From Saturday November 24, to Sunday November 25, many of our Junior Phil Mundy Panels Cobra teams participated in the Annual Southern Peninsula Junior Basketball Tournament. The tournament saw over 250 junior basketball teams competing at 25 venues from Frankston to the Mornington Peninsula.

Below is recap of how the Phil Mundy Cobras teams went:

Girls 12.1
The girls had a competitive weekend at the tournament. Although only finishing with a 1 win and 3 loss record across their four games, they showed great improvement in important parts of the game, with many stepping up and playing at higher levels.
It was great to see some direct improvement from game to game, especially against some very good teams.

12.2 Girls.
Even though they lost all their games over the weekend, the girls had a great time and never gave up. They learnt a lot of new things, whilst working together and having a lot of fun.
They will be back bigger and better next year.

12.3 Boys
Bar their first game, the boys were very competitive even against the two teams graded higher than them in VJBL. Their 1 win, 3 losses did not reflect their efforts or the closeness of the games. Well done boys, for your great efforts. It’s is a big step up from where you played last season but you can make the transition.   

14.1 Boys
The boys expected a tough first game against number 1 ranked Eltham, however they were able to gain the early ascendency and ran out easy winners. Their second game against Bulleen in the afternoon got off to a slow start, however the boys consolidated and again proved too good with another big win!

Their game against Keilor was a low scoring affair, but the boys managed a comfortable win. Next they came up against the number Bulleen in a closely fought game, with Bulleen the eventual winners. This left the boys in second place going into the finals. After a recovery session in the bay, the boys were able to shut down Bulleen in the semi-finals and come out comfortable winners.

The Grand Final was against local team the Southern Peninsula Sharks.  While the boys literally put everything they had into the game, the day proved too much, with the Sharks being too good and the eventual victor.

14.2 girls
The focus for the 14.2 girls during the Southern Peninsula Tournament weekend was to get to know each other well as a team and personally. The girls played four games in total with one very good win and three losses.  The losses were all within ten points and the girls played well in each game, so the games could have really gone either way.  

The enthusiasm of the girls over the weekend was fantastic, especially the encouragement from each other, in particular from the bench. The improvement of the girls in developing as a team was a pleasure to watch, and has gone a long way in setting them up as a great team for the season ahead.

14.3 Girls

The girls had a fantastic tournament and showed great signs of improvement. They lost their first two games both by less than 10 points, however kept fighting on to win their next two games.
Finishing with 2 wins and 2 losses, and 4th out of 11 teams, the girls had the opportunity to play in a semi-final, but unfortunately lost to Warrandyte by 6 points.

Overall the girls had a fantastic tournament and a great start to the season.

14.3 boys
The 14.3 boys did a great job, sitting on 3 wins and 1 loss at the end of the fourth game, which put them into 5th place (with their percentage being on the lower side). They were certain they had been knocked out of finals, but to their surprise and some percentage shifts they slipped up to 4th and qualified.

They boys played against the number two team in the semis and won, then took on the Grand final and knocked that over as well!

14.4 Girls

The girl’s first game was against Warrandyte 2. They started off a little sluggish and they lost 21 to 12. The second game against Melbourne 4 was more physical, and the girls played hard to win 24 to 17.

Game three was against Frankston 5, who had it all over the girls in height, but they didn’t give up and won 18 to 14. The fourth and probably best game was against Bulleen 5, the girls were a good match to this team and won 23 to 15.

Their semi-final against Hawthorn 3 had a messy first half. The girls pulled it together in the second but the damage was done and they lost 20 to 8.

14.4 Boys
The boy’s weekend didn’t’ get off to a great start with a 3 point loss on Friday night, however the team spirit on Saturday was amazing. The boys pulled off a win in the last few minutes of their first game by holding onto a small lead, and their effort and improvement got better and better as each game past. The following two games were fought out to the end with comfortable wins.

Sunday morning started with a winning 8.00am game, which left the boys finishing first in their pool.

The semifinal against Mornington was hard work but the boys played fast and hard together to get the win. The Grand Final against Melbourne 3 was tight the whole game, but in the end the boys lost by 10 points. The Cobra boys did everything and more to get the lead but just couldn’t get over the height of the oppositions big three.

14.5 Girls
The girls had a wonderful weekend. They may not have been totally successful on the court with 1 win and 3 losses, but they certainly had a great team building weekend!

16.2 Girls
The weekend started a bit slow, but the girls soon started to get involved in the games. They started playing some good basketball and won the last three games, making it into the first final which they played again Bulleen and unfortunately lost.

Despite this, the girls played very well and should be happy with their progress throughout the tournament. The girls are now looking forward to carrying on with grading and leading into the new season.

16.3 Girls
The 16.3 Girls all had a good tournament which ended up with a loss in the grand final to McKinnon. They won 3 out of 4 of the round games and went into the finals sitting third. Their first game was against Warrandyte where they were successful, coming away with a 24 to 17 win. The final was a tight game with the girls trailing by one point at half time, unfortunately they went down by 5 to McKinnon.

The aim of the tournament was to come away as a closer team, making finals and the grand final is a bonus and a credit to the girls. All the girls now have the confidence that they can play very well as a team and can be as good as they want to be. The girls all did a great job over the weekend and now all have the motivation to come back to training and work to ensure we can take the next step.

16.3 boys
From Frankston to Mornington to Rosebud, on day one the boys had their work cut out for them. The first game of the day saw them up against Maffra where they boys weren’t 100% on their game and their shooting let them down, eventually losing 26 to 12. With an altered game plan (or maybe due to the raspberry lemonade) the boys fired up in their second contest against Whittlesea. Although their game skills improved, they unfortunately lost but by only 1 point.

With some beach time fun in the afternoon and a late game Saturday night against the Peninsula Sharks, the boys showed signs of tiring and as a result went down to the home favourites 34 to 25. It was back to Rosebud on Sunday morning to face Keysborough and the boys were up for the challenge. It was neck and neck for most of the game but due to a last minute free throw and two shots, the boys came from being 1 point down to winning by 1 point. An exciting finish to the game, and even though the boys didn’t make finals it was great to go out on a win!

Under 18.1
The Southern Peninsula Tournament was a great opportunity for the girls to test their stuff against some of the well ranked teams in the competition.
While it started off with a draw, the girls were able to hold on against Warrandyte who had come off a big win from the night before. In the clinching minutes they were able to hold on to the surging team who played hard and aggressively in transition.

The next game was to be the most difficult for the weekend, and the girls lost to an aggressive Bulleen 1 side. While the result did not reflect the efforts and the determination from the girls, in hindsight it was probably one of the best games they played for the entire weekend.

An early game Sunday morning saw the girls battle for a draw against Nunawading 2, however the coaching staff could see the improvement from the girls as the weekend continued. In the final game the girls were able to battle and hold on early, however Frankston got the better of them.
Overall the weekend was a great learning experience and challenged the  team to see how they are going in preparation for the 2013 season and what work lies ahead.

Under 18.2 Girls
The girl’s first game was again Ringwood 1. The girls did not let a height disadvantage stop them from getting their first win of the tournament, winning 20 to 18. The second game was against Nunawading 2 and the girls knew that defence was going to be a big part of this game. All the girls stepped up their ‘D’ and in the first half kept Nunawading to 9 points. The girls tried to maintain their intensity in the second half however went down 17 to 22 in a great fight.
Day two of the tournament was a tough couple of games for them. They came up against Frankston 1 early Sunday morning and after a good game went down 25 to 8.

The last game was against a team from Wodonga. The girls defence was great in the first half with everyone working together. However the second half wasn’t quite as good and the girls went down 29 to 13.

Even though the win/loss ratio was not in the girls favour, as a team they have shown what they are capable of if they play hard and together. They are now able to see what they need to work and concentrate on as a group to make them a better team, and to have a successful year.