Saints state champions

Smithton Basketball Club gained a state championship title through the Under 14 Boys in B Division at the weekend. The U/14 Girls completed the two-day Launceston tournament successfully, placing fourth in A Division. 

Tournament. Smithton Basketball Club’s Under 14 Boys have taken out B Division’s State Championship in Launceston over the weekend.

The club’s U/14 Girls finished the two-day tournament in fourth place in A Division.

In the Boys’ first contest, a 74-point victory to the Southern Wolves gave the local guns the confidence they required to complete the tournament undefeated.

Meeting fellow North West Basketball Union competitors Wynyard Wildcats in the Grand Final, the Saints persevered to clinch a 10-point win.

Coach Jarod Elphinstone said he was proud of the Saints’ progression throughout the season culminating in a positive result.

“Throughout the whole weekend every player proved to me how much they’ve improved [this season] as they all contributed to the team’s success,” he said.

The Saints finished fourth on the ladder in the NWBU’s Junior Coastal competition this season however their finals stint was cut short by the Burnie Tigers in the Preliminary Final.

“As the season progressed and the boys were developing new skills and qualities – I too was learning from them,” Elphinstone said of the season.

“They’ve really helped me improve as a leader by helping me develop personal qualities such as patience, confidence and persistence.

“I’ve also really enjoyed seeing how these boys have developed both on and off the court, becoming the next generation of leaders in not just Smithton Basketball Club but the Circular Head community.”

Having coached the young side for two seasons now, Elphinstone encouraged each player to continue pursuing their playing careers as he steps away from coaching to further his education.

“I am extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve as a team, and as individuals,” he said.

“I encourage all of you to continue playing basketball, as you all have a bright future ahead of you. Go Saints!”

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