Last weekend many of our Phil Munday Junior Cobras played in the Southern Peninsula Tournament. Their Coaches and team Managers have shared their experiences below.

12.2 GIRLS

My under 12.2 Girls played in the recent Southern Peninsula Tournament. The aim was more about the team bonding over the weekend, and giving all of the girls plenty of court time rather than results. We only played three games to qualify and managed to win all of them comfortably.

This put us into a Semi final against the Melbourne Tigers and we went on to win that game comfortably. In the final we met Poowong, they had a much taller team than us, but we started the game very well sticking to our game plan. We had a good lead at half time, but the second half brought three injuries to our girls who had to leave the court. This gave Poowong time to catch up and steal the lead with only 28 seconds to go.

The girls had a great weekend, having fun and getting to know each other better whilst managing to play in the finals, so a good weekend all around.

– Ian Harper, Head Coach

12.2 BOYS

Overall the under 12.2 boys played well over the whole tournament finishing with a record of three wins and one loss. The boys made it into the crossover semi final but unfortunately lost 30-20 in a very intense game against Korumburra. All of the boys put in 110% into all games over the weekend and showed great enthusiasm and great sportsmanship towards all players and referees throughout the tournament.

– Kristy Sealey, Team Manager

2.4 BOYS

After playing their domestic games on Saturday morning, all the boys found their way to our first and only game on Saturday afternoon. They came to play and led for most of the game, however a loss of concentration and some turnovers allowed Camberwell to level the game in the dying seconds. To the boys credit they kept at it and finished with a draw – entertaining the crowd but giving their coaches a few tense seconds!

The 12.4 Boys two games on Sunday morning ended with a close (9 point) loss to a very tall Mornington side and a convincing win against Western Port, thus finishing third in their pool and just outside of a finals spot.

Well done boys – I felt you all improved individually over the weekend and your teamwork certainly did as well. Keep up the effort and let’s take what you learned from the tournament into our next grading game.

Thank you to Adam, Assistant Coach, Lori, Team Manager and all the parents who gave up their weekend and time to support the boys and get them to games – it is truly appreciated.

Ann McCann, Head Coach

14.1 GIRLS

The 14.1 Girls had four games throughout the tournament. The girls competed hard and achieved a great result winning three out of four games. The girls had wins against Dandenong 2, Nunawading 1 and Frankston 1, which was a really good effort. The game we lost was to Bulleen 1, who are ranked a well deserved second in the state. The girls bonded throughout the tournament and even played some beach cricket – lets just say, the girls should stick to basketball, haha. Overall I am very happy with the way the team developed over the weekend. The girls should be very happy with themselves and we are looking forward to a good season.

– Zoe Cuskelly, Head Coach & Ben Turner, Assistant Coach  

14.1 BOYS

The 14.1 Boys played in the Championship Division of the weekend’s tournament.  They won the first two games with comfortable margins and lost the third game, securing a game in the semi finals against Bulleen.  We didn’t play our best game and not until the final quarter did we demonstrate our potential, allowing Bulleen to win by 12.  The boys should be super proud of themselves, we all learnt a lot about the game, the team and ourselves.  I can say that we had a great time, did our best and had lots of laughs (mainly at ourselves).  Thanks to the parents for doing all that driving and making sure we kept our commitment to our domestic game on the Saturday and thanks to Julia (Team Manager) and Brad (Assistant Coach).

– John Hauer, Head Coach

14.3 GIRLS

In a very tightly contested pool the 14.3 girls finished the tournament with one win, two losses with a bye thrown in there as well, it could have been a different story if their shooting was on target! The tournament provided a great opportunity for the girls to come together and really hone their individual skills, but more importantly also continue to develop the way we want to play and conduct ourselves as a team. The Tournament has given the players a clear direction in which we have to go and also provided us with goals to achieve. I would like to say a big thank you to all the parents and siblings of our players who continually provide a great source of support to the girls. A couple of special thank-yous, firstly to the parents of the girls who also had siblings playing in other teams, your effort to be punctual and to join in the team social activities was fantastic. Finally to my team manager, Kerryn, thank you for all your hard work during this tournament and keeping everyone updated and organised.

– Rick Foley, Head Coach 

14.4 GIRLS

Knowing that the 14.4 Girls pool carried a number of teams ranked higher, the girls tournament goal was to get to know each other and have the opportunity to get into some game situations and try some different things on the floor. The whole group worked extremely hard, stepping up at various times and showing some real determination. Despite starting slow the girls came home strong and won there way through to the grand final. Although the girls were there throughout the whole game we fell the wrong way and came up four points short. We did however achieve our goal of working on a number of areas and the girls are now a lot closer group with some real belief in each other.      

– Dave Barnard, Head Coach

14.5 GIRLS

Considering that the girls have only had a short amount of time with the coach prior to the peninsula tournament (but coming off a good strong performance on the Friday night), I was not sure on how we would travel going into the first game. After a very average first half we started to get some structure going in the second and came out with a ten point win. In the second game we came up against a tall, strong Westernport team who hit a late three pointer to get back to two points behind us, however the girls managed to hold on for the win. Our third game was on Sunday afternoon, where we struggled to find any kind of momentum against a very physical Camberwell. Our girls seemed a little intimidated, however very late in the second half we ended up finding our feet and came out with a four point win, putting us in second position and heading to a Semi-final. In the Semi-final we faced a very well drilled Knox side that defied a late push from us and held onto a ten point win which sent us home. The girls did very well in the tournament and I look forward to a strong season ahead.

– Jeremiah Bader, Head Coach

16.2 GIRLS

We started the weekend on a positive with a convincing win against Ringwood winning by 38 points. This built confidence in the girls in the following two games on Sunday winning against Bullen by 10 points and Nunawading by 7 points. In our Semi Final we played Ringwood 2 where it was a close contest for the majority of the game until we lifted our defensive intensity getting two or three stops in a row to build our lead, which the girls were composed to hold and win the game.

We made the Grand Final against Wodonga who finished first in our pool only by percentage. They were a much bigger team then us, but the girls didn’t use that as an excuse. They played with defensive intensity, boxed out and rebounded well and passed well through Wodonga’s press. It was a tough close contest for the whole game, with scores even with 15 seconds to go; we ended up losing on the siren with Wodonga hitting a 3 point contested shot. All the girls, coaches and parents were devastated to lose on a buzzer beater; however as a coach I was very pleased with the improvement we made over the weekend which ended up being more significant than winning the tournament.

The girls worked hard at their defence, achieving their goal of keeping all teams to less than 10 points per half and only just missing this target in the Grand Final. The improvement showed this weekend will hopefully set us up for the current grading rounds and the season. Thank you to my assistant coach Brittany Renton and Team manager Alison Tough and all the parents for making it a successful and fun tournament.

– Deana Sanelli, Head Coach

16.2 BOYS

After a less than ideal start to the weekend (a forfeit victory on Saturday morning which turned into a practice session), the boys went on to play their best basketball of the season thus far. Hard-nosed defence, physical play, and outstanding ball movement were a common trend throughout the tournament, which resulted in some very enjoyable games. A second half offensive show helped put Melbourne away in our first game, followed by a strong showing over a much larger Mornington side. An easy victory over Camberwell left us undefeated at the end of pool play, where we met Nunawading in the semi-final. An explosive 21-2 start helped the guys cruise into the grand final, where we would meet a very strong Frankston side. Despite being vastly undersized, the guys hung tough in what was a very physical game, having multiple chances to tie or take the lead in the final minute. A desperation 3 at the buzzer was just off, resulting in a heart-breaking two point loss.

The team seems to have turned the corner after what was a sub-par start to the year, and we received unbelievable contributions across the board from all players. A special thanks to Sharon for keeping everyone in check as usual, and to all the parents their hard work. One last thanks goes out to Brad Heywood for being a great teammate, despite suffering a serious injury two weeks ago that will keep him out until next year Brad was at every game on the bench cheering us on. Great effort guys, lets continue to build on our recent success and create something special. It was an absolute joy to coach you all over the weekend.

– Zach Moult, Head Coach & Joel Naburgs, Assistant Coach

16.3 GIRLS

With our new coach starting at Kilsyth this season the 16.3 girls went to the Southern Peninsula tournament looking at getting in some match practice.

After a one point win on Friday night the girls were spurred on and won three out of their four Pool One games.  They defeated Westernport 42-14, lost to Frankston 13-20, defeated Warrandyte 24-15 (half time 10-10) and Ringwood 22-11 (half time 6-6).  These results finished left us second overall on the ladder.

The girls did an awesome job in the semi final against the Melbourne Tigers who were head and shoulders taller than us. Eventually going down 13-20 with the Tigers winning the grand final.

– Marlene Robins, Team Manager