Junior Bronco stands tall
Wednesday, 30th November, 2011
Harry Trengove may not be the city’s tallest basketballer but he showed he can mix it with South Australia’s big guns at the recent Port Pirie junior carnival.
The carnival attracted both metropolitan and country teams from various regions across SA and pitted Broncos players against much larger opponents.
The 10-year-old playmaker toiled valiantly in the under 12 grade and spearheaded his team’s charge into the grand final.
Although the Broncos went down in the final, Harry’s skill and determination earned him the under 12 MVP award for the carnival.
A talented sportsman, Harry also plays football, soccer and cricket and has won a variety of awards in each sport.
He nominated basketball as his favourite, however, and said he was pleased to take home the MVP award.
“It was a bit surprising but I thought in most of the games that I played pretty good,” he said.
“In all of the games I gave it my all... the best part is passing the ball to teammates and letting them shoot.”
Broken Hill’s junior basketballers came agonisingly close to ultimate success at the carnival.
The Under 12 boys made a strong start, dropping only one minor round game as they advanced to the grand final.
They competed fiercely against a much bigger Port Pirie team in the final but went down by three points at the final buzzer.
BH Basketball Association President, Grahame Semmens, said that the Broncos players had gelled quickly and used their fast running style of play to trouble opposition throughout the carnival.
“Our under 12 Boys had a fantastic weekend as this is a new group of players playing for the first time together.
“The grand final was neck and neck all game... our boys fought it out and made Broken Hill proud, going down narrowly by three points.
“It was a fantastic result and coach Kate Semmens is extremly proud of all her players as they all did their best.”
The under 14 girls suffered a similar fate in their journey through the carnival, dropping only one minor round game before narrowly losing the grand final to much taller opposition.
The girls lost by five points to the West Adelaide Division One in their final game, but coach Anthony Harman said he was most impressed with his team’s effort.
Mr Semmens said the competitive showing against the West Adelaide would hold the girls in good stead for future combined matches.
“The Grand Final had it all - point for point, it was a shoot out. But our girls did their very best.
“This all makes for a good standing at next year’s SA Country Championships in March. Once again, well done to everyone involved.”
The under 12 girls weren’t quite as fortunate and only recorded one win for the carnival.
Coach Jay Tonkin was not discouraged however, and said the girls had gained valuable experience.
“This a very new group of players who are all developing nicely as basketballers... it’s all about their development at this age.”
The BHBA thanked all referees and families for their help and support throughout the carnival.