Junior Rep News
U18 Bears - the girls finished with 2 convincing wins against Gladstone but unfortunately went down in 2 very narrow losses to Rockhampton. Their strong performace across their CDCs meant they finished with a silver medal, and will now compete in division 2 at the State Championships in January.
U18 Bulls - unfortunately no wins this weekend however they played very well against very strong competition. They head off to State Champs in January.
U16 Bears had 3 wins and 1 loss for the weekend. Really tough first match against Rockhampton, losing by 6 on Saturday. The girls responded well on Sunday though, led the whole game and ended up winning by 13.
U16 Polar Bears - For the first time in decades, Bundaberg has 2 girls teams in one age group and CQ has 2 division. The Polar Bears are playing in division 2. This was their first carnival for the season (for most players, first rep carnival ever). The result of 3 wins and only 1 loss is a strong reflection of the effort, commitment and attitude from all players in the team. In all the games the girls were noticeably nervous and they played with absolute effort and energy (even though fouling the other team a little too often) in all their games. At the end of the carnival all the girls had played their hearts out and were thoroughly exhausted. Coach Morto is very proud of all the girls with their conduct on and off the court
U16 Bulls - had a tough carnival but still played with determination, heart and passion. The boys can take this experience and grow and develop before the next carnival in February!
Under 12s/Divisions 3 and 4
From next year U12s will move to playing with a size 5 ball (they current play with a bigger size 6). As this will start in the rep season in 2022, Bundaberg Basketball has decided to introduce this for division 3 and 4 games from January 2022 to give our players more time to get used to the new ball.
A small ball will hopefully help players in their shooting and ball handling development as they will have more control of the ball. So although it may feel awkward for the first few weeks this will be positive change in the long term.