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Seymour Blasters win Wodonga junior basketball tournament

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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.

The Seymour Blasters boys under 16s won the Big River Roofing Wodonga Basketball Junior Invitational Tournament.

The tournament was over the weekend from Friday, February 9 to Sunday, February 11 in stadiums across Albury and Wodonga.

The Blasters competed in pool A of the third division competition taking a 10-point win over Echuca Pirates in their first match on Saturday.

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Seymour’s second game was a loss to Albury but the final game on Saturday against Wodonga saw the side take another win, putting them in the semi-final crossover against Bendigo – beating the Braves by five to play in the grand final against Myrtleford.

The Blasters took the win on Sunday over the Saints 45 to 25 with Cayden Bynon earning Most Valuable Player for the match with a game high 18-points.

Coach Justin Daniel said the team was coming off a poor tournament in Shepparton.

“Our play on Saturday was an improvement on that but with each game they were getting better as a team, culminating in the good finals performance on Sunday,” he said.

“The boys were not so confident going into the semi-final as Bendigo had three very good wins in their pool games.

“They were more confident going into the grand final as they had played and beaten Myrtleford last tournament.

“However, as we know anything can happen in a grand final so it was a relief and excitement when the game was over.

“Cayden Bynon got best player in the grand final but to win a tournament like that with five games in two days in warm weather, we needed a good performance from all 10 players and they all played well at times throughout the weekend.”

The team have played three tournaments together with their final tournament at the Junior Victorian Country Championships in Bendigo next month.

Daniel acknowledged the help he received off the court as well.

“I’d like to acknowledge the great work of Carrie Bynon as team manager and the results of all the Seymour Blasters teams across the weekend,” he said.

“There is a good culture at the club with teams watching and supporting each other.

“We hope to do Seymour proud in the upcoming Country Championships tournament.”

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