Pumas and Trades keen to maintain momentum in Geraldton basketball

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Defenders surround Hawks' Xavier Wright last round.
Camera IconDefenders surround Hawks' Xavier Wright last round. Credit: Colin Sherman/Colin Sherman

Top side Pumas will be aiming to keep up their strong performances in Geraldton men’s top-division basketball this week, while Trades will be looking to hang on to first place in the women’s competition.

Pumas were due to play third-placed Chapman Valley in the men’s division one on Monday evening.

Second-placed Olympians are two points behind Pumas and will hope to make up the ground when they play Trades tomorrow night.

Fourth and fifth also play tomorrow as Stateside take on Hawks.

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Trades were due to take on Chapman Valley First in a clash of first and fourth in the women’s division one on Monday night.

Second-placed Pumas were due to play third-placed Stateside in the other game.

In the men’s, the top two were unchanged last round.

Pumas beat Trades 80-53 last Wednesday as Geraldton Buccaneer Will Galvin grabbed 24 points including two free throws.

Buccs teammate Tom Dobson scored 17 points and Flinn Dillon added 22 points.

Charles Thurkle was Trades’ top scorer with 13 points.

Chapman Valley beat Hawks 81-71, leaving Hawks in fifth.

They will be hoping players like Indigenous representative player Xavier Wright and Australian under-16s competitor and Bucc Bob Griechen can help them pick up their season.

Showing how tight the competition is, the win meant Valley jumped two spots to third on percentage. They leapfrogged Stateside and Hawks.

Last Tuesday, Olympians beat Stateside 75-69.

The women’s top-flight ladder was unchanged despite a loss by Trades to Pumas last round.

Pumas scored 65 points against the Tigers in the clash of the big cats last Monday as Julia Teakle grabbed 14, while Caitlin Wilson and Georgia Farley each got 13.

Hannah Trusso responded with 19 points for Trades and Gemma Dix grabbed 10.

The win was not enough to move the needle, with Trades remaining two points in front.

Stateside beat Chapman Valley 54-32.

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