The girls basketballers knew the round against JPC was going to be the toughest of the season. The last time the Redbacks tasted victory was in 2013 when they won the Seconds (33-26) and Year 10s (37-35). A draw in 2014 (16-16) in the Year 7s was the closest since 2013 and that side playing as a Year 9 unit in 2016 put up the best effort against JPC going down 26-46.
The First appeared to be on the verge of an upset leading the game 24-11 in the third period. The girls finished the quarter 24-18. However, JPC came out of the break inspired and almost like a completely different team possessed with a desire to score points. And score points they did. The final period saw JPC score 29 points to Ormiston’s four. This remarkable turnaround in momentum was impressive and congratulations to JPC, who finished the season premiers. The OC Firsts finished the season fourth on the ladder with five wins.
The Seconds, Year 10s and Year 9s played as best they could against talented JPC squads. The teams went down, however, did not shirk the challenge presented to them. All three teams finished the season fifth on the ladder.
The Year 8s are a talented group of sportswomen. They possess height, speed and agility. Their shooting touch will refine over the coming years and they could challenge JPC moving forward. The girls won five of eight games played to finish fourth on the ladder.
The Year 7 side were mostly inexperienced at the start of the season and are likely going to improve with the girls showing great interest in basketball. Despite not registering a win and finishing on the bottom of the table, the attitude of the girls and their awareness of what needs to be done to be competitive developed over the course of the season. The willingness to improve of this team could result in significant improvements moving forward.
The Year 7/8 supplementary team finished their season win an emphatic 34-12 victory to finish the season third in the Year 7/8/9 supplementary competition. The girls did not have a great deal of basketball experience heading into the season, however, as many have a netball background their general game awareness and hand-eye coordinator was of a high standard. This allowed their coach, Caitlin Herd, to craft out game plans that suited their skill level and the girls developed basketball smarts quickly. The win was a very positive finish to the season based on the smiles and happy carry-on at the end of the game.