Basketball - Boys (Issue 5 2017)
Written on the 24 August 2017
Open A Boys' Basketball team finishes 2nd after a tremendous effort
What a brilliant performance our Open A Boys' Basketball team put on in their recent State Knockout day. Although it was a disappointing end to what was a phenomenal day, the boys held their heads high in true Hearts spirit. The team improved as the day went on, as led by new coach, Reece Carter and Assistant Coaches, Nathan Anderson and myself. With SHC Old Scholars joining our support crew, we were ready to go.
An exciting finish to our first game against St Peter's College put the boys in good spirits. Captain and point guard, Finn Shead, stepped up to the plate to tie the game, hitting a huge 3 in the dying seconds of the game. This definitely got the boys up and about, with parents and supporters cheering from the sidelines. Young gun, Hayden Meakes, dominated inside and outside of the paint, and a mentionable effort goes out to power forward, Alex Habib, who took a significant knock to the face and still brought a positive energy to the game (and subsequent four games). He later found out he had four fractures in his cheekbone and needed surgery! We have that "never say die" attitude at SHC!
The boys continued to lift, which led to a comfortable win over Cabra and Tenison College, as made sure by guards, Tom Grear and Marshall Harvey. Next up, the semi-final; a tense battle against Henley High. From the get go, the Hearts proved too physical and too strong for Henley, as led by senior players, Lincoln Ellicott and Che Cielens, and backed up by key defenders, Cooper Booth, Lewis Carey and Henry Baker.
Even with injury striking our team yet again (our power forward and Australian-representative, Ben Carter absent from the group), we were prepared for what was going to be a nail-biting grand final against Trinity College. The boys were ready, but were not without fatigue. After all, they'd only had a 15 minute break between games. It was a battle, and one that we unfortunately lost. The boys did everything they could and we are so incredibly proud of them. We thank everyone for their support, particularly Boys' Sports Coordinator, Ali Trewartha and legendary supporter/scorer, Mitchell Pearson, along with superstar, Sandy Ellicott for her generous time preparing nutritious snacks and lunch on the day for the Hearts.
On reflection, it has been another incredibly successful and fulfilling year. On behalf of the coaches, we look forward to our final few games together and have enjoyed the many memories that we have made.