Final Day Recap - 2019 Australian School Championships

Final Day Recap - 2019 Australian School Championships

Recap the final day of the 2019 Australian School Championships, held in Melbourne Victoria as our champions were crowned across an incredible day of schools basketball action in Melbourne.

Lake Ginninderra College and Box Hill Senior Secondary College took out our Championship Men’s and Women’s titles at the State Basketball Centre with a bumper crowd witnessing the best of Australian school talent.

There were identical finalists vying for the Championship titles in the Men’s and Women’s competitions, as Lake G and Box Hill went toe-to-toe twice for the shields.

In the Championship Women’s finale, Box Hill overcame a gutsy Lake Ginninderra 79-69. Despite the best efforts of star trio Agnes Emma-Nnopu (19 points, seven rebounds), Maddison Wheatley (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Sara-Rose Smith (15 points, 14 rebounds), there was just a bit too much on the other side of the ball to stop. Box Hill stretched Lake G at all aspects as the outside game of Paige Price (25 points, six rebounds) and Erin Riley (14 points) was backed up by the driving work inside the key. Leia Hanafin (16 points, six rebounds, five assists, five steals, one block) had a bit of everything on offence and defence as she marshalled Box Hill inside the paint alongside Georgia Baldwin (eight points). All told it was a stellar performance from Box Hill, especially to back up from last night’s extraordinary over-time semi-final victory over Immanuel College.

Lake Ginninderra was too powerful in the men’s competition, running away with a 102-66 win over Box Hill Senior Secondary College. Putting on a staggering 39-13 first term, Lake G had far too many weapons in their arsenal as Blake Jones (38 points, 17 rebounds) capped off his week in the most emphatic style alongside Dhal Fieg (26 points, six rebounds, seven assists). Box Hill toiled to try and match pace with the high-flying ACT brigade, as Roosevelt Williams (28 points, 13 rebounds) continued his elite week alongside Abraham Gatwech Chol (nine points).

Trinity College took the bronze medal in the Championship Men’s competition with a 97-92 win over a gutsy Sydney Boys High School. Coming down to the wire, it took the stellar efforts of Trinity’s Kalani Sapwell (30 points, seven rebounds) and Isaac Atuer (29 points) to get across the line. Sydney Boys were gallantly led by Eoin Fitzgerald (30 points, 10 rebounds) – notching a double-double from a full 40-minutes on court – alongside Kwabena Brefo (20 points, five rebounds).

In the Championship Women’s bronze medal game, St Luke’s College took a 59-56 victory over Immanuel College with some starring efforts coming from Catriona Henderson (23 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists) and Elles Van Der Maas (18 points, eight rebounds). For Immanuel, Gabriella Vidmar (22 points, seven rebounds) capped off a stellar tournament in style alongside Isabella Stratford (12 points) atop the scorers’ list.

Our Under-20 Division 1 Women’s champions are St Paul’s Anglican Grammar with the Country Victorians taking a 69-64 win over Marsden State High School. In a closely-fought clash, Dallas Loughridge (25 points) and Myah Healey (16 points) led St Paul’s while Maya Entrop (22 points) was exceptional for Marsden. In the bronze medal game, Aquinas College took a 34-33 win over Willetton.

In the Under-20 Division 2 Women’s gold medal game, Lowanna College excelled to take a 73-27 win over Erindale College as Caitlin Demczuk (26 points) and Chezka Capilitan (19 points) starred for Lowanna. In the bronze medal game, Redlands took a 73-67 win over Moreton Bay.

Our Under-20 Division 1 Men’s champions were St Joseph’s College FTG with a 49-42 win over Newington College. Nathan Hare (16 points) continued his superb week at School Championships for St Joseph’s while Samuel Clemens (11 points) was Newington’s best. The Scots College took a 79-65 win over St Ignatius College Riverview to take out the bronze medal.

Guilford Young College claimed a 55-30 win in the Under-20 Division 2 Men’s grand final with the heavy lifting coming from Jacob Richards (21 points) for Guilford Young and Josh Verstegen (15 points) for Cabra. Lilydale High Senior Boys took a 55-46 win over St Augustine’s to secure bronze.

Under-20 Division 3 Men’s champions were St Patrick’s College Ballarat with a 71-57 win over Willetton led by William Hynes (19 points) and Nathan WIpane (22 points) for their respective schools. Northpine Christian College took the bronze with a 61-46 win over Victor Harbor.

Berwick Grammar defeated Erindale College 55-37 in the Under-20 Division 4 Men’s grand final as Michael Bourne (16 points) and Kyle Hearn (14 points) led their schools respectively. Bonnyrigg High School won the bronze with a 49-33 win over St Andrew’s Cathedral School.

Marcellin became our Under-17 Division 1 Boys champions with an emphatic 75-37 win over Hunter Sports High led by Daniel Poelsma (17 points) and Anthony Dell’orso (16 points). Box Hill took the bronze to continue its extraordinary schoolwide campaign at the championships with a75-65 win over Westfields in the bronze medal game.

Aquinas College was too powerful in its Under-17 Division 2/3 Boys grand final, taking a 62-41 triumph over Penleigh and Essendon Grammar as Darcy Watson (22 points) and Brodie Mcwhinney (24 points) excelled for their respective schools. Sydney Boys High School took a 59-58 thriller over Tenison Woods College to take the bronze.

St Augustine’s won the Under-17 Division 4 Boys title over McKinnon 68-48 – led by Liam Doughty (18 points) and Charlie Checketts (16 points) – while Cheltenham Secondary College took the bronze 71-62 over Bonnyrigg High School.

Our Under-17 Division 1 Girls champions were split by a hair as Rowville Secondary College and Haileybury College battled out a 51-49 grand final epic. In the end Rowville took the gold medal as Nyadiew Puoch (21 points) and Luisa Fakalata (16 points) soared from the start while Charlise Dunn (21 points) was just as sensational for Haileybury. Westfields took the bronze with a 57-45 win over Mountain Creek State High School.

Lilydale High won the Under-17 Girls Division 2 gold medal defeating Hunter Sports High 46-38, with Maria Derskson as a standout for Lilydale High collecting 18 points, while Sophie Bultitude led Hunter Sports High with 14 points. Mount St Joseph's took the bronze medal defeating Encounter Lutheran College 44-36.

St John Paul College Coffs Harbour took the Under-17 Girls Division 3 gold medal in a 73-55 win over Mater Christi College – led by Isla Juffermans (24 points) and Lilli-Yana Moody (22 points) while Nikki Stanic (24 points) was Mater Christi’s best. Trinity Anglican College took the bronze with a 52-49 win over Damascus College.

Going to the wire, Berwick College claimed the Under-15 Division 1 Boys title with a 60-52 win over Whitefriars led by Ethan Bolton (18 points) and Phoenix Windsor (17 points) while Billy Hicks (15 points) was Whitefriars’ finest. In the bronze medal game, Rowville took a 67-47 win over Marcellin.

Girton Grammar took out the Division 2 gold medal over Berwick College with a 51-45 win led by Hamish Walker (18 points) and Josh Smith (16 points). St Joseph’s College FTG took out a 58-44 win over Doncaster Secondary College to take the bronze.

St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School claimed the Under-15 Division 3 Boys gold with a 61-58 nail-biting triumph over Edinburgh College. Lachlan Giliam (22 points) and Fletcher Watts (21 points) were St Paul’s best while Cooper Whelan (25 points) flourished for Edinburgh. Trinity College Beenleigh took a 49-28 bronze medal win over Weeroona College Bendigo.

Our Under-15 Division 1 Girls champions were Rowville Secondary College with a 62-43 win over Berwick College, led by Kaitlyn Scott (19 points) while Meg Robertson (18 points) was the best for Berwick. Hillcrest claimed the bronze medal with a 48-40 win over Cabra Dominican College.

In the Division 2 Girls grand final, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar took out a 64-28 win over Peninsula Grammar with Amy Gaylor (16 points) and Imogen Giles (14 points) leading the way. Firbank Grammar took the bronze with a 53-30 win over Mater Christi College.

For stats and results for all games and LiveStats from the Championship Division, click here.