The Under 14 Kilsyth Cobra Boys have claimed silver at the Australian Club Championships, finishing as runners-up in the Shield Division in Ballarat last week.
The Cobras fell short in a thriller against McKinnon in the Shield Division final, losing 63-60 on Saturday. The Shield Division features teams playing-off for positions 13 to 24 at the Championships, meaning the Cobras secured an impressive top-14 finish in the nation for 2019. The Cobras Club Championships performance wrapped-up an outstanding year for the team, with head coach Brad Hauer’s group finishing the VJBL season as state runners-up and recording the league’s second best regular season record for 2019.
Though Hauer and co. entered the Club Championship with hopes of challenging for a national title, he believes both the Cobras players and coaching staff received invaluable experience in Ballarat which will serve them well moving forward.
“Although we didn’t get the result we would have liked, the experience of being in Ballarat for the last week is something that is priceless,” Hauer said.
“Both the players and coaching staff enjoyed the experience at the Championships. Every game was challenging and the boys gave each game everything they had.
“We took a lot out of this tournament and I think everyone who was a part of it is eager to get into next season.”
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