ANOTHER exceptional championship season wound to an end on Sunday as our under-14s shone at Ballarat.
It was a red-letter day for Warrnambool and Wodonga in the respective boys and girls competitions, as the sides claimed their Division 1 titles in front of a packed show-court at the Ballarat Sports and Entertainment Centre.
Warrnambool boys rose for their second Division 1 Boys title in as many weeks with a 53-41 victory over Geelong. George Stevens (19 points) flourished across the weekend in league with Connor Byrne (10 points) and Finn O’Sullivan (seven points) for the Seahawks while the Supercats were well led by Jack Connolly (14 points), Joshua Hasell (11 points) and Bailey Bruce (10 points).
The Division 1 girls crown was taken by Wodonga Wolves in a thrilling 46-41 win over the Southern Peninsula Sharks. Southern Peninsula had an exceptional weekend leading into the finale, but in the end the Wolves dug in to claim the victory through the likes of Evie Hughes (19 points), Christine Oguche (13 points) and Sienna Harvey (10 points). Chantelle James (25 points) was extraordinary for the Sharks in league with Kyra Webb (nine points) and Shannon Tuffy (five points).
Colac knocked over Sale 52-45 in the Boys Division 2 finale as Tobyn Murray (11 points), William Mclachlan (11 points) and Luke Smith (10 points) notched crucial points for the Kookas while Harper Fraser (nine points) and Joshua Gee (nine points) shone for the Sonics.
The Division 2 girls’ title was picked up by Echuca in a 38-32 thriller over Horsham. The Pirates stole the show through Maia Roberts (15 points), Zayah James (five points), Lilli Oliver (five points) and Sienna Agg (five points) while Imogen Worthy (12 points), Olivia Brilliant (7 points) and Ashley Ellis (six points)
Maffra’s winning ways in the BVC Championships boys divisions continued with a Division 3 triumph over Corio Bay 55-37. The emphatic win for the Eagles was honed by Jett Killoran (10 points), Wil Ross (10 points) and Noah Christy (nine points) while Kane Thornburgh (19 points) was an almighty presence for the Stingrays in league with Marcus Wharton (six points) and Brodie Crompton (four points).
Splitting them with a magnifying glass, the Coasters managed to eke out an extraordinary 25-24 triumph in Division 3 Girls over Melton. It came down to the wire but in the end Lexie Purcell (three points) made the clutch two to secure Portland the title. The side was led by Millie Jennings (12 points), Madalyn Shepherd (four points) and Mikayla Brabham (four points)
The Wangaratta boys brought home the final trophy of the boys’ competition with a 45-39 victory over Horsham. Aubyn Newton (10 points), Judd Schubert (10 points) and Xavier Laverty (9 points) led the Warriors’ charge while Joel Freijah (18 points) buzzed about for the Hornets alongside Zak Smith (six points), Frederick Frew (six points) and Hugh Dougherty (six points).
Moe rounded out the title tilt with a 36-30 victory over Yarrawonga-Mulwala. The Meteors crashed through the Lakers’ defence through the likes of Tahni Hodgens (12 points), Olivia Rock (11 points) and Brooke Hunter (five points) while Yarrawonga-Mulwala had excellent scorers in Brodie Chapman (15 points) and Eliana Martin (12 points).
BVC UNDER-14 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
UNDER 14 GIRLS – DIVISION 1
Wodonga 46 defeated Southern Peninsula 41
Referees: Aimy Freeman & Emma Thorn
UNDER 14 GIRLS – DIVISION 2
Echuca 38 defeated Horsham 32
Referees: Joanne Allen & Chloe Janman
UNDER 14 GIRLS – DIVISION 3
Portland 25 defeated Melton 24
Referees: Mitchell Bond & Hugh Moor
UNDER 14 GIRLS – DIVISION 4
Moe 36 defeated Yarra-Mul 30
Referees: Mark Ough & Madelyn Huismann
UNDER 14 BOYS – DIVISION 1
Warrnambool 53 defeated Geelong 41
Referees: Eliza Singleton & Shania Watson
UNDER 14 BOYS – DIVISION 2
Colac 52 defeated Sale 45
Referees: Cory Bannister & Jayden White-Powell
UNDER 14 BOYS – DIVISION 3
Maffra 55 defeated Corio Bay 37
Referees: Bryce Brand & Joel Saines
UNDER 14 BOYS – DIVISION 4
Wangaratta 45 defeated Horsham 39
Referees: Joel Lay & Mitch Lay