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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Under 12-1 Boys had an incredible weekend at the National Junior Classic Tournament, finishing with a 5-1 record and winning the Bronze Medal Game in an absolute thriller.

After cruising into the medal rounds with an undefeated record, the Cobras lost a heartbreaker to Hawthorn, 33-39, putting an end to their quest for back-to-back gold medals. The 12-1 Boys entered as reigning champions, having won gold in 2016 as part of an undefeated weekend.

Although they suffered a crushing semi-final loss, our young guns responded in a big way, coming back late to defeat Dandenong, 63-59, to end the weekend as Bronze medalists. Trailing 54-57 with just over two minutes remaining, Coach Michelle Letts’ team took control in crunch time to come out victorious in one of the most exciting games of the weekend.

The Under 12 Boys weren’t the only ones taking on Australia’s best over the weekend, with our U12-1 and U16-1 Girls also battling it out in Classic action. The 12-1 Girls almost pulled of an incredible upset in the Quarter Finals, losing a nail biter to eventual Silver medalists Knox, 43-47. With Kiahna Pomponio and Hannah Day on fire, the Cobras had a chance to take down the Raiders late as they trailed by a single point with under 30 seconds remaining, but fell just short as they were eliminated from medal contention.

The Girls ended the weekend finishing in seventh place, while our 16-1 Girls placed 12th with a 2-4 record. Nikita Young was a standout in the Under 16 Girls competition, finishing in the top-five for scoring with a 14.5ppg average.

Congratulations to our Classic teams and those that competed in the Nunawading Tournament over the long weekend, and good luck for the second half of the VJBL season!