The Port Augusta Devils visited Port Pirie for its annual Junior Basketball Carnival, taking on teams from regional South Australia.
The Devils contingent, which had both girls and boys teams from Under 12s to Under 18s, had three successful sides taking home premiership medallions.
The U12 Boys and Girls and U16 Girls sides were unlucky to lose semi-finals to miss out on Grand Final appearances, but both the U14 Girls and Boys teams coached by Ryan Struck and the U16 Boys side coached by Damian Pearce were victorious in their Grand Final matches.
Following on from their stellar form early in November at the Port Augusta Junior Carnival, the U14 Girls again went unchallenged across the weekend.
With depth across all players, it is hard to identify stand-outs for the weekend. Ashleigh McKenna in the forward position was lethal from mid range, while Brooke Harris was damaging from inside the paint.
Ellyssa Myles was the quiet achiever of the group, slipping under her opponents’ radar to give Port Augusta the upper hand.
These girls will be looking to test their skills in the upcoming St Clair Carnival in December in the bigger-bodied U16 Girls competition.
The U14 Boys went one better in Port Pirie, reversing the Grand Final result from the Port Augusta Carnival to defeat Yorke Valley in a tight tussle.
Kane McAuliffe was a dominant force with a 26-point Grand Final rampage to lead his team to victory. The presence of McAuliffe meant Hunter Press was able to continue his form from previous carnivals without the full attention of the opposition. The combination of these dynamic scorers was too much for Yorke Valley to nullify in the final.
Rounding out our Grand Final winners is the U16 Boys, who came up against an undefeated Port Lincoln side, who they lost to in the minor round by 27 points.
Port Augusta changed the momentum and outcome in the final game of the weekend, beating the more fancied Port Lincoln side by 20.
Brady Corbett for Port Augusta was a force inside the paint, cleaning up the junk from under the basket to turn a missed shot into a scoring opportunity.
Mitchell Searle continues to develop his game and leadership skills with increased exposure to higher intensity basketball, representing Port Augusta in both the district and state competitions.
In a new approach to our junior basketball development, Port Augusta will send juniors sides in the U10, U12 and U14 divisions to the St Clair Carnival in Adelaide in December 2017.
Good luck to all Devils playing and we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.