Ipswich’s state titles challenge on home courts
THE motto will be enjoy and learn when the Ipswich under-14 girls number one basketball team contests the state championships on home courts this week.
Two Ipswich girls teams will be among 33 sides from around Queensland lining up at Ipswich stadium and Bremer State High School from Thursday until Sunday's playoffs.
After last year's Ipswich's under 14 girls dominated the state titles and finished fifth at the national club championships, top team coach Calvin Hegvold is focused on encouraging the next group of girls to enjoy higher level competition.
"Despite having a fairly inexperienced team, I've been really happy with their improvement over the course of the rep season,'' Hegvold said.
"They all have great attitudes, are all tough, and have worked very hard to improve both individually and as a team.
"We are certainly capable of causing some upsets against the more fancied teams.''
The team is captained by Hegvold's multi-talented daughter Charlotte, who was part of last year's all-conquering Ipswich combination.
Charlotte is the only player from that side still eligible for this year's state under-14 titles.
The Ipswich Force under-14 girls basketball team is: Layne Best, Selma Togia, Lillian Bilney, Sarah Trail, Aimee Johnson, Charlotte Hegvold (captain), Benina Pope, Shaia Tautua and Briony Gavars. Coach: Calvin Hegvold. Assistant coach: Mickayla Heuston. Manager: Daniel Best.
All the girls are with Ipswich club teams.
The new-look Division 1 Ipswich under-14 combination started training in September last year.
They finished seventh in the recently completed BQJBC season.
For the state titles, the home team is in a challenging pool with BQJBC grand finalists Logan and Gold Coast, undefeated Central Division champions Gladstone, North Queensland runners-up Cairns, and Brisbane.
The Ipswich girls open their campaign on Thursday against BQJBC champions Gold Coast in their 10.40am match at Ipswich stadium.
Ipswich plays Gladstone at 5.20pm the same day.
Ipswich's second girls team is in the Division 2/3 competition.
Two Ipswich under-14 boys teams are contesting their state championships, which also start on Thursday at Auchenflower stadium.
Both Ipswich boys sides are in the Division 2/3 competitions in Brisbane.
Force's bronze medal
double at Qld titles
IPSWICH enjoyed terrific basketball success at the recent state under-16 championships.
Force's top sides won bronze medals in their respective Premier League competitions.
The boys finished third in Mackay with the girls collecting their bronze in Townsville.
The medal-winning Ipswich Force boys side was: Cooper Ward, Nader Moniri, Reece Griffin, Hamish Hegvold, Alex Duce, Ben Oldham, Riley Afamasaga, Sam Grayson, Joshua Lincoln, Harrison Hornery and Ethan Robinson.
Cooper was chosen in the state team with Harry named in the State Reserve side and Joshua making the Emerging team.
The medal-winning Ipswich Force girls side was: Catherine MacGregor, Karissa Grigg, Grace Hughes, Neferatali Notoa, Grace Ellis, Paige Harton, Talitha Cox, Holly Port and Catriona Clarkson.
Catherine was selected in the State Reserve and Emerging teams.
Grace Ellis, Grace Hughes, Karissa and Nereratali were picked in the state Emerging side.
Ipswich's under-16 Energy boys and girls teams both came ninth in the Southern Cup tournaments.
Jeff Jared was selected to referee the under-16 Southern Cup gold medal match.