Strong seasons celebrated at basketball awards

Captain Peter Hooley and import Courtney Walker have taken out the Ballarat Miners and Rush Most Valuable Player awards at Basketball Ballarat’s awards night.

ELITE: Ballarat Rush import Courteny Walker and Ballarat Miners captain Peter Hooley with their Most Valuable Player medals after successful seasons in SEABL competition. Pictures: Dylan Burns

ELITE: Ballarat Rush import Courteny Walker and Ballarat Miners captain Peter Hooley with their Most Valuable Player medals after successful seasons in SEABL competition. Pictures: Dylan Burns

Hooley, who also made the South East Australian Basketball League’s men’s first team earlier in the week, has led the Miners into two straight finals campaigns in his two seasons at the club.

Walker arrived at Rush this year from the United States and has averaged 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and four assists per game this season.

In a devastating blow, she suffered an Achilles injury in her final outing for Rush.

Elite defender Sam Short took out the Miners’ coach’s award, while stars Joy Burke and Kristy Rinaldi were joint-winners for Rush.

JOB AHEAD: Ballarat Miners Tristan Fisher, Nic Pozoglou, Josh Fox and Ross Weightman enjoyed the night off ahead of their finals campaign kicking off on Saturday.

JOB AHEAD: Ballarat Miners Tristan Fisher, Nic Pozoglou, Josh Fox and Ross Weightman enjoyed the night off ahead of their finals campaign kicking off on Saturday.

The Ballarat Youth League Miners award went to young-gun Liam Allison, who has suited up and taken to the court for the SEABL Miners, while Maggie Tranter was crowned Ballarat Youth League Rush award winner.

Senior program encouragement awards went to Zac Dunmore and Georgia Amoore, who have both experienced plenty of growth.

STRONG BONG: The Ballarat Rush squad has rallied together during the ups and downs of their season and supported each other throughout.

STRONG BONG: The Ballarat Rush squad has rallied together during the ups and downs of their season and supported each other throughout.