The C Mens team that won their division at the VACSAL Statewide Aboriginal Basketball Classic – Dylan Bryant, Bronson Ritchie, Joshua Tuiono, Brad Brown, Peter Harrison, Thomas Harrison, Sione Tuiono, Max Solomon.

Our local mob well and truly flew the flag for East Gippsland on the basketball court last weekend with an outstanding showing at the Victorian Aboriginal Basketball Classic in Shepperton.

This annual tournament is hosted by the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd. (VACSAL).

Two teams from this region caught the bus over to Shepperton for the tournament; an under 16 boys team coached by Brad Brown and Dooka Pepper, and a C Mens team.

Both teams were undefeated throughout the weekend, and both made grand finals.

In the decider, the under 16’s lost a heartbreaker to the Southern Storm, while the C Mens were victorious with a win over the Melbourne Warriors.

The under 16s boys team was Isaac Brown, Max Solomon, Jhye Ritchie, Titus Harrison, Xavier Pepper, Draven White, Vinnie Harrison and Salutu Felise.

The C Mens team was Brad Brown, Max Solomon, Bronson Ritchie, Peter Harrison, Thomas Harrison, Joshua Tuiono, Sione Tuiono and Latrell Harrison.

Under 16s – Back: Hugh Pepper (Dooka), Draven White, Salutu Felise, Titus Harrison, Xavier Lawson-Pepper, Brad Brown. Front: Isaac Brown, Vincent Harrison, Jai Ritchie, Max Solomon Jnr.

There were also other community members that played in other teams which also won grand finals.

Lana Solomon, Nikita Hayes and Claire Brown played for Desert Roses and took out the B Women finals.

Luke Mongta and Zechariah Egan played for Bombala and won the mixed under 10 grand finals.

Congratulations to everyone for playing some excellent basketball and representing our mob at this terrific annual gathering!

A special thanks also to everyone that worked behind the scenes to make it happen, including Solomon and Sons, GEGAC, GLaWAC  and Bairnsdale Regional Unlimited Sports (BRUS), and all the parents, family members and helpers.

(Hey, if you’ve read this far, don’t forget to come to Close The Gap Day at GEGAC on Friday, 17 March! Free BBQ from 11:30am!)

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