic coach over the whole tournament they got across the line to have a win in their final game, such incredible persistence and endurance from everyone involved.
On behalf of all the parents and the team, thank you Prue for your dedication, encouragement and support and most of all the belief you have in our girls, they are very lucky to have you, Tee, Vic and each other – this is certainly a great group of girls, now with an even stronger bond after this wonderful weekend.
Thanks to all the parents and families who made this wonderful weekend happen and made it a very special time for all involved. So proud of our girls. No doubt for me – I hope we get to do it again!
Let’s get into this season, so much ahead of us to achieve and enjoy. Go Dragons.
(Tarnya McKenzie – Team Manager, aptly supported by a great crew of parents)
It was a tournament of close results for the girls with a double overtime win, an overtime win and a couple of other close margins.
Unfortunately we missed the chance to progress to the semi-finals despite a winning record due to head to head tie breaker etc..
From a basketball viewpoint it was a pretty good weekend, we were the only team to beat the eventual winner and other highlights included Jasmine’s deep 3 from downtown to force overtime and Nelly hitting a game winning jump shot in the dying stages of another game (or maybe the same game.. Too much to remember)
Adelaide turned on some nice weather and players and parents all enjoyed a super weekend. (Glenn Siegle – coach).
The Girls Under 16.1 team enjoyed a successful Adelaide tournament. Winning 5 of their 6 games in the pool stage, they earned a rematch against Keilor in the Grand Final. Keilor over ran us in the first encounter, winning by 2 after we held a 10 point lead entering the final term, with one player shooting 4 final quarter 3 pointers.
However our form had steadily improved through the tournament and with a convincing win in our final pool game we entered the final with a quiet confidence.
The final was a tight struggle with only a few points separating the two teams throughout game. The application of the girls was fantastic, in particular their willingness to help each other in defence, limiting Keilor’s scoring opportunities and creating turnovers.
Leading 17 / 13 at the final change, we soon found the scores levelled. Keilor then took the lead briefly but the girls rallied and clawed their way back in front. In a great team effort, the defence held up strongly and some timely baskets at the offensive end saw us hang on to record a 26 / 23 victory.
Many thanks and congratulations to coaches Danni and Tom. The application of all team members was rewarded with a deserved win in which everyone contributed.
Also thank you to the parent group who supported the team with enthusiasm and helped make the weekend seem effortless and enjoyable for all. (Greg Tregear – Team Manager)
The U16G/3 improved in every game during the tournament culminating in a very competitive qualifying final against Blackburn. Although the team went down by 8 points, the girls should be very proud of their efforts.
There were many highs throughout the tournament with the most exciting being the return of Bella Stefanou who returned after a long lay-off due to injury.
The girls and parents are grateful to Linda Martin for her great work coaching the girls for the weekend. There is no doubt that Linda was able to bring the best out in the girls. (Maya Rivis – Team Manager)
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