Southern Peninsula Tournament
Southern Peninsula Tournament – team summaries
The 12.1 boys had a very successful weekend winning all 6 games the smallest margin being 9 points. The boys played incredibly consistent basketball, sticking to game plans. Thanks to fill in Ben Smith who stepped up from domestic basketball for the weekend. And congratulations to Sam Tucker the MVP for the grand final.
Coach: Sam Tarbet.
The Under 12.2 boys were entered in the C1 Grade for the Southern Peninsula tournament. Our pool games were against teams that have all been placed in a higher grading pool than us for Grading Phase 1 of the regular season.
Game One vs Kilsyth 4 | A great victory by the boys in a closely contested game. Although we had control for most of the game we could not manage to get further than 6-8 points ahead and late in the game, Kilsyth drew level. The boys steadied to win by 4 points.
Game Two vs Frankston 4 | After being 6-0 down early in the first half, the boys who started on the bench came on and fought back to have scores level at 6-6 at half time. In an amazing effort we then went on a 19-0 run and finally won by 19. A great team effort with contributions from every single player.
Game Three vs McKinnon | As we expected from looking at previous results, this was a tough encounter. Again we were off to a slow start but worked hard to get back in the game. Some loose passes and a run of 3-4 missed lay-ups meant that we lost by 2. Again a great team performance and fantastic to see the never-say-die attitude.
Game Four vs Frankston 5 |Needing a win to scrape into the finals, the boys started well and although the game was close, looked to be in control. Some errors in passing and a few missed shots unfortunately meant that we went down by 8 points. Again the boys didn’t give in and fought it out to the end.
I am very proud of the team. They get along very well for a group that has only just met each other and we have a fantastic support group, in our wonderful parents. I am looking forward to an exciting and successful season.
Coach: Clayton Sturzaker
In hot humid conditions the boys U12.3 undertook their first tournament representing the Dragons. Given they are the bottom age group in the under 12’s it was a first for everyone on the team. The boys came away with 3 losses and 1 win, but more importantly they had a great time and you could see them start to work more as a team as the weekend went along. I was extremely proud of their attitude, composure and good sportsmanship. They also displayed great respect to each other, opposition, parents and to their coach. Well done boys!!
Coach: Colleen Cross
The boys managed to win comfortably in their first game against Mornington, before then losing to the Bulleen side we had just beaten on the Friday night (at least we won the important one). All of the boys were extremely tired on Saturday night from running around on the beach that afternoon and this led to us falling to an energetic Nunawading side by 5 points. The final game was against Frankston which we were able to win after having a very slow start. A Thomas Dunstan 3 pointer with 12 seconds left on the clock was able to secure us the 1 point win. Thanks to all the parents for their support over the weekend and in particular Terry Mason who let everybody crash at his place in Sorrento on Saturday night. Also, a big thanks to Steve Earl for his organisation of the tournament.
Coach: Mark Jeffers
We didn’t get a “W” during the tournament but made real progress as a team. The boys all have impressive individual abilities but are a diverse bunch in terms of experience and previous roles. As they continue to develop their team understanding and discipline by playing together, our speed and ball skills will see us start to rack up victories. It’s going to be a great season.
Coach: Paul Collins
The boys started the tournament with a super win against Ringwood and then had a long wait for their second game. Unfortunately the boys played against quite superior opposition in games two and three (Kilsyth & Bulleen) but that did not stop them putting their best foot forward. They stuck to what they were asked to do and achieved what they were asked to achieve. We’re having great success with “snowman” and “frostie” which means good things for 2013.
Our last game on Sunday was against Frankston which was a VERY tight affair. The scores were back and forward and the margin was never more than 6 points. Tiredness did set in after 5 games in 36 hours and having only seven players the final margin was 10 points. In my opinion the margin didn’t truly reflect how my boys represented themselves, their families and the club.
Well done boys, you were terrific!
4-0 after the round robin games and after beating Werribee in the semi we found ourselves in the Grand Final vs Spectors. The road to the Grand Final was one of speed, teamwork and determination from each player on the court and the support off the court was a display of true mate-ship. Let’s not forgot the parents yelling instructions as their coach’s voice didn’t exist in the final games (thanks parents). It was a fantastic display of basketball in every game for the U16.1 boys falling short by only 6pts in the GF. Congratulations guys and thanks to Craig and the passionate parents of the 16.1s.
Coach: Justin Boyd
The boys had a tough weekend ahead of them, playing against many teams which were ranked higher than them in the VJBL Grading system. THis did not stop the boys from giving every game a real crack. They opened the tournament with a win against a Bulleen side they had previously lost to during a Practice Game. The next game was against a much taller and older looking McKinnon side, after a tentative start the boys started playing some tough basketball and made it closely fought game but unfortunately went down. On the Saturday night the boys played against a much higher ranked Keysborough team and managed to beat them in what was a tight game the entire match. To finish off the tournament the boys unfortunately let a solid half time lead slip away and ended up losing to a Whittlesea side who turned up the pressure. Overall the tournament was a great experience with the boys and parents getting to know each other better as well as starting to play better as a team.
Coach: Mark Jeffers
The B16.3 were very competitive during the tournament with 2 close losses by 2 points and by 6 points in games that could quite easily have been wins. Combined with one very solid win and a loss, it was a weekend of very good basketball. Thank you to Julian Fields and Sam Tarbet for coaching in Alan Chan’s absence.
Team Manager: Paul Murray
The boys played really well over the week end, losing to Bulleen in the finals. They were the team we played a couple of weeks ago with one or two extra players who were very tall. We were out rebounded and they were a lot more physical which we struggled with, particularly as the referees let a lot go.
We struggled against one team who played a zone defense but generally the offense was pretty good. We also double teamed really well and had a lot of steals.
The teamwork definitely improved over the week end so hopefully it was a good experience for the boys.
Team Manager: Michelle Hinchliffe
There was no better way to start the tournament than downing Bulleen 1; who are ranked number 1 in the state for the U18 boys. But sadly that’s where our wins stopped (after a trip to the beach). It hardly describes how the boys played over the tournament however. We came up against regular VC teams but we always fought to the final siren. There was a great showing from each player in each game and they should be extremely proud of how they played as a team and as individuals. Finishing the weekend 1-3 gives us something to work on, to the lead up to Christmas. Thanks boys, TMs and families it was a great weekend.
Coach: Justin Boyd
with a gut wrenching draw on the Friday night rd 1 of grading phase vs. Westernport a game of missed opportunities the focus of the weekend was getting valuable court time into the playing without the pressure associated with games on a Friday to better understand the game style and structure and personnel within the group my personal objective for a successful tournament was to at least qualify for a semi final with only 6 players available for Saturdays 3 games and 7 for Sunday the boys improved as the games went along to qualify for a semi final but unfortunately a lost in semi .
Overall a successful tournament team and individual goals met looking to see the improvement next 3 weeks by those boys who participated
A special thank you to all the parents for support to make this happen
Coach: Ray Foster
The u12-1 girls had a great tournament over the weekend, which helped them to get to know each other, team structures, build on their skills and gain a better understanding of the game. The girls lost their first 2 games (which were very close) and won the next 2 very convincingly. This got them through to the semi final where they had a huge battle with a lot of defensive pressure by both teams. Unfortunately the girls lost by 2 points, but came away with a very positive experience that will help them with future games.
A huge thank you to the parents and players for their dedication over the tournament, the girls games lifted and improved with each game and show promising signs for the season ahead.
Looking forward to a great season!
Coach: Prue Ainsworth
The under 12.3 girls had a great start to the tournament, despite the extreme heat, with two comfortable wins against Korumburra and then Nunawading 5. A happy but weary bunch of girls then faced some formidable opposition from Melbourne (who ultimately went on to win the grand final by a 33 point margin), but did so with continued effort and determination until the final siren. The final game on Sunday morning was played against Hawthorn 4, and was a close but disappointing loss for the girls. Happily, however the girls still made it through to the semi-finals that afternoon, where they played and unfortunately lost to Frankston in another close battle, 6 to 10. This was a tremendously rewarding experience for all the girls and their families, both in terms of skills development and team bonding. A big thank you goes out to our coaches Lucy and Eleni for their amazing support and guidance of our girls over the entire weekend.
Team Manager: Miranda Thorpe
The 14.1 girls got off to a great start with a comfortable win over Kilsyth on Saturday afternoon, our next game saw 2 sisters pitted against each other with our Dragons girls having a close win over Bulleen 3. It was then time for a quick dip at the beach to soak up the sun & relax the tired legs before heading back to Dromana for our game against Hawthorn 2. The girls game out firing but couldn’t hold onto our lead and ended up losing our first match for the day. The ladder had several teams sitting on equal points so we knew we had to have a big win over Mornington on Sunday morning to help our percentage (thanks George for working it out!). We made the top four and played Frankston 2 in the Semi final, we had a great game and played to our structures and made the Grand Final. We played Korumburra in the Grand Final and lost to a much bigger and stronger team. It was a great effort by the girls and I’m looking forward to the season ahead….
Team Manager: Kelli Smith
The Under 14.2 girls team had a great tournament, with some good wins against strong teams, and only going down narrowly in our losses. The girls had a fantastic bonding experience and have really come together as a team. Thank you to all the parents for their tireless efforts and to our team manager Vic for helping everything to run so smoothly. Well done girls on some great games, and on your efforts, determination and of course your enthusiasm!
Coach: Hannah Prentice & Helen Vermont
The 14/3 girls had a good, if sometimes inconsistent tournament. We reached the semi-finals after a 2 win – 1 loss – 1 draw record in the preliminary rounds. In all the games, we played some very good basketball, but struggled to keep it up for the full game. Our best game was probably our 4 point loss to Hawthorn, who eventually won the grand final, where we did play well for the whole game.
The girls deserve a lot of credit for the improvement they showed as the tournament progressed and it was good to have a weekend together for the girls and families to get to know each other.
Coach: Mark Moon
16-1s girls had a good tournament in terms of our goals: Tune our offense, sharpen our defense and run our backsides off as preparation for the remainder of grading. Our team motto is “Daring, Tenacity, Leadership,” and there was plenty of that on display from the girls. Can’t mention them all, but a few individual performances that were especially memorable to the coach: Bella Nichols stepping in to take a charge from a girls twice her size (daring), Ashleigh Pope nailing a crucial jump-shot to clinch a win (also daring), guard Alex Jaksic scrambling for loose balls and collecting offensive rebounds amongst the talls (tenacity) and warriors Brit Morkham and Liv Atwell, playing on despite a broken nose and a near concussion respectively (leadership). Well done girls.
Coach: Alex Szabo
We had a great tournament! Playing teams graded 2 pools above us in the grading pools, the girls did an amazing job. We executed our offences well, and played very strong team defence. We shocked a couple of really strong teams! My highlights were almost beating Hawthorn 3, outscoring 3rd and 4th placed teams in the second half, and the bond the girls formed. I’m sure one of the highlights for the team was the beach saturday afternoon though… Looking forward to a great season with a very strong and impressive team!
Coach: Simon Pawson
Arriving mid afternoon for our first game when the heat of the day was at its hottest and the courts at their sweatiest, combined with our first opponents looking much stronger made for an interesting game. Our team battled hard but the size of Kilsyth won out. Our second game was against Ringwood, a very even contest throughout the game but with our shots not dropping in the last few minutes resulted in us going down by two points. The third game of the day saw only seven players available against a team wanting to grind us into the court, we tried hard but the weight of rotating fresh players worked against us. Our final game on Sunday saw us play against the undefeated Warrandyte combination who had the least points scored against them in the competition, although we lost we were the second highest scoring team against them. On reflection when you consider three of our games were against the three highest placed teams in our pool it suggests our team performed well. The intangible like team bonding was a definite winner! Thanks to everyone involved for making the weekend successful.
Coach: Ian Gook
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