BATHURST Goldminers’ under 18s and 16s Western Junior League teams are like a runaway train.
Try as they may, their opponents can’t find the brake lever.
Following the third WJL round over the weekend the four Goldminers teams have lost just one match between them, giving a combined record of 38-1 going into the finals.
The Goldminers’ under 16s and 18s teams will head into the May 5 and 6 finals at home with targets strapped to their backs and a ‘favourites’ tag waving high above them.
Both women’s teams are yet to drop a game.
The under 18s were hardly troubled during a busy five-game weekend.
The 16s came close to losing their unbeaten tag last round against the Orange Eagles but on Sunday afternoon they made a statement by running away 20-point winners.
A Goldminers boys 18s Blue team stacked with Waratah Youth League talent showed no mercy in their three games.
They finished with a combined point differential of +182 from their matches against the Eagles, Goldminers Gold and Dubbo Rams Blue.
It was a satisfying Sunday morning for the Goldminers under 16s boys who got their revenge over Lithgow Lazers.
The Lazers inflicted the Goldminers with their only loss of the season back in round one but on the weekend Bathurst turned the tables with a 76-60 success.
Goldminers’ under 14s girls are tearing up their competition. They sit at the top of the table following three more comfortable victories over the weekend.
A 2-1 record for the Bathurst boys 14s saw them finish sixth on the ladder. The team showed a lot of fight in a 67-34 loss to minor premiers Dubbo Rams Blue.
The under 12s boys ended their regular season with a satisfying three-point success over the Eagles while the 12s girls finished third in their pool thanks to their four wins over the year.
“We’re really strong in those older age groups. It shows the work that’s been done developing them before that age level,” Bathurst basketball spokesperson Matt Chapman said.
“We’d like to try and develop our players a little earlier to prepare them for those junior levels … but our under 14s girls are killing it at the moment with just the one loss.
“Our under 14s boys have gotten better and better with each round and our 12s boys and girls have gotten stronger too.”
All teams who take out their division have the opportunity to progress to the Country Championship League.
“Associations have the option to attend the CCL if their teams win, and that’s something that we’ve opted to do,” Chapman said.
“We wouldn’t be world beaters straight away at that tournament but it’s another tournament to help develop our players as much as possible.”
Finals are May 5 and 6.