Sabre stars visit Dominic

DOMINIC College students had a unique basketball training session when 16 of the best underage girls from the Sandringham Sabres Basketball Club visited the college for an elite level clinic.

Hailing from Victoria, the Sandringham Sabres comprise more than 60 teams from juniors to South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) men’s and women’s teams which compete against the Hobart Chargers and Hobart Lady Chargers.

The Sabres’ trip involved training sessions at Hobart venues including Kingborough Sports Centre and a special visit to Dominic College after Easter for training, tutorials and practice matches.

Dominic College health and physical education (HPE) K-10 director Cameron Golding, together with teachers Aaron Davey and Nicole Millikan, selected 17 Dominic girls to participate in the training clinic.

Running the clinic was Bill Runchey, head coach of the Sabres’ junior program, and Nathan Crosswell, Sabres SEABL men’s captain, who has played more than 300 NBL/SEABL matches in his career.

Mr Golding said the girls thrived on the elite coaching and competition opportunity they received.

Following the professional clinic, the Dominic and Sabres girls were split into four teams playing two matches.

“The Dominic girls not only held their own but, at times, took it up to the Sabres girls in the very competitive mixed team matches,” Mr Golding said.

The climax was Dominic College and Sabres’ strongest teams going head to head in a one-off, all-stars 10-minute quarter.

“This was a fantastic sight in our Savio Centre, with both teams moving the ball fast and showing excellent offense and defence,” Mr Golding said.

“The Sabres girls came out on top in the all-star quarter, but the Dominic girls held their own and challenged.”

Dominic College basketball coaches also enjoyed the learning experience of working with a professional set of senior and junior coaches from the Sabres.

Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said the school’s HPE faculty was an outstanding team of teachers which networked exceptionally well to bring enrichment opportunities such as the Sabres’ visit to students at the college.

“The clinic and competitive matches with the Sabres is an example of teacher and student commitment to excellence,” she said.

“Everyone involved had a great time – the Sabres will be warmly welcomed back, anytime.”

Caption: Dominic College students and Sandringham Sabres reps mix it up in a basketball clinic in Dominic College’s Savio Centre.

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