The return to a somewhat normal school year was had on Tuesday 16th Feb at the Opens Basketball Gala Day at the Port Macquarie Sports Stadium.

Hastings Secondary College, Port Macquarie Campus and Westport Campus entered both a girls and boys team who represented the College and Campus superbly. 

The Port Macquarie Campus girls team had the luck of the draw with the bye for their first round and were well rested for their first game against Camden Haven High. Although a close game, the girls played hard and held the lead throughout the game to win and go through to the finals. Although tired, the girls powered on and worked together in the back-to-back game to achieve another win over the tough and taller Wauchope High team and in turn, winning the competition for the day – 18-16.

The Port Macquarie Campus boys started their day strong with a comfortable victory over Macksville High – 85 – 26. Our boys then faced an old friendly rival in Melville High who put us through our paces. It was our grit and determination, as we proved too strong in a physical match up winning 24 – 15. This put us into the finals for the day against the always-strong Nambucca High, another old friendly rival team who we meet often in the finals. This year, we took a strong commanding lead into the half however it was during the third quarter, Nambucca impacted the basket with well executed plays to take the lead. The fourth quarter was what a final should be, a hard fought, well played game that came down to the last 3 seconds! After a couple of great three’s by Sunny Arndell, and fantastic driving force of Harri Sewell and Xavier Davidson, as well as the amazing defensive plays by Darnell Scott and Mason Heddles to get us back into the game, it was not to be this year for Port Macquarie Campus going down by 1 point – 32 – 31.

The Westport Campus boys team played first against Wauchope High defeating them by 8 points. Will, Kayden and Fatai led the boys to this win with great leadership and team work. Their second game was against Nambucca Heads High. Nambucca were a much tougher opponent. The boys had to work hard in both offence and defence. Jacob, Chi and Vince played well doing a great job to keep Nambucca from scoring on many occasions. Unfortunately, the boys lost this game.

The boys team consisted of: Will Delaforce (captain), Kayden Thwaites, Fatai, Jacob Brodie, Vincent Ingliss and Chi Nguyen.

The girls coached by Shelby played against Melville High in their first game. It was a tough first encounter with the girls gaining an early lead in the game. Melville eventually caught up and ended up winning the game. A great effort by Lili, Chloe, and Pheobie prevented Melville from running away with the game. In the second game against Kempsey High, Kelsie, Elise, Georgia and Anneliese put in a tremendous effort to help secure a win for the girls by 1 point. The lead changed several times throughout the game with the girls scoring the winning basket with 30 seconds to go.

The girls team consisted of: Pheobie Brown (captain), Kelsie Rayment, Georgia Teeling, Chloe Templeman, Anneliese Carter, Elise Kennedy and Lili Ford.

Congratulations to the entire team with special mention to Kael Harris, Xavier Davidson,  Harri Sewell and Will Delaforce for being selected in the ‘Lower North Coast’ boy’s team.

A huge congratulations to all of the girls with a special mention to Gemma Lawrence, Rusie Southon and Lilly Maqueda and Kelsie Rayment on selection in the ‘Lower North Coast’ girls team.

We would like to thank the support of our parents throughout our program and look forward to further developing as a team.

Boys Coaches - Mitch Stuckey, Ben Johnson

Girls Coaches – Kim Burton, Leilani Grainger and Shelby Grainger

Organisers – Stewart Heddles and Ben Johnson