ON Monday, November 20 the year seven boys from St Joseph’s College Echuca made their way down to the big city of Melbourne to battle it out for the School Sports Victoria basketball state championship.
The team started the day as huge underdogs coming up against strong schools, such as Maribyrnong College, Hazel Glen College and Horsham College, all providing a massive challenge for St Joes to overcome.
Every boy in the team, apart from one, had played the previous Saturday and Sunday in Wangaratta at a big basketball tournament and were well and truly exhausted, but it didn’t stop them from being persistent and determined.
Fortunately they had enough in the tank and won all three games in their pool, eventually making it to the state championship grand final against Berwick College.
Unfortunately St Joseph’s went down 40-32 which capped off an extremely good effort from the country town of Echuca, crowned second in the state for all schools across Victoria.
The best players for the weekend were Elijah Bruns, Noah Long and Sam Deola, but the team would not have been competitive without the likes of Solly McKay, Kobyn James, Luke Caine, Chais Dunstan, and Kaileb Wilson, who all had a positive influence throughout the tournament.
Coaches Mal Dunstan and Angus Byrne were extremely proud of the boys’ effort, and so pleased to have been able to work with such a great group of young men.
A big thank you for all the work completed behind the scenes for the team and the coaches and especially sports co-ordinator Lisa Spiteri.