The 2019 Rawson Basketball campaign started off well against the Paulines, who were defeated 64-51. Basketball secretary Jamie Hepburn had put together not only a skilled team but also a team with formidable height advantages, and with this posed a great threat to Wesley College, the victors of 2018. During the first match, fR Josh Hodgkinson and fR Nick Melrose got to show exactly why they were in the team, combining well with the likes of Jock McGregor and Dougal Stacey to help keep on top of the strong-suited Paulines.
The second match of the campaign was against St John’s College, and this is where the team really showed what they are capable of when presented the opportunity. A rolling bench saw that Ollie Holder could make his mark on the hardwood court, locking down the zippy John’s offence from making their way to the paint. Resident big-man Ben Hodgkinson made sure that anyone who did make it to the paint didn’t want to go back again, with some strong blocks and more-than-colourful sledging. During the half-time break, fR Alexander Scott treated the crowd to what can only be described as ‘unorthodox’ half court shots, well received by all who spectated. With the team looking like a well-oiled machine, the Androvians defeated the Choppers 61-39, leading them to the grudge match with Wesley.
The game started off shaky, with the Wesley team getting ahead with consecutive 3-pointers. After a time-out, the Androvians had re-assessed and now were working together like they did against John’s, creeping back up on the scoreboard to level with the Wowsers. Big defensive efforts from Jamie Hepburn and Ryan O’Beirne kept the Wesley offence from streaking away, and with help from the scoring power of Jock McGregor and Ben Hodgkinson, St Andrew’s were always in the fight. When it came to the last quarter, the Wesley team unfortunately went into another gear, as they began to push ahead on the scoreboard to which the Androvians never got to chase down as the clock ticked to zero. The final score being 56-44 to Wesley, it was a very hard-fought game that was extremely exciting to watch; congratulations must go to the Wesley team, but I can assure you that the Androvians will be back again next year ready to take back the trophy.
– Harry Todd