STRONG showings from all four of our under-18 teams have highlighted the start of the Australian Junior Championships, held this week in Townsville, Queensland.
VICTORIA COUNTRY WOMEN
Undefeated through its opening four clashes, the Victoria Country Women have taken to the Townsville courts emphatically. The best efforts of NSW Country, Tasmania, QLD South and most recently, WA Country, weren’t enough to dispatch the Country girls. Victoria Country was superb yesterday in its 61-48 triumph over WA Country as Olivia Pollerd (14 points), Paige Price (11 points, seven rebounds, five steals) and Piper Dunlop (six points, 11 rebounds) proved too mighty overhead for WA Country.
The Vic Country Women will take on SA Metro from 10.30am today on Townsville Court 3.
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN MEN
Undefeated and surging at the top of the Pool A ladder, Victoria Metropolitan Under-18 Men are off to a brilliant start in the 2019 tournament.
Winning ways from the opening three days, already knocking over WA Country, QLD North and Tasmania, was carried over into Tuesday’s mighty triumph over SA Country 94-47. Vic Metro dominated the boards and tormented their neighbours in a clinical defensive effort to maintain the 4-0 record.
Sharing it around in the blowout victory, Leyi Adebayo (15 points) is relishing his return to the Victorian colours while Zac Taylor (11 points, seven rebounds), Riley Simmons (eight points, 13 rebounds), Josh Giddey (eight points, eight assists, seven rebounds) and Marcus Windhager (10 points, five assists, three steals) stuffed the stat-sheet.
Vic Metro’s unblemished record will be on the line again today as Darren Perry’s charges battle it out against New South Wales Metro from 3pm on Townsville Court 1.
VICTORIA METROPOLITAN WOMEN
Flying atop their division with a 4-0 record, the Vic Metro Women have started their championship defence in style. Taking it to WA Metro, SA Country, QLD North and finally an emphatic 75-56 win over NSW Metro yesterday, it has been an emphatic start to life in Townsville for the team.
The side was led offensively by Casey Valenti-Paea (17 points, eight rebounds), Charlise Dunn (15 points, seven rebounds) and Luisa Fakalata (10 points, three rebounds) as the side made the most of their defensive gains.
Vic Metro Women face the ACT from 11am today on Townsville Court 1.
VICTORIA COUNTRY MEN
Sitting 4-1 in an even side of the bracket has Vic Country well placed heading into the final day of the pool stage. Victories over ACT, WA Metro, NSW Country and QLD South earlier in the week have the side well placed even with its 70-93 loss overnight to SA Metro.
Shining so far in this national campaign, Christian D’Angelo (24 points, four rebounds, four assists), Austin McKenzie (17 points) and some heavy lifting under the ring from Keith Robinson (four points, five rebounds) and Tonga Matapule Otutaha (five rebounds).
Vic Country will face Northern Territory today from 9am.
KEVIN COOMBS CUP
The Victorian Kevin Coombs Cup team tips off their championship defence today as the Victorian junior wheelchair basketball side takes on Western Australia and Queensland South in a day one double header.