Black Queens secure primary school basketball throne
IT has been a long and hard road for the Black Queens but now they are sitting atop the throne.
Black Queens produced a superb all-round team performance to beat Queen of Hearts to claim the Primary School Girls crown in the Byron Bay Basketball Association's junior summer competition.
Queens player Azura Crawford said the 29-15 victory was the result of some hard work.
"We were the first team to enter the competition in 2012," she said.
"We started at the bottom and we have worked our way up. Now it's our turn to win.
"We have stayed together as a team and gradually improved.
"I'm just really happy for everyone on our team."
Saturday's grand finals day signalled the end to a hard-fought season.
Scores of primary and high school players from across the region have featured in the event, contesting weekly matches at the Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Complex.
Byron Bay player Azura, 12, has been playing the sport "since I could hold a ball".
"I like being competitive," she said.
"You meet lot of new friends. It's good exercise and good for your self esteem when you do well.
"It's simply fun and it's really cool."
An appreciate crowd of family and friends cheered on players during the event at the Ewingsdale Rd complex.
Black Queens player Tori Rehn said victory had been worth the effort.
"It was such a hard match," the 11-year-old, from Newrybar, said.
"I was so puffed at the end.
"I was so determined to win this one. When the final hoot-er went I was just so happy.
"I want to congratulate Queen of Hearts as well. They played a great match."
BYRON BAY BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION JUNIOR SUMMER SEASON GRAND FINAL WRAP
- Game 1: Primary School Girls - Black Queens 29 defeated Queen of Hearts 15 Most valuable player: Chloe Crawford (Queen of Hearts)
- Game 2: Primary School Boys - Vipers 22 defeated Lismore Storm 21. Most valuable player: Isaiah Campbell (Vipers)
- Game 3: High School Girls: Opals 22 defeated Lakers 13. Most valuable player: Scarlett Austin (Opals)
- Game 4: Junior High School Boys (Saturday Pool): Eagles 43 defeated Rockets 22. Most valuable player: Noah Amos-Eakin (Eagles).