2021 Australian Under 18 Championships
South Australia Metro Women are the 2021 Australian U18 Champions after beating Victoria Metro 76-64 on Saturday night. Tayla Brazel and Izzy Borlase shone for the South Aussies in the final, combining for 46 points to help their side grab gold. Victoria’s woes stemmed from their poor three-point shooting, where they shot 4 for 29 compared to SA’s 10 for 27. South Australia Metro had strong wins throughout the tournament, including a comfortable 83-64 win against Queensland South in the semi-final and a 75-65 win against rivals South Australia Country in the quarter-finals.
2021 Australian U20 and Ivor Burge Championships
Basketball Australia recently announced the fixtures for the 2021 Australian U20 and Ivor Burge Championships, taking place from May 3-7. The five-day event, held at McDonalds Mackay Multi-Sport Stadium in Queensland, will showcase 70 games from 25 teams.
The Ivor Burge Championships is a tournament for open-age players with an intellectual disability and will feature two South Australian teams. The U20 Men and women will have three teams, with all five teams across the two championships kicking off their individual campaigns on May 3.
2021 Masters, 3rd Grade, & Novice State Championships
The final regatta of the domestic racing season was held over the weekend at the Alex Ramsay Regatta Course. The 2021 Masters, 3rd Grade, & Novice State Championships featured more than 70 individual races, with Race 37 a highlight. Port Adelaide won the Masters Women’s Double race in a time of4:19.39, finishing 18.59 seconds quicker than second placed Phoenix and 22.98 seconds ahead of third placed Goolwa.
Brighton had a day to remember in their Round 2 battle against Woodville, strolling to a comfortable 82-7 win, making it two wins from two to begin their 2021 campaign. Brighton’s Jaden Phillips grabbed a game-high four tries, with teammate Nicholas Simpson not far behind with three. Woodville’s Lewis Adcock was the only player from his team able to record a try on the day.
Brighton will now turn their attention to the undefeated Old Collegians in Round 3, who disposed of Onkaparinga 46-29 over the weekend.
Woodville will be looking for their first win of the season on Saturday, when they attempt to rebuild their confidence against the Southern Suburbs.
UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs Gastelum
The self-described Australian-New Zealander Robert Whittaker has staked his claim of a shot at Israel Adesanya’s middleweight title thanks to his unanimous decision win over Kelvin Gastelum yesterday at UFC Fight Night. Whittaker dominated the fight, landing 169 total strikes (150 significant) to Gastelum’s 70 total strikes (62 significant). The 30-year-old will now be hoping for a chance to reclaim his middleweight title after losing it to Adesanya through a second round TKO in 2019, with yesterday’s result makes it three wins on the trot for Whittaker since losing the belt. In reaction to Whittaker’s win, Adesanya tweeted “Good job my son”.
Champion of Champion Singles
Kathy Miller took out a win in the Champion of Champion Singles Final- Women, beating runner up Sharon Cavanagh 21 shots, 3 points to 9 shots, 0 points yesterday. Miller started the day at 9:30am with a 21 shots, 3 points to 12 shots, 0 points win over Joyce Roast in the quarter-final, backing it up in the semis with a comfortable 21 shots, 3 points to 9 shots, 0 points over Karen Gatto.
William McPharlin also took a win in the Champion of Champion Singles Final – Men, after a tense battle against runner-up Brenton Roberts, with only one point separating the two. The end result in the final was 21 shots, 3 points to 20 shots, 0 points in McPharlin’s favour.
McPharlin was also able to edge out a close semi-final win against Nathan Pedersen, winning 21 shots, 3 points to 19 shots, 0 points.
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