The 2021 Country Championships came to a close this past weekend in Traralgon, when the Under-14 champions were crowned.
A jam packed Country Championships has concluded in Traralgon as the Under-14 Country Champions were crowned across Division’s One through Four.
Throughout the three-day event, associations from all across regional Victoria came together to display fantastic basketball abilities, despite the challenges the athletes may had faced over the past twelve months.
Division One was a blast throughout the weekend, with Macedon Ranges securing the title in the boys, while Warrnambool fought their way to their girls championship. It was the Eve Covey and Poppy Myers show on Sunday afternoon for the Mermaids, rising to the biggest occasion to combine for 35 of Warrnambool’s 45 points in the decider. Macedon Ranges edged past Ballarat in the grand final, off the back of a big game from Sonny Maxwell.
In Division Two, it was Maffra’s boys and Korumburra’s girls who were left at the end of it all, both securing double digit victories in the championship game. Maffra’s Judd Burgiel dropped 21 points in the final to lead the Eagles, while special mention must be given to Micah Livingstone who matched that tally for the gallant Hornets. On the girls side of things, Korumburra’s Megen Cooper finished with 17 in the runaway victory over Maffra.
The tightest grand final games came in Division Three, when Swan Hill boys squeezed past Bacchus Marsh by three points as well as Horsham taking home a six-point victory in the girls against Bellarine. Bodhi Kelly and Sonny Beasy were the leaders for the Flyers, while Cara Tippet was the only player in double figures for the fixture.
Finally, Division Four was claimed by both Terang and Wangaratta in the boys and girls respectively. The Tornadoes used the trio of Hamish Molan, Charlie Roberts and Oliver Guthrie to power their offence, where as the Warriors did their damage by committee – four players scoring six points or more en route to a nine-point victory.
2021 Country Championships Under-14 Grand Final Results
Warrnambool 45 def Ballarat 37
WBOOL: Eve Covey 19pts, Poppy Myers 16pts
BALL: Charlie McKinnon 10pts, Zayah McNamara 9pts
Maffra 22 def by Korumburra 42
MAF: Tanna Boyle 7pts, Krystal Craft 5pts
KOR: Megen Cooper 17pts, Charlotte Anthony 12pts
Horsham 31 def Bellarine 25
HOR: Cara Tippet 10pts, Maddison Bethune 7pts
BEL: Mia Henriksen 9pts, Isabel Henriksen 8pts
Wangaratta 43 def Wallan 34
WANG: Crystal Holdsworth 13pts, Meg Evans 8pts, Sophia Pasquali 8pts
WAL: Ava Townsend 21pts, Caitlyn Kennedy 6pts
Macedon Ranges 50 def Ballarat 42
MR: Sonny Maxwell 16pts, Alex Gray 11pts
BALL: Luka White 17pts, Ethan Drever 9pts, Lachie Squire 9pts
Horsham 46 def by Maffra 58
HOR: Micah Livingstone 21pts, Elijaho McKenzie 7pts
MAF: Judd Burgiel 21pts, Phoenix Cox 13pts
Swan Hill 40 def Bacchus Marsh 37
SH: Bodhi Kelly 13pts, Sonny Beasy 11pts
BM: Zachary Dalli 13pts, Riley Dilges 11pts
Korumburra 32 def by Terang 46
KOR: Riley Butters 13pts, Ky Gow 7pts
TER: Hamish Molan 13pts, Charlie Roberts 10pts, Oliver Guthrie 10pts
And of course, thanking our wonderful team of officials which included our referee, referee coaches and stadium staff and administrators who put the whole tournament together.