ON THE BALL: Bundaberg's Mitch Wright challenges for the ball against Gladstone in the under-18 Central Districts Carnival in Hervey Bay.
ON THE BALL: Bundaberg's Mitch Wright challenges for the ball against Gladstone in the under-18 Central Districts Carnival in Hervey Bay. Valerie Horton

Bulls charge to victory in Central District Carnival

BASKETBALL: When a Bull is determined and focused, nothing can stand in its way.

The Bundaberg under-18 side showed that on Saturday and Sunday claiming its first Central District Carnival in Hervey Bay for over half a decade.

Needing to win all four matches, including the grudge matches against Rockhampton and Gladstone, the side did just that to qualify for the prestigious Division 1 competition next year at the state titles.

The Bulls will now play the best regions in the state.

"They delivered and stood up when it counted,” under-18 coach Matt Caughley said.

"We've been playing good games but not for the whole 40 minutes and they did that this weekend.

"They were mentally prepared and did exactly what we've been focusing on in training.”

Whatever was done worked a charm with Bundaberg winning all four games by an average of just over 30 points.

This included a 28 and 30 point win over fellow rivals for the title, Rockhampton and Gladstone.

Now comes the hardest challenge, preparing for Division 1.

"The goal is top eight, to do that we need to win two pool games,” he said.

"It will build a platform nicely to the year after as we have seven bottom age players.”

But Caughley said the boys would need to raise their training and effort before the championships begin in the middle of January.

Joining them at the state championships as winners in January will be the U16 girls.

The Bears won by 49 points over Hervey Bay before wrapping up the title with a 23 point win over Rockhampton, despite being down early in the first term by seven points.

"It was an awesome team effort and they did everything I asked,” U16 coach Candice Redgard said.

"This is the most successful bunch of girls we've had for a while.”

Finally, the U23 Bulls won all their matches to make it three CDC wins for Bundy.



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