Year finishes in great style
AFTER a frantic week of representative and domestic basketball, the ring has been lowered for the 2010 season.
Over the past week organisers have overseen the annual Odd Age carnival, grand finals in 22 separate divisions of local competition, selections for the 2011 representative teams, held an annual general meeting and joined our State league sponsors, the Hoey Moey, at their 50th celebrations.
The senior women’s grand finals produced another ‘generational change’ when perennial A grade winners, Park Beach Physio, were defeated by the Termimesh Terminators under-18 girls’ team.
The Physio girls were three points up at half-time but they struggled with the defensive pressure of the younger girls in the second half.
Without playmaker Regan Kama, who was working overseas, the Physio girls lost their half-time lead going into the last quarter level at 22 points all. The Terminators took up the last quarter challenge winning the game by a single basket 34-32.
In the B grade women’s grand final, Mix Ups defeated Advocate 58-40. In hindsight, both of these teams, with almost 12 current or former representative players, should have been playing in the A grade competition. However, the grand final was a good spectacle with the Mix Up girls ahead at three of the four quarter breaks.
In the C grade women grand final Sick Bickies defeated Orara Kidz 36 points to 17.
The men’s Super League produced an exciting grand final with Magic defeating Spurs 66-55.
Spurs were without Bryce Davis and Travis Slater while Magic were at full strength.
The Magic’s Michael Maurice led all scorers with 30 points while Spurs guard Ryan Swift put in 22 points.
Consistent B grade winners, Chrome Black, continued its run with a six-point win over the Outlaws team. For the Chrome boys, Courtney Tune contributed 19 points while Kirk Taylor was Outlaws best with 13 points.
The C grade grand final was a good game with the experience of BIA Blazers too much for the Dragons outfit.
The Dragons won the second half of the game, but had allowed the Blazers a 13 point lead at half time, and were not able to pull back that lead. Points were shared around with almost every player from both teams recording baskets.
Lumberjacks took a well deserved win over Optics in the D grade men’s grand final. The Optics are a young team but the size and experience of the Lumberjacks too much for the youngsters. The Lumberjacks defence was very effective, keeping the Optics to just four points in the second half.
The 2011 senior competitions will get under way mid February with nomination forms available on the CHBA website soon.
The ‘drafted’ Super league competition has been a resounding success, making the A grade men’s competition more competitive. As a result, the draft concept will be introduced into the women’s competition in 2011 with a Super League replacing the current A grade competition. Players will be able to enter the draft as individuals, which should encourage former players back.
The 2011 senior competitions will get underway mid February with nomination forms available on the CHBA website soon