North West Coast schools provided the highlights of last weekend’s Basketball Tasmania High School Championships which were held at the Kingborough Sports Centre, taking out the gold medal in three of the four divisions contested.


The senior girls’ (grade 9/10) title went to Burnie High School while fellow Burnie school the Marist Regional College took out the junior girls (grade 7/8) title and Devonport’s St Brendan-Shaw College won gold in the junior boys’ division. Launceston’s Riverside High School won the other title on offer when it took out the senior boys’ division.Hosted by the Southern Tasmanian Basketball League, the event saw 48 generally high standard games being fought out amongst the 24 teams which qualified by finishing first or second in their respective regional titles last month.


The closest of the finals were the two senior events with Burnie defeating Mt Carmel by nine points in the girls’ final and Riverside defeating St Virgil’s in the boys’. Burnie and Mt Carmel both posted big semi-final victories, Burnie with a 19 point win over Wynyard and Mt Carmel defeating St Patrick’s by 17 points. The final shaped up as being a tight encounter but Burnie burst out of the blocks to establish an early break which it then held though to the final siren.


The Riverside – St Virgil’s senior boys’ clash was a high standard battle which was anyone’s game until the final quarter when Riverside tightened the defensive screws to take control of the game, adding the senior boys’ title to its back to back junior championship wins, also over St Virgil’s in 2010 and 2011. Marist easily defeated Scotch Oakburn by 20 points to take out the junior girls’ final with Scotch struggling to bounce back from a tough semi-final clash which saw it overcome the more highly fancied St Mary’s by three points. North West regional champion Burnie took on St Brendan-Shaw in the junior boys’ final but this time around, it was St Brendan-Shaw which had the upper hand.  Both sides had tight semi-final encounters with Burnie beating St Patrick’s by four points and St Brendan-Shaw defeating Scotch Oakburn by six but it was St Brendan-Shaw which stamped its authority on the final, posting a 20 point victory.


The last event on the Basketball Tasmania state championship calendar, the Tasmanian Primary School Championship, will be held at the Devonport Recreation Sports Centre on the weekend of 24th and 25th November.


Tas High School Championships Finals Results:


Senior Girls – Burnie 59 (Nikki Miller 12, Sami Phillips 10) d Mt Carmel 50 (Amy Onaca 19, Dimitria Jaynes 18)


Senior Boys – Riverside 49 (Liam Purser 16, Zach Kilby 12, Kai Woodfall 12) d St Virgil’s 39 (Jake Doran 10, Heath Thompson 9, Matt Doran 8)


Junior Girls – Marist 52 (Calli Schumann 21, Sinead Freeman 12) d Scotch Oakburn 32 (Karlee Fulton 11, Eliza Simpson 8)


Junior Boys – St Brendan-Shaw 63 (Kobe Banham 26, James Clements 11) d Burnie 43 (E. Smith 13).


Final Rankings:


Senior Boys: 1. Riverside, 2. St Virgil’s, 3. Marist and New Town (equal), 5. Scotch Oakburn, 6. Burnie.


Senior Girls: 1. Burnie, 2. Mt Carmel, 3. St Patrick’s and Wynyard (equal), 5. Riverside, 6. MacKillop.


Junior Boys: 1. St Brendan-Shaw, 2. Burnie, 3. St Patrick’s and Scotch Oakburn, 5. St Virgil’s, 6. Clarence.


Junior Girls: 1. Marist, 2. Scotch Oakburn, 3. St Mary’s and Ulverstone (equal), 5. Mackillop, 6. St Patrick’s.



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