Boys Basketball

St Columban’s came over the gateway to face our Redbacks; we had a nice start to the season coming away with two wins against St Columban’s and one of the TAS Supp teams coming away with a victory.

The Firsts kicked the season off with a convincing win on 55-41. The team was led by Wes Rowe who stamped his authority mid-game to push the Redbacks clear of the opponents. This is the first victory since 2008 against St Columban’s by the Redbacks.

The Seconds were well matched but ending up going down 10-16. Ben Stone and Oscar Witham were particularly good on the glass. Kane William’s enthusiastic support was unmatched, however, St Columban’s were able to secure key points at key moments in the game.

The first ever thirds team travelled to CHAC for an early start but unfortunately also went down 12-24. The Thirds are a tight unit with many of the team members having played together since Year 8. Mrs Gregor loves coaching this team and is looking forward to a competitive season.

The Year 10 team despite being light on numbers took to the court but went down 9-48. While they may have been short of players, they were not light on effort or commitment. The boys will work out their roles and if they can stay out of foul trouble they could upset some more fancied opponents this season.

The Year 9 team worked like a well-oiled machine and took a victory over St Columban’s coming away with a win of 34-30. An intimidating front court of Luke Sloan, Ewan Marr and Max Gardiner stalled many attacking raids in the paint by St Columban’s. Crafty guards in Alex Maier and Sam Farrar helped this machine come away close winners!

The Year 9 TAS Supp team also showed how strong this cohort is, and took a win also against CHAC 37-3. Seb Winsen (16 points) and Jayden Marsh (15 points) were top scorers for this team. Seb then snuck back to school to play for the Year 9 football team!

The Year 8 team had something to settle this week after losing to Columbians last year, and they managed to pull a convincing win of 35-27. In 2016, St Columban’s lost to Canterbury, and the Redbacks defeated Canterbury so St Columban’s, Canterbury and Ormiston were three way premiership winners. The victory against St Columban’s was a litmus test straight up for the boys.

The Year 7A team went down 14-69 against a crafty St Columban’s unit. The opponents had a couple of very skillful young players who had obviously played a lot of basketball. The Redbacks have a desire to compete that was impressive and with more practice in dribbling and shooting layups they will develop nicely as a team.

The Year 7 TAS Supp team played CHAC at home and despite it being pretty even all match, CHAC got a head and the score finished 7-18 to CHAC. The competitive juices from Cameron Douglas and Matthew Ross were infectious to all spectators. Like the Year 7A side, working on ball control and scoring close to the basket will be the key to future improvement of this team.

Mrs Ashley Greene
TAS Boys Basketball Coordinator