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THE Korumburra Basket-
ball Association has complet-
ed its Wildcats representative
season, coming away with im-
pressive results at the Country
Victoria State Championships
at Bendigo and Ballarat over
the school holidays.
The Under 12 Boys and Girls
teams had the first weekend of
the holidays in Bendigo, with
the boys falling one point short
of competing in the Division 1
grand final, going down to Tra-
ralgon in the semi-final to fin-
ish third in Country Victoria.
The Under 12 Girls man-
aged to make Division 3 and
finished 19th in the state.
The Under 14 Boys and
Girls competed in Ballarat,
with the boys finishing runner-
up in Division 2 to be 10th in
Country Victoria, and the girls
made Division 3 to finish 20th.
Under 12 Boys
The boys started the state
champs in emphatic style,
winning all of their three
games on day one to secure a
spot in Division 1, beating big
towns like Geelong, Echuca
Having lost only one game
by a point on day two, the
boys went into day three and
started with a convincing win
in the quarter final, beating
Mildura again by nearly 40
The team struggled at the
start of the semi-final against
Traralgon and found them-
selves 15 points down. They
fought back, but went down
in an absolute nail biter by 1
The team has had a stellar
season and to finish third over-
all is an outstanding result.
Under 12 Girls
The girls began day one with
a big win over Horsham, but
couldn’t match the strength
of big towns Bendigo and
Warrnambool in the remaining
They had mixed results on
day two to finish the grading
days in Division 3.
They came up against neigh-
bours Leongatha in the quar-
ter-final and had a strong win
34-11, but went down in the
semi-final to eventual winner
Under 14 Boys
The boys had not secured
their spot at the champion-
ships from previous years and
had to qualify for the event
back in November.
They defied all the odds and
worked hard to secure a spot
in Division 2, and ended up
runners-up. They lost only
one game by two points on day
one, and beat towns such as
Wodonga and Warrnambool.
Day two was tougher, meet-
ing strong opponents in Ben-
digo, Ballarat and Macedon
and they were unable to take
any wins, which put them in
They beat Wodonga again
in the quarter-final, then beat
Wallan in overtime in the semi-
final to face a very strong Mil-
dura side in the grand final,
A runner-up medal and an
overall placing of 10th was a
great achievement for this de-
Under 14 Girls
The girls had a tough first
match, taking on the notorious
Bendigo side and could get not
They lifted in their second
match to get the points over
A loss in the third match saw
them go to the premiership
section and hard fought wins
over Horsham and Hamilton
on day two secured their place
in Division 3.
The girls played Echuca
in the quarter-final but they
could not get over the line, fin-
ishing the season 20th overall.
Under 12 Girls
The under 12 girls had an uninterrupted
preparation for the weekend with all of the girls
fit and raring to go.
The girls began their campaign with a tight
loss to Moe in what was a very even match-up.
The girls also had losses to Hamilton and
Shepparton on Saturday.
The Sunday saw a big day for the girls with
four games to be played.
The girls started with two big wins over Mary-
borough and Wangaratta and a nail-biting two-
point loss to Churchill.
This left the girls with a mammoth task to
beat the top side in their pool, Mildura, in order
to qualify for Division Three.
Mildura had earlier defeated Churchill com-
fortably and therefore the girls were nervous
They exploded in the second half to wipe off a
sizeable deficit to win by two points.
On Monday the girls came up against Moe for
the second time in the quarter final and they
were again too good.
The Moe girls went on to win the division 3 title.
The Coasters girls were proud of pushing the
eventual winners twice over the weekend.
Under 12 Boys
Nine Wonthaggi under 12 boys travelled to
Bendigo to represent the community of Wont-
haggi in the under 12 State Championships.
First up on Saturday morning they played the
very tough Wodonga, who went on to the win
The boys started well and were troubling the
more fancied northerners.
In the last few minutes the boys couldn’t hold
on, but did extremely well to go down 41-52.
Next up they played Ballarat, a town with
huge numbers to choose from, but Wonthaggi’s
gallant nine came out firing and took it up to
the big town boys.
As much to our expectation and to Ballarat’s
surprise, we were able to run out comfortable
The third and last game of the day saw us
come up against local team Maffra.
The winner of this game would find them-
selves in the coveted Division One competition.
We have always had spirited tussles against
them and the boys came out a little timid from
The Wonthaggi boys couldn’t settle in this
game and Maffra played well to take the win
This meant that we qualified in second division.
Sunday was a new day and the gallant nine
came out firing against Echuca.
The boys played great team basketball and were
able to come away with a comfortable win 63-28.
Next up was the very loud Shepparton outfit.
The Shepparton boys had been very vocal dur-
ing our girl’s game and were full of confidence
when they came to play, but that was short-lived.
The Wonthaggi boys played well as a team,
getting out to a very handy 12-point lead.
Things began to tighten up in the second
half but our boys played smart basketball and
nailed several free throws down the stretch to
take out the win by one point, 36-35.
In a great show of sportsmanship, the boys
found the Shepparton boys on their bench and
shook hands after the game.
The third and final game of the day was
The boys were a little asleep when this game
started and we found ourselves down 16-0.
A timeout and refocus gave our boys a new
direction and we began to peg them back.
Several injuries early in the game meant we
were down to six players for three quarters of
the game but we tried our hardest and fell short
of the win 34-46.
An outstanding achievement for an associa-
tion our size.
Day three was knockout day and we had to come
ready to play and first up we played Hamilton.
The Wonthaggi boys were focussed from the
tip off playing great basketball.
All the boys made a contribution and we were
able to stave off elimination by winning 22-37.
The next round saw us come up against
The boys started well, but within the first two
minutes we had lost our two starting big men
with finger injuries.
The boys rallied and were never any further
than four points down, but just couldn’t get
Another couple of injuries made our job even
tougher, but our boys tried their hardest even-
tually losing 38-49.
The Coasters are extremely proud of all the
boys that played in the two under 12 represen-
tative teams this year.
To come away on this weekend and do as
well as we have with limited resources, such as
courts to train on, our boys should be extreme-
ly proud of their efforts.
The teams that we played against were hugely
populated towns steeped in basketball history
We definitely taught some teams a few things
about basketball, manners and about being
humble in winning.
After initially having to qualify last November
to play in the 2017 State Country Champion-
ships at Ballarat, the Under 14 Girls excelled
to finish in Division Two, which contained the
teams ranked ninth to 16th in Country Victoria.
The team had a slow start to the tournament
on Friday morning with a loss to the Geelong
Supercats by five points, 20-15.
This quickly changed in the afternoon with
wins against Hamilton Hurricanes by 10 points,
35-25, and Echuca Pirates by four points, 25-21.
After qualifying to playoff for either Division
One or Two after Friday’s games, the competi-
tion got considerably harder on Saturday and
the team suffered losses to the more experi-
enced teams Macedon Ranges by 19 points, 33-
14, Sale Sonics by 23 points, 40-17 and Ben-
digo Braves by 48 points, 56-8.
On Sunday, the girls played Moe Meteors in
the Division Two qualifying final.
The team started the game strongly and the
scores were even at halftime, 13-13.
Unfortunately the team’s shots failed to fall in
the second half and they ended up losing by 16
Throughout the championships, the entire
team played well and they never took a back-
wards step, even when playing against teams
that were taller and physically stronger.
The girls gave their all and did Wonthaggi and
Wonthaggi Coasters compete
strongly at State Championships
The Wonthaggi Coasters under 12 girls at the State titles were left, Eva Garnham, Sophie
Carter, Olivia Bramley, Mataya Maloney, Marli Box, Sienna Tiziani, Amy Scott, Amity Mc-
Innes, Annalise O’Halloran and Ross Bramley (Coach).
season on a high
The Korumburra Wildcats Under 12 Girls and Boys teams
at the Victoria Country Championships were, back, Tarkyn
Walker, Ishkah Butler, Ella Cocksedge, Xavier Lindsay, Ryan
Gwin and Jemayer Grabham. Middle, Will Brown, Sienna
Lane, Chelsea Fox, Max Donohue, Liam Mitchell, Oliver
Willcox and Amber Walker. Front, Tommy Burgess, Hayley
Belvedere, Lara Cocksedge, Lucas Allen, Zac Mabilia, Finn
Donohue and Kirra Belvedere.
The Korumburra Wildcats Under 14 Girls finished 20th at the Victoria Country Champion-
ships. The team, from left, Robyn ‘Spud’ Harris (assistant coach), Meg Harris, Hayley Wood-
all, Charlee Walker, Kelsey Donohue, Asha Boyd Metsellar, Travis James (coach), Bronte
Whyte, Kylah James, Flynn Burgess-Pincini, Rani Marriott, Felicity Fox and Steph Whyte
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