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Hellyer teams backing each other for titles

THE Hellyer College school basketball teams will be miles away from home at next week’s nationals in Canberra, but they won’t be lacking in support.

HELLYER: Back from left: Danyon Saville, Curtis King, Stuart Lee, Taigen Lucas, Joe Chilcott, Tom Smith and Jordan Williams. Front: Maddison Stokes, Millie Smith, Mariah Payne, Sami Phillips, Ellyse Gamble, Montana Groenewege, Danielle Radford and Sommer French. Absent: Dalton Wilson. Picture: Grant Wells.

Both sides qualified for the Australian Schools Championships by winning the respective state titles earlier this year, and will be on the sidelines to support each other as the teams tackle the nation’s best college sides.

The girls’ team will have very few players who have had a taste of nationals experience.

One will be Mariah Payne, who lit up the scoreboard in the national under-20 championships in Western Australia in February.

Payne said the competition was largely an unknown, saying the team didn’t have any specific expectations and would appreciate the support.

“It will have its advantages over there, given that we will be there for each other,” she said.

“It will be sort of like a home court advantage in a way, we will have some support.”

Payne said it was a sweet feeling for the team, which claimed the state title in dominant fashion.

“We won every game by an average of 30 points so it was awesome,” she said.

“Normally us girls play against each other in the Coastal roster so it was good to all come together and win the tournament.”

The boys’ team has been hurt by the unavailability of two of its most important players in Kyle Clark (national under-19 commitments) and Nick Taylor.

This has left fellow NWBU senior players Joe Chilcott and Stuart Lee to pick up the slack in Canberra.

Lee said the side still believed it could make an impression despite the absence of the star duo.

“Everyone here can play, and we’re just going to go out and play hard and have a good time as well,” he said.

“We’ve gone through a fair bit. We’ve all played together at inter-town level and in state teams, so it’s really good to come together.”

The nationals run from tomorrow until Friday at Tuggeranong Stadium.

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