The under 16 and under 18 boys squads as well as the under 18 girls squad.
Some of the team made the trek to South Australia by car and some for the first time got to experience flying. Coach Manny accompanied the lucky few that made the trip via the sky and they were treated to some down time in the Qantas lounge pre flight. This gave coach some time to explain some things like not every single person at the airport is going to Adelaide and no we can’t walk into the cockpit and hang out with the captain. HAHA!!
Upon arrival the flight crew Uber’d to the Henley Beach team house where the squads had plenty of opportunity to hang out, bond, make new friends and finalise last minute preparation for the weekends tournament.
There was a little more interest in our girls squad or “USA girls” as they have been started to be called around whispers at the club are a squad that will be representing the Collingwood All Stars in a tournament in the United States later on in 2022. This was however the girls first time playing together as a unit and the excitement post tournament will continue to build.
The team boasts 2 bottom age and 4 top age under 16 year olds as well as 3 bottom age under 18 year old girls, all whom have college basketball dreams and aspirations, so Coach Manny and the club wanted to expose them to a physicality and game speed they have not yet faced but are anticipating when they reach the high school tournament in the USA.
After all playing against the toughest opposition is the best way to develop and learn.
The girls lost to Melbourne in the first game, and also dropped games against both Bellarine and McKinnon but had the better of Norwood and finished off the round robin with a win over Darebin.
Our under 18s boys who were playing in a division of higher rank than their own went on an impressive run but ended up being knocked out in the quarter finals. They held a weekend record of 2 wins and 3 losses.
The under 16 boys had the most successful run of the representing squads going all the way to the championship but unfortunately falling short by just 4 points.
Parents, staff and players all had a fantastic time and smiles and many memories shared by all. It is believed that Coach Manny’s candy stash remained untouched so no negative news to report from the Annual Adelaide Easter Classic.