A swish effort by rookie

Published on CPL Bill Solomou (author and photographer)

Location(s): RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA

Topic(s): Basketball

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Ryan Webb, RAN, representing New South Wales, prepares to shoot during the 2018 ADF Basketball Championships. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)
Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Ryan Webb, RAN, representing New South Wales, prepares to shoot during the 2018 ADF Basketball Championships.

While being named Rookie of the Year at the Australian Defence Force National Basketball Championships was a career highlight for Able Seaman Georgia Joseph, her selection in the ADF women’s team was a surprise bonus. 

AB Joseph was named in the team, along with Leading Seaman Lara Pilton, after the championships, at RAAF Base Edinburgh from November 23 to December 2.

AB Joseph said the rookie of the year award was an honour.

“I grew up playing basketball and I am very passionate about the sport,” she said.

“This was my first ADFBA (ADF Basketball Association) tournament and being named in the women’s team was very surprising. I am looking forward to playing with some of the best basketballers in the ADF in future competitions.”

ADF teams from NSW won both the men’s and women’s titles at this year’s event.

The ADF/NSW men’s coach, Flight Sergeant Brian Lawrie, said the team had a slow start to the competition, losing the first two games against Northern Territory and Queensland.

“As the week progressed the team united as a group, displaying strong defence,” FSGT Lawrie said.

“They followed the game plan, with defensive stops leading into a fast-break game with all players contributing at both ends of the court.

“I was very lucky to have a cohesive group that worked as one on and off the court. They listened to feedback, made adjustments on the run and followed the game plan, especially on the defensive end of the court.” 

The NSW men beat Victoria in the final, 79-58. 

FSGT Lawrie said the women’s competition was the closest he had seen in years. 

“Teams won by very small margins and games were being decided in the last minute of the game,” he said. 

“All five teams played hard, physical basketball. It was great to see the talent of players across the women’s teams and this will benefit the growth of women’s basketball in Defence.

A combined NSW and Victorian team beat Queensland, 72-49, in the women’s final.