Cougars represent in Ballarat

 Cougars Youth League Men preparing for match in Ballarat

Over the Labour Day weekend three Cougars men's squad travelled to Ballarat to compete in the Ballarat open age tournament. Every year the Ballarat Basketball Association conduct a tournament for several divisions of open age teams.

Our BIG V Div 1 Men's squad and a veteran team of past Cougars BIG V players played in the Premier Division while our Youth League team played in the Men's "A" grade competition.

The Div 1  Men's team enjoyed a good weekend with two good wins against Collingwood and the Keysborough Vets team while losing in two competitive matches against quality opposition in Shepparton and Melton.

The vets enjoyed a great weekend together where winning came a distant second to enjoying a weekend with comrades in arms from Keysborough’s past seasons. Despite not enjoying the pre-season of other teams, the veterans were more than competitive and scored a major upset win over Shepparton winning 53-41.

Meanwhile the Youth League team enjoyed a winning weekend but just couldn't get past a veteran team lead by form NBA/NBL star Chris Antsey and former NBL starts Andrew Parkinson and Darren Lucas. After being belted by 31 points in their first match the youth league team acquitted themselves in a far better fashion second time around losing by just 7 points in the final.

It was great weekend away for our BIG V Div 1 Men's and Youth League squads to not only get in some much needed match practice but to also bond as a group before the season's opening this weekend. On that front the weekend was an outstanding success!

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