All images thanks to Australian Olympic Committee Media
Gerard Hillier and the Basketball Australia 3 x 3 Women’s team have won the Bronze Medal at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
After suffering a heartbreaking overtime loss in their Semi Final, going down to France, the Aussies bounced back to defeat China, winning the Bronze Medal for the 2018 Youth Olympic games 3×3 Tournament.
The tournament has spanned almost two weeks and will surely sky rocket our u18 Women’s 3 x 3 World Ranking. Having started the tournament ranked at #36 in the world, they managed a 5-2 record;
def Netherlands (#5) 11-7
def Czech Republic (#17) 15-11
def by Spain (#14) 7-12
def Estonia (#4) 19-15
def Ukraine (#2) 16-6
def by France (#6) 19-20 (Overtime)
def China (#1) 16-13
You can catch replays of the games by heading to the link below;
Click VOD and scroll through to find the games
Coach Hillier was delighted with the outcome from the tournament “coming away with a Bronze medal and locking away 3rd in the world as well as top of the Asian region is pleasing”. “I cannot put into words the amount of grit and determination these young ladies had in the face of some extremely strong competition and through adversity. If we had to do it all over again, I couldn’t think of four better players to go back to battle with”.
This adds to an incredible career to date for Gerard, however, his last 12 months has been impeccable;
The Southern Peninsula congratulates Gerard on another outstanding achievement. We also extend our congratulations to the Basketball Australia 3 x 3 Youth Olympic Women’s players; Suzi-Rose Deegan, Alexandra Fowler, Ruby Porter and Sara-Rose Smith.
Gerard, Suzi, Alexandra, Ruby and Sara are now all Olympic medallist, let that sink in, INCREDIBLE!
The Southern Peninsula Basketball Association runs a 3 x 3 domestic competition, if you are interested in participating in this high paced & physical game, please contact Ben White at firstname.lastname@example.org