Point guard helps NSW to take trophy

Shooting high: National championships are run at under-12 and under-18 level only, so Alison Brincat has secured a rare victory. Picture: Anna Warr

Shooting high: National championships are run at under-12 and under-18 level only, so Alison Brincat has secured a rare victory. Picture: Anna Warr

ALISON Brincat was a member of the NSW under-12s basketball team that recently broke a 22-year drought.

The Mamre Anglican College student's team won the Australian School Sport under-12s national championships in Townsville. It was a feat unmatched by a NSW team for more than two decades.

Alison, of St Clair, played at point guard on the state team.

"We won eight games, and won every quarter as well," she said.

"We were undefeated."

NSW team coach Claire Hargreaves said Alison, 11, was a vital part of the team's success.

"Alison was an important player as back-up guard," she said. "Each time Alison hit the court she played with 100 per cent enthusiasm and commitment.

"Her defence was unrelenting and she took her offensive options when she could.

"She is a credit to her family, school and Penrith Basketball Association."

Each team member was presented with a medal and they swapped pins with other teams before each game.

They participated in an old basketball tradition after winning.

"We got to cut down the net at the grand final," Alison said.

The tournament was also a good chance for Alison to both hone skills and to meet people.

"The coach was really nice and encouraging, we had to learn her new plays," she said.

"I like it because it's fun. [The point guard] helps other players and calls the plays.

"One of the girls in the team I play with in reps, the others were from the country and they were nice."

Alison plays at Cambridge Park St Marys Basketball Club and is a representative at Penrith Panthers.

"I practise every day," Alison said.

"Its fun to go outside and play and not just stay inside."

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