Record roll up in junior clash
Broome Basketball Association’s recent annual Junior Teams Carnival conducted over the North West Expo weekend grew to attract the highest number of teams nominated in the three years since the carnival commenced.
Apart from teams entering from Broome, there were teams from Karratha, Fitzroy Valley, Derby and Djarindjin taking to the court for the carnival, held on the outdoor courts at the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre.
Four competition age divisions were conducted in the carnival. In the under-15 boys’ grand final match, two local teams played an exciting game with VC Chargers getting up by one point in a nail-biting finish to win 27-26 against the Drop-In Centre Tangos.
The Tangos had led by four points at the half-time break.
The under-15 girls’ grand final game saw a dominant display of basketball from the Broome Flyers who won, 46-11, against the visiting Djarindjin Sea Scouts.
In the under-18 boys’ grand final, two teams from outside of Broome contested this evenly competitive game.
Karratha’s Mayuga Magic narrowly won by two points, 39-37, against the Derby Stallions who were ahead by one point at halftime.
The under-18 girls’ grand final was, surprisingly, a narrow contest with the Fitzroy Valley Girls Academy having to pull out all stops to defeat Broome’s Hostel Heat, 31-26.
All four grand final games displayed a high standard of basketball with all of the winning teams going through the carnival weekend undefeated.
But with three of these teams, in both the boys’ grand final games and the under-18 girls’ game, the winners needed to hang on narrowly to win and retain their unbeaten record.
The most valuable player trophy winners for the 2011 Broome Basketball NW Expo Junior Teams’ Carnival were: U15 girls: Maria Sibosado (Djarindjin Sea Scouts), U15 boys: Norman Fronda (Broome Flyers), U18 girls: Anastasia Dawson (Fitzroy Valley Girls Academy) and U18 boys:
Beau Alec (Karratha’s Mayuga Magic).
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