Magic Win First Ever National Junior Title
Added 17 June 2012
The Hawthorn Magic under 12 boys 1 team have delivered the club its first ever national title defeating the Nunawading Spectres in the National Junior Classic Championship game 47 Ė 27. The National Junior Classic is an invitational only event, which is held over the Queens Birthday weekend at Melbourne Sports and Acquatic Centre. The result earns the boys a gold medal and the title of 2012 National Junior Classic Champions.
The boys have had an outstanding season so far qualifying for the tournament with an undefeated record in the VJBL season, and carried that form all the way throughout the tournament. Yes, thatís right, they havenít lost a game!
On the way to the final, the boys swept their pool games with impressive results defeating Mornington by 34, Sturt by 33 and Eltham by 29. The finals were much closer results, accounting for Forrestville by 17 and Kilsyth by 13.
The boys pressure defence cranked up a gear in the Grand final with a blistering opening 5 minutes. Nunawading were shell shocked, with our boys heading to quarter time with a commanding lead 15-2. The Magic managed to push the lead out to 22 or so at one stage but despite a run at the opening part of the last quarter our boys were never really challenged.
Congratulations to Luke Winter who won the grand final MVP with outstanding team and individual play that included scoring two huge 3 pointers in the final term to quash any thoughts of a Nunawading comeback.
Congratulations also go to our U16 boys 1 coached by Darryl Mcdonald. The boys finished 4th in their age group narrowly losing their bronze medal playoff to Hills Hornets by 7 points, and our U14 girls who also finished a credible 10th.