Long Bay College’s Premier Boys basketball team has enjoyed stellar back to back seasons. Following successes in 2018, the team played the Boys Secondary School Senior A league for the first time this year, and are runners-up on the table after an exciting final against St Peters College. They are now preparing to qualify for the nationals and will have the opportunity to play off for the top Secondary School’s Premier League in early 2020. Playing for a top spot at the final was the team’s goal this season. They are delighted to have made it so far so fast.
The boys’ success over a relatively short period of time can be attributed to a great team culture and expert guidance. “You need to have a great knowledge of the game and a connection with the kids. We are very fortunate our coach, Justin Bailey, has those special qualities,” says the College’s Head of Sport, Mr Paul Field. Mr Bailey is a former SkyCity Breakers Academy Coach and also teaches mathematics at Long Bay College. Proud of the team’s successes, Mr Bailey says, “They have a great culture. I pull the strings but it’s all down to them. We’ve had a lot of adversity this season with injury and illness, but the boys are the most resilient group I’ve ever met. The more I push, the more they respond.” The Long Bay team can’t wait to achieve their next goal in 2020.