2022 SPALDING WARATAH JUNIOR PREMIER LEAGUE FINALS, STATE CHAMPS & STATE CUP RECAP

Competitions
Written by Jaylee Ismay
11 August, 2022

The 2022 Spalding Waratah Junior League season came to a spectacular end over the past two weekends with the State Cup & Spalding Waratah Junior Premier League & State Championships wrapping up for the year.

The State Cup was played over the 30th & 31st July at Minto Indoor Sports Centre and Sutherland Basketball Stadium and after two years of no competition, all teams were eager to impress. 

After the first day of competition the combined Metro teams had a winning record of over 80% while Country was struggling to keep pace. The State Cup Grand Final is finalised by the winner of each pool heading into the final.

When the finals were locked in, there was 12 Metro Teams & four Country Teams in their respective Grand Finals. The only Country team that did walk away with first place was the Under 12 Girls being an all Country affair with the Queanbeyan Roadrunners defeating Coffs Harbour Suns. 

We would like to congratulate the one Country & seven Metro teams who won their grand finals with a number of Grand Finals being decided by less than 10 points.

Basketball NSW would like to thank our State Cup Host Associations Macarthur Heat and Sutherland Sharks for their effort throughout the weekend. A special thanks to our 54 referees who officiated over the weekend and our nine referee supervisors and instructors who made the weekend possible.

The 2022 Spalding Waratah Junior Premier League & State Championships were also held last weekend at Maitland Basketball Stadium, Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Niagara Park Stadium and The Brickpit Sports Stadium on the 5th, 6th & 7th of August.

Early on in the weekend Metro took out 25 out 32 matches in the Friday evening session, however on Saturday Country teams fought their way back into finals contention across a number of divisions.

During the semi-finals Metro claimed 23 spots to Country’s nine but once the Grand Finalists were locked in only the Maitland Mustangs U18 Boys as the only Country team to feature compared to the seven Metro. 

Another huge aspect of the weekend saw our Under 14’s teams competing for a position at Basketball Australia’s 2022 Under 14 Australian Club Championships which will take place in Sydney from Sunday 25th September to Friday 30th September.

With positions already guaranteed for the Hosts Hills & Penrith as well as ACT qualifying through their own state the four remaining positions were up for grabs and the Under 14 Boys division came down to a huge play off for the final placing between Newcastle Falcons & Illawarra Hawks.

From everyone at BNSW, congratulations to all the teams that played over the weekend. Everyone put on a great showing of skill and class. To the Under 14 teams that have qualified for the Championships (list below), congratulations and good luck. We will all be supporting you at the event and can not wait to see you show the other states how it is done!

NSW Under 14 Girls National Qualifiers – Hills Hornets, Illawarra Hawks, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Newcastle Falcons, Penrith Panthers & Sydney Comets.

NSW Under 14 Boys National Qualifiers – Bankstown Bruins, Hills Hornets, Illawarra Hawks, Norths Bears, Penrith Panthers & Sydney Comets. 

Basketball NSW would like to thank our State Champs Host Associations Central Coast Waves, Hornsby Ku Ring Gai Spiders, Maitland Mustangs and Newcastle Falcons for their effort throughout the weekend. A special thanks to our 56 referees would officiated over the weekend and our seven referee supervisors and instructors who made the weekend possible

Events by Numbers

State Cup Junior Premier League & State Championships
Games 104 136
Players 655 653
Referees 54 56

 

All results can be found online via www.bnswwaratahjuniorleagues.sportingpulse.net

State Champs Grand Final Results
State Cup Grand Final Results
Under 18 Boys Bob Staunton Trophy

Sydney Comets (94) def. Maitland Mustangs (84)

Grand Final MVP: Isaac Ayoubi (Sydney Comets)

Referees: James Poelczer & Rhys Boreham

Under 18 Boys 

Inner West Bull (99) def. Blacktown Storm (68)

Grand Final MVP: Tsepiso Makura (Inner West Bulls)

Referees: Rachel Hogan & Yashar Eliin

Under 18 Girls Maree Jackson Trophy

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (77) def. Norths Bears (57)

Grand Final MVP: Sophie Hanna (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

Referees: Courtney Smith & Molly Manns

Under 18 Girls 

Sutherland Sharks (72) def. Hills Hornets Green (62)

Grand Final MVP: Manuela Piljevic (Sutherland Sharks)

Referees: Alex Davidson & Tim Lam

Under 16 Boys Peter Yeend Trophy

Norths Bears (103) def. Sydney Comets (75)

Grand Final MVP: Henry Lau (Norths Bears)

Referees: Jacob Brennan & Ryan Blundell

Under 16 Boys 

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (77) def. Inner West Bulls (75)

Grand Final MVP: Thomas Mans (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

Referees: Joshua Garnon & Holly Powell

Under 16 Girls Maureen Elphinston Trophy

Bankstown Bruins (91) def. Norths Bears (63)

Grand Final MVP: Jessie-May Hall (Bankstown Bruins)

Referees: Jessica Lomnicki & Kaitlyn Neate

Under 16 Girls 

Sydney Comets (84) def. Dubbo Rams (37)

Grand Final MVP: Malki Halwala (Sydney Comets)

Referees: Freddy Ng & Lachlan Francis

Under 14 Boys Merv Emms Trophy

Sydney Comets (77) def. Bankstown Bruins (70)

Grand Final MVP: Ezekiel Kho (Sydney Comets)

Referees: Rylee Bowles & Ryan Buchaniec

Under 14 Boys 

Hornsby Ku Ring Gai Spiders (64) def. Sydney Comets (51)

Grand Final MVP: Tobias Hua (Hornsby Ku Ring Gai Spiders)

Referees: Alex Palmer & Trent Rodham

Under 14 Girls Vickie Croucher Trophy

Sydney Comets (71) def. Hills Hornets (52)

Grand Final MVP: Mia Lily Monique Minshall (Sydney Comets)

Referees: Timothy Lam & Natalie Kay

Under 14 Girls 

Sutherland Sharks (60) def. Dubbo Rams (57)

Grand Final MVP: Kenzy Kheder (Sutherland Sharks)

Referees: Dominique Leuzzi & Zoe Wu

Under 12 Boys Bob Elphinston Trophy

Norths Bears (54) def. Sydney Comets (45)

Grand Final MVP: Reggie Stafford (Norths Bears)

Referees: Matias Chong & Logan Peters

Under 12 Boys

Blacktown Storm (59) def. Hills Hornets (37)

Grand Final MVP: Caiden Em (Blacktown Storm)

Referees: Heath Williams & Jack Mortimer

Under 12 Girls Eve Craddock Trophy

Penrith Panthers (40) def. Bankstown Bruins (38)

Grand Final MVP: Rainne Acuna (Penrith Panthers)

Referees: Madeleine Prowse & Holly Powell

Under 12 Girls

Queanbeyan Roadrunners (59) def. Coffs Harbour Suns (39)

Grand Final MVP: Hazel-Mae Edmonds (Queanbeyan Roadrunners)

Referees: Kale Armstrong & Matt Wray

 

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