The 2017 Australian Helloworld Under-14 Club Championships were hosted by Dandenong Basketball from October 2-7 in 2017 at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium.
Six teams, determined at the March Basketball WA Grading Tournament, were sent from Western Australia and represented both their Association’s and our State well.
From October 2-7, 24 teams in the boys and girls competition participated across six pools.
The draw was then split, with the top two placed teams from each pool earning a berth in the Championship Division and the bottom two sides entering the Shield Division.
Playoffs were then held on Saturday, October 7 with the final placings of teams determined.
Willetton Tigers Boys (Shield Gold Medal, 13th overall)
W Sutherland Sharks 70-57
L Brisbane Capitals 60-61
L Bulleen Boomers 27-54
L Darwin Cyclones 45-60
W Alice Springs Suns 116-17
W Canberra Gunners 53-42
W Geelong Supercats 56-49
W Perry Lakes Hawks 49-45
The Willetton Tigers team showed resilience down the stretch of the tournament after a disappointing 1-point loss to Brisbane bumped them out of Championship contention. The team regrouped and posted wins against quality sides Canberra and Geelong to set up an all Western Australian Shield Gold Medal match vs Perry Lakes, which they won.
Perry Lakes Hawks Boys (Shield Silver Medal, 14th overall)
L Northern Tasmania Tigers 51-60
L City of Sydney Comets 46-72
L Eltham Wildcats 41-100
W Geelong Supercats 63-50
L Southern Tasmania Kangaroos 46-51
W Sutherland Sharks 64-52
W Darwin Cyclones 71-59
L Willetton Tigers 45-49
It’s a tough ask when you’re placed in the same Pool as the eventual Champions, it’s even tougher when you’re in the same Pool as both Finalists. That’s where the Hawks found themselves in Pool F against Eltham and Sydney, but they improved as the week went on and strung together solid wins to finish with a Shield Silver Medal.
Rockingham Flames Boys (Shield 8th Place, 20th overall)
L Norwood Flames 32-75
W Geelong Supercats 56-55
L Mackay Meteors 45-56
L Canberra Gunners 42-59
W Northern Tasmania Tigers 44-43
L Darwin Cyclones 50-59
L Sutherland Sharks 36-77
L North’s Bears 46-57
The Flames campaign was always going to be a challenge, with the team losing WABL U14 MVP Kallum Penn to a knee injury at the 2017 WABL Grand Final a fortnight earlier. The team remained competitive against quality sides throughout the tournament and won a couple of nail biters to add to the experience.
Willetton Tigers Girls (Shield 5th Place, 17th overall)
W Alice Springs Suns 94-23
L Cairns Dolphins 38-39
L Bulleen Boomers 34-59
W Perry Lakes Hawks 54-43
W Joondalup Wolves 65-37
L Southern Tigers 43-49
W Maitland Mustangs 53-36
W North West Tasmania Devils 43-39
A solid tournament for the Tigers whose final placing probably didn’t do justice for a team that only lost 3 games (2 by less than 7 points). Again, a tough 1-point loss against Cairns required them to win against eventual Champions Bulleen to make Championship, a task which proved too much. 4 wins across their next 5 games was good for 5th in the Shield Division.
Joondalup Wolves Girls (Shield 8th Place, 20th overall)
L Diamond Valley Eagles 38-71
L Canberra Capitals 30-66
L North West Tasmania Devils 44-47
L Willetton Tigers 37-65
W Perry Lakes Hawks 60-29
L Forestville Eagles 48-68
L North West Tasmania Devils 37-48
L Maitland Mustangs 37-58
A difficult start to the campaign for the Wolfpack saw them winless during the Pool stage. As a result, all three WA Girls teams ended up in Pool EE where Joondalup racked up a strong win against the Hawks.
Perry Lakes Hawks Girls (Shield 9th Place, 21st overall)
L Nunawading Spectres 29-52
L Gold Coast Waves 35-72
L Newcastle Hunters 39-49
L Willetton Tigers 43-54
L Joondalup Wolves 29-60
W Alice Springs Suns 55-27
W Southern Tasmania Kangaroos 39-33
Two quality opposition’s in Nunawading (6th overall) and Gold Coast (4th overall) got the tournament off to a rough start for the Hawks, but they persevered throughout the week. They pushed 2017 WABL Champions Willetton in an 11 point loss and finished the tournament off on a high, with two strong wins against Alice Springs and Southern Tasmania.
Congratulations to all players, coaches and referees – especially Jaimi Campbell who was appointed to officiate the Girls Gold Medal Shield game. Also a huge thank you to all the volunteers and managers who helped the teams get to Dandenong through tirelessly fundraising and organising.