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Golden time on the court

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April 14, 2018

Onley way is up: Shepparton’s Hannah Onley starred for Australia at a premiere tournament across the ditch in New Zealand.

Hannah Onley tasted international success recently.

The Shepparton basketballer made the trip across the ditch to New Zealand, representing Australia at the Mel Young Easter Basketball Classic.

Onley’s side, handpicked after this year’s Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup under-14 tournament, went through the event undefeated, snaring gold in fine fashion.

It was a remarkable effort from the young squad with the Classic made up of mostly under-15 teams.

It took a little time for Onley and her teammates to adjust to the physicality of the older outfits, but once they did, they were able to showcase an impressive array of talents.

‘‘It was a really good experience,’’ Onley said.

‘‘Even being able to play in a different country and for a different team was good as well.

‘‘It was a lot different to the kind of basketball that we play in Shepparton, we don’t have as much contact back home.’’

The rising star also enjoyed the higher level and wants to represent her country as often as possible.

‘‘I definitely enjoyed stepping up to the next level, hopefully I can get back there again soon,’’ Onley said.

‘‘Especially at the state level, you learn the most about recovery and stuff like that, but we had to do after game reviews (at the Classic).

‘‘It was all really exciting and a well-deserved win after all the hard work we put in.’’

Onley’s mother Siv was over the moon with the experience her daughter gained from the event and was proud of her efforts.

‘‘When we first met her over in New Zealand and she was in her Australian uniform a few tears came to the eyes,’’ Siv said.

‘‘We were very proud of her. She stepped up and did a great job and the best thing was to see the big smile on her face at the end of it all.’’

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