Young Benalla Breakers dominate junior tournament

By Meg Saultry

Benalla Breakers brought home a grand final win in last weekend's Wangaratta basketball tournament, with the under-12 squad backing up success at Swan Hill last month.

With games spread across Wangaratta and Benalla, the Breakers' under-12 division two team finished second on the ladder after the pool matches. 

Having lost to Mansfield in the pool matches, Benalla avenged that result with a 38-33 grand final win against the Eagles.

Ryder Robertson starred with 14 points, while Angus Robertson proved just as handy with 12 points.

Wodonga Wolves wear down Lady Breakers

• Benalla's under-14 boys' division one team made it all the way to the big dance. But coming up against the undefeated Wodonga Wolves proved a task too hard to counter, with Benalla losing the decider 28-44.

Benalla's Jesse Liddington was on form, shooting 12 points. Liddington's performance capped off a strong tournament for the youngster, who shot 42 points for the weekend.

• In the under-14 division three competition, Benalla capped off the weekend on a high note beating Tumut Timberwolves, 17-12, to finish with a record of 1-3.

• The Breakers' under-12 girls division two side also secured a win, beating Wodonga Wolves 16-14 on Saturday. 

Benalla Breakers finally nab history-making win

• Benalla's under-14 girls' division two squad finished the tournament with an even 2-2 record. Starting strong, Benalla beat Wangaratta Warriors on Friday, 26-10, before dropping games to Deniliquin and Rochester. But rebounding confidently, the Breakers beat Manfield Eagles 27-16 in their final match.

• The under-16 boys' division one team capped the weekend with a tight five-point win against Rochester, with Kyle Termorshuizen (14 points) and Miller Gilcrist (12) producing strong form, while Benalla's division two team struggled to get a win on the board.

• In the under-16 girls' division two competition, Benalla finished fifth of six teams in pool one, though beat Cobram 18-9 in the final game.

• Rounding out the weekend was the under-18 division one team, who won two of their matches on the weekend. Hayleigh Frost was the Breakers' top scorer for the tournament, averaging nine points a game.