On Wednesday 17 August the Year 7, ‘Canons’ Specialised Basketball students competed in the Inaugural Basketball WA, ACC Schools Challenge held at the Bendat Basketball Stadium. St Norbert College was one of many schools who entered teams in both the boys and girls competitions, including Kennedy Baptist College, La Salle College and St Stephen’s School, we knew the day wasn’t going to be easy and our skills would be tested.
The boy’s team started the day a little slow against St Stephen’s and found it quite difficult to make up the deficit in the shortened game format of the carnival, eventually going down by 10 points. Wins against Kennedy Baptist and All Saints College saw the team qualify to play off against La Salle College for third position. Unfortunately the boys were unable to overcome the strong La Salle team and finished in a respectable 4th position for the day.
The girls team knew they had the ability to do well in the competition, but it would come down to a team effort and determination. During the qualifying games the girls were able to restrict their opposition to less than ten points in three of their five games, which is exceptional in the 26 minute game format. The large winning margins allowed the team to manage players fatigue during the day so they would be ready for the grand final, that was against Kennedy Baptist College.
Game 1: Canons Girls 43 v Swan Christian 9
Game 2: Canons Girls 41 v All Saints 9
Game 3: Canons Girls 43 v St Stephens 4
Game 4: Canons Girls 41 v Kennedy Baptist 11
The girls started a little slow and were not able to capitalise on their defence, missing some easy shots, but the second half was a different story. Led by Shenae Hartree, Talicia Hansen and Laniesha Paddon, we were able to break open the game and become Year 7 ACC/BWA Champions. Final Score: Canons 38 v Kennedy Baptist 10.