Maribyrnong Sports Academy students have played a major part in sporting success for their state and country around the world during the past few weeks.
Here at home our Basketballers have ruled the boards at the School Sport Australia National Championships played in Bendigo.
Zac Triplett and Joe Brazier won gold at the final of the Men’s U18 Nationals when they beat New South Wales by 4 points. Zac was Co-Captain of the Blue team had a team high 26 points in the Gold Medal match. Zac’s effort was off the back of an impressive time at the NCAA Basketball camp in Texas in July.
Tess Barnes, Casey Paea, Tylah Hooper, Victoria Ikenasio and Ally Keating were all part of the U18 Victoria Blue team which won the silver medal, losing to New South Wales in the final 56-53. New South Wales was the only team to beat the Vic’s throughout the whole tournament with our girls losing the first match to them by 4 points and the grand final by 3 points. Casey Paea was Victoria’s highest scorer with 94 points made during the 7 games of the tournament. Tess Barnes landed an amazing 90% of her 2 point attempts, while Casey made a team high 41% of her 3 point shots, scoring from 10 of her 24 attempts.
Kera Bennett, who was part of the U18 Victoria White team won a bronze medal
We welcome back Year 12 student athlete Bonnie Yu who was Co-Captain of the Australian Under 19 Lacrosse team playing in the World Championships in Ontario, Canada. Bonnie and her teammates did Australia proud winning the bronze medal at the Championships defeating England 13-8 in the final. Bonnie scored 2 goals in the Bronze medal match, including the opening goal of the game, and had 1 assist.
A huge congratulations to Maribyrnong student athletes Reba Stewart and Leon Sejranovic for winning Gold Medals at the Pacific Games and backing it up 2 days later, winning Gold again at the Oceania Championships, both held in Samoa.
This is a huge achievement for these 17 year olds, winning 2 Gold Medals each in the Senior divisions competing against older, more experienced athletes.
Congratulations to all our students for their amazing efforts and we would also like to congratulate our coaches and Phys prep staff for all the work they do getting our students ready for top level competition.