The second Dundee Sharks Club Tournament took place on Sunday 13th September 2009 at Menzieshill Community Centre with 6 teams made up of Sharks players, coaches, volunteers and parents battling it out for prestigious Shark Trophy. The aim of the day was to promote team-work club spirit, and bonus points were awarded to teams for getting all players to score during a game and completion of a Sharks quiz (For Answers & Results click here). 2 groups of 3 teams played each other for places in the playoffs at the end of the day. In the 5th/6th place playoff, the Bobcats lost out to a Clippers side that had been short on numbers all day and contained some very inexperienced players. The Thunder triumphed over the Grizzlies for 3rd place in a game they controlled from start to finish.

There were 2 breaks in the day to allow team and individual challenges. First up was a return of the Shooting Stars competition where teams nominated 3 players, each from different sections of the Sharks club, to shoot 8 shots from 6 spots around the court to try and complete them in 2 minutes or score the highest possible score. The winning side was the Thunder's squad, made up of Alan McArtney, Michael Lyall and Ally Cannon, completing all their shots with 14 seconds to spare.

A new contest for this year's event was the All-Star Skills Challenge, based on the competition from the NBA showpiece. The challenge involved players shooting, passing and dribbling around a course against the clock. As well as picking up the prize generously donated by Sport Tayside & Fife for player of the tournament, Chris Thomson won the Under-14s Skills Challenge. In the other sections, Ally Cannon won at Cadet level, Simon Boyd from the Juniors, Jo Robertson took the women's prize, and Steve Main won in a very strong Senior Men's competition.

The final challenge was the 3-Point Shootout, where players aimed to score as many shots as possible out of 25 from spots behind the arc. Unfortunately no Sharks players reached the final, with Chris Dodds, representing Sport Tayside & Fife but also a Perth Phoenix player, taking on Ian Hildersly from East Fife Raptors. And it was Hildersly who put in a stunning performance to score 20 points and take home the trophy.

The main event of the day was the tournament final, competed between the hard working Nets and the very talented Bucks. With young Chris Thomson leading his Nets team, they did an excellent job of opening up the Bucks defense early on. However, with the threat of Lukasz Habratowski inside and Steve Main from the outside, backed up by a very united team supporting them, the Bucks were able to pull away and win the event, with Jen Quinton and her daughter Shona picking up the trophy for the second time.

For more pictures from the Sharks Tournament '09 go to the Photo Gallery page by clicking here.





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