Basketball NSW 2014 Awards Dinner winners
Last Saturday night we had the privilege to recognise and celebrate those people who contribute so much to our great game and our basketball community.
The 2014 awards night always promised to be a fun and magical night and this year was no exception, just ask Graeme Reid from Norths or Ray Barbie from St George who were unwilling but entertaining assistants to “The Amazing Ophir”!
We would like to thank all those who came to celebrate with us and again pass on our congratulations to the winners. Already looking forward to next year’s dinner!
More Pictures of the 2014 Basketball NSW Awards Dinner can be found on our Facebook page.
The Winner are:
Norths Under 14 Girls brought a second national junior championship
The Norths Under 14 Girls brought a second national junior championship title to the Northern Suburbs Basketball Association when they claimed the 2014 Basketball Australia Under 14 Club Championship title in Brisbane September 28 to October 4.
After sweeping all before them during the Metropolitan Junior League season, the young Bears played some inspired basketball at the nationals at Southern Districts Basketball Stadium to add an Australian title to their 2014 NSW State Championship.
The team qualified for the semi-finals on top of their pool and faced a deep and talented Bulleen team in the final four with a spot in the decider up for grabs. With many pundits tipping the Boomers from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs as the championship favourites, the Bears entered the game as underdogs, but produced an inspired defensive performance to claim a 38-33 victory.
The excitement of the semi-final victory was short-lived for Coach Hannah Wilson’s team as the turned their attention to the gold medal game against another one of Victoria’s basketball power association, the Knox Raiders. Both teams had impressed during the pool play and didn’t disappoint in the final, which was one of the most exciting junior national championship deciders in recent memory.
The two teams produced a final for the ages, with the lead changing hands numerous times and both coaches working the side-line hard to capitalise in the many momentum shifts throughout the regulation 32 minutes. Fitting for such a close and evenly matched game, the two teams were tied at the end of regulation, forcing the game into a first and then a second over-time.
Playing the final over-time without star guard Shyla Heal, the Bears showed their superior fitness and depth, producing a stellar defensive performance and earning championship gold with a 67-59 victory. The win is the Northern Suburbs Basketball Association’s first girls national junior championships and caps off a remarkable year for the club, including four state championships and an amazing 11 grand final wins in the Metropolitan Junior League season.
Association Development Manager Peter Lonergan said the win in Brisbane was reward for more than 10 months of hard work and commitment for the team and coaches.
“To claim a national title is a huge achievement and it is credit to the girls and their coaches for their commitment and hard work,” he said.
“The team started pre-season training in November 2013, so to finish a long season with gold is credit to their love of the sport and the absolute commitment of their coaches Hannah and Nicole, as well as the team managers and of course parents.
“We are all very proud of the achievement of the team and look forward to the players progressing through our program in the coming year,” he added.
The gold winning medal team was – Grace Baron-Hay, Mya Carmody, Rebekah Dallinger, Charlotte Gorman, Shyla Heal, Imogen Johnson, Veronica Martin, Jessica Maschmedt, Hannah Townley, Lara Warner. Coach Hannah Wilson, Assistant Coach Nicole Golding, Team Managers Jenny Heal and Pat Carmody.
Basketball NSW 2014 Annual Awards Dinner is on Saturday 8th of November
Saturday 8th November, 2014 6:00pm (for 6:30pm start)
Dooleys Catholic Club Lidcombe 24-26 John St, Lidcombe NSW, 2141
Dress: Smart Casual Cost $70pp
(Includes 3 course meal, beer, wine and soft drink)
Tickets start from $70 per person or get a table of 10 for $600
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