The Tigers’ 2017 is off to a strong start with some terrific performances across the board as we hit the halfway mark of the season. The 12.1s finished the pool stage of the Victorian Championship on top of their group with an impressive 8W 1L score line and have qualified for the top flight, as well as gaining an invite to the prestigious National Classics, featuring the top rep teams from around the country over the Queens Birthday weekend. The highlight for the girls was a win against the previously undefeated Knox in high scoring shootout, 54-52. The depth of the age group is underlined by the efforts of the 12.2 who are sitting equal top of VJL 1 with a 7W 2L record. The 3s, 4s and 5s are experiencing their first year of “rep” basketball and doing a terrific job. The 3s and 5s also met up in the Grand Final of the Whittlesea Tournament last month, with 3s taking the win, but both teams walking away with some nice silverware for the trophy cabinet. The 14.1s have qualified for the “championship” level, with a 6W-3L record. They have also won an invite to the National Classics, a very good effort out an extremely tough pool. The 14.2s are going along pretty well, sitting mid-table 4W 5L, while the 3s and 4s are sitting second in their VJL groups. The 5s are battling it out in VJL4 with some strong second and third teams from other clubs, while the 6s are in the top five and looking for a finals berth. The 16.1s did a great job to qualify for the VC pool stage with a very young team. They just missed out on a “champ” spot and will be very competitive in VC reserve. The 16.2s are romping along in a 3-way logjam at the top of VJL1. They’re a team with a lot of spirit and an ability to get the scoreboard ticking over. 16.3s have just about broken even at 4W 5L and are doing well. 16.4s are on top of Regional North 1, a group they share with the 5s who are doing a great job at 4th with 5W-4L records. The depth of the club in the age group is terrific with the 16.6s also in finals contention sitting at 4W-5L. Fielding a team with very little VC experience in the ultra-competitive U18 was always going to be a big challenge for the 1s. However they did a great job to qualify for VC in straight sets. It has been quite a learning experience, but the girls have stuck at it and had a terrific result against Ballarat in the final game of the pool stage, giving them a fair bit of confidence for the upcoming VC reserve season. The 18.2 and 3s are rolling along in 2nd place in the respective divisions.