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THE Wonthaggi Coasters under 16.1 Girls
were crowned champions at the annual Warra-
The first round at the Warragul tournament
doesn’t get any tougher than playing Wonthag-
gi’s rival, Traralgon.
With a few Victoria Country players in the
Traralgon team, the Coasters had to bring their
best into round one.
The game started at a pace that Usain Bolt
would have been happy with, it was fast and
physical, the way sport should be played.
Defence was strong at both ends, it was hard
to break into the paint, shots were being put up
from a long way out and with the pressure over
the ball, scores were low.
Half time scores were 7-9 in Traralgon’s fa-
It was going to come down to team plays and
It would prove to be a grand final preview and
what a game to watch.
Traralgon prevailed for the win in the first
round by a point, which has been the case for
the last three meetings against Traralgon.
With four games to play for the day, the girls
needed to refuel and be ready for Moe who
would also tough opponents.
The Coasters came out strong and got a good
lead on the board, making it impossible for
Moe to come back.
This was a great win against strong opposi-
Maffra was the next hurdle, as for whatever
reason Maffra match up against the Coasters
very well and they always have trouble break-
This was no different, as tired legs for game
three showed and rotations were aplenty.
A win is a win and the Coasters got over the
line by a mere six points.
The fourth game for the day was at 8.45pm
when most people are going to bed, but the girls
needed to bring fresh legs for the clash against
the host team Warragul.
Everyone was tired including the referees
who were onto their 12 game reffing for the day!
The Coasters had a slow start which saw the
coach call a timeout to rev-up the team.
The promise of a good night’s sleep after this
game seemed to be the main incentive and as
a result shots seem to be dropping from every-
where and the Coasters had a good win by 14.
Sunday was a new day and there was only
a game against local rival Korumburra in be-
tween the Coasters and a grand final rematch
against the unbeaten Traralgon.
The girls came out a bit rusty after a good
night’s sleep and it took a while to overcome a
tenacious Korumburra by seven points.
The rematch with Traralgon was now con-
firmed, against a team that has had the wood
over the Coasters in recent times.
It was a brutal defensive game with no quar-
ter asked for and no quarter given.
Both sides had to earn every basket that came
At half time Traralgon held sway by three
Ever so gradually the Coasters were grinding
the opposition down.
Good teamwork and perhaps greater depth
in personnel on the bench started to get on top
of a tiring Traralgon.
With three minutes to go, the Coasters hit
the front for the first time in the game and the
girls refused to yield, winning by three points to
claim the title.
It was a wonderful team effort which held
them in good stead for when they travelled to
Shepparton for the state titles.
Under 16.1 Boys
The boys started slowly in their first game
against Lakes Entrance but came through with
a win after improved rebounding.
The second game against Churchill showed
great team work with all contributing on the
scoreboard for a win.
The boys stepped up another level in the third
game against Moe to win by 29 points.
The semi-final against Traralgon went into
overtime, with the Coasters losing by two
Well done boys on a fantastic tournament and
thanks you to Cathy for coaching a great group
Under 14.1 Boys
The boys worked tirelessly during the tourna-
ment giving 110 per cent at all times, making
the A grade semi-finals which is a huge accom-
Whilst they didn’t gel as well as they have at
other tournaments, they certainly stepped up
their effort and took on the best of the best in
This tournament they defeated teams that
had previously beaten them convincingly.
They have all stepped up to a new level and
should be ready to take it further next time.
The club cannot wait to see what this team is
capable of when their effort and team work gel
at the same time.
Great work by all and thank you to Ian for
coaching the boys.
Under 14.1 Girls
The Warragul tournament was a big challenge
for the Coasters 14.1 Girls, playing against very
It was a credit to the girls for the effort they
gave in every game.
Thank you to Andrea and Lincon for coaching
Well done Coasters 14.1 Girls.
Under 14.2 Girls
The Coasters under 14.2 girls team had a
great weekend at the Warragul tournament with
some hard fought games where the final scores
did not reflect how close they really were.
After a loss to Traralgon in their first game,
the girls settled to playing determined and
competitive games, with the scoreboard almost
equal at each half time break.
Despite consistent pressure from some tough
opposition, the girls stuck to their game plan
under coach Kate Brosnan and were happy
with their results.
Despite not making finals, the girls lost only
narrowly to teams who had beaten them con-
vincingly in the past, showing how hard the
team has worked and how much they have im-
proved over the course of the season.
Well done to the girls and their coach.
Under 12.1 Boys
The boys played in the A Division, winning
three out of four games including a close loss to
Maffra by four points.
The boys are starting to consolidate on their
defensive positioning and are cutting and lead-
ing correctly to the ball.
Keep training hard boys and we are looking
forward to the next tournament.
Thanks to Cathy for coaching and training
Under 12.2 Boys
The Coasters under 12.2 Boys team had a
great weekend in Warragul.
They started off with a loss against a very
strong Phillip Island team.
The boys regrouped to defeat Churchill in the
The third game on Saturday was a nail biter
and a super team effort.
Zak Box drove hard up the court and made a
jump shot with only seconds on the clock for a
On Sunday the team backed up with two wins
against Moe and Morwell.
The boys played great team basketball, had a
lot of fun over the weekend and finished second
in their pool.
A big thank you to Katrina for coaching the
Under 12.1 Girls
After coming runner’s up at the Dandenong-
Eltham tournament in a grand final that was
decided by just two points, the Under 12 girls
team entered the Warragul Tournament full of
confidence. After hours of individual and team
preparation, the girls played some very team
orientated and attractive basketball on the Sat-
urday. The girls won both of their games with
all girls managing to hit the scoreboard.
On Sunday, the girls played two very com-
petitive games where their teamwork proved
the difference with the girls bandying together
to manufacture two more wins. Unfortunately
our girls could not manage to keep the winning
streak going, losing the grand final to Waverly
Congratulations to each of the girls for their
effort and continued improvement. Ross, Renee
and all the parents are so proud of you all.
Under 10 boys
The U10 boys played five games over the
weekend winning two and losing two close
games and a third by a bigger margin. They
boys are definitely improving and are starting
to pass the ball around and play as a team.
Looking forward to the next tournament to con-
tinue the improvement. Thank you our coach
Jenson and to Ian for filling in when Jenson
had to play.
champs at Warragul
The Wonthaggi Coasters under 16.1 Girls won at the Warragul tournament. Back, Gemma
Thomas (MVP), Lanni Pryor, Zali Anderson, Chelsea Bowman and Alana McRae (coach).
Front, Ella Sadler, Jessy Sadler, Sophia Hughes, Chloe Bramley and Grace McRae.
The Wonthaggi Coasters under 16.1 Boys reached the semi-final of the Warragul tourna-
ment. From left, Max Pier, Kye Benson, Mitch Hewitson, Eros Reid, Fraser Clarke, Alex Max-
well, Jarrod Lawson and Cath Garnham (coach).
The Wonthaggi Coasters under 14.1 Boys made the semi-final at the Warragul tournament.
Back, Archer Reis, Ian Murdoch (coach) and Angus Murdoch. Front, Hunter Tiziani, Cooper
Lindsay, Harry Scott, Baylee Silvester and Tyson Bolam.
The Wonthaggi Coasters under 14.1 Girls at the Warragul tournament. Back, Cloe Booth,
Hannah Grenville, Charlotte Morris and Lincon Morris (Assistant Coach). Front, Andrea
Grenville (coach), Imogen Lindsay, Niamh Murray, Acacia Wallis and Zoe Verboon.
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