THE Bomaderry Tigers u16s women’s team are the best in the state after taking out the state cup on the weekend of August 17 and 18.
The girls qualified to compete for the cup in Maitland after they took out division one of the junior Southern league competition at Albury in July.
On Saturday morning the girls were up bright and early for an 8am game against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.
Little was known about this team except that they had performed strongly during their season in division two of the Metro league and finished second in their finals series.
In typical fashion, the Tigers took their time to get into a rhythm, trailing 9-16 at the end of the first quarter.
But by half-time the Shoalhaven girls had ramped up their effort and hit the lead 23-19.
By the end of the third quarter they were looking well in control of the game with a scoreline of 39-31.
In the final quarter the girls were able to withstand a late challenge by Manly despite guard Bridget Kellett getting fouled out late in the game.
Kellett was also the high scorer for the team with 13 points.
Final score was 45-42 to Shoalhaven.
The next game at 3pm was against the Bathurst Goldminers.
This was effectively a rematch of the country grand final which had been played in Bathurst on the June long weekend this year, where the Tigers emerged as winners.
Both teams had a lot to play for as the result of this game was likely to be determinative of which team would play in the grand final on Sunday.
At the end of the first quarter, the Tigers held a narrow lead 15-13, but by half-time Bathurst had fought back to take the score to 34-25.
Bathurst maintained a lead at the end of the third quarter 47-33 and it looked all over for the Tigers.
Both teams were in foul trouble heading into the last quarter, and soon enough Bathurst had players being fouled out.
The Tigers then lost both regular guards as Bridget and Ashleigh Palmer were both fouled out.
In a monumental effort, the remaining players in the Tigers team were able to pile on some points against the depleted Bathurst team, and at full-time, the score stood tied up at 53-all.
The game then progressed into unknown territory this season for the Tigers girls playing in over-time without both regular guards.
With Jaime Sharp and Chiara Arthur stepping into the guard positions, and a spectacular three-point shot from Leonie Foggo under enormous pressure, the Tigers held their nerve and were able to steal back the game from Bathurst and emerge victorious 63-61 in over-time.
Lucy Marron high scored with 24 points.
On Sunday morning the Tigers played their third and final pool game against the Tamworth Thunderbolts.
With the Tigers already guaranteed to progress to the grand final on Sunday afternoon, it was a dead rubber.
The Tigers took out the game quite comfortably 68-58.
Lucy Marron high scored with 19.
The grand final was at 3pm against the Hornsby Spiders who, like the Tigers, had emerged undefeated from their pool.
The Tigers looked well in control and led 19-11 at the end of the first quarter by executing some quality pinpoint passes and accurate shooting.
But in the second quarter Hornsby maintained the pressure and used their height advantage to pick off Bomaderry’s passes.
The Tigers had to constantly readjust their game and work hard to maintain their lead.
At half-time the Tigers remained ahead with the score 28-21.
In the third quarter, the pace and physicality of the game played by Hornsby kept them within striking distance, but the Tigers were still up 44-37 going into the last time period.
In the last quarter the Tigers continued to be harried by the Hornsby team and with two minutes left to play, the margin was only a few points.
A few poor passes from the Tigers opened the door for the Hornsby team.
After putting the coach Scott Styles through some nervous moments, and with parents and supporters calling out encouragement, the Tigers redoubled their efforts and were able to add some quick points and finally put the result beyond doubt.
The final score was 60-47.
Lucy Marron was again the high scorer on 18 points.
This concludes a highly successful season for the u16 women who have remained undefeated throughout 2013, taking out southern junior league, country and now state cup titles.