By far and away this was the biggest and most successful basketball season in the history of basketball at the college. With 21 teams and 183 players, it was the most populated sport in the school and performed extremely well across all levels.
2016 was the inaugural McDonalds Thompson Trophy competition, which was a competition played amongst the top 16 schools in Canterbury, which included Ashburton. The teams were split into two pools based on what the organisers saw would make sense. While disappointed we were not placed in the top division initially, the team used this as motivation to prove they are top 8 contenders and went on to beat Christ College in the final of the second division final to win the school’s first major basketball trophy. Also playing in the Canterbury men’s U20 competition on Saturday the team has just grown from strength to strength and went to South Island tournament with some confidence. While beating St Bede’s for the 3rd time in the season we unfortunately went down to Ashburton which meant a 3 way tie for 3rd place. On points differential we unfortunately ended up 5th which placed us in the lower playoff grades. However, the team played possibly there best game of the season beating former previous tournament winners Nayland College in a brilliant game of basketball. Huge thanks must go to the players for their commitment, especially Hoani Matehe, Isaiah McLeod, Charlie Devine and MVP Isaac Fowler who leave the college having represented the college with great Pride over the past few years. Also to Nev Brooker whose time and coaching dedication has been invaluable.
It must also be noted that two players from this team Isaiah McLeod and Mahonri Tauiliili-Pau have been selected to train and trial for the Canterbury Rams men’s squad for 2016, a huge achievement for secondary schools boys. Further attributions must also go to the parents and friends who have given their time for coaching, managing and/or supporting the boys all the way from Year 7 to 13. Without all of your time we would never be able to get basketball to the place it is now, a fast growing sport that is putting STC on its radar.
To the referee team that has been led by Brad Blackler for the past few years, basketball could not happen without this team who dedicate their Friday nights and Saturday’s to refereeing basketball to allow games to actually take place. We definitely have the most professional team of referee’s who control and help develop basketball at the college. Every single player that takes the court is in debt to these referees.
Lastly on an extremely exciting front; next year see’s the beginning of a new gymnasium being built which will include two full size basketball courts width ways and a major court running the length of the gym with great stadium seating and brand new facilities for all players to make use of. This facility will be one of the biggest school gymnasia in the city which will also be a community centre including rock climbing wall. This resource will further enhance the quality and depth of basketball at the college, and don’t we know we deserve it. Completion date is Nov 2016.
Again many thanks to all involved in basketball and we hope to see you all again next year to help basketball continue to rise here at the college. Brad Milne