Our Opens Basketball teams at Somerset College continue to achieve as players and coaches work hard in preparation for the upcoming State Championships this September. Both teams have moved up into Division 2 for the State Championships this year, after competing well in Division 3 in 2019.

Open Boys Win verse All Saints

Last week our Open Boys beat All Saints in a thrilling contest. The Open Boys team are showing signs of improved leadership, maturity, and a willingness to sacrifice and play their roles in order to get the job done as a unit. Defence and rebounding was critical but shooting the lights out helps too!

Wilson Partridge, Dom Bensley and teammates combined for 11 three pointers, and the defensive flare of Tal Mougrabi and Lucas McKean was second to none. Big Nick Spegel rebounded and defended the rim in style, while Felix Jackson, Tyler Longfield, Matt Leal and Angus Fitzgerald all player their roles to perfection.

The Open Boys will continue to prepare for the State Champs Tournament when they take on All Saints again next week at ASAS.

Open Girls Win verse Varsity College

The Open Girls also had a great victory last week. They matched up with some quality opposition in Varsity College, who Somerset has never beaten before.

The girls played what can only be described as an inspirational team game. They started hot out the gate and played some fiery defence from start to finish, diving on loose balls and putting their bodies on the line for one another. Captain Steph Kay lead the way with her defensive intensity and competitive drive; she was everywhere. Our fearless point guard Katie O'Loughlin controlled the pace with class. Courtney Stoten and Claudia Crimmins were accurate all night making shots and hustling in defence. Libby Burrows blocked every shot in sight, Alice Jones was tough as nails, Riley Davenport was locking down on defence, and Ruby Partridge showed she has what it takes to compete with the best.

The Open Girls have proved what they are capable of, and have a renewed belief in themselves heading into the State Champs Tournament next month.

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