The Knox Junior Raiders 14.1 Girls have a had a great season so far with 12 wins and only 1 loss for the season so far. The girls finished in the top 2 of their pool for VC and qualified for both the Classic Tournament and the Nationals tournament. The girls made it to the semi final in the Classic Tournament and lost 2 points leading them to finish 3rd overall. They will head to Shepparton from the 1st-6th of October to play off against the best U14 teams in Australia for the National Title. Our Knox Junior Raiders 14.1 girls have come a long way since the start of the season and we believe this group have great potential to succeed at Nationals.

Coaches – Rach Quirk (Head Coach), Steph Phillips (Assistant Coach), Jo Reid (Team Manager)

Players – Jemma Mason, Paige Burrows, Zoe Shaw, Kaitlyn Scott, Jaida Reid, Paige Galucho, Rebekah Dumont, Erica Cid, Hayley Letts, Gemma O’Donnell, Olivia Drummond

What were your goals before the season started?

The girls set out goals for the team early on to hold themselves accountable. Nationals was always something we wanted aim for – but had lots of little goals we had to achieve before that became a reality. Things like making VC, and then finishing in the top two for us to even be in contention.

How has your team developed since the start of the season?

Not only have we grown (literally) it’s been great to see the girls start to put into games the processes we drill at training. They’re reading the game a lot better and developing their own read and react instincts, instead of just going through the motions within a structured offense.

What are some of your strong focuses at trainings?

Learning to play together in different situations has been a focus lately. As much as it’s looks like great basketball when we execute an offense, it’s also about learning to work through their mistakes together and develop poise and patience and trusting the process.

What are some of your teams’ strengths?

Steph and I are super lucky that we have 10 players who bring something different to the game, on any day we have a whole mix of combinations that make our team hard to guard. We also love this team’s ability to grind it out when things get tough, which is exactly what we’re going to need if we want to compete well at Nationals.

Do you have any specific goals for Nationals?

For the girls to grow and develop as players and young girls through this awesome opportunity. When they’re confident and having fun – good things will happen.

How do you think you will achieve those goals?

If these girls play together, and to each of their strengths. It’s incredible what they can achieve. Our focus will be giving the girls every opportunity to feel confident and excited to be out of that floor.

How does it feel as a coach to get a team to Nationals?

It’s pretty cool! Steph and I have both been lucky enough to experience Nationals as a player, and it’s definitely a highlight of both our junior careers. Hopefully we can create another positive, unforgettable experience for our girls.


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