The Diocesan Junior Basketball Championships saw teams from both St Joseph’s Regional College, MacKillop College, St Paul’s College Kempsey, St John Paul College Coffs Harbour, St John’s College Woodlawn, St Joseph’s College Banora Point, Mt St Patrick College Murwillumbah and Trinity College Lismore participated in the two-day event at the Port Macquarie Indoor Stadium.
Competition was tough with teams displaying great athleticism, discipline and sportsmanship. It was great to see the many schools ‘look after’ each other when numbers or experience were down – we truly do have a fantastic Diocese.
7/8 BOYS DIVISION
Two pools of 4 teams contested this division with early results suggesting that MacKillop 1, St Joseph’s Regional and St John Paul College 1 were the teams to beat with Trinity in the mix.
Coffs easily accounted for MacKillop 1 in the semi-final as did Regional in semi-final 2 defeating Trinity 43-26. Coffs proved to be extremely well drilled defeating Regional 65-27 to win the 7/8 Boys Division.
With 7 teams nominating the girls faced 6 games in two days, with a few weary bodies late Wednesday evening. St Joseph’s Regional and Coffs Harbour showed their strength as did Woodlawn College. It became evident quickly that Regional were the team to beat boasting three state players in their ranks. St Joseph’s Regional College girls were undefeated taking out the division from Coffs Harbour.
Always the most hotly contested division and 2017 proved to be no exception. MacKillop and SJPC Coffs both won their Pools with Port facing Trinity in one semi and the Coff’s boys lining up against St Joseph’s Regional in the other.
MacKillop had a convincing win over Trinity 97-15 while Coffs defeated Regional to book a birth in the final. The final was contested by clearly the two best teams in the division and was a very entertaining game that was always in the balance. In the final the MacKillop boys maintained their composure outscoring their Coffs counterparts to finish 53-36 and therefore winning the 9/10 Boys Division.
Woodlawn College, Mackillop Port, St Joseph’s Regional and SJPC Coffs were the dominant teams in the older girl’s division. The tightest match saw cross town rivals MacKillop and Regional tussle it out in a game that sea sawed with MacKillop defeating Regional 36-31. In the overall point score Woodlawn took out the 9/10 Girls title with MacKillop finishing in second place.
This year we introduced the Gerard O’Brien Memorial Shield (Champion School) in honour of the late Gerard O’Brien from MacKillop College. Gerard was an avid lover of all things Basketball for many, many years and we hope that his legacy lives on for many years in this Shield. Congratulations to SJPC Coffs for winning this Shield – it is testament to Lionel and his dedicated staff and students who live and breathe Basketball.
Thanks to stadium staff, Lianna Gee, referee co-ordinator Debbie Burghardt, referees and Doug Piper who provided the first aid for their professional work at the championships. Thank you to school sport co-ordinators and basketball staff for preparing and managing their teams before and at the championships. My sincere thanks to Lionel Conroy for so generously offering his time and expertise to ensure a smooth running carnival.
All players and staff are to be congratulated for the manner in which they conducted themselves over the two days of the carnival.
Congratulations to all winning teams. Results on accompanying spreadsheet.
Winning schools have qualified for NSWCCC finals (remember to register your school online), but I would encourage all second place teams to apply for wildcards into the finals.
Junior Basketball Convener