The Yarrawonga Mulwala Basketball Association had twelve representative teams playing at the Wodonga Basketball Association Tournament last weekend and all teams competed extremely well, showing the depth of talent that our local area has on offer.
Many teams had very competitive games over the weekend and all players teams fought hard against some tough opposition from some well-polished clubs.
It was fantastic to have four of the YMBA teams make the Grand Final on Sunday and even more thrilling for the club to have all four of these teams win their respective grand finals and bring home the silverware.
The Under 12 Boys, coached by Narelle Donovan, played against the Whittlesea Eagles in the Division 3 Grand Final. They went in as the underdogs, but were tenacious with their defence and came out on top in the end, winning 38-32, and upsetting the Eagles with a defeat that was so exciting for these hard working young boys. MVP in the final was awarded to Declan Martin.
The Under 14A Girls went through the tournament undefeated and faced Bendigo in their Grand Final. It was a close game throughout, but the girls kept their narrow lead for the entire game and played a well-rounded team game to show what a force they are in this age group, winning 29-20. MVP in the Grand Final was awarded to Jemma Adkins. Coaches Mark Chapman and Amanda Wheaton were proud of the way the team has developed with training and the win was indicative of the talent in the team.
The Under 18 Girls in Division 2 produced a nail biter grand final match. The girls came up against Seymour, who had beaten them the day before. The team missed their star forward, Maddie McInnes, who was unfortunately injured the previous day, but they dug deep to stay in the match with just 6 players. The game went into overtime after a draw and coach Craig Frauenfelder’s urged on the girls to produce a magnificent one point win with a final goal by Emme Shand. The win had everyone jumping out of their seats with excitement and it was fantastic for these gutsy girls. MVP in the Grand Final was awarded to Laura Zanin.
The final winners for the day were the Under 16A Boys. Under the keen direction of Brett Harvey and assistant Ian Davies, they pulled through some really tough games in their lead up matches to gain a berth in the Division 2 Grand Final. These boys played tough, disciplined basketball and this was the tournament they shook the monkey off their back to come home with a four point win over the Wodonga Wolves. MVP in the Grand Final went to Ben Woodburn, who was a terrier on the court, creating havoc for his opponents and carving up the key despite his height.
The YMBA Representative Program continues to grow and coming away from such a well-attended regional tournament with four wins is testament to the hard work the coaches and committee put in to the development of the players and the program.