The McDonalds Hooptime Program is a series of one day basketball Round Robin Tournaments that allow Primary School aged children the chance to represent their school in competitive games against other schools with qualified referees. Kilsyth Sports Centre often facilitates these tournaments throughout terms 2&3. The programs culminate with Regional and State Finals.

Yarra Rd Primary School, already heavily involved in the Kilsyth Basketball’s After School Competition with a successful history, advanced through their zone and regional stages to compete in the State Senior Finals held at Dandenong Stadium on November 29.

Their boys’ team won their way through the Quarter finals, Semi Finals and the Preliminary final to advance to the State Grand Final against Caulfield South Primary School. This game will be held at the State Netball and Hockey Centre, Home of the Melbourne Tigers NBL teams, as a curtain raiser to the NBL game between Melbourne and Townsville on Sunday December 18th.

The Yarra Rd Senior Girls team were also in action on the day, exiting a little earlier with a Quarter Final loss to local rival Bimbadeen Heights Primary. Bimbadeen went on to advance to the Grand Final, also on December 18th.

Bruce Bower, Principal of Yarra Rd Primary School and their After School Competition coordinator, was thrilled at the results his students achieved stating “we are very proud of the kids efforts as well as those of Daniel Quick who has coached both teams and runs a before school Basketball Excellence program 4 days a week for Grade 3 -6 students which has no doubt been a big factor in our success”

He also thanked the Kilsyth Basketball community adding “having the opportunity to play in the After School Basketball competition and playing together as teams since Grade 1 has been a huge factor and that Kilsyth and Mountain District Basketball Association should be acknowledged for their part in both the boys and girls success.”

Yarra Rd was one of only 2 schools in the state to have both their Boys and Girls teams represented in the State Finals Series.

We wish them the best of luck in their Grand Final on December 18th and hope they will remember this fantastic Basketball achievement for years to come.