Marshall Evans, Ella Cobbing, Milana Thorp and Jacob Furphy last week performed among the nation’s best up-and-coming players at the 2019 Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup.
The locals were among more than 700 players, coaches and officials at the annual competition played in Albury–Wodonga on the New South Wales and Victorian border.
In his third appearance at the national competition, Marshall, 16, donned the Tassie Devils uniform for the Under 18 side.
The Smithton Basketball Club player says he has grown to become a leader among his teammates at the national competition.
“I’m a lot more confident and I know what to expect,” he says.
With five new recruits in the squad, Marshall provided support to the newcomers on the court as well as on the sidelines as camp captain.
In his first appearance at the Country Cup competition, Jacob dove head-first into the tournament taking on the role of captain of the Under 14 side.
Drawing on his experience at the Under 14 Club Championships last year, the 12-year-old says his goal for the tournament was to support for his teammates.
“I led lots of stretching before and after games, and gave advice and direction to my teammates.”
Jacob used his height to his advantage, as one of the tallest competitors on the court though he admits there are elements of his game he needs to work on.
For their first appearance at the national competition, both Milana and Ella agree it was a tough competition. Playing eight games in six days, the rising stars say the biggest challenge was playing back-to-back games.
The Under 14 Tassie Devils claimed one victory throughout the competition, defeating the Tasmanian Tigers, 59 to 27.
“That was my best game,” says Ella. “It really gave me confidence.”
With the goal to improve throughout the tournament, Milana says she put 100 per cent effort into every game to achieve this.
Tasmanian representatives Marshall Evans, 16, Ella Cobbing, 12, Milana Thorp, 12, and Jacob Furphy, 12, stepped onto the national stage at the 2019 Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup last week. Picture: Ashleigh Force.