Quirindi’s under 16 Women and under 16 Men representative Basketball teams have had to settle for second place after both teams lost their Division 2 Grand Finals in Grafton over the weekend.
Both teams had finished 2nd on their respective ladders after the regular season with the Girls set to take on Ballina and the Boys Taree in their Major Semi Final matches.
First up on Saturday were the Girls and despite having not beaten Ballina all season they were confident going into their match. That confidence was backed up with a season best performance from the girls to lead Ballina at every break and take the upset win 59 points to 37, putting Quirindi straight into Sundays Grand Final.
Next up were the Boys who had also remained winless over Taree all season, although were very close going down but just 2 points on one occasion. Motivated by the Girls upset the Boys took to the court but unfortunately were outclassed by Taree going down by their biggest margin of the season 80 points to 42. Thankfully Quirindi regained their composure to defeat Bellinger Valley in a thriller in their Preliminary final 67 points to 62, after Bellinger had earlier defeated the Tamworth Thunderbolts in the minor semi-final.
Sunday morning and the Girls were pumped for their Grand Final. Once again taking on Ballina after Ballina had knocked out Kempsey in the Preliminary final the night before. Both teams got off to a slow start with a very low scoring first quarter. Ballina had learnt from their loss the day before with strong defence limiting Quirindi’s scoring options. Although a gallant effort and doing Quirindi proud the girls just couldn’t get the job done, eventually going down to Ballina 39 points to 53.
The Boys were up next, again facing the red hot Taree squad. With a solid start Quirindi were trailing by just 3 points at the 1st quarter break and were right in the game. As the game progressed Taree’s lead continued to grow and by the end of the 3rd quarter the game was gone. To the boys credit they never gave up and managed to outscore Taree in the final period to go down a respectable 50 points to 74.
Quirindi Basketball would like to congratulate both teams on their silver medals as once again this is a great achievement for our very small association.
A big thanks also to our Coaches and Managers for the time and effort you have put into these teams, Kirsty Hartin, Sonja Taylor, Rechelle Robinson for the Girls, Simon Roxborough and Ben Butler for the boys.
Our under 14 women, 14 Men and 18 Men will compete in the Division 1 finals also in Grafton at the end of the month.
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