WANGARATTA’S own Deb Brockwell and Robyn Schultz have returned from a whirlwind trip to the World Masters Games in Italy triumphant, having secured gold in the women’s 45-plus basketball.
It was a remarkable achievement for the team, YAKS, made up of players from regional Victoria, particularly given they lost their coach, George Munro, and his wife, star guard Wendy, in the lead up to the tournament after George suffered a non-fatal heart attack.
“We went in with the underdog tag that always seems to bring out the best in players,” Schultz said.
“The fact that we were one player down just meant everyone else had to try that bit harder.”
The tournament began on Saturday, August 3, with YAKS scoring a solid 10-point win over Hungary, but they were unable to back up the following day, going down to reigning gold medallist Estonia by 20.
But the local ladies completely turned the tables on their European foes in the grand final, winning by 12 points.
“They should have been confident, because they hadn’t dropped a game,” Schultz said.
“Our defence just killed them though – they couldn’t adjust to it.”