ABA 2023-24: Barking Owls chase coveted A-grade premiership double in men’s and women’s competition

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Barking Owls' James Watters (left) and Rebecca Benson (right) will play key roles in their A-grade grand finals.
Camera IconBarking Owls' James Watters (left) and Rebecca Benson (right) will play key roles in their A-grade grand finals. Credit: Laurie Benson.

Barking Owls are eyeing a coveted A-grade double when their women’s and men’s sides take the court on Friday night in their respective Albany Basketball Association grand finals.

Both sides qualified for the decider by winning their qualifying final and will face those same opponents on Friday.

After Tuesday night’s preliminary finals, both teams will face their qualifying final rivals with the men’s side taking on Sonics and the women’s squaring off with Denmark.

The Owls’ men’s side boasts 2023-24 men’s A-grade all-star James Watters, the competition’s highest point scorer in Even Delbene, and deadeye three-point shooter Harry Watters.

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However, Sonics possess the league’s most valuable player Mark Elentorio and all-star David Arthur, who enter the match on the back of a scintillating 20-point win over Denmark.

Women’s A-grade all-star Rebecca Benson will play a key role in her side’s bid to lift win three successive premierships when they take on Denmark.

Her battle with 2023-24 ABA women’s A-grade MVP Danielle Carne is shaping up to be a sumptuous one as the pair lock horns under the basket fighting for every loose ball and rebound that comes their way.

Young star Keely Berry may hold the key to quelling Carne’s influence and free up the dangerous Benson at the same time.

All senior grand finals for the ABA will be played on Friday night, starting from 5pm.

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