Junior Basketball Grand Finals
All parents, family and friends are encouraged to come along and support the participants in the Grand Finals. The Basketball Association make it easy for this to happen as there is free admission for spectators and the canteen and bar facilities will be operating.
In under 12 boys Saints verses Roos, Saints ran out convincing winners in the 2nd semi- final but it will be a lot closer in this game as Roos have learnt that they must play as a team and share the ball. This will be the only way they will defeat a well-coached Saints outfit. Both teams are loaded with talent and the match-ups look fairly even with Matt Withers of Saints destined to be against Doug Treloar, Finn Grimes of Saints against Hamish McRae and Liam Mills verses Zac Bradley but the contest could be won and lost by which teams keeps their players fresh and out of foul trouble.
The under 12 girls Grand Final between Devils and Saints looks to be a great game on paper and the contest between Emily Winter of Devils and Isabel Turner of Saints look likely to be taken to a new level. These 2 girls always play hard against one another but may nullify each other and it may well come down to which team give their leaders the most support. Devils will look to Paige Nitschke, Belle Sneath, Macey Taylor and Meg Gray who will all work hard in both defense and offence while Saints will rely on Kate Walker, Macey Varcoe and Lucy Angus to help keep them in the game.
In the under 14 boys Demons will do battle with Eagles. During the season Demons have had the upper hand on Eagles as Jez Jones, Jordon Gould and Tom Tukia of Demons have good understanding between them and play well together. Eagles on the other hand rely on Josh Levison and Ben Marshall to do the bulk of their teams scoring and this may be a problem if one of them get shut down in the grand final. The result in this game will be close and may well be decided by how much defense gets played as both teams have players that can score if not defended well.
The under 14 girls game between Roos and Tigers will be one worth watching as both team have plenty of talent. Roos made their way to the Grand Final in the 2nd semi- final and look very good to go all the way with Olivia Fuller, Annabel Brooks and Lauren Fensom all in good form and with the players around them like Issy Turner, Ingrid Chizunga and Ashleigh Sorrell will be hard to beat. The Tigers on the other hand have a talented lineup as well but just seem to lack the player that will make it happen when needed and this means Jess Allan, Maddie Pulmer and Keely Venn will have to step up if they want to win here.
The teams in the under 16 boys Grand Final are Pumas and Tigers. The teams look even but Tigers have had the better of Pumas for most of the season but when the teams are matched up there looks to be nothing between them in talent, height, and scoring potential. Tigers will need to keep James Wallis off the rebounds and Pumas will have to put plenty of pressure on Jed Telfer so he has no space to get his shot away. The result of this game could be decided by Mitch Pulmer of Pumas as he looks likely to cause a matchup problem for Tigers and he is accurate close to the basket.
The under 16 girls will be played between Tigers and Devils. This game will be a battle of the defenses as Devils have a team of players that like to take the ball to the basket and Tigers have a team of players that like to and are capable of shooting from long range. The 2 teams are different in many aspects but in the end it will be the team makes their plan work and the team that rebounds well. Sarah Allan of Tigers has been shooting well for Tigers and Alex Walker of Devils makes everyone play hard honest defense or she gets the ball to the basket. Both teams have talented players that on their night can make a big impact so this game will be worth watching.