Last Friday, the Winter Basketball program hosted its first 3 X 3 round robin tournament against The Scots College. The players were split into teams and competed against both the Scots teams and each other. The competition included quarter-finals, semi-finals and a Grand Final at the end. Of the four pools, Waverley won two, and went into the quarter-finals as favourites.
During the quarter-finals, Waverley teams played outstandingly, managing to win every game against their Scots opponents, leaving just Waverley teams playing in the semi-finals. Some amazing performances from the younger groups of players in both the senior and junior competitions, saw both ending in upset wins against the favourites on the night, demonstrating that selflessness and playing for each other at the offensive and defensive ends, is critical to any team’s success, regardless of the talent of the group.
Thank you to Mr Golding and Mr Abbott for helping with the coaching of the program throughout Term 2, and to past 1st V players, Cameron Abbott and Hugo Roles for supporting and helping on the evening. It was also great to have the help from current senior players, Toby Longmire and Harrison Lee, with scoring on the night.
3 X 3 has been a really beneficial format for players to develop and challenge themselves in the off-season. We are looking forward to what happens in future years, as this format becomes more and more popular globally.
Mr Matthew Johnston
Head Coach, Winter Basketball