2017 Tasmanian primary schools basketball tournament

WINNERS: Riverside Primary's championship-winning state junior basketball team. Picture: Simon Sturzaker
WINNERS: Riverside Primary's championship-winning state junior basketball team. Picture: Simon Sturzaker

Riverside and Our Lady of Lourdes dominated this year’s state primary schools tournament at Elphin Sports Centre on the weekend.

Riverside Primary took out both the senior and junior boys competitions, while North-West Catholic school Our Lady of Lourdes also completed the double in the girls divisions.

Basketball Tasmania chief executive Chris McCoy said the two-day championships was a great way to round out a busy 2017 calendar.

“We had 34 teams of 36 that qualified from the regional rounds competing in total, which is a really pleasing take up,” McCoy said. 

“It was only a few years ago we had just 23 teams in this event.”

The North-West was the most successful region with seven schools recording top-four placings followed by the North (six) and South (three).

Riverside finished fourth in the junior girls competition, Mowbray collected bronze in the junior boys and Sacred Heart (Launceston) walked away with third and fourth in the junior boys and senior boys, respectively.

TRIUMPH: Riverside Primary's championship winning state senior basketball team. Picture: Simon Sturzaker

TRIUMPH: Riverside Primary's championship winning state senior basketball team. Picture: Simon Sturzaker

McCoy said the next major event for state junior basketballers was a trip to next month’s national country cup in Albury-Wodonga.

WEEKEND RESULTS

Junior Girls: 1 – Our Lady of Lourdes, 2 – St Mary's College, 3 – Stella Maris, 4 – Riverside Primary; Junior Boys: 1 – Riverside Primary, 2 – Sacred Heart (Hobart), 3 – Mowbray Primary, 4 – Sacred Heart (Launceston); Senior Girls: 1 – Our Lady of Lourdes,  2 – Corpus Christi, 3 – Sacred Heart (Ulverstone), 4 – Penguin District; Senior Boys: 1 – Riverside Primary,  2 – Spreyton Primary, 3 – Sacred Heart (Launceston), 4 – Somerset Primary.