Preface by Janx.....
Video: Highlights from the South Australia Men's team at U20 National Championships.
“Soo pumped!!! Our whole coaching staff stayed up to watch. Competitive. Tough. Fiery. Not perfect. All that matters though is winning”. One of the many texts I received after the performance of these boys. This one was from a Div 1 NCAA program which is a household name.
This past month our U20 Men made history winning the National Championships, the first time SA Men have won it since 1993. The team featured 6 featured athletes from www.highperformancehoopsnetwork.com.
I headed over to see the final days of the championship and had to see these guys become national champions, could not have missed this end to such an amazing journey they have all had. Just 4 yrs ago in U16s the corresponding age group (albeit a differing playing lineup) they finished 11th (Metro) and 9th (Country) spots in Adelaide. 4 years later they emerged to be arguably the best male team and players that have come out of the state in decades. The fact that they have come from nowhere to emerge as our nation’s top players and team just adds to their story. Their families, ALL coaches involved in their development, their support networks and most of all themselves have reason to be very, very proud indeed.
The culture of this group of men is phenomenal and I feel this mindset and culture that emerged was key to their development. It was fitting that Jacob Rigoni and Isaac White were Captain and Vice-Captain of this team as they have emerged as generational leaders in the state of South Australia and I hope their work ethic, dedication, competitiveness and toughness will be followed in this state for generations to come. It is infectious and guys like Alex Mudronja, Ben Carter and Harry Reemst (these 3 are from the same club as Alex and Jacob - Sturt Sabres) and others have been swep