Last month a talented group of athletes dressed in maroon and white represented Queensland at the U16 Australian Junior Championships, travelling all the way to Killsyth, Victoria to compete in the 8-day tournament.
All four of the Queensland teams started off the tournament extremely well. The first QLD game of the tournament was played by the North women’s team against New Zealand, and won 79-63. This continued for all of our teams with the North Men’s team winning 81-51 against ACT and North women’s team winning 107-29 against NT. The South Men’s team finished off the day for Queensland with an 87-64 win against NSW Country.
This winning streak for all four teams continued on day 2 and it wasn’t until day 3 that we saw Queensland’s first loss of the championships. The South Men’s team played their second game of the day against SA Country, it was a good performance but sadly it ended in a loss, 62-77.
Day 4 saw the continuation of the South Women’s teams winning streak, winning their first game of the day against Tasmania, 62-51. Their second game was a close one with never more than 9 points between the two teams, our girls, brought it home the last quarter defeating NSW Country 65-62. Day 4 also saw the north women’s team’s first defeat against Vic Metro 56-67 and a nail biting game for the North boys in their game against SA Metro. Behind 7 points at the start of the last quarter, the boys picked up their game, sending the match into a double overtime before managing a narrow win of 93-92. Bottom ager, Tamuri Wigness was the star player scoring an astounding 47points.
Day 5 was off to a great start with the South Girls team playing a great game against WA Country, winning 81-63. The rest of the day however, wasn’t as successful with all teams losing their matches.
The quarter-finals began with a great win for the North Men’s team against SA County, 85-71. Tamuri Wigness scoring a game total of 45points, helped the team achieve their 15point win. Both our women’s team played each other in the quarter-finals, both teams played an excellent game with North leading by 1 point at the end of the third quarter, and tying at full time, pushing the game into overtime where the South, stole victory, 63-62.
The semi-finals were disappointing for Queensland with all teams losing their matches. The final day of the competition saw both the North boys team and South girls team fight for the bronze medal against WA Metro and SA country, respectively. Despite a huge effort from all the players, neither teams manage to pull a win out of the bag.
Whilst we may not have walked away with any medals, North Women’s team member, Alexandra Fowler achieved the highest average rebounds per game of 12.33 and fellow teammate Courtney Virgo managing a total of 23 three pointers made in the competition.
Tamuri Wigness, a Queensland North Men’s team member, was the star of the tournament achieving 25.56 points per game, tied for highest average of steals (3 per game) and a total of 53 free throws made throughout the tournament.