Last week’s Primary School competition saw top-of-the-ladder Calrossy Neptunes run out winners against third-placed South Yellow 40-16.
This was only the second time that these two have faced each other this season and Calrossy were looking to repeat their earlier success.
South Yellow came out fighting and took first point honours when Lachlan Seymour sunk his basket attempt. Calrossy’s Charles Hill took up the challenge and followed South’s example sinking a two pointer of his own immediately after.
Seymour came back and upped the ante before Liam Walden and Christopher Swan made an impact taking the score 8-2.
Neptunes were having a harder time putting points on the board as the basket rejected the ball again and again.
Declan Lewis was able to break the drought and continued to sink baskets until he evened the score.
Charlie McCulloch joined Lewis and the two of them took their team to 18 points at the half-time siren.
At the start of the second half both of the teams showcased brilliant interception skills as the ball was constantly snatched out of its intended path by the respective opposition.
Deft hands swept in to steal the ball sending it briefly one way before more hands diverted the ball back in the original direction.
Hill started the scoring for the Neptunes again and Lewis showed his first half scoring was no fluke with two in a row.
Riley Breese joined his teammates along with Noah Chambers to continue pushing the score higher and higher. Hill, Lewis and McCulloch added more to take the Calrossy team to 40 points.
In the second period Seymour scored South’s first points. Jack Beare and Liam Walden added their own successful attempts to the total of 16 at the final whistle.
The final score was a little deceptive as the teams both gave their all and the game was never written off as a total loss as South’s Yellow fought it out until the last minute.
Determination was written over the young faces of both teams and smaller stature was no deterrent for either team. It was lovely to see the sideline support for each team and encouragement was always forthcoming.
Well done to Calrossy for their win and well done Souths for playing right up until the last and displaying good sportsmanship.
Good luck to the teams playing in the final representative round in Port Macquarie this weekend and also to the State League Men who are also in Port on Saturday night.
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