2012 U20 Australian Junior Championship Grand Final Results
U20 Victoria Men defeated South Australia Men 67 – 58
U20 Victoria Women defeated South Australia Women 71 – 53
Bob Staunton 2012 U20 National Championship MVP awards:
Venky Jois –2012 U20 Vic Men’s Team
Sara Blicavs – 2012 U20 Vic Women’s Team
The 2012 Under 20 Australian Junior Championship concluded on Saturday, 25 February after a week-long tournament in Belconnen, ACT. Both Victorian teams won gold for the second consecutive year (remaining undefeated for the entire Championship). In a clean sweep for Victoria, the men’s and women’s Ivor Burge Vic Metro teams (for Players with an Intellectual Disability) also won gold medals in the National Ivor Burge competition (which was held concurrently with the U20 Championship).
In the U20 men’s grand final, South Australia were the stronger of the two sides in the first half, jumping Victoria in the first term to take a 21-13 lead. They extended their lead in the second term, stretching the lead to 10 points at the half. But the points dried up for SA after half time, the SA side unable to score in the third, connecting on just 2 of 18 field goal attempts for 5 points, while Vic were able to add 16 to take a one point lead into the final quarter. Things improved for SA in the fourth, but Victoria had all the momentum and ran away with the 9 point win (for Victoria, Taylor Dyson top-scored with 19 points and Anthony Fisher finished with 14).
Head Coach of the 2012 U20 Vic Men’s Team, Grant Wallace said: “What a week, to remain undefeated all week and to remain focussed on winning the National Championship – I am exceptionally proud of the players and support staff. All players completed their role all week on and off the court without question or hesitation and totally deserve the credit and accolade that follow. Each stuck to the task, followed instructions and did everything possible to win their first gold medal, having missed out in their 16’s and 18’s age groups previously.
I must thank Trevor Gleeson from the Melbourne Tigers and also Ian Stacker from the AIS for their support in releasing Owen Odigie from his commitments in support of the Australian Junior Championship. Also a special thank you to Trevor Gleeson (Tigers), Peter Godfrey (Kilsyth), Alan McAughtry (Diamond Valley), Simon Mitchell (Knox), Guy Molloy (Ballarat), Ross Wignell and Wayne Bird (BV) for their support and guidance in speaking to the players in the preparation period prior to the Championship.
The 67-58 win in the gold medal game against a hungry South Australian outfit was a fitting result to the week. Finals are never easy at the best of times, and being down 10 at the half was a little stressful for all, but having endured much in the preparation phase of the Championship with injuries to key personnel combined with the experience of weekly VJBL contests and quality domestic coaching for the players, we had enough strength and experience in store to collect the gold medal through a standout disciplined team performance from all ten Victorian players. The Victorian Basketball community should be exceptionally proud of the way they were represented by all Victorian teams at the Under 20 and Ivor Burge Championships.”
In the U20 women’s game, the SA side struggled offensively in the first half, putting together just 18 points over the two quarters, with Victoria piling on 35 points to take a commanding lead heading into the change rooms. Although SA’s second half was much more productive, the Vic line-up continued to extend, clinching a comfortable 18 point win (for Victoria, Carley Mijovic was dominant in the middle, finishing with 20 points for the contest, while Tessa Lavey and Samantha Donald both finished with 12 points).
Head Coach of the 2012 U20 Vic Women’s Team Lori Chizik said: “What an amazing week in Canberra culminating in back to back National Titles. It was a week of hard work, being committed to our goals and united in our endeavours, with much laughter and camaraderie throughout the journey. All ten players contributed to the success of the team and represented Victoria with pride.
One of our goals, right from day one of tryouts, was to be the best defensive team in the competition which we achieved. This was aptly demonstrated in the gold medal game where we held the high scoring SA team to just 53 points, while notching up 71 points ourselves and every Vic player registering a score.
I would like to thank Basketball Victoria for giving me the opportunity to coach these wonderful athletes and work alongside the talented staff we had assembled. Thanks to Sandra Sloane for her unwavering assistance and support throughout the campaign. It was an absolute pleasure being involved with this years ‘wolf pack’ and I would like to thank everyone for the contributions they made towards this successful and memorable 2012 U20 National Titles.”
2012 U20 Victorian Men’s Team 2012 U20 Victorian Women’s Team
Lucas Barker Dandenong Sara Blicavs AIS/Melbourne
Taylor Dyson Knox Olivia Bontempelli Eltham
Anthony Fisher Ballarat Bronte Clark Ballarat
Jarrod Fryar Ballarat Samantha Donald Knox
Venky Jois Dandenong Rosie Fadljevic AIS/Dandenong
Owen Odigie AIS/Dandenong Shanae Greaves Knox
Greg Page Diamond Valley Tessa Lavey AIS/Bendigo
Dane Pineau Melbourne Carley Mijovic AIS/Dandenong
Sean Preston Knox Lauren Pearce Bulleen
Jayden Walsh Kilsyth Jaclyn Smith Diamond Valley
Dylan Hare Knox Isabella Brancatisano Melbourne
Michael Knoll Kilsyth Ellen Kett Dandenong
Tessa Ramsay Bulleen
Emily Simons Bulleen
Georgia Stirton Waverley
Bree Whatman Dandenong
Marena Whittle Nunawading
Grant Wallace Head Coach Lori Chizik Head Coach
Trevor Lee Asst Coach Andrea Walsh Asst Coach
Damian Clarke Dev Coach Michelle Brogan Asst Coach
Darren Sparkes Team Manager Robyn Boyle Team Manager
Matt Stoneman Physiotherapist Renee Meffan Physiotherapist
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