Under 18 Men – State Shield

Quirindi’s under 18 Men Representative Basketball Team travelled to Maitland over the weekend to compete in the State Shield after qualifying with winning Division 2 of the Northern Junior League.

Although up against some big Associations and strong opposition in their Pool the boys were competitive throughout their games and definitely had people asking, where the hell is Quirindi?

Taking on a big Camden Valley team the boys took to the court and put in their best quarter of the season to rattle Camden Valley with Quirindi taking a 9 point lead into the break. With Quirindi only having a squad of 7 players up against that of 10 for Camden stamina was always going to be a concern and that it was with Camden coming back to take an 8 point lead at the half time break. Quirindi matched it with them in the 3rd quarter but fatigue in the 4th saw the game slip away eventually going down by 22 points.

Their second match saw them take to the court at 8:15 on Saturday night up against North Sydney. Unlike the first game the boys were slow to start struggling to find the form of their first game after just a two hour turn around, the energy exerted in their first match was greater than first though with cramping affecting several players. North’s got away off the back of some great outside shooting to lead by 18 at the quarter. Quirindi managed to match them in the 2nd quarter and at one stage managed to get the deficit back to 8 points before Norths pulled away again. The outside game from Norths getting them home to take the win 97 points to Quirindi’s 67.

After a nice breakfast and a Harbour side stroll in Newcastle, not to mention some photos with Samantha Jade, the boys were refreshed and headed back to Maitland to take on Moss Vale in their final match. Moss Vale had also gone down to Camden Valley but had beaten Norths in their match. This was a fast paced game with Moss Vale’s full court press creating problems early in the match seeing them take a commanding lead 45 points to 28 at the half time break. We are not sure what Coaches Tristan Wong and Simon Roxborough said to the boys at the break but Quirindi came out firing in the 3rd to reduce the margin to just six points at the end of the quarter. The 4th quarter was outstanding from Quirindi with all players giving it their all and their efforts rewarded with the boys getting home in a thriller 80 points to 77.

Camden Valley ended up taking out the tournament defeating Glebe by 20 points in the Final.

Quirindi Basketball would like to congratulate the boys on what has been a very successful season for our small association.

U18 Men Quirindi 2015

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