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Bendigo 2018

Australia Day Wrap

The Bendigo is traditionally a tournament for coaches to get their players back into the swing of things before the all-important grading phase 2 starts. Below are the coach’s wraps of how the tournament went for their teams. Coaching Director Kennedy Kereama was able to see most of the teams play and has passed on technical feedback to coaches.



Under 12’s

“This was our first tournament as a team and for many of our young players. We competed hard every single game and the boys gave it their best and represented the Jets proudly! Unfortunately we couldn’t a win, however, we learnt so much that will no doubt improve us in the long run!”

Coach Farrugia U12.1 Boys


“The u12.2 boys had a great time and really grow as a team. Lost a competitive game 1st up but then struggled against a good team in the afternoon heat. Saturday was fantastic as we got our first win as a team. After a nail biting win later that afternoon the boys optimistically started talking finals. Sadly come back to earth with a convincing loss Sunday. Great tournament.”

Coach Burnett U12.2 Boys 


Under 14’s

“Overall very pleased with the boy’s ongoing attempt to introduce the systems of play for both defense & offense.

As a team, this was game 5 through to game 9 and we are becoming more familiar with our roles & expectations.

The highlight of the weekend was the game we played against Bendigo on court 1.The intensity throughout the game, the way in which we played was something Aidan & I were very proud of. It was unfortunate the result ended in a draw after leading for the majority of the game.  

We reached the quarter final against Ballarat and it was obvious we had run out of energy & could not generate any ability to score.

Thanks to all players & parents for their support.” 

Coach Watkins U14.1 Boys


“U14.4 won all of our pool games and put but a great fight again a strong Bendigo team in the quarter final. All our players played their roles when asked and the most pleasing thing was we played as a team.”

Coach Gardner U14.4 boys


“While we did not get any wins for the weekend the girls fought hard against stronger and more experienced opposition each game to the final siren. With their positive attitude and improvements made over the weekend we are looking forward to the season and gaining more experience and positive results.”

Coach Jolly U14.2 Girls


Under 16’s

“We played well all weekend. Unfortunately we lost in the Semi against Horsham who went on to win the tournament. We are starting to come together nicely.”

Coach O’Reilly U16.1 Boys


“Won first 3 pool games and 1st elimination final, then lost a tight game in the semi -final to Ararat, who went on to win the championship game.”

Coach Barnes U16.2 Boys



“Our team competed hard and won all 5 games before getting knocked out in the Semi-Final in OT by a shot on the buzzer. Heartbreaking result to fall short. We were down to 9 players for most of the weekend and the boys came out, played well, ran hard and played as a team. Unlucky result but definitely a great learning experience for the team in a close final and they are better prepared for the next round of grading.”

Coach O’Keefe U16.3 Boys


“The u16.1 girls had a very successful weekend as the goal for us was a condition ourselves to play with more aggression and assertiveness. Results for us where not a concern, as we were more concerned about how we went about playing (Our process). Knowing that if we played the right way (with intensity, purpose, aggression and assertiveness) we would compete with any team, and this is exactly what happened. We managed to beat Portland by 6pts and Wanagratta by 6pts and had narrow losses to Ballarat by 1pt and Taralgon by 6pts.”

Coach Kereama U16.1 Girls 


“The girls used the tournament to get back into the competitive spirit and to get use to game pace.  The team had two of the girls returning from pre-Christmas injuries, which we were not expecting anything except to get game time into them.

We played 4 games being competitive in the first 3 – winning 2 and just losing a third.  Our last game was disappointing – but a good learning for the team.  The team worked hard in very hot conditions and will be better prepared for Friday night games due to this experience.”

Coach Routley U16.3 Girls  


Under 18’s

“The 18.1 Jets boys had a good Bendigo tournament, in regards to valuable court time into all players. We had 1 win from 5 games and to keep the eventual championship team to its second lowest score was a small win. We were competitive in all games but our match fitness let us down. It was a great team bonding experience and a good preparation for the next phase of grading.”

Coach Attard U18.1 Boys


“0/4 for the weekend so this weekend was character building. Having said that we should have won the first two and then had Bendigo and Ballarat who are the best teams we’ve played so far.  Losing to Ballarat by 15 who are already in VC isn’t too bad. We have plenty to work on.”

Coach Egan U18.1 Girls


Under 21’s

“The Jets started undefeated on Friday with wins over Bacchus Marsh (31-26) and Warnambool (40-30), followed by losses to both Corio Bay (35-40) and Echuca Pirates (28-39) on Saturday to finish third in Pool 1.

In the Quarter Final, a quick start in their third game of the day put the Jets up 8-2, and despite runs late in both halves by the Thoroughbreds, Sunbury held the lead to win (40-31).

The Semi Final Sunday afternoon faced the Jets against the undefeated Maryborough Blazers. Both teams went basket for basket until the final 10 minutes, with Sunbury’s defence keeping the Blazers to only 3 points for the final quarter. Fresh legs off the bench turned consecutive stops into fast break points as the Jets sealed the win (35-24).

The Grand Final against Bendigo started competitively with 7 lead changes in the first half. Both teams had scoring runs in the second half, and with 8 minutes to go the Jets trailed 33-29. The extra game rest for Bendigo the previous day showed, with the Braves closing out the game too good on the glass and from the 3pt line. The Jets finished runners up (48-33).”

Coach Smith U21 Men


We would also like to congratulate the Under 18.3 boys for taking out the Under 18 C boys division (44 – 25 V Portland Coasters).

Thanks to everyone who participated in the tournament. The SBA would like to thank the volunteers who assisted with the BBQ on the Friday. Massive thanks to West Side Meats for donating the meat for the BBQ.


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