With 79 teams vying for titles in the Division 3, Division 4 and Division 5 Basketball Victoria Country State Championships recently, Yarrawonga-Mulwala Basketball Association (YMBA) came home with the Under 18 Division 5 Boys title.
The YMBA Under 18 representative side won the grand final over Horsham in impressive fashion by 19 points- 60-41.
Sam Mickelson had an absolute field day for the Lakers clocking up a massive 30 points on the board, along with Jordyn Studd (9 points) and Max Hemphill (9 points).
The team finished off their weekend with a pleasing win for coach Matt Lonergan, who lead his charge through some tough battles leading up to the final.
Members of the winning team were Sam Mickelson, Austin Frauenfelder, Jesse Walker, BJ Martin, Jordyn Studd, Max Hemphill, Alex Byrne and Marcus Quinn (absent in photo). All boys played well and contributed to the win to bring home the title and championship trophy for YMBA.
Other great results for the weekend included a semi-final playoff for the YMBA under 18 girls team in Division 3.
The girls played some tough basketball over the weekend under some trying conditions considering they had just six players, with Maddi McInness injured and cheering on from the sidelines.
Coached by Craig Frauenfelder, the girls played Seymour Blasters in the semi and although they lost 33-20, it was such a credit to these girls to make Div 3 and get to the semi-finals.
The team consisted of Emme Shand, Montanna Moon, Ebony Woodburn, Laura Zanin, Indiannah Frauenfelder, Georgia Lawless and Maddi McInness.
The weekend was a fitting end for some of the YMBA top age U18 Boys and Girls, as this was their last tournament playing as YMBA juniors. Players such as Laura Zanin, Maddi McInness, Sam Mickelson, Austin Frauenfelder, Jordyn Studd, Marcus Quinn and Alex Byrne have all played in the local YMBA domestic competition from under 10’s and have risen up through the ranks and developed into the amazing basketballers that they are today with the help and development of the YMBA club. Well done to these players and all the best with your basketball beyond the junior level.
The YMBA Under 16 Boys made it to the Division 3 Quarter final against Ararat and lost by just 3 points in a game of see-sawing emotion. Guided by coach Brett Harvey, the boys had a flawless run up to the quarters and unfortunately just got pipped at this point. The team of Baxter Droop, Tom Gorman, Nathan Davies, Josh McInness, Ben Woodburn, Will Wheaton, Zac Banch and Fletcher Wallden have shown great improvement over the season and played some top-quality basketball over the championships.
The YMBA Under 16 Girls also made it to the Division 3 Quarter final against the Seymour Blasters, but were beaten 33-21. The score didn’t reflect the intensity of the game and the effort these girls put in. Coach Tania Harvey was happy with the girls’ effort and even more proud of them making the Division 3 quarter final.
The team of Lara Langford, Gertie McCallum, Tess Byrne, Annie Robilliard, Macey Hicks, Kyah Harvey, Ruby Wallden and Piper Poll all gave 100% and are a credit to themselves.
Overall, YMBA had a fantastic tournament with massive improvement in all age groups evidenced by teams playing in a higher division than they played in last year. Well done to the effort that all coaches have put in with the teams as the results are a reflection of your hard work and dedication.
Under 10 Girls
Gators v Heat
Gators winning with Bella Dwyer having a great game along with Samantha Knight scoring well, Charlotte Woosnam played well for Heat not missing a shot along with great help from her team mates.
Suns v Magic
Suns came away with a win, this game was slow to get going, Makayla Hughes and Amelia Fraser both scoring with good help from Angela Skipper. Magic tried really hard to score with Tess Bassett hitting her shot late in the game. All players gave it their all.
B Reserve Girls
Cavs Vs Heat: Cavs won 20 v 10. Millie Dodd from CAVS scored 12 points for her team.
Magic Vs Suns: Suns won 18 v 14. Heidi Wallden from the Suns shooting 10 points and Anna Zanin from the opposition scoring 8 points for her team.
B Grade Girls
Heat Vs Celtics: Celtics won 30 v 16. Mikyah Frauenfelder displaying awesome shooting skills with 20 points for Heat.
A-Reserve Boys Rd 4
Magic 22 v Heat 20
Scorers Magic: Lochie Harvey 10, Dominic McInness 8, Darby Mullins 4
Scorers Heat: Callum DeOleveira 10, Aiden Steele 3, Luke Slattery 2, James Frazer 2, Logan Stone 2, Jaxon Potter 1.
Celtics 41 v Clippers 23
Scorers Celtics: Hunter Frauenfelder 14, Jo-Lee Conway 11, Nate Williams 10, Logan Stephens 4, Ryan Freestone 2.
Scorers Clippers: Marcus Van Maanen 8, Jacob Prestage 6, Caleb Tanner 4, Riley Mitchell 3, Tom Coffey 2.
Lakers 32 v Bulls 15
Scorers Lakers: Jaxen Wheeler 12, Xavier Walker 9, Lochie Forge 8, Jack James 2, Axel Doherty 1
Scorers Bulls: Cooper Milbourne 11, Jesse Brogan 2, Lachlan Kelly 2.