Dear Marist Basketball community
On behalf of the Club I wanted to share some thoughts (and acknowledgements) as we head towards the end of the year.
2021 has been a very long basketball season, starting way back in February with the grading nights. The season navigated four school terms and a three month pause due to COVID, followed by the recent re-start and now here we are on the cusp of Grand Finals, ten months later!
2021 by the numbers
This year we had 38 Marist teams compete across the age groups and we sincerely hope all Marist players enjoyed their basketball season. Specifically, they improved their game, made new friends and are planning to play again next season. 15 of our teams made it through to the semi finals. There were many nail biting results in the semi’s over the weekend and we have the following 6 teams through to Grand Finals, congratulations and best wishes to:
- U16 Div 1B Marist Royal
- U16 Div 4A Marist Aqua
- U19 Div 2A Marist Blue
- U19 Div 4A Marist Steel
- U19 Div 5 Marist Aqua
- U19 Div 6 Marist Sapphire
Congrats to the two individual award winners from all teams this year. It was a shame COVID prevented us coming together and acknowledging the award winners at the annual presentation evening. Each award winner was listed in the College Newsletter (published 7 October) along with the names of award recipients across all College sports. Also to our major Club Award winners, congrats once again on your contribution: Hamish Hughes, Christian Rowell, Cobey Barnes, Jane Searson, Rebecca Kain.
2021 Marist Nationals rep program recognition
COVID not only interrupted the local basketball season for three months, it prevented the ACT u14 and u16 teams from competing at their respective Nationals tournament in the recent September school holidays. Both these squads were undefeated in their lead up tournaments (NSW Junior Premier League) and perfectly placed to perform well at their Nationals tournament. Despite not getting to do so it remains a terrific achievement with inclusion in these final rep squads for our Marist players:
U16s: Vinusha Abeywickrama, Owen Nihill
U14s: Isaac Palywoda, Daniel Schultz, Cole Andino, Nicholas Stephenson
One of the highlights of the year for all Australian basketball fans was watching the Tokyo Olympics, with former Marist basketballer & student, Patty Mills leading the Boomers to their first ever Olympic medal. His skill and leadership proving crucial to the outcome. In addition Patty was honoured with the opening ceremony flag bearer role, alongside swimmer Cate Campbell. It’s wonderful to see a former Marist student having such an impact in Australian basketball; more broadly with his NBA team; and importantly for the people he’s inspiring along the way.
2021…a big thankyou
It goes without saying the Marist Basketball Club would not have been able to field so many teams, over such a long season without the help of so many volunteers. Our sincere thanks to all our coaches and managers in particular. It’s a big commitment and we’re immensely grateful for your time, care, nous, and leadership of your team.
We’re especially grateful to the 12 Marist students that put their hand up to coach a team. It’s a unique opportunity and challenge for a student to take-on, well done: Alexander Sladic, Jacob Chempakassery, Samuel Taylor, Thomas Dynon, Leonardo Robens, Nick Thauvette, James Hanlon, Adrian Hanlon, Hamish Hughes, William Dynon, Monte Walsh, Declan Kain.
We’d also like to acknowledge the terrific work over many years of our retiring Basketball Club Committee members: Michael James, Brad Barnes, Jane Searson, Jo Lanzon, Andrew Males and Jing Dynon. The Club is also grateful for the support of the College more broadly, in particular Pat Cook (school rep) for his ongoing support and involvement with Marist basketball.
Finally, a shout-out to all teams competing this weekend in Grand Finals. Play well and enjoy the experience. Grand Finals usually come with heightened excitement and tension, so please remember to show appropriate respect to your opponents, the officials and any other spectators.
We’ll be in touch in the new year to start prep for the 2022 season. In the meantime best wishes for the summer holidays to everyone in the Marist Basketball Community.
President, Marist Basketball Club