Rockland Hosts Aussie Girls Basketball Team
Cam Stuart, Veritas Sports Editor
The Rockland girls basketball team hosted their first scrimmage Monday, but it was no South Shore League foe, or one in the same hemisphere for that matter. The team they played is known as the Aussie Travelers, a high school team from Australia who makes a two-week journey to the United States bi-annually.
This time around, the travelers are touring Massachusetts and New York before heading out to Los Angeles.
“We try to visit a new part of America every time,” Aussie head coach Rad Radan said. “Last time we went to Texas and before that it was Seattle and the great northwest.”
The girls (and Aussie boys team that travels with them) have had quite the busy schedule since coming across the world. They toured Syracuse University before playing Rome (N.Y.) High School and also toured World-Famous Fenway Park before heading down to Rockland.
For their time in Massachusetts, the Aussies have been staying in Cohasset thanks to a family that lived in Australia before moving to Massachusetts.
“We come to experience a different culture,” Radan said, “also just to play basketball; the kids love basketball, and it can open them up to a new culture.”
The Aussies will be on the road to Los Angeles when they leave Massachusetts. They will visit Disneyland out there as well as visiting the Staples Center for a Lakers game and Pauley Pavilion to see UCLA.
“We have had a lot of fun over here,” Radan added, “although our schedule doesn’t allow for much sleep!”
As for the game, it was a 5-quarter scrimmage that the Lady Dogs unofficially won 59-40. The key to Rockland’s success was their suffocating full-court press and their basket penetration and overall aggressive play.
The Rockland girls open their season on Friday, December 12th, at North Quincy High School.