From Convenor of Basketball, Mr Anthony Gibbs
Firsts started the Friday night fixture fairly well, however, by the end of the third quarter had let the game slip away, falling behind by 15. Fritz Jahnke-Tavana and Jack Sherston led the comeback, however, Waverley ultimately lost 85-80. After a great performance by Seconds, especially Cameron Abbott, Waverley fell short by 5 points. Rd 1 vs Cranbrook
The 8A’s had a tremendous win with Ricky Meyrick, Ben Pignatelli and James O’Loughlin putting up 10+ points. A similar show in the 9A’s with Jack Anasson and Flynn Busteed tearing up Cranbrook’s big men to secure their win. The 10A’s through Oscar Walters-Green and Tom Gleeson led their team to a victory against Cranbrook.
Rd 2 vs Trinity
Both these Friday night games were live-streamed for fans to watch and added to the excitement of the night. Firsts played extremely well, never giving up. Eoin Morrisey had a stellar performance dropping 26 points. After a brief comeback, Waverley ultimately went down 64-74. The Seconds found themselves unable to keep up with Trinity’s full-court defence. Daniel Malone scored 9 of Waverley’s key points, however, Waverley fell short by 20.
The 8A’s couldn’t compete with Trinity’s overwhelming pressure and despite JJ keeping them in the game, lost. Jock Edwards and Hudson Hatchett both played extremely well leading the 9A’s to overcome Trinity’s intense defence for the win. The 10A’s beat Trinity with a very impressive performance from Toby Longmire.
Rd 3 vs Barker
Hosting their first game of the season, Seconds, despite a strong performance by Daniel Malone, were unable to secure the win going down 38-48. Firsts began their game with high intensity, however, allowed Barker to build a 15-point lead. A big fourth quarter with great leadership from Charlie Harris was nearly enough to secure the win, however, Waverley ended up losing 51-58.
The 8A’s, despite a great performance by Kayden Baker, were unable to secure the win in a nail-biting 6 points loss. The 9A’s saw a tremendous effort from Jack Anasson and Hudson Hatchett as they carried the boys to their third win. Despite a stand-out performance by Tom Gleeson in the 10As, Waverley went down 32-43.
Rd 4 vs Knox
Despite a mishap, which saw the playing uniforms left at Waverley, Seconds played extremely well to beat Knox at Knox playing in Knox uniforms to steal their first win of the season! Cameron Abbott even hit the game-winning shot! Firsts played extremely well with Eoin Morrisey scoring 28 points and despite losing 79-68, Waverley played hard and united.
The 10A’s, led by Tom Gleeson, overcame Knox’s intense full-court defence to win 64-24. The 9A’s despite a strong effort by Jack Anasson lost to Knox. The 8A’s had a tough loss, losing by a sizable margin to a well-structured and fast-moving Knox.
Rd 5 vs St Aloysius
Firsts secured their very first win, pumping St Aloysius 71-49. Marley Henare played exceptionally well with Seb Van de Hoek contributing on the offensive end to enable Waverley to keep the lead they built in the first quarter. Seconds were, unfortunately, unable to back up last week’s performance, losing 47-29. Captain Daniel Malone played tremendously well utilising his intimidating presence on the court.
In the 8A’s, contributions from JJ and Ricky were unable to prevent St Aloysius winning, with a last-second half-court shot for the tie from JJ almost going in as the final buzzer sounded. The 9A’s lost to the undefeated St Aloysius 60-28 with Edward Lyons and Jock Edwards displaying great development. The 10A’s had a tight game and, despite the efforts of Van Larkin and Tom Gleeson, fell short losing 42-39.