Penrith Panthers players have earned two of the major four MVP awards for the 2015 Waratah League season.
Tahlia Tupaea was named Championship Womem MVP and Sean Weekes Division One Youth League Men MVP. This is a fantastic achievement and we congratulate both players on their awards.
The YLM were unlucky in their semi final loss on Saturday going down to eventual Champions Sydney Comets by only 6 pts. Ben Wagenfeller scored a massive 25pts and was extremely unlucky not to pick up a season award and Weekes was again strong finishing with 20pts. The coaching staff reported that the team played very well however a high shooting percentage by Comets proved to be the difference in the end. All in all the season was very successful and all but one of the team members are eligible for YLM again in 2016.
Next Friday 7th August 7.30pm on Court 1, a combined group of Penrith YLW and U18 girls will play the visiting Iowa NCAA College team the Buena Vista Beavers.
We hope to see our basketball fans come along to support the game (especially our junior girls rep players) , and show some Australian hospitality. This will be the first game for the touring team. Entry is free.
Congratulations to the following Penrith players for receiving individual BNSW awards for the 2015 Waratah League season or leading statistical honours.
All Star Five Championship Women – Tahlia Tupaea
All Star Five Youth League Men – Sean Weekes
Leading Steals – Louis Brandt, Championship Men
Leading Pointscorer, Leading Assists – Alicia Poto, Championship Women
Congratulations and good luck to the Penrith Youth League Men who have earned a spot in the semi finals for 2015 and take on Sydney Comets 11.00am this Saturday at Sutherland. Unfortunately our Championship Women were knocked out last weekend in the elimination round losing to Sutherland.
The Penrith junior teams have a Bye weekend before heading into their Championship semi finals. Congratulations and good luck to the following seven junior teams for Sunday 9th August :-
12Boys3, 16Boys1,16Boys3, 18Boys1 and 18 Boys2 – 16Girls1, 16Girls2.
Congratulations to local hero Tahlia Tupaea on winning a bronze medal with the Australian Gems at the U19 World Championships in Russia on Sunday. The Gems defeated Spain in the bronze medal game and ended the Championships with only one loss which was to silver medallists Russia. It was a great effort by the girls and the coaching staff. At Penrith we are especially pleased for and proud of this great effort.
Congratulations to 17yo Panther Adam Lulka on his selection to the Nike NBA Asia-Pacific camp to be held in Nanjing, China from 13th to 20th June.
Adam had a great week at the U18 National Championships and was on the radar as a result of his performance. He will attend the U19 camp with other young athletes from China, Chinese Tapai and New Zealand and gain valuable tuition from leading NBA coaches and players.
We wish Adam all the best for this opportunity of a life time.
Penrith have had seven (7) players selected and two (2) named as reserves in the NSW Metropolitan Boys or Girls State teams to compete at the Australian Junior Championships in Ulverstone Tasmania, this coming July.
The Association is proud and excited for this very talented group of juniors and we wish them every success at the Championships.
U16 Metropolitan Boys: Lachlan Charlton, Zac Cini and Daniel Goldrick – Reserve Jasper Rentoy
U16 Metropolitan Girls: Chloe Bloom, Meg Jefferson, Binta Salawu and Olivia Schneider – Reserve Tatiana Beaumont