Wimmera basketballers enjoy success at Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup

WARRACKNABEAL'S Chloe Bibby and Haven sisters Mikayla and Aily McAuliffe have enjoyed a successful run so far at the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup.

The three have been playing in Basketball Victoria Country sqads at the tournament.

The cup, which is in Albury-Wodonga and started on Monday, pits country representative squads from every Australian state and territory and New Zealand against each other.

Basketball Victoria Country fields three squads at the tournament the Bushrangers, Settlers and Goldminers.

Squad changes mean Wednesday's Mail-Times incorrectly named Bibby as a Bushrangers member and Mikayla McAuliffe as a player for the Bushrangers.

Mikayla is on the under-18 girls Settlers squad and Bibby plays for the under-18 Bushrangers.

Aily McAuliffe is on the under-16 Goldminers squad as reported.

Both Bibby's Bushrangers and Mikayla's Settlers qualified for the tournament finals after playing well in their respective pools.

The Bushrangers finished third on the under-18 girls pool two ladder and and played their first final late yesterday afternoon.

The Settlers also finished third on the pool one ladder, qualifying them for a final yesterday.

The results of both matches were unknown when the Mail-Times went to press.

Aily McAuliffe's under-16 Goldminers had a tougher time, losing three of their first four games.

They were competitive in each loss, going down by just six points twice and losing by 10 to the NSW Warratahs.

Aily's final pool game was yesterday afternoon against the Tasmania Echidnas and the team was not in finals contention.

Jordie McAuliffe - the youngest of the three sisters - Edenhope's Sacha McDonald and Horsham players Thomas Berry and Jeremiah McKenzie will also play for Basketball Victoria Country teams starting today.

The four are in Wantirna South in Melbourne for the Southern Cross Basketball Challenge.

The tournament concludes early next week.

McDonald and Berry will be in the under-15 age group and McAuliffe and McKenzie are in the under-14s.

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