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Senior Varsity Basketball Girls

Aoraki Junior and Senior Basketball Championships

Jemma Bower, Chris Smeele and Ryan Coombes —

Excellent sportsmanship and positive attitudes, representing Roncalli with pride

Junior Girls (B Squad) - written by Coach Jemma Bower

The B squad girls competed in the Aoraki Basketball Champs last Wednesday 22 June.
The girls played 4 pool matches and were undefeated in pool play, and finished top of their pool. 

The semi final was the girls third game, back to back with not break, their opponents,
TGHS, were coming off a break and were well rested. The girls gave it their all but were exhausted and unfortunately went down by 2pts.

They then played WGHS in 3rd and 4th playoff & came out on top to finish 3rd place out of 10 teams.

Throughout the day the girls displayed some brilliant basketball skills and talent. Excellent sportsmanship and positive attitudes, representing Roncalli with pride.

Senior Boys (Varsity) - written by Chris Smeele (Head Coach of Roncalli Basketball Program and Varsity Boys)

The Aoraki tournament 2022 was held in Ashburton on one day, making this a frantic day of basketball with 8 teams in 2 pools - five games in total. Games are running clock halves, which is hard to get used to from a 10 minute quarters in the Friday night competition. 

First up we faced Mount Hutt and got away fast and grew the lead throughout the game with stand out performances from Harrison Laing and William Mackle on offence and great all round team defence.

The Second game was against Te Pa O Rakaihautu which was the first time we have ever played them. It was awesome to see new schools joining the tournament. They had some great players and good size but we managed to catch them out in transition and pull away in the second half. 

Our third game was against WBHS who are known for their basketball teams and we knew going in, they were the team to beat. They were a well drilled and confident team who took advantage of every mistake we made. We played good but to beat a team like that you need to play great. This was our first loss of the tournament and had us sitting in second place in our pool.

The Semi-final was against TBHS who went unbeaten through pool play to take top spot, another good team which we know very well but still couldn't limit their second chance opportunities and resulting in another loss. 

Now playing off for 3rd and 4th respectfully against Waimate, another team we know well and we took advantage of our height and took every rebound going. The team pushed out the lead in the second half as fatigue set in, ending the game with a victory and 3rd place.

TBHS had a tough final vs Waitaki boys going down by 10 points. Coaches MVP pick: Harrison Laing

Senior Girls (Varsity) - Written by Ryan Coombes - Coach Girls Varsity

This year the Senior Girls for Aoraki Tournament had only six players available from our two Friday night teams, so we brought two juniors from C Squad along for a bit of experience.
This year the team numbers were down with many schools pulling out due to clashes with other sports. In rounds we played Ashburton and Timaru Girls High who had near full strength teams, our girls played their hearts out with two losses.
Then we played Waimate High who were in the same situation as us this year; both teams went hard out at each other for the whole game. We managed to get a small lead late in the game to win by 35-27.
This was to be the same game again for 3rd and 4th playoff game, and again both teams gave it to each other for the whole game. Leads changed a couple of times during the second half of the game. In the first game we managed to claw a small lead in the last 2 minutes and held on to win 42-38.
It was a good day out for us, with more juniors exposed to this level along with one’s playing up on Friday nights. Puts us in a good place for Roncalli Girls teams next year and beyond.

Stand out player was Bethany Pantel, putting up great shots and scrapping and winning most rebounds all day.

The team was made up of Connie Dellow , Bethany Pantel , Celeste Gleeson , Bethany Oudemans , Madi Wills , Isla Young and two juniors: Jodi Marie Castello and Marla Pratt.

In all, everyone played well all day and had a lot of fun, was good to see during the day the juniors get better each game as the confidence levels grew.

B Squad Boys (Juniors) - Written by Coach Cullen Riley

The Roncalli B squad Basketball boys traveled to Ashburton to compete in the Aoraki Basketball Championships 2022 on Wednesday. 

Drawing Mountainview, Ashburton B and Waitaki in our pool, it was always going to be a tough start to the tournament, made even tougher with half the squad being absent due to exams.

After dropping the first game to Mountainview, the boys got back on track with a comprehensive win over Ashburton B winning 42-22. Now boosted with the return of the full squad, Waitaki boys couldn't keep up with our fast start and back to back wins see us through to the Semi Finals against Ashburton A.

What many people saw as the potential final at the start tournament lived up to the hype resulting in a back and forth game which unfortunately sent Ashburton into the final. The B squad managed to beat TBHS comprehensively in the bronze medal match.

A great effort capping off great progress for the junior basketball program.