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Friday, April 28th 2017

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2017 Marist Basketball Carnival Highlights

Marist Girls Team Report

In a coachless start to our campaign, the girls started training at the beginning of first term and were thrilled when Chris Cranley came and assisted in our training sessions, even though he already had three trainings a week for the boys. The girls started to prepare, and with Chris’ knowledge, we improved our skills and play. Mrs Richards soon became our coach and exceeded everyone's expectations.

On Saturday 8 April, both teams met and flew into Brisbane for one of the best weeks of our lives. We had a free day to relax, explore the city and prepare for the week ahead. On Sunday the Carnival commenced with the Opening Mass and dinner, giving us all time to socialise with other teams and reunite with friends we had met at past Carnivals.

Monday morning was an early start, with the girls playing three games. Our team’s expectations were quite low, due to our late start to training and young team. Surprisingly we won all three games and started the Carnival on a high. With three wins under our belt, we started to think finals weren't such a crazy idea. That afternoon Mrs Richards took our recovery session in the pool, and although we all froze, it was definitely worth it as the team woke up the next morning less sore than expected.

Tuesday was another long day of three tough games. Our first match was against Lavalla, who everyone knows is the team to beat as they have won every Carnival since I can remember. Unfortunately due to nerves we lost, playing one of our worst games, ending with a score or 46-13. Next we had St John’s and Sacred Heart, both of which were close games, however we came together as a team and managed to win both matches by a few points. We were so happy with our result, and it soon came to our realisation that the Grand Final is a possibility if we won our final two games.

Marist-Sion College was our first game on Wednesday. We turned up, ready for a tough game that would determine where we would place. We all played very well, and were extremely happy when we won 44-32. Our final game for the day was against St Teresa’s who we beat by 30 points. That night we had our closing dinner, where we congratulated the teams who made it into the finals and the individuals who stood out from the rest. Within the girls team we were blessed to have Samantha Ashby selected into the Marist Five. Students are picked by the other teams coaches and scouts. Within each team someone is chosen for the Marcellin Champagnat Award, which is given for spirit and leadership throughout the Carnival. Alysha Holmes received this award for the girls team.

Grand Final day started with everyone laughing over excitement, feeling very nervous and surprised. We head to the stadium to watch the boys play in the Plate Final, which was an intense game with the boys winning 31-26.
Although we started well in the Grand Final, unfortunately Lavalla were just too good and beat us 50-35.

Lucy Houghton

Marist Boys Team Report
The men’s campaign started early in Term 3 last year, with intense training sessions increasing to three times a week in the lead up to the Carnival. The team went over to Brisbane with a self-set oath to do the school proud after a disappointing result in the NAS Grand Final.

The Carnival began disappointingly for the men’s team, with three out of four losses on the first day including a defeat at the hands of the ASC National Champions and eventual Marist Champions Marcellin College, Bulleen. This left the team with a lot of soul searching as we slipped into the Plate Division. The team hit their strides over the next few days, overcoming early struggles to book themselves a date with the hosts Marist College Ashgrove in the Grand Final. In a scrappy defensive contest, Newman conquered a hostile home crowd to prevail 26-31 thanks to many great defensive plays late in the game. This is Newman’s second plate win in the space of three Carnivals.

A special congratulations to Caleb Probert for winning the team’s Marcellin Champagnat Award for spirit. Caleb proved to display the qualities of Marcellin on court and at training.

Overall the trip was an incredible experience and we are very thankful for Chris Cranley for being an incredible coach and mentor, along with Mr MacNeill who were able to manage a group of 20 teenagers. Mr Kanakis, Mrs Richards and David Simonette also accompanied us and helped to encourage and manage both teams very well.

Luke Simonette, Captain

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