Losing not on agenda

DIFFERENT age group, same result.

That’s how best to describe the Ulverstone under 16 girls basketball team, who have swept all before them again in 2015 on their way to another nomination in The Advocate-IGA Junior Sports Awards.

Starting as a bunch of Under 14 players in 2013, the Robert Bourke-coached side has not lost a game in three seasons, both at local and state level.

They capped off this year with a resounding 61-29 win over Devonport in the NWBU junior inter-town grand final, followed by a tough 50-46 triumph over Penguin for the Tasmanian title.

Bourke said the group, which contains state players Shelby Rayner, Sarah O’Neill, Phoebe Buchwald and Molly Synnott, has been able to produce such consistent results thanks to a stable playing list and plenty of hard work.

“The uniqueness of the team is that we’ve had a core group of seven players all the way through and we’ve picked up three new players each year,” he said.

“It’s very rare that you get so many kids coming through at the same age that stick together and follow it all the way through.

“We also just work a little bit harder than anyone else – these girls train a couple of mornings a week, as well as their usual team trainings, so they are all trying to improve themselves individually.”

In bad news for all the other teams in Tasmania, it looks like the group will all front up again in 2016 to keep the unbeaten streak going.

“They’ve all indicated that they want to go on and play next year, so that bodes well for our association,” Bourke said.

“The ultimate aim is for Ulverstone to have a team of locally developed players to participate in the senior women’s competition.”

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