Victorians star in Aus Country NZ tour

CELEBRATING Easter in style, a number of Victoria Country rising stars took to the courts in New Zealand for the Annual ACJBC Tour.

A wealth of Victorians earned the right to head across to New Zealand to battle it out in the Australian Country NZ Tour.

The nation’s best and brightest U15 and U17 Boys and Girls competed at the five-day tournament in New Zealand that concluded on 22 April, with the Australia Country Under-15 and Under-17 girls claiming gold in New Zealand.

The girls capped off a stunning tournament in beating all comers and taking out gold in both U15 and U17 age groups.  

Kate Evans (Wodonga) representing Aus Country.

The U15 Girls saluted in a thrilling 54-52 Grand Final over Waikato U15 Girls, while the U17 Girls reigned supreme with a 77-58 victory over Tauranga U17 Girls.

The Boys teams did not achieve the same success – the U15s finishing fifth and the U17s finishing sixth overall – but battled courageously against often older and stronger opponents.

The U15 Boys concluded the tournament on a high in defeating Taranaki Country by 40-points in their final play-off, while the U17 Boys enjoyed their best performance against Rotarua U17 Boys with an 80-72 victory.

We would like to congratulate all players on their efforts and the respectful manner in which they conducted themselves in the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup (ACJBC) tour of New Zealand.

The first ACJBC was held in 1985, and each year upwards of 60 teams and 700 players, coaches and officials take part in the U15 and U17 age groups.

VICTORIANS IN AUSTRALIA COUNTRY SQUADS

Eddie Fleming

Oliver Eaton

Tadgh Condron

Zac Mabilia

Georgia Bodey

Elsie Noonan

Mia Puntoriero

Maddison Ford

Caitlin Richardson

Scarlett Orritt

Sienna Privitera

Liam Atkinson

Toby Snow

Toby Cossor

Jye McAlister

Team Manager: Mary Ann Barton

Tour Directors: Anthony Long, Micah Jewell

Referee: Aimy Freeman

Referee Coach: Pamela Brasher

Coach: Daniel Coles

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