Slammers start the season in style at basketball tournament

It was a huge weekend of basketball for the Great Southern Amateur Basketball Association (GSABA) Slammers' sides.

Entering the first tournament in more than six months, the Slammers represented the region proudly during the long weekend.

The tournament was hosted by the Murray Bridge Basketball Association.

The Slammers were represented in every age group in both boys and girls teams.

There were approximately 150 athletes and coaches that turned out for the Slammers in 17 separate sides.

In a fantastic start to the season, seven of the sides won their divisions, another two were beaten grand finalists, and a further two sides made the semi finals.

There were a massive number of highlights for the Slammers.

The Under 12 Division 1 Girls, Under 18 Girls playing Division 2 and the Under 23 Men 1 side, all went through undefeated.

Even more meritorious was the way the Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16- 2 girls teams all beat teams in finals, who had beaten them in the minor round.

The other winning side over the weekend was the Division 3 under 14 boys, coached by Oscar Eldridge and Jamie Baxter of the Under 18 boys team, who were not playing that weekend.

In a fantastic sign for the association, half of the coaches from the weekend were under the age of 23.

President of the Slammers representative ball program for the GSABA Cameron Tuesley said "it was a ripper weekend".

"The Under 12 boys coach Stuart Fahey was instrumental in arranging the Under 23 boys team. It was great to watch his under 12 boys supporting their coach in the games they could," Cam said.

"It was so positive to field 17 teams in a tournament such as this. The event caters for all the different ages and basketball is such an inclusive sport.

It is great to have the families interacting and the Douglass family epitomise this. They have four girls playing, Scarlett in U12-2, Penny in U12-1, Alisha in the U14-2 and Mikayla in the U16-2 team. All went home with a winners medal!"

The Slammers are now preparing for the trip to Barossa in November, when they will seek to continue the improvement shown so far.

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