Basketball: Redbacks bite on grand final day to claim a number of trophies

The Perth Redbacks under-12 4 boys team were runners-up after losing their grand final to the South West Slammers.
The Perth Redbacks under-12 2 girls team pushed the Rockingham Flames but ultimately fell 65-53.
The Perth Redbacks under-14 4 boys team beat the Stirling Senators to win their grand final.
The Perth Redbacks under-12 4 boys team were runners-up after losing their grand final to the South West Slammers. The Perth Redbacks under-12 2 girls team pushed the Rockingham Flames but ultimately fell 65-53. The Perth Redbacks under-14 4 boys team beat the Stirling Senators to win their grand final.

THE Perth Redbacks seem to be on the right path with their development of young players after a number of successes in the WA Basketball League on Sunday.

The club had three winners and two runners-up in the grand finals at the Bendat Basketball Centre.

In the under-14 3 Boys competition, the Redbacks beat the Stirling Senators 56-49 while the under-14 4 boys team beat the Perry Lakes Hawks 69-67 and the D-League women’s team beat the Senators 72-61.

The Redbacks lost the under-12 2 grand final 65-53 to the Rockingham Flames and went down to the South West Slammers 52-43 in the under-12 4 boys grand final.

Club administrator and under-12 2 coach Michelle Fletcher said the club’s development program had set up a solid foundation, which helped them claim the trophies.

“We’ve got programs in schools and we’ve been working with Basketball WA and Basketball Australia,” she said.

“It’s been a while since we’ve had such a successful season like this.

“The club had a few game MVPs too; Victor Komaiya was the best player in the under-14 3 boys grand final and Lachlan O’Dea won the MVP trophy in the under-14 4 grand final.”

Mrs Fletcher said the success of the club was not confined to the teams that played in grand finals.

“We had nine All Stars from the under-12s to the under-20s, which shows we are developing as a whole club,” she said.

“The club also had two referees in the grand finals, Tahlia McDonald and Mitchell Nixon, so we are improving in all facets.”