The Green Machine from the Emerald City sounds like the title of a movie but is in fact the true story of the Emerald Chargers competing at last week's U18 Queensland State Basketball Championships.
A better comparison might be to the movie Cool Runnings as the boys headed east to compete in the Championships, known as The Classics, as almost complete unknowns.
Up against traditional powerhouses such as Townsville, Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold and Sunshine Coast teams, the Emerald boys were certainly seen as the new kids on the block.
One coach asked why a Sunshine Coast local junior team was allowed to practice while the Classics were on before someone set him straight that they were representing Emerald. "Is that even a thing" he asked.
So let's hear from Coach Adam Danielle Jurd
Emerald Chargers Vs Sunshine Coast Rip City
Last day of our U18 Chargers. After a difficult 3rd day of competition the boys were locked in and determined to bring everything together to have a successful final day of the tournament. After a very strong first quarter you could sense that the boys weren't leaving the stadium with anything but a W. They controlled the defensive rebounds which allowed them to get out and push the tempo of the game, then backed it up with some of the best full court pressure defence I've seen them execute... With Cole Harrison and Chad O'Sullivan lighting it up from Distance and Josh Watt being very efficient inside the paint the boys came away with a strong victory 86 - 50
Cole Harrison 28 points
Chad O'Sullivan 18 Points
Josh Watt. 16 Points
Congratulations men, on having a successful tournament. It was a pleasure to be a part of it. Thank you to Assistant Coach Callahan and Team manager Sharon Gimbert and all the parents who helped out over the week and made it very easy for my family... Truly appreciate your efforts...
What the other's said about the Emerald boys:
Sharon Gimbert It was a great week. The boys were amazing on and off the court. And with such a great group of parents working together it runs smoothly letting everyone enjoy their time.
Tanya Rouse Congratulations boys! You've done Emerald proud!!
Jason Owens. (Coach) A great team of young competitive men. Was a pleasure to coach against them yesterday, they played the game in great spirits and were cool cats off the court as well as on it. Good luck to your association in the future and no doubt we will cross paths again.
Craig Rowe. (Coach) I watched them play on the first day and thought they did a great job and were competitive and also seemed to be enjoying the experience. Stupidly I asked, who is the team in the green. When the answer came back Emerald, it all made sense.
So well done lads and everyone from the basketball family hopes to see you, and other boys and girls teams from Emerald, back next year. Who knows, maybe one day Emerald will host the Classics. Now that really would be something.
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