This week has been very busy for myself, with three teams participating in the State Hoop Time Finals at Dandenong Basketball Stadium.
The Senior All Star Girls were first up on Tuesday and had a good run through the group stage, defeating St Brigids (12-5), South Yarra (15-9) and Robert McCubbins (20-6) and drawing with St Mary's Sale (14-14), placing them at the top of their pool and setting up a Quarter Final showdown with Boronia Heights, who they lost to at the Division Finals. Unfortunately their opponent was again too strong in the first half, running out their game with a 17-9 victory, placing the girls in the top 8 of 483 teams in Victoria.
The Junior Future Stars followed up the girls' excellent performance on Thursday. Templestowe Park Thunder also had a successful group stage winning against Heidelberg (10-8) and Greythorne (6-2), whilst losing to Oatlands (10-6), setting up an Elimination Final against Heathmont East who they lost to on the Round Robin Day. The game was a low scoring affair, with both teams playing excellent defence, however, The Thunder were able to flip their past result, winning 4-2. Unfortunately, in the Round of 16 TPPS were no match for Officer, losing 6-19, placing them in the top 16 of 814 teams in Victoria.
Finally, the Senior Future Stars played on Friday and had a mixed bag of group stage results walking away with one win against Scots (12-6), one draw against Weeden Heights (7-7) and one loss against Boronia Heights (10-7), earning them an Elimination Final clash against the higher ranked Woodlands. The Penguins saved their best basketball for this clash, leading from the start and holding onto a 9-6 victory. Similarly to the Thunder the previous day, The Penguins were outplayed by their Round of 16 opponent Beaconsfield, losing 23-5 and placing them in the top 16 of 985 teams.
This marks the end of another successful year of Hoop Time for Templestowe Park. As always, it has been my pleasure to support all students who participated in the Round-Robin Days and those who made it all the way to the State Finals. Thanks to all the students for being a pleasure to coach and to all the parents who helped with transport and scoring, in addition to cheering the boys and girls on.
I am looking forward to another successful Hoop Time campaign in 2018!