As the siren loomed… the players on the bench started crying.
For good reason too as what the girls had achieved – booking their place on the national stage – was nothing short of brilliant.
Nunawading’s under-14 girls 1 team had secured a spot in the 2017 Australian Helloworld Under 14 Club Championships with the 51-32 triumph over Hawthorn on Friday night.
It was an intense challenge match – with only the winner earning their place directly in the championship as the number one seed.
It was business as usual for the Spectres stars; continuing a red-hot run of form. The Nunawading girls have flown across this year – earning a spot in the Medibank National Junior Classic through their great work in VC and knocking over all obstacles.
But this match, and the prize a victory would earn, loomed as the one they wanted most of all.
The Spectres young ladies soared to start. Madison Sinclair, Isabella Kilsby and Yasmin Spargo had a field day from the floor as the score line ballooned early.
Nunawading’s rebounding in particular stood out too as the blue-and-red brigade had too much height to be halted under the ring.
Despite the best efforts of Hawthorn, slashing the gap from its 17-6 quarter-time margin through the second and third terms, Nunawading had all the answers to run out 19 point winners.
Nunawading Spectres U14 girls coach Peter Rooke was thrilled to see his charges book their spot in the national event.
“This is absolutely fantastic – we’ve just qualified for the Australian Club Under 14 Girls Championships – and we’re absolutely rapt,” Rooke said. “It an absolutely positive thing for the club to make the under-14 club championships and it is an honour to represent Victoria and Nunawading Spectres are going to rock and roll it there.”
The 2017 Australian Helloworld Under 14 Club Championships will be hosted by Dandenong Basketball from 2-7 October at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium.
“I love these girls and I love how much it means to each and every one of them,” Nunawading assistant coach Bianca Lochrie said. “As the game was coming to an end they were all on the bench crying happy tears and you can’t ask for more than that… (to) have a group of girls that want it so bad and love each other so much.”
NUNAWADING SPECTRES U14 GIRLS SQUAD: Peter Rooke (head coach), Bianca Lochrie (ast. Coach), Rach Lucas (ast. coach), Yoshika Cook, Isabelle Crawford, Evie Curtis, Astrid Frausing, Ailce Frausing, Neave Hancock-Wolfe, Isabella Kilsby, Taitiana Piho, Madison Sinclair, Yasmin Spargo.