Sale coach Jo Crawford-Wynd said the girls had played an amazing week of basketball, to overcome some huge clubs.
“Our Sale girls stood up against the biggest and best clubs in Australia" she said.
"We recorded wins against the Canberra state team, Western Australia’s biggest club the Willeton Tigers and the Forestville Eagles from South Australia,”
“By comparison, we had opposition clubs googling us to find out where Sale was".
Crawford-Wynd said while fourth in Australia was a wonderful achievement, the girls were unlucky not to medal.
“We have beaten both the gold and silver medallists during the year and we had already beaten the bronze medallist Gold Coast earlier in the week.”
“The standard of basketball was incredibly high. Each game goes for 1 ½ hours and we made it through to the top four without dropping a game"
“To lose our finals by only six points after four quarters of game play shows how close we actually were to the best teams in Australia".
The Sale Sonics have had a remarkable season which included winning back-to-back Country Championships, and claiming a bronze medal at The National Classics tournament against teams from across Australia.
The girls also placed third in the prestigious MUVJBL Melbourne metropolitan home and away competition, and made it through every Gippsland tournament undefeated.
“It was an incredible experience for the girls to play at this elite level with a real championship atmosphere,” Crawford-Wynd said.
“We were luckily sponsored by Puma (thanks to Scott Pendlebury) and the girls had special championship tracksuits and matching shoes"
"The crowds were loud and proud, dressed in team colours and chanting team songs with drums, harmonicas, horns and anything else they could find to make some noise – it was an amazing experience"
“It was a week these girls will remember for life and the friendships they’ve cemented I’m sure will also pass the test of time”.