Basketball glory for Tumut Timberwolves

THE TUMUT Timberwolves are howling at the moon in celebration after one of the biggest weekends in their history.

Tumut punched above their weight big time at the Waratah League Southern Junior League championships at Albury and Wodonga on the weekend, taking on teams from places with much bigger populations and achieving outstanding results.

The Under 14 girls (pictured right) were Division One champions. 

They played Albury in the first finals match on Saturday, and were beaten, but bounced back with a victory over Illawarra.

This set up the grand final against Albury on Sunday, and they reversed the previous result with a 56-43 triumph to claim the crown.

“It was a really good performance by the girls; they did a great job,” coach Scott Thornton said.

“I’m pretty proud of them. It was the first time those girls have been in Division One. They entered that division for a bit of growth and they have responded really well; they took the challenge up brilliantly.”

The Timberwolves under 12 boys side were champions in Division Two, winning their semi-final against Shoalhaven Tigers 40-22 on Saturday and then the final against Albury by a resounding 62-36.

“We actually lost to the Shoalhaven Tigers in the previous round by 3, so we definitely turned that around,” coach Dwayne Murray said.   

“The whole team played well.”

Iluka Penrith was named man of the match in the final.

“Things we’ve worked on the whole season came together well,” Murray said.

“It was good to watch the sportsmanship.”

The under 12 girls, coached by Ella Day and Brett Beavan were triumphant in Division Two, their weekend beginning at 8.30am on Saturday with the semi-final against Albury.

“With it being so early in the morning we didn’t play our best game, but won by 7,” Beavan said.

They beat Illawarra 39-15 in the final.

“The girls played really well,” Beavan said.

“They have progressed really well. We train a couple of times during the week, and we have shadow players as well. Ella is going really well in her first year of coaching. She’s been unreal with the girls. She’s picked up so much stuff.”

The Tumut under 16 boys also won their Division Two title, going through undefeated. They beat Albury comfortably in the semi-final on Saturday, then faced the same opponent in the final on Sunday, this time triumphing 79-49.

“The boys played exceptionally well,” coach Scott Crampton said.

“Their dedication to the team, sportsmanship and style of play were outstanding. We got numerous comments from officials, coaches and parents of players on other teams on the way they played, and you don’t often get that. They were exceptional.”

Jai Crampton was named Most Valuable Player.

The under 14 boys, coached by Todd Beavan, finished third in Division 2.

They rolled Illawarra 62-48 in the semi-final on Saturday, but then played eventual division winners Goulburn, and were beaten.

Beaven said he was rapt with the way his team played and how they have developed as players.

The under 18 boys, coached by Rebecca Butt, were runners-up in Division 2.

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