In Round 6 the Redback boys met the ever improving CHAC basketballers at home. We knew the round was going to be a battle and it truly was; the Redbacks managed one win to the First team and a draw to the Year 8s. In the Supp competition, we managed two wins to the Thirds and Year 9 teams.
The Firsts had a nail-biting game winning by one point, 38-37. OC led for the whole game, just keeping their noses ahead of their adversaries. Attacking raids were stalled by the determined OC defense. There was a massive block by skipper Wes Rowe, setting the standard urgency and desire for the team to follow. CHAC came back at the Redbacks late in the fourth; however, the boys had done enough to bring their winning streak to three games.
The Seconds had a very close match. CHAC established an early lead and looked the better team in the opening two quarters. Enigmatic, animated and revered skipper, Kane Williams, led a comeback with passion, however, the boys became a bit over-enthused fouling out in the fourth quarter. In the closing minute CHAC tried to stall the game to sneak away with the win. The Redbacks rebounded the ball scoring off a rebound by Ben Stone. A steal then brought the game to within one-point of CHAC’s lead. However, CHAC tactics were successful and the Redbacks will rue a slow start.
The Thirds are the darling team of the trimester, if their friendship and enjoyment are the criteria for sporting romance. Josh Knowles was instrumental in a big win for the boys.
The Year 10 team was short on numbers this week and the boys had to play the whole game without any rotations. The attitude and approach to the game was terrific, especially playing against a skillful opponent.
The Year 9 team had yet another nail-biting close game, this week was a top of the table clash between the remaining two undefeated teams in the competition. The game was scrappy on both sides with emotions running high throughout. In the end, CHAC got the better of the boys with the score board reading 18-22; however, coach Darren Maier was really proud of how the boys kept going and they are looking forward to meeting CHAC again to exact revenge.
The Year 9 Supp team had another win 17-9. Kevin Savage was the main scoring threat for OC in this encounter, netting six points. It was a hard game and Sebastian and Jayden were excellent on the defensive end.
The Year 8 team also had a scrappy game this weekend but managed to keep CHAC at bay and the game ended on 32-32 draw. The reigning premiers have been challenged each week and it is terrific to see the backbone of the boys hold strong in how they approach each game.
The Year 7 team worked well this week but unfortunately it wasn’t enough against a talented CHAC unit. The final score was a 14-51 loss for the boys.
The Year 7 Supp team had a home game this week for the first time, and despite showing how much they have improved over the season they too went down to CHAC, 15-30.