Eight development tour teams from Western Australia have recently been attending tournaments on the East Coast as part of the BWA High Performance programs.
The Under 14 Boys & Girls Country Cup teams were the first teams to depart back on January 11, headed for Albury-Wodonga to participate in the 2014 Country Cup.
The tournament ran from January 13 to 18 with the boys finishing off the week with a 5-3 record. The team had a strong start to the tournament, after an opening loss to NSW (45-54) the team won their next four pool games against Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and New Zealand.
The team then entered the finals matches with a win over Victoria (75-50) leaving them to face NSW in the second semi-final. Unfortunately the boys went down 61-54. Their final game was against Victoria who redeemed their earlier loss to WA with a 57-44 victory.
The girls team finished with a 2-6 record over the course of the week. Unfortunately the team opened the week with three straight losses to Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia. They then bounced back with a strong 60-38 win over Victoria and backed that up with a 62-58 win over New Zealand.
The finals matches saw the team go down to South Australia and New South Wales. The last game saw the team face off against New Zealand in a close affair that the NZ team took out 39-47.
For the first time, WA sent six development tour teams to the Southern Cross Challenge in Victoria. This tournament saw the WA sides play off against state teams from Victoria, ACT and South Australia at the new State Basketball Centre at Wantirna South. The tournament ran from January 17 to 20.
The Under 14 Metro Boys started the tournament well with a 70-30 win over a Victorian side. They backed this up with a 59-39 win over South Australia and rounded out their pool games with a 41-54 loss to another Victorian side. Unfortunately the team was unable to win their Division 1 games after that, closing out the tournament with a narrow 56-60 loss to South Australia to finish with a 2-4 record.
The Under 14 Metro girls had a tough start, losing their first two games but finishing their Pool Games with a 66-63 win over Victoria. In the Division 2 games the team started well with a 61-38 win over ACT. They then faced a Victorian team who extracted revenge for their earlier loss to WA with a 63-39 win. The girls rounded out the tournament with a loss to South Australia for a 2-4 record.
The Under 15 Metro boys had a strong pool round, beating South Australia 55-45 and ACT 76-42 and narrowly losing to Victoria 52-50. They backed up with a 61-50 loss to another Victorian team and rounded out their week with a 45-31 victory over SA Country to finish with a 3-2 record.
The Under 15 Country boys were unfortunately unable to grab a victory over the tournament. The team started their pool games with a 32-67 loss to South Australia Metro and then faced a tough Victorian team in a 25-77 loss. The boys rounded out their classification game on Monday with a hard fought 44-50 loss to ACT.
The Under 15 Metro girls also found the going tough, narrowly losing to South Australia metro 50-51 in their first game. They backed that up with a nine point loss to Victoria. The girls rounded out their pool play with losses to ACT and Victoria Metro. In the classification game against South Australia the team were unable to pick up their first win, going down 30-44.
The Under 15 Country girls started strong with a 57-54 win over South Australia. Unfortunately they were unable to pick up another victory, going down to two strong Victorian teams and the South Australian Country team. Their classification game on Monday saw them defeated by ACT 22-64.
The two tournaments are a vital part of the Basketball WA High Performance programs, exposing some of our promising athletes to high quality basketball with a strong focus on development. The busy calendar continues for Basketball WA with the second Under FDP camps coming up for the Under 14 and 15 athletes, another NITP camp, as well as our Guard & Shooting Camps all around the corner.
To see the teams full results (including basic stats for the Southern Cross Challenge) click the links below.
Southern Cross Challenge