Waitaki unbeaten on Australia tour

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The Waitaki Boys’ Basketball Academy remains unbeaten across the Tasman after leaving for their Australian tour last Thursday.

The Waitaki contingent drew 50-50 in their first fixture against Ipswich before downing Queensland Schools 43-40 in a tightly-contested battle.

Southern Districts Spartans were next on the local team’s hit list in a 84-66 victory.

Game four saw Waitaki lock horns with Anglican Church Grammar School in a 64-46 clash on Monday.

St Joseph’s Terrace were Waitaki’s next victims in a 64-47 win.

The players’ determination and skills have been honed in several coaching clinics with Queensland’s Director of High Performance and former North Otago Penguins player Leonard King at the Queensland Academy of Sport.

Team manager Brian de Geest said the training sessions with the former Tall Blacks coach had greatly benefited the young players, who were relishing the high level of competition.

“It’s been awesome,” he said.

“The kids have got a lot out of it. We had some sessions organised by Leonard King at the start which really helped the boys.

“They’re having a ball and we’re playing high-quality teams. It’s hard to get this level of competition in Oamaru, so that’s really good.”

The boys have several games left to play before enjoying the many attractions the Gold Coast has on offer in some down time before returning to Oamaru on Sunday.

Waitaki Boys’ High School sports coordinator Paula Symes said the school was proud of the boys’ efforts.

“Waitaki Boys’ are extremely proud of how the students are making the most of their time in Australia with their training clinics and their fantastic game results and we wish them all the best for the rest of the tour.”

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Back row, from left: Ala Kaufana, Nathan Smith, Scott Kitto, Kalib Mullins, Tom Crutchley an Esteban Erdody. Front row: Tyler Cunningham, James Scott, Coach Leonard King, Jacob Jackson, Max de Geest.