The day started off with a downpour of rain, luckily the games were played indoors in a brand new stadium in Wantirna.  One by one the junior athletes rolled into the stadium to jump straight onto court 3 to warm up. Mr Mac immediately stopped their game of five on five and set up some small drills.  He wanted to make sure they didn’t burn too much energy before their first game.


The St. Anne’s Angels and St. Anne’s Alligators took to their courts.  St. Anne’s Angels scored an easy victory in their first game as their opponent failed to show up.  The St. Anne’s Alligators took to the court straight after the Angels and went out to a small lead 6-2.  Albie De Rooden was demonstrating his basketball skills, bouncing the ball through his legs, around his back, and through his opponent’s legs before shooting to score two points. His arms were spread like an eagle with a slight brush of each shoulder.  Mitchell Hofmann was excellent in defense blocking his opponents and running the ball up the wing. Ryan Radle was just hanging back at the three-point line getting ready to run to defend.


Round 2, the St. Anne’s Angels found an opponent that was very tough.  Gabriel and Liam were excellent in defense grabbing the rebounds while Kai and Will were running up and down the sidelines.  Bianca and Cartia were excellent, wrestling for the ball and having a few shots at the hoop. Gus Freeman was received a few high fives as he scored some much-needed points for his team.  The Alligators had a strong win in round two. Jess and Jade were the stars in the middle, passing the ball from defense to attack. Will Morrison was strong in defense stealing the ball off their opponents.  Harvey was a great leader for the team, telling his troops were to stand an scoring some much-needed points for the team to gain a victory.


All the games had ended and the children were waiting nervously to find out if they had made it through to the finals.  Both teams made it through to the semi-finals playing at the same time on Court 1 and Court 2. Before the game started, the Angels had a problem with clash tops. A quick run to the change rooms to change tops with the Alligators to fix the problem and then onto the court for the semi-final.  It was a game to forget for the St. Anne’s Angels as they went down to their opponents 12-4. They fought back in the second half but it wasn’t enough to win. The St. Anne’s Alligators did everything they could to try and beat their opponent who was just too good and took the game 24-0. Their opponent was undefeated all day.  


Well done to all the students in the St. Anne’s Angels and Alligators teams.  You all played very well and should be very proud of your efforts. A huge thank you to our coaches for the day, Nicole Fry and Mel Torner, your efforts are greatly appreciated.



St. Anne’s Angels

1st Game – Win by forfeit

2nd Game – Loss 20-10

3rd Game – draw 4-4

4th Game – loss 12-9

Semi Final – Loss 12-4


St. Anne’s Alligators

1st Game – Loss 12-5

2nd Game – Win 10-4

3rd Game – Loss 13-0

4th Game – Loss 14-11

Semi Final – Loss 24-0