Home, sweet home for Sonics

THE Sale Sonics basketball tournament was a huge success with 130 teams enjoying two full days of basketball at courts in Sale and Heyfield.

The Sonics girls enjoyed the home court advantage, with a clean sweep across the under 12, 14 and 16 girls A grade competitions.

Sale won the under 12 girls’ A grade and under 19 girls titles by defeating Maffra in the grand final.

The Sonics also claimed the under 16 girls’ B grade title.

The Maffra under 10 boys continued their winning streak, going through the rounds in A grade undefeated.

The Eagles won a nailbiting grand final against Traralgon by two points.

Maffra was also undefeated in under 14 boys’ A grade, defeating Leongatha by one point in the grand final.

The Sale under 16 and under 19 boys and Maffra under 16 boys also played off in finals.

Sale Amatuer Basketball Association vice-president Mel Johnston said teams travelled from across Gippsland and there were some Melbourne entries.

“It was really great looking across all the courts and seeing so many young basketballers loving the sport,” she said.

“Our young basketballers stayed around and watched their clubmates and their friends from other clubs; there were kids everywhere with big smiles on their faces.

“It was great also to see some former parents and players visit the stadium over the two days, enjoying the games.”

Games were played at the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, Bishop Phelan Stadium at Catholic College Sale, Gippsland Grammar senior campus, Sale College Macalister Campus, St Thomas Primary School and Heyfield stadium.

Johnston thanked the volunteers who helped the tournament run smoothly, as well as the the schools and the Heyfield basketball community for their support and cooperation.

“We couldn’t run this tournament without the use of these additional venues,” she said.