Country Championships kicked off with a bang in 2020 with Bendigo Stadium hosting some of the hottest basketball products in the state.
Together, the Under 16 and Under 18 compatriots put on a a dazzling display across the two-day tournament. Ending in style, eight champions who excelled were applauded and crowned as victors.
Congratulations are in order for the following associations who took home titles – Shepparton, Horsham, Bendigo and Wangaratta secured girls championships, while Warrnambool, Southern Peninsula, Bendigo and Shepparton took home trophies for the boys.
Basketball Victoria Country Events and Community Program Coordinator Sammy Cartwright praised tournament officials for another successful weekend.
“Having 74 teams all under the one roof at Bendigo Stadium is a feat in itself, and we must appreciate all the hard work and effort that goes into running an event like this,” Cartwright explained.
“To the players, coaches and officials on the court, as well as the advisors and tournament officials both on the sidelines and in the lead-up, we couldn’t put these events on without your dedication to the craft.”
Under 16 Boys
Warrnambool 70 def Geelong United 42
WBOOL: George Stevens 26 points
Referees: Liam Harrison & Thomas Cossens
Wonthaggi 55 def by Southern Peninsula 60
SP: Corey Hastings 24 points
Referees: Lachie Dawson & Joel Saines
Under 16 Girls
Southern Peninsula 27 def by Shepparton 52
SHEP: Hannah Onley 19 points
Referees: Ataliah Zito & Courtney Carroll
Bendigo 39 def by Horsham 45
HORSH: Grace Manserra 15 points
Referees: Meghan Hastie & Caitlin Newcombe
Under 18 Boys
Traralgon 36 def by Bendigo 55
BEN: Dyson Daniels 16 points
Referees: Lachlan Saines, Mitch Lay & Cory Bannister
Mildura 54 def by Shepparton 65
SHEP: Tom Brown 22 points
Referees: Christopher Crosbie, Joel Lay & Sean Downing
Under 18 Girls
Bendigo 55 def Mildura 34
BEN: Piper Dunlop/Caitlin Richardson 12 points
Referees: Eliza Singleton, Daniel Nancarrow & Aimy Freeman
Macedon Ranges 28 def by Wangaratta 38
WANG: Ebony Norris 14 points
Referees: Russell Robinson, Mitchell Bond & Bryce Brand
The attention is now placed on Ballarat as the Division Three and Four tournament of the Under 16 and Under 18’s takes place on March 14 and 15.