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SA Metro Men in Gold Medal Game 7pm
SA Metro has earned their place in the Gold game today at 7pm against Vic Metro after last nights win against former 36ers Assistant Coach Mark Radfords Tasmanian team in a neck to neck battle with numerous lead changes. It was the 4th quarter when #13 & 5 for SA took control of the game that led to the 58-48 win. SA Metro had good contributions from the entire roster over the course of the game. Great to see how Radford has built a strong Tassy program and the results are starting to show. They play off for Bronze against NSW Metro today at 1pm.
SA Metro has not made finals since 2016 but a shift in selection to an independent panel and change in coaching this year, this group of men has proven that a change was needed. Metro Men are coached by Jarrod Clarke and his Assistant Paul Rigoni. No doubt Jarrods extensive coaching experience, passion and willingness to adjust within the game as needed has been a major player in the success thus far for this team. Having former Premier League Coach Paul Rigoni alongside has enhanced their read on the game and gave them more options to respond with on the game board. The maturity of this coaching group managing 15-17 year old boys could also be a beneficial factor in managing the dynamics and personalities of a difficult age as players transition from boys to men. Getting the best out of a group that has over their junior years been part of representative team minus a few inclusions and exclusions but never seen the success that many thought they would has been a rapid transition and testament to the process getting it right this time. Paul is also the father of Jacob Rigoni now playing Div 1 College for Quinnipiac Bobcats and represented Australia in junior internationals. Great to see someone giving back after their own have moved on. A Gold Medal is definitely a possibility for this talented team, now enabled, supported, hungry for victory with self belief and finally an opportunity to show what they have always known they have to give.
SA Metro Women play for 5th at 9am
SA Country Men and Women play for 9th at 6pm and 9am respectively.
The Games will be available via live stats and live video feed. Links on the BA website.