In week 2 this term, seven Farrer boys (Ryan Bath, Brody Blackett-Gregg, Matt Corney, Julius Fletcher, Will Hansen, Ryland Sainsbury & Connor Watt) travelled to Broken Hill as part of the North West NSW basketball team to compete at the State Carnival.
The boys had a tough draw, having to compete against West Sydney in their first game of the tournament. North West came away from that with a close 56-51 victory. Their second game of the day put them up against South Coast. The boys knew some of the South Coast players and were aware that this was not going to be an easy game. In a nail-biting finish, South Coast came out on top 57-53.
After a good night’s rest, North West knew that they needed to redeem themselves and prove that they can compete with the best that the State has to offer. They came out on the Wednesday morning and defeated West Darling 74-39. They managed to keep their momentum going into a tough game against South West Sydney in which North West won 65-59. The following match was probably one of, if not, the most important match of the tournament. Both Hunter and North West were fighting for the chance to play in the finals, both having only lost one game so far. Adding to the tension was the fact that, give or take a few players from both teams, this was almost Farrer verses Hunter Sports High School, which Hunter Sports eliminated Farrer from in the State knockout competition the week before. The North West side did however get its vengeance, defeating Hunter 81-66.
Thursday came and the boys were fired up and had their sights set on the grand final. All that stood in their way was East Sydney. East Sydney managed to sweep through their pool undefeated, with the closest game having a margin of 10 points. The semi final between North West and East Sydney was close throughout the whole game, and in a heartbreaking finish, East Sydney came away with a 90-87 victory. East Sydney went on to win the grand final 65-56 showing just how competitive North West were in this competition. North West then went on to win the semi final against the South Coast team that they had lost to on Tuesday 61-48.
Finishing third was a great result, especially when North West had never placed higher than 9th before. Congratulations to Ryan Bath for being named the team’s Most Valuable Player, and the rest of the boys for an amazing effort. Ms Sarah Allen – Coach