Meriden’s IGSSA Basketball success
18 June 2015
This term Meriden has seen a resurgence in the sport of Basketball. We entered 11 full teams of eager basketball players into the IGSSA competition, and matched them with some of the best coaches Meriden has seen. This included our returning MER01 team coach Craig Jaques, former Australian Wheelchair Basketball champion Gerry Hewson and one of Australia’s most successful representative coaches, Tracey Samuels.
In a first for Meriden, Craig guided our MER01 and MER05 teams to nail bitting grand final victories.
Our MER05 team lost player Quaneisha Williams to injury after only a few minutes and it took the rest of the team to pull together and step-up in such a difficult situation.
Anthea Joe and Kimberley Nguyen remained calm under pressure in their MER01 team’s game. They went on to win by a single point and broke a five year drought.
It was an amazingly poised and determined effort by both teams.
Coach Gerry also had a successful season with his MER03 team, winning the game from the opening tip. It is excellent to see a group of friends continue to stay involved in sport even during such a busy time in the academic year.
Along with our grand final victories, we had many teams finish in 3rd position, vastly improving on their 2014 results. Old-girls, Elaine Wong, Anagha Bidkar, Taylor Won and Kristina Vidovic embraced their roles as Meriden coaches.
We look forward to the completion of the Meriden Sports Centre in the coming months. The courts within the Sports Centre will allow all girls to develop their skills and play in front of a home crowd.
We are extremely proud of all the girls this season and are looking forward to another exciting term of basketball next year.