VJBL Grand Finals (15/09/2018)
Firstly congratulations to our U14.3 Girls, U18.1 Boys and U14.4 Girls who all won their respective Grand Finals over the weekend!
To the U12.2 Boys, U12.8 Boys, U12.3 Girls and U14.5 Girls , commiserations but well done on a terrific season and you and your teams should be extremely proud of your efforts.
Below are some recaps from our amazing Junior Blues Coaches
Under 12.2 Boys
Under 12.3 Girls
The 12/3 girls had a great battle with the McKinnon Cougars last Friday night. Whilst we went down by 2 points, our girls played their hearts out! I couldn’t have asked for anymore as a coach (except maybe a higher shooting % 🙂 McKinnon were tall and strong, but our much smaller line-up never gave up, consistently out-hustling and pushing the intensity of the match. The girls have grown in leaps and bounds since day 1 of this season and I am so excited about what the future holds for these girls. Good luck!!
Under 12.8 Boys
Double overtime …..one point..!! Unfortunately this time we ended up on the wrong side of the full time buzzer. Whilst extremely disappointing on the day, the never give up attitude by the boys was a true reflection on the season we’ve had. Neither team was able to maintain a significant break throughout the game with it all coming down to the last quarter. Twenty seconds to go, 3 points down, we needed a basket and Joel delivered a deep 3 pointer on the buzzer to keep us in the game. Kian, Caleb, Jarret, Joel and Michael supported by Spencer, Harvey, Nick and Sonny then continued to trade baskets for the next two overtime periods. It ended up being we were one point down and time ran out. A sad way to finish off an outstanding year. Whilst we didn’t have a win this time, being a “bottom bottom” age team we have 2 more years within this age group … we will be back.
Under 14.3 Girls
The 14.3 Girls played their Grand Final on Friday at Dandenong against Camberwell 2. In what was the fifth meeting between these two teams (scores locked at two all) it all came down to the Grand Final to break the deadlock. The game started slowly with some early missed opportunities. Nerves were evident from both teams. The game was tight throughout the entire first half with us leading by only 1 point at half time. A 10 points to 4 third quarter saw us enter three quarter time with a 5 point lead. With about 3 minutes to go in the last, our lead extended to 10 points. Camberwell weren’t giving up the fight, putting up a couple of 3’s and managing to get back to within 1 point with less than 30 seconds to go. With about 8 seconds left on the clock we were back to the foul line where we shot 1of 2. A Camberwell rebound and take away was quickly halted by some great ball pressure resulting in a turn over and us regaining the ball to hang on for the final seconds and take out the 2018 Championship. Well done to Hollie, Madi Mac, Ash, Hayley P, Eden, Jaime, Bree, Hayley M, Poppy and Maddy O on a wonderful season.
Under 14.4 Girls
An amazing result from a truly hard working group. Struggling with form into the finals and falling into 5th place it was always going to be a very tall order to get them the finish. Inch by inch in each final leading up to the last, these girls dig deep, held it together and fought of every challenge. Many would have thought impossible, but these group of young girls made the impossible, possible. Could not be prouder of this group of young girls and they received reward for their hard work on Sunday morning defeating an opponent they had not Overcome all year. Despite having one of their teammates shot down with a horrific injury on Saturday night, they did not let that deter their focus, and resolve. It was a great battle for the best part of 3 quarters, with very little splitting the two teams. In the fourth quarter the girls made some clutch baskets early and started to break away, eventually holding off with a late challenge by six. Our MVP Paige Weeks had a stellar game and really lead the team from the front. It was no doubt not one but the combined contribution of all the girls playing their role on the day that made the difference. A great team effort . I would like to make special mention of Hannah Hamment , who tragically dislocated and fractured her hip on Saturday, and our thoughts were with her on the day, she was definitely our spiritual leader willing us home. She has been an invaluable asset to our group all year and we wouldn’t have reached the finish without her. We are all wishing her a speedy recovery. Well done girls, worthy winners .. #goblues, #bluescrew #winningform
Under 14.5 Boys
Under 18.1 Boys