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Jordyn Grubisic
Jordyn Grubisic
Jordyn Grubisic is a senior journalist for the North Central Review primarily covering politics at all levels and sport with a particular interest in basketball. Since 2019 she has worked for several publications across Victoria including most recently at the Alexandra Standard and Yea Chronicle. She is always keen to hear from local community members about issues they face and has an interest in crime and court reporting.

Wallan Basketball Association’s winter 2023 senior domestic basketball competition has concluded with The Benchwarmers, Spurs, Dirty Thirty, Wildcard and Kilmorians winning their respective competitions.

The association included men’s A Grade and men’s B Grade competitions with eight teams apiece, and a five-team women’s competition.

The men’s ladder split into two pools for finals, with the bottom four teams playing a reserves grand final.

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The Benchwarmers won A Grade defeating The Ballas 57 to 44 in a back-to-back grand final appearance – last season losing to Basket Junkies.

The sides finished equal second with nine wins and three losses.

The Benchwarmers’ Ryan Philippe was highest scorer with 22 points while Luke Liesegang had 18 for The Ballas.

Liesegang was the league’s highest-scorer finishing the season with 304 points, and Ryan Mclay from The Benchwarmers was runner-up with 203 points.

In A Grade reserve, the Spurs defeated Minions 56 to 47.

Ben and Dylan Kenyon scored 15 points each for the Spurs and Kobe Tout had 18 for the Minions.

Dirty Thirty were the B Grade champions, beating Brick Em 42 to 35 after losing to the same team in the qualifying final.

Anthony Burton scored 19 points for Dirty Thirty, matched by 19 from Brick Em’s Riley Brooks.

William Anderson from Brick Em was the B Grade second-highest league scorer with 192, and Burton came fourth with 130 points.

In the B Grade reserve grand final, Wildcard beat Airballers 63 to 60.

Jarrod Rudd had 26 points for Wildcard and Simon Vaughan had 23 for Airballers.

Rudd topped the B Grade league scoring with 228 points.

Kilmorians had a 33-point win over Wallan in the women’s competition.

Kaitlyn Wakartschuk scored 18 points for Kilmorians and was the league’s highest scorer with 137 points, while teammate April Adams was equal third highest scorer with Wallan’s Olivia Woods – both on 88 points.

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