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BENDIGO BANK BRAVES
The Bendigo Bank Braves took the long road trip to Mt Gambier with a team that was short of their normal starters. Both Kevin Probert and Zack Atkinson fell ill and an undermanned team tried hard but found top team Mt Gambier too difficult.
The Braves narrowly missed out on the finals. It was the first time the team has missed finals since 2004.
Mt Gambier 89 V Bendigo 71 Stats
BRAVES MAJOR RAFFLE
The Bendigo Braves major raffle was held with player Chris 'The Goat' Adkins taking 1st Prize.
We thank Armstrongs Trailers and Fitzy's Hardware for the donation of the $4600 first prize.
and everyone that purchased tickets.
1st $4,600 Armstrong Trailers and Fitzpatricks Home Hardware Prize - Chris Adkins
2nd $230 Samsung Galaxy Tablet - Kellie Smyth
3rd $150 Bendigo Stadium Braves Game Hospitality Package - Sandra Gillies
Kerryn Harrington starred for the Lady Braves with 28 points that included six 3-pointers.
CHAMPIONS IGA LADY BRAVES
The Champions IGA Lady Braves took on the Hobart Lady Chargers in the South Conference and in one of the best games seen at the Bendigo Stadium in years went down in an overtime thriller.
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Lady Braves 83 v Frankston 49
(2nd Semi-Final) Stats from the gameLady Braves 80 v Lady Hobart Charges 83
(Grand FinaL) Stats from the game
ELGAS YOUNG LADY BRAVES
The Elgas Young Lady Braves went down to a talented Knox outfit in the semi-final.
The loss of the talented Molly Greetham from a knee injury the week before that will result in surgery was a major blow for the team but Knox who finished up winning the championship were far too good.
Tahnee Cannan had 8 points for the Braves while Caitlin McLachan continued a great season work on the boards pulling down 8 rebounds
Fantastic season for coach Andrea Walsh and the girls in finishing top 3 in the state within the Big V Championship Women's Youth League.
Young Lady Braves 60vS'dringham 51 Qtr Final Stats
Knox v Young Lady Braves 70 Semi Final Stats
Season completed with semi-final loss and overall 3rd placing.
Dustin Salisbery had 24 points against Mt Gambier and also on the Braves MVP award
Shelby Britten tried hard in the semi-final to lift the team with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
BRAVES PRESENTATION NIGHT
The Braves held its Presentation Night on Saturday 16th August. Playing Award winners were:
Bendigo Bank Braves
Most Valuable Player - Dustin Salisbery
Most Improved - Daniel Hansen
Coaches Award - Taylor Bell
Champions IGA Lady Braves
Most Valuable Player - Lauren King
Best Defensive Player - Kerryn Harrington
Best Team Player - Jane Chalmers
Interact Us Young Braves
Most Valuable Players - Daniel Hansen/Jake Cowling
Coaches Award - Lachlan Urwin
Elgas Young Lady Braves
Most Valuable Player - Caitlyn McLachlan
Most Imporved - Molly Greetham
Coaches Award - Alexandra Strawhorn
Big V Youth Braves Coaching Announcements
Last season’s coaches Andrea Walsh of the Elgas Young Lady Braves and Richard Randall of the Interact Us Young Braves will not be continuing in the same roles next season.
The Young Lady Braves under the guidance of Andrea Walsh had an outstanding season with a 17-5 win loss home and away record, winning a final and then making the semi-finals of the Big V Championship Youth League in 2014. Many of the players also took the step up to the Lady Braves SEABL team.
Richard Randall and his Young Braves in the Big V Youth Men’s League One had an improved season compared to just the 1 win in the previous season. The team finished 6th of 11 teams but won their final 6 games to end with a 10-10 win loss record. Just like the women the young team had players stepping into its SEABL program.
Both Richard and Andrea will be staying around the Bendigo Basketball Association in other duties and we thank them for their time and continued effort last season and in many seasons within the Braves and BBA.
Both vacant positions will be advertised in the coming days.
Try-outs for players who would like to participate in Big V will be held at 12pm on the 22nd November at the Bendigo Stadium.
BRAVES INVOLVED IN MOVEMBER
After the recent great work the Bendigo Braves have done with the Bendigo Hospital and the ‘Be Brave’ Room, together with Mental Health Awareness with ‘Be Braves Speak Up message they are at it again with a dinner on the 1st December.
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