Top sides Dongara, Chapman Valley in action in Geraldton under-18s basketball

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Olympians' Jordan-James Woods-Smith tries to block Pumas' Will Rubery's shot.
Camera IconOlympians' Jordan-James Woods-Smith tries to block Pumas' Will Rubery's shot. Credit: Supplied

It’s one versus two in both of the top two junior basketball grades tonight.

Top side Dongara play second-placed Chapman Valley in the boys’ under-18 division, while ladder-leaders Olympians play Pumas in the girls’ competition.

Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association president Peter Brown said there had been big numbers of players turning up for recent junior country week tryouts, with more than 20 wanting to join in some divisions. “There have been a record number of players trying out for each age group,” Mr Brown said.

“Some have had 22 turning up for the first training, which is great, although it makes it hard to pick a team of 10.”

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Administrator Nerolie Gerreyn said most of the grades had now been selected and the first country week games would start in late November.

In junior results from last weekend, Pumas beat Olympians 32-27 in the under-12 boys’ division on Saturday.

Will Rubery had a solid game for Pumas, and Jordan-James Woods-Smith and Shadyn Hodder were among the players who did well on the other team.

In senior results from this week, Olympians beat Hawks 86-72 in the men’s senior one division on Wednesday night to stay top of the ladder.

Pumas also won, beating Stateside, 81-70, to stay second.

Trades beat Pumas in the women’s top grade, 64-58, to hold on to first place on the table.

Stateside overtook Pumas into second place with a big win against Chapman Valley, 74-38.

Junior games run from today to Sunday.

In the senior divisions, Dongara beat Stateside in the under-18 boys division one on Friday, 28-25, and the Pumas beat the Olympians, 55-44.

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