Friday, May 22, 2009

Albury Cougars

Wind swept and stormy skyWith all the training and a big trip away last weekend I haven't had the chance to blog lately.
The big trip was up to Illawarra for round 2 of the Southern Junior League basketball comp.
I took the Albury Cougars 16 women 2's away aiming at a perfect 4 from 4 result.
Up against teams like Illawarra and Canberra the weekend was looking tough.
The weather had closed in on us, with some wild winds overnight almost putting a hold on our Sunrise coloursbeach plans, however a small group headed down Saturday morning for some fresh sea air prior to heading off to Berkley Stadium.
Then it was time for business!
With the first win taking place in overtime it was obvious this was going to be a tough slog.
A solid second game helped us on the way to that elusive spot in the second round of state.
However, Sunday came and things changed.
A 3 point loss saw our plans fall to the wayside The darkness of Berkley Stadiumand a big defeat in the final game relegated us to just the SJL rounds only.
While disappointing, overall the girls played some of their best basketball this season.
The team began working well together and we can take some positives into the next comp which happens to be the Country Championships held in Maitland on the upcoming long weekend.
We're hoping for something special at Country, with the aim of bringing back the title as we did last year.
Time will tell.
With the job of coaching taking much of my time I wasn't able to do a lot of shooting.
The chances I had weren't helped by the darkness of Berkley Stadium, as can be seen on the back wall in the final image.

PS: Don't forget to click on the images to view them larger.


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